Brown making last-ditch plea on prison overcrowding; No discipline in jail scandal; Garcetti muzzles ‘taxi czar’
Prisons pitch. Gov. Jerry Brown is making his case once again about why California should get a three-year extension on a court order to reduce its prison population. His administration told a panel of federal judges that the state is prepared to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to move prisoners, but would rather use the money on rehabilitation.
Brown’s latest plea to the federal …
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Environmentalists file suit over Ballona nature center; LAUSD deputy chief rips School Board; Dodgers’ drive
Ballona Wetlands. Environmentalists suing a state agency to stop a nature center? It sounds odd, but that’s the scenario playing out over a proposed educational facility in the Ballona Wetlands near Marine del Rey.
The Annenberg Foundation wants to build a $50 million interpretative nature center in what is known as Area C of the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The philanthropic organization says the center would …
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Suspect East L.A. recycler will foot bill for blood tests; Lawmakers OK $10 minimum wage; L.A. River options
Toxic worries. A Vernon battery recycling plant accused of polluting surrounding neighborhoods has agreed to pay for blood testing for tens of thousands of county residents. The tests will look for lead poisoning, and they’ll be performed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Exide Technologies has been under fire since the South Coast Air Quality Management District found earlier this year that arsenic …
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State Senate vote sets up school testing showdown; Softer on drug crimes; The Willie Brown (Bay) Bridge?
Testing fight. The state Senate has passed a bill that would revamp standardized testing for California students. The vote defies a threat from the nation’s top education official that the government could withhold funding if the bill becomes law.
The proposed new law would replace the state’s paper-and-pencil tests next spring with new exams designed to follow the new Common Core curriculum standards in …
Governor and Senate Democrats reach prison accord; Broadway streetcar line loses traction; School testing
Prison plan. There’s agreement in Sacramento on how California will respond to the federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding. The deal comes between Governor Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders, who have been at odds over how to proceed.
Brown’s original plan was to increase capacity by leasing additional beds.
But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg balked at spending hundreds of …
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11th hour frenzy as lawmakers tackle hundreds of bills; Study of Yosemite fire damage; Garibaldi reproduction
Legislative frenzy. If sheer volume is your measuring stick, then it’s been a productive year for the state Legislature. Governor Jerry Brown has already signed dozens of bills into law and is considering dozens more. Meanwhile, the Legislature will have to vote on nearly 100 bills a day this week to clear its slate of potential new laws.
One of the most closely watched issues …
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Dangerous heat to stick around through the weekend; Hunter started Yosemite blaze; Scully comes up roses
Hot. If you’re looking for the heat to retreat, you’re out of luck.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in Southern California will stay above average through the weekend, with perhaps some relief beyond that.
Weather officials say a stubborn ridge of high pressure is standing in the way of cooler Pacific air. Instead of average highs topping out in the low 80s in the LA …
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State moving toward computerized student testing; Tsunami threat is real; Council okays new L.A. murals
School testing. California lawmakers are moving to ditch the state’s standardized exams for public school students and replace them with a new computerized system next spring. Backers say the new tests will help speed the transition to Common Core standards in California, which are designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says it would let teachers see …
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State high court holds fate of undocumented lawyer; Councilmen pursue fracking ban; Cudahy corruption
Immigrant lawyer. Sergio Garcia is not a legal U.S. resident. But the Chico man graduated from a California high school, a California college and a California law school.
The question of whether Garcia will be allowed to practice law in this state goes before the California Supreme Court today.
Garcia’s bid to obtain his law license is supported by the state bar association and Attorney General …
Name game. First they were the California Angels. And then the Anaheim Angels. Now they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps not for long. There’s another name change in the offing for the professional baseball team that plays in Orange County.
Arte Moreno – the Angel’s billionaire owner – took a lot of flak from local fans when he changed the …
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Early release rates soaring in L.A. County jail system; California recovery mostly benefits rich; Dodgers roll
Out of jail. The number of inmates getting out of jail early in L.A. County is way up this year. And that includes people convicted and violent and sex-related crimes.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has released 26,000 inmates before their terms were up so far this year. That compares to 29,000 released early in all of 2012, and fewer than 16,000 the year …
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UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades
V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …
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L.A. fast food workers hit the streets for higher pay; Lawmakers reject Brown’s prison fix; Rizzo trial soon
Fast food strike. A national protest by fast-food workers over low wages arrived in Los Angeles this morning as employees began walking off the job in a one-day strike.
In recent months the fast food industry has become a battleground over the issue of minimum wage, with workers striking to demand a so called “living wage” of up to $15 dollars an hour, plus benefits …
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Battle is brewing over Brown’s prisoner transfer plan; Fast food workers urged to skip work; Teacher ratings
Prison overcrowding. Gov. Jerry Brown has another fight on his hands over the state’s overcrowded prison system.
The governor and some leaders of the state Legislature announced a $315 million plan yesterday to transfer thousands of prisoners to private facilities and city lockups. The plan could cost billions over several years.
The move comes after Brown lost a legal battle with federal officials over thinning the …
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Race on to shore up overwhelmed foster care system; Rim Fire progress; Perez vows no more early releases
Foster care. The head of L.A. County’s child welfare agency says his department was caught off-guard by the state’s threat to impose fines over problems in the foster care system.
County officials have faced a huge increase in the number of children entering protective care this summer. That’s led some children to be kept for extended periods in so-called “holding rooms,” where they wait until …
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Raging Yosemite fire is one of largest in state history; Historic Mono Lake deal; Foster care system in crisis
Rim Fire. Firefighters are making a stand today to save several communities in the path of the Rim Fire.
The blaze on the western edge of Yosemite has burned more than 230 square miles. But there has been some progress. The fire is 15 percent contained, up from seven percent yesterday evening.
At nearly 150,000 acres, the Rim Fire is one of the largest in California …
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Filner could step down today in deal with City Council; Vin Scully Will return for 65th season; Feuer talks pot
Filner scandal. Several new organizations are reporting that embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign today amid allegations of sexual harassment of women.
Filner’s apparent decision to step down comes after three days of closed-door negotiations with city officials. In exchange for his resignation, unnamed sources say the city will pay for some, if not all, of Filner’s legal fees. The city could also …
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New DWP pact includes pay and pension concessions; Echo Park gang injunction goes ahead; Fracking fracas
DWP deal. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council have reached agreement on a new-four deal with the union representing DWP workers. The proposed contract calls for significant concessions by employees of the city-owned utility.
The new labor pact covers about eight-thousand Department of Water and Power employees. It postpones a two-percent raise that was due to go into effect October 1st for …
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Fire season in full gear as blaze near Yosemite rages; Closing in on DWP deal; Hastings family sought rehab
Fire season. A storm that worked its way up the state this week triggered nearly 29-thousand lightning strikes and sparked up to 150 wildfires. Most of those fires have been put out – but an earlier blaze burning on the western edge of Yosemite is now threatening thousands of homes.
Cal Fire says it has responded to more than 4,700 fires since January. That’s about …
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Leonard: Novelist who skewered Hollywood dies at 87; State can force feed striking prisoners; Tahoe dispute
Elmore Leonard. Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Leonard published more than 40 novels and many were made into Hollywood films. Among them: “Get Shorty” and “3:10 to Yuma.” More recently, he served as executive producer of the TV drama series “Justified” on FX.
Leonard’s works were populated by schemers, con men and casual killers. He was noted for his …