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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

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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

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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

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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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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

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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.?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mayor Villaraigosa on Dorner, the State of the Union and his future

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said he believes Christopher Dorner is dead, but he says LAPD won’t stop special protection details — whatever the cost — for some 50 LAPD families until Dorner’s body has been positively identified.
Meanwhile, the mayor led the cheers for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.  In an interview this morning with KCRW, the mayor said Obama …

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President Obama’s ‘divide-and-conquer’ strategy

President Barack Obama delivered an upbeat State of the Union speech to say the economy is showing clear signs of improvement. But Obama said a complete recovery is an “unfinished task.” He called on Congress to fund job creation and to hike the minimum wage.
Obama also challenged congressional leaders to allow votes on gun control proposals developed in the wake of the Connecticut school …

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Obama’s second term: Immigration Reform

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Next Monday, President Barack Obama will raise his right hand and take the oath of office for a second term in office. He’ll have another four years to accomplish his national policy agenda. But what exactly should that agenda be? What issues and problems must President Obama focus on? And how much work is left undone from his first term in office?
We’re asking a …

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Today’s News: Port strike over; AG Harris Says no to ‘Secure Communities’; Anderson sees slow growth

Back in business. The eight-day strike that brought work to a virtual standstill at the busiest port complex in the country is over. Few details have been released, but the tentative deal appears to give the clerical workers what they wanted most: a guarantee that no jobs will be outsourced to other countries or to states where shippers can pay lower salaries. The pact …

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What do court closures mean for criminal justice?

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Last April, 56 Los Angeles County courtrooms were shut down, workers were laid off and judges were asked to double up in the use of remaining staff and facilities.  Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon said, “We are rationing justice.” Now, it’s become even worse. Yesterday, Judge Edmon announced that all courtrooms will be closed down in Beverly Hills, West LA, Malibu, Huntington Park, Whittier, Pomona, San …

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Silicon Beach: The perils of gentrification

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For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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