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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Mixer: Reporting from a foreign land is tough – just ask a Brit in LA

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For people who are not familiar with Los Angeles – who aren’t from here, but have to report about the things happening around here, particularly from a media and business standpoint – our neighborhood can be a pretty daunting place.  
All the eccentricities, idiosyncrasies, and moving parts behind-the-scenes make for all kinds of drama fit for an epic Hollywood screenplay.
But in real life, Matthew …

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LACMA redesign has museum spanning Wilshire Blvd.

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The L.A. County Museum of Art has unveiled a new design for its proposed $650 million makeover that would have the museum’s main building span Wilshire Boulevard – with traffic passing underneath the structure. The new design by architect Peter Zumthor was created to address concerns that the original plan to extend the museum over the La Brea Tar Pits would cast a shadows …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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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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Kings skate to edge of L.A.’s second hockey crown

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The L.A. Kings are on the verge of their second championship in three years after shutting out the New York Rangers 3 to 0. The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to zip. After a pair of overtime nail-biters in L.A., the Kings cruised to victory in Game 3 in New York last nightbehind the stellar goal keeping of Jonathan Quick. The …

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Mixer: Election recap and scathing LASD report

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Gene Maddaus is reporter for the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta joined us from the LA Times to talk elections and Sheriff’s Department.
Last Tuesday was primary election day in California and a handful of other states across the country.
With candidates from both parties on the ballot, in a new, open primary.
Governor Brown won big in the gubernatorial contest… and he’s set to take on Republican …

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Does Neel Kashkari have a shot to upset Gov. Brown?

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Neel Kashkari isn’t taking much time to savor his victory. The moderate Republican beat Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in this week’s gubernatorial primary. Now Kashkari is setting his sights on the general election this fall. But he starts out as a huge underdog in his bid to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.
Yesterday Kashkari called for unity in the Republican Party. And he tried to …

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Races head to run-offs after scant turnout in primary

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Turnout was expected to be low for yesterday’s election – but the actual numbers may be even more dismal than anticipated. Preliminary results for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder show that barely 13 percent of us took the time to vote: 13.19 percent, to be exact.  About 4.8 million county residents are registered, but just 636,000 people cast ballots in the primary. More than a …

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Republican rivals are tied heading into Election Day

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On the eve of Election Day, a new poll shows the two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are in a dead heat. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari has been trailing Assemblyman Tim Donnelley through the primary election campaign, but he’s now has pulled into a statistical tie with his rival. The USC Dornsife-L.A. Times Poll finds that 32 percent of likely …

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Mixer: Isla Vista, one week later, and an election on the way

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Nick Welsh reports for the Santa Barbara Independent and Seema Mehta is with the Los Angeles Times. Both joined us this week for their perspectives.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a welfare check on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his deadly rampage in Isla Vista knew of disturbing videos that he posted, but didn’t watch them after determining he was not a threat …

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Union Station on track for major rail expansion

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L.A. transportation officials are planning a major upgrade of the tracks at Union Station. The $350 million project would enable Amtrak and Metrolink trains to run straight through the historic terminal, instead of having to enter and exit the station through the sole existing entrance on the north side. Under the plan, new tracks will extend from the south end of the terminal and …

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Unseasonal heat may have triggered Marina fish kill

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Heaps of dead anchovies, some stingrays and even an octopus rose to the ocean’s surface in Marina del Rey this weekend, creating a massive stink and a challenging clean-up for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. One biologist says the massive fish kill could be due to a lack of oxygen in the water caused by the recent heat wave. The dead fish …

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O.C. moves to treat mentally ill without their consent

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Orange County will become the first large county to implement Laura’s Law, a California statute that allows for the forced treatment of people with severe mental illnesses. California lawmakers passed Laura’s Law in 2002. It’s named for mental health worker Laura Wilcox, who was killed by a patient who had refused psychiatric treatment. The law gives courts the power to order anti-psychotic drugs or …

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Let the haggling begin: budget season in Sacramento

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Gov. Jerry Brown will lay out his revised budget today – with roughly $2 billion more in the state’s coffers than anticipated when his initial spending plan was released a few months ago. How the governor proposes to spend that extra revenue has been the subject of much speculation and debate. Majority Democrats in the Legislature are clamoring for increased spending on social services …

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Pres. Obama makes another cash call in California

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President Barack Obama has made 17 visits to California since taking office in 2009. More than half have been strictly for fundraising, and 13 of the 17 have involved at least one fundraising event. Folks like Barbara Streisand and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg paid a minimum of $10,000 to hear Obama make a short speech last night at the home of Disney Studios Chairman …

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Mixer: Unions protect some jobs, while we watch others go

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Reporters Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News and Tim Logan from the Los Angeles Times joined us this week.
Los Angeles area labor leader Maria Elena Durazo is calling out the city’s pension fund investments in Walmart, saying pension boards should not invest in companies that pay their workers low wages.
May Day protests and demonstrations took place in downtown LA yesterday, as thousands of labor activists and immigration reform …

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Griffith Park mountain lion sickened by rat poison

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A mountain known as P-22 that’s been making its home in Griffith Park is suffering from mange, which biologists attribute to exposure to rat poison. The cat appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed by a National Geographic photographer a few months ago. But remote cameras recently captured images of the animal looking sickly. Scientists sedated the big cat and drew blood samples. …

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Pact would end battle over firing problem teachers

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After three years of bitter disputes, a deal appears to have been reached in the state legislature that would make it easier for school districts in California to fire teachers accused of abusing students. Democratic Assembly member Joan Buchanan hammered out the agreement with the California Teachers Association and an education reform group called “EdVoice.” Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Buchanan …

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Garcetti to give first State of the City speech tonight

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Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City speech tonight, offering a preview of how Los Angeles will deal will projected $242 million budget deficit and laying out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year. (Listen at kcrw.com/news24 at 5pm).
His speech comes one day after the release of a report that makes a number of recommendations for improving what its authors …

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