LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, following criticism of his plan to put iPads in schools, and a class scheduling problem that placed kids in classrooms with no educational value. Ray Cortines, the district’s former superintendent will take the job on an interim basis.
In a statement, the school board thanked Deasy for his service. “In that period of time, academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships, and the …
It’s the big one. The big rehearsal, that is. More than 10 million Golden Staters were expected to take part in today’s Great California Shakeout – a massive earthquake preparedness drill.
The exercise comes as Cal Tech seismologist and L.A. quake tsar Lucy Jones warns that a high-magnitude temblor in the L.A. area could cause not only loss of life, but potential economic collapse, water …
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A controversial plan by the city of Seal Beach to trap and kill coyotes has netted three of the animals in its first week.
Despite impassioned protests from animal rights activists, the City Council agreed last night to continue the program for three more weeks.
The program was adopted after residents claimed that coyotes were killing their pets and becoming increasingly bold.
The Orange County Register reports …
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …
Football season is well underway, but for the 20th straight year, professional gridiron is off the grid in L.A. On again, off again talks to bring team to L.A. have led to nothing – frustrating fans, city officials and billionaire business leaders who want to build a stadium to host an L.A. team.
But Mayor Eric Garcetti remains optimistic. The mayor told KNX radio yesterday …
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U2 guitarist The Edge – a.k.a. David Evans – doesn’t give up easily.
After years of rejection from the community and state officials, the Irish rocker is now on the verge of receiving approval to build five mansions on an undeveloped Malibu ridge.
The California Coastal Commission is meeting in Newport Beach today, and it’s scheduled to vote on a scaled down version of the plan …
How much are you paying for rent right now?
Well, a new study says that if you’re a typical Southern California renter – you can expect to add about 8 to 10 percent to that monthly payment in two years.
USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate projects that the average rent in L.A. County will be $1,856 by mid-2016, an 8.2 percent increase. In Orange County, …
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …
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The L.A. School Board is expected to hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary.
What is unusual is that this is a specially called closed door meeting. And L.A. Times education reporter Howard Blume says the focus will almost certainly be on the future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Deasy has been under fire for issues connected to the …
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Harvest time is starting to arrive at farms across California. And many of the state’s key crops are expected to be smaller this year than usual because of the drought.
The water shortage has led to shrinking yields of everything from rice, corn and hay to almonds, pistachios and oranges. The drought already prompted an early harvest of the state’s grape crop, which is expected …
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America means many things to many people.
Our nation is an amalgam of ideas from myriad perspectives. And those perspectives often get drowned out in a sea of ideology and noise (see: cable news).
This week, Zocalo Public Square, along with the Smithsonian, is asking what it means to be American. With essays and exhibits ranging from the patriotic to paternalistic, from purple mountains to brown …
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The Los Angeles area is seeing something it hasn’t seen for some time: an infestation of tumbleweeds.
L.A. agriculture officials say the unusually high number of tumbleweeds blowing through the county is drought related. Dry conditions have allowed the plants to crowd out other vegetation like mustard and castor bean. Fire officials worry that the traveling weeds will lodge against homes and other structures and …
This week, the Federal Reserve Board kept interest rates low, and vowed to keep them low for a “considerable time.”
And then there was the wonky we could raise rates down the road if the economy starts moving faster stuff.
The job market, says the Fed, is affected by myriad happenings: An economy that’s still sluggish, and recovering from a Great Recession. An older population. Jobs …
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Dinnertime at the Midnight Mission starts at 4:30.
By then, on a sweltering summer afternoon, the line for food at the Skid Row homeless center stretches for nearly an entire block. These days, demand is high at the Midnight Mission, which serves about 3,000 meals a day. By comparison, a typical large, busy L.A. restaurant might serve 1,000. That’s more meals than at any other time …
The rapidly increasing militarization of the nation’s local police agencies has been a hot topic in the wake of the deadly shooting of African-American teenager by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the 13 years since the 9-11 attacks, hundreds of millions of dollars in military gear has made its way from the Pentagon to police forces as part of new government programs. That includes …
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Hundreds of federal agents descended this week on downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, making arrests as part of what prosecutors say is a sophisticated operation to launder money for Mexican drug cartels.
Authorities took 9 people into custody, and seized more than $90 million.
Federal prosecutors are calling it “Operation Fashion Police”.
Joe Mathews, from Zocalo Public Square, and Joe Mozingo, who reports for the Los Angeles …
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California is three years into what some are saying could become a megadrought, a dry spell lasting several decades.
The drought is so dire that a certain golf course in the Montecito area is shipping in nearly $90,000 of water per month for its grass, and one-third of the town itself is shipping in bottled water. Meanwhile, those living in towns like the working-class, farm community of …
Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years. But a new Field Poll says that more than half of California voters – 56 percent – still want to keep it.
Approval levels for capital punishment in California topped 80 percent in the 1980’s and 90’s. And just three years ago, a Field Poll said 69 percent of …
The Anaheim City Council has unanimously agreed to spend more than $1 million to buy 250 so-called body cams for the city’s police force – and officials say they expect every officer to be wearing a device by next spring.
Anaheim would become the first city in Orange County to require the body-mounted cameras.
Police Chief Raul Quesada supports the move. He says the department has …
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A trade group that represents California nursing homes is considering whether to push for a new policy that would allow doctors to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to residents without their consent, or the consent of their families.
Some members of the group argue that at times patients are so incapacitated that they can’t make effective decisions for themselves – and that family members are often not …