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California inmate given OK for sex-change surgery

Posted August 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

California will be the first state in the nation to foot the bill for sex reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate.
The state agreed to the procedure after its own expert testified in a federal lawsuit that surgery was medically necessary to prevent Shiloh Quine from suffering depression and anxiety.
Quine has been in prison for more than three decades. She went in as Rodney Quine …

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After long hiatus, California could resume executions

Posted June 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The death penalty is still on the books in California – but no one has been executed in this state in nearly a decade.
That could be changing though. State officials have settled a lawsuit brought by family members of crime victims that requires Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to devise a new lethal injection procedure.
The state will have to present its plan within 120 days …

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State doesn’t want to pay for inmate’s gender change

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The state of California will appeal an order to provide gender reassignment surgery to a convicted murderer serving a life term.
A judge on the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled earlier this month that denying the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy would violate her constitutional rights. Judge Jon Tigar said Norsworthy suffers from gender dysphoria – or dissatisfaction with her life …

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State ordered to make a plan for resuming executions

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The last execution in California took place nearly a decade ago, and family members of some murder victims say that’s unacceptable. Now a judge is aiding their fight to resume executions – saying those family members have a right to try to force the state to fix its system for delivering lethal injections to condemned inmates.
Three years ago, Gov, Jerry Brown ordered state officials …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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L.A. County due hundreds of millions in lead paint suit

Posted December 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Three paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to California cities and counties for selling lead-based products they knew were harmful to children. After a five-week trial in Santa Clara County, a judge found that Sherman Williams Conagra Grocery Products and NL Industries left a toxic legacy by knowingly marketing products that caused serious health problems. The money would be paid into …

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Foes of denser, taller Hollywood cheer court ruling

Posted December 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

A judge says a zoning blueprint for denser development in Hollywood is fatally flawed. Approved last year, the Hollywood development plan cleared the way for denser projects and taller buildings. But Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman says the city didn’t fully consider the environmental impacts of such development. He’s ordered the city to rescind the plan and to stop issuing new permits. A …

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It’s checkup time for state’s new healthcare exchange

Posted November 21, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

Californians will get their most detailed look today at how the state’s new health insurance marketplace is shaping up. Covered California is set to release data about the kinds of plans people are buying, their age and income, and other demographic information. Insurers say it’s crucial that the pool includes a wide range of people. Younger, healthier policy holders are needed to offset the …

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Investors or customers? Who will pay for San Onofre?

Posted November 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

The operators of the dormant San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant should refund ratepayers $94 million for costs that were neither reasonable nor necessary. That’s the recommendation from two administrative law judges with the California Public Utilities Commission. The entire PUC will consider the recommendation before voting on the issue. The nuclear plant between Los Angeles  and San Diego has been idle since January 2012, …

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L.A. County can’t find thousands of probationers

Posted October 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

County probation officials say they’ve lost track of almost 2,000 people on probation. The L.A. Daily News reports that the unaccounted offenders have warrants out for their arrests and make up more than 20 percent of those in the county taking part in Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment plan. The probation department says law enforcement teams are searching for the missing probationers…Meanwhile, California is …

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Anger builds over state deal with Vernon recycler

Posted October 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

State regulators came under fire from an angry crowd in East L.A. over a deal to let a controversial battery recycling plant in Vernon stay open. The Exide Technologies plant has been sending toxic emissions into the surrounding neighborhood for years. But now company officials are promising to clean up their act. Earlier this week, state regulators reached a deal with Exide. It allows …

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Governor and Senate Democrats reach prison accord; Broadway streetcar line loses traction; School testing

Posted September 10, 2013 by | 18 Comments | ]
n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

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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Dangerous heat to stick around through the weekend; Hunter started Yosemite blaze; Scully comes up roses

Posted September 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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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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L.A. fast food workers hit the streets for higher pay; Lawmakers reject Brown’s prison fix; Rizzo trial soon

Posted August 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Race on to shore up overwhelmed foster care system; Rim Fire progress; Perez vows no more early releases

Posted August 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Leonard: Novelist who skewered Hollywood dies at 87; State can force feed striking prisoners; Tahoe dispute

Posted August 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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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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Today’s News: Marauding minors set upon Hollywood; A banking job for Villaraigosa; High-tech license plates

Posted July 17, 2013 by | 95 Comments | ]

Hollywood hooligans. It was another violent night on the streets of L.A, but it had nothing to do with protests that erupted over the Trayvon Martin case. Police say up to 40 young people went on a robbery and vandalism spree along Hollywood Boulevard, grabbing purses, snatching cell phones and knocking people down.
The 911 calls started coming in after 9 p.m. Callers said marauding …

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