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What’s to come in California if the drought persists?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …

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Leaving LA: Why are you going?

Posted March 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Despite the sunshine and the lifestyle, Los Angeles can be a hard place to live. Rents are notoriously high, and buying a house is out of reach for many.
Even as California’s economy improves, it’s hard to find a job in L.A.
All week on this blog we’re looking at why people are leaving L.A. Share your story!

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Housing wanted: The desperate search for an affordable apartment

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Southern California is often thought of as the land of the single family home: a home that’s owned, not rented, by its residents. This could be a modest tract house in the San Fernando Valley or a palatial designer residence perched on the sand in Newport Beach. But the image of Southern California as a kind of homeowners’ Shangri-La is something of a myth.
Just over …

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Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

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How politicians spend and fundraise in California

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
President Obama in Silicon Valley. Photo via Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson/ CC

Political spending in California is not as high as in states with more contentious races, but party leaders still see the state as a place for some serious fundraising.
In the lead-up to the November elections, an estimated $8.2 million has been spent on political ads in California. That’s not a lot compared to states facing more heated races. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania have …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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L.A. job growth is dead last among major U.S. cities

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

California’s drought could suppress job growth by 0.2 percent over the next few years, according to UCLA economists. The losses would fall mostly in the state’s fishing and manufacturing industries. That’s fairly modest given the severity of the drought. But the Anderson Forecast warns that all bets are off if the current dry weather turns out to be the start of a long arid …

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Fault Lines: Navigating the income divide and everything in between

Posted January 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

On 6th Street, just west of Downtown Los Angeles, these are the things you can see: Good Samaritan Hospital. Liquor stores. Vinyl “Se Renta” signs hanging off the sides of crummy apartment buildings. And these are the things you don’t see: Almost 64 percent of people who live in this neighborhood are poor. Over 70 percent of the children live in poverty. The median …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

Posted January 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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What’s it like to work through the holidays in L.A.?

Posted December 19, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Donald Everett, 58, is originally from Boston.

If you’ve set foot inside a mall, shopped online, bought a Christmas tree or otherwise flexed your purchasing power this holiday season, chances are good that you’ve been helped in some way by a seasonal worker.
All sorts of businesses, from big box stores to online retailers to mom-and-pop boutiques, beef up their workforces at the end of the year to meet the holiday rush …

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Social workers walk off job over staffing, pay issues

Posted December 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
social workers

More than 3,500 L.A. County social workers are going on strike today to protest stalled contract negotiations. The walkout could spread beyond social workers, though, because other union employees are being urged to respect the picket lines. Today’s strike marks the first time in a decade that county workers have walked off the job. The county and the Service Employees International Union Local 721 …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department

Posted November 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Obama arriving in L.A. for a triple-dose of fundraising

Posted November 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

President Barack Obama is due to arrive in L.A. today as part of a whirlwind West Coast fundraising spree. He’ll press the flesh at three fundraising events here, as well as paying a visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale. Air Force One is expected to touch down at LAX sometime around 4 p.m. That will kick-off 24 hours of traffic disruptions impacting neighborhoods from …

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Early release rates soaring in L.A. County jail system; California recovery mostly benefits rich; Dodgers roll

Posted September 2, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

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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Foundation floats plan for big L.A. River water wheel; Prison chief to meet hunger strikers; Tower troubles

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 65 Comments | ]

Water works. Imagine gazing upon the Los Angeles River near downtown and seeing a tranquil retreat rather than concrete drainage system surrounded by an an industrialized wasteland.
That’s what Lauren Bon hopes to see.
Bon is a local artist and director of the Annenberg Foundation. She’s seeking permission for the foundation to build a 70-foot water wheel and a lush sanctuary on the west side of …

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UCLA Anderson Forecast finds US recovery lagging

Posted June 5, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
The UCLA Anderson School of Management.

A UCLA economic forecast out today predicts California will see some income growth over the next two years, despite a national recovery the authors of the report call “bad.”
The new UCLA Anderson Forecast says the strength of California’s economy lies in technology and knowledge-based industries, although construction has also rebounded in coastal markets.
But the report casts doubt on whether the economy – statewide or nationally …

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Today’s News: FBI seizes files from Sen. Ron Calderon; UCLA forecast is bullish on California; Bus-only lanes

Posted June 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Capitol raid. State Senator Ron Calderon is letting his lawyer do the talking following a search of his Capitol office by FBI agents.
The agents removed several boxes of documents from the Montebello Democrat’s office last night as well as what appeared to be a computer hard drive. The raid also targeted the office of the Latino Legislative Caucus in Sacramento.
An FBI spokeswoman says the …

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Today’s News: New twist in MOCA saga; Online classes; Upbeat Anderson Forecast

Posted March 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

MOCA moves. Washington D.C’s National Gallery of Art is the latest institution to make a pitch for a partnership with the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art. The National Gallery’s proposed five-year deal follows a bid by the L.A. County of Museum of Art to take over the critically acclaimed but financially strapped downtown museum. The talks with the National Gallery were initiated by L.A. …

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Today’s News: Sequester shock; Republicans start over; Water woes

Posted March 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Sequester impact. Barring a last-minute deal, the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are scheduled to go into effect today. That means billions of dollars in spending reductions in California affecting everything from defense contracts and university research to programs for disabled students. But economists and politicians are split on just how big the impact will be on the state’s economy. AP
Economic outlook. Californians …

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