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State regulators have been under intense scrutiny in recent history — overseeing utilities that are shutting down or shoring up nuclear power plants, dealing with an environmental disaster that’s displaced thousands, and even trying to coordinate the cleanup of a now-shuttered, lead-leaking battery plant.
So this week in Sacramento, has come a push to do something about those agencies that are responsible for regulating and …
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A teenage girl who traveled to Central America is the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in Los Angeles County.
The mosquito-borne virus has been raising alarms among health officials, who say it appears to be linked to serious birth defects in Brazil.
Confirmation of the infection in L.A. County came one day after the World Health Organization warned that Zika cases will likely soon …
L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck is defending his decision to recommend criminal charges against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
Since going public earlier this week, Beck has been taking a lot of heat from the union that represents rank-and-file officers. The Los Angeles Police Protective League says it’s lost confidence in Beck’s ability to run the …
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For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …
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Picture this: California lawmakers plastered head-to-toe with NASCAR-style logos.
It may seem silly, but a California businessman is funding a ballot initiative that would require members of the state legislators to wear the logos and emblems of their biggest donors on their clothing – just like race car drivers.
John Cox has been traveling the state to push his disclosure measure. This week, he was cleared …
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The California Legislature is getting back to work today with a long to-do list, including some pressing unfinished business from last year. Plugging a billion-dollar hole in the state’s health care program for the poor and fixing the state’s deteriorating roads are at the top of the agenda.
Gov. Jerry Brown called special sessions of the Legislature last year to address the shortfall in the …
Weeks have turned into months of a sulfuric stench in Porter Ranch, a pretty idyllic part of the northern San Fernando Valley.
A gas leak in the region – emanating from the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Field – started small, with a few residents complaining.
Now, hundreds of homeowners – and thousands of school children – have been relocated out of …
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The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all of its campuses and facilities this week because of an emailed terror threat.
It claimed bombs, nerve gas and automatic weapons were stashed at several schools and an attack – the threat said – was imminent.
Vandals spray-painted graffiti at two mosques in Hawthorne this weekend and left a fake explosive in the driveway of one of them.
Police are investigating both incidents as hate crimes and the FBI is also involved.
The vandalism at the two mosques are among a spate of incidents in Southern California over the past two weeks that are being investigated as hate crimes – possibly as …
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Behind a silver lining, there’s often a cloud.
Take film and television location shooting in Los Angeles. It’s up, way up. Over the summer, film and TV production ran more than 50 percent higher than a year ago.
That’s partly because of a proliferation of new media outlets. The state’s new $300 million annual tax subsidy program is also getting credit for helping to halt runaway …
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What’s causing climate change?
There’s broad agreement in the scientific community that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are the primary driver of rising global temperatures, but you wouldn’t learn that from textbooks used in California public schools.
A new report from Stanford University says that science texts used by students in elementary and middle school in the state are out of date because they explain …
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Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …
How bad is homelessness in the Golden State?
Consider new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. It says that more than one third of the country’s chronically homeless people live in California.
L.A. City and County have more long-term homelessness than any region in the state, which is not news to anyone who has seen tent cities mushrooming on sidewalks, under freeway overpasses …
In a decision with far-reaching implications in the murky world of fertility law, a San Francisco judge has ruled that a Bay Area woman cannot implant frozen embryos that were preserved before she and her husband divorced.
It’s the first court ruling of its kind in California involving embryos from a couple that split up.
Dr. Mimi Lee – a 46-year-old anesthesiologist and musician – gave …
More than half of the country’s governors now say they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their states because of the Paris terror attacks. But California Gov. Jerry Brown is not among them.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Brown said California will work closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that any refugees coming to California are “fully vetted.”
Like many other governors, …
A state lawmaker is proposing a major change to rape laws in California.
Connie Leyva, a Democratic State Senator from Chino, says that when the legislature reconvenes in January she’ll introduce a bill to end the 10-year statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes.
“A sexual predator should not be able to evade legal consequences in California for no other reason than the time …
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Is California the next frontier for offshore wind energy?
A Seattle company is proposing to build the state’s first ocean wind farm off of Morro Bay on the Central Coast. Trident Energy has filed early paperwork with the city of Morro Bay prior to seeking approval of the project, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Trident wants to build 100 floating turbines, some rising more than …
A growing hunger strike by detained immigrants has reached a holding facility in the high desert city of Adelanto, California.
Immigrant advocates say that hundreds of men – perhaps more than 300 – stopped eating on October 30th to protest conditions at the center. Another group of men reportedly joined the hunger strike this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t say if a hunger strike is …
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Santa Barbara has a famous history of taking the lead on environmentally progressive issues. So you might think that passing a sweeping, cutting-edge bike master plan would be easy, right?
There’s been friction within Santa Barbara City Council and among local residents about the Bicycle Master Plan, a collection of bike infrastructure improvement projects set to go into effect next year.
The last plan …