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When undocumented children come to LA, who greets them?


Today, President Obama announced he is using executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” Pointing the finger at the GOP for Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Obama said this inaction has contributed to the recent surge of immigrant children trying to get in to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Obama …

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LAUSD shifts millions of dollars to close education gap


The L.A. School Board has signed off on a $6.6 billion budget for the school year that funnels hundreds of million of dollars to the district’s most disadvantaged students. The spending plan calls for a boost in new teacher hires – to up to 12,000 instructors – as well as more librarians, nurses, counselors and tutoring programs. Class sizes will also come down. The …

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


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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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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One after another, U.C. campuses honor slain students


There are no classes at U.C. Santa Barbara today. The campus is taking a time out to mourn the murders of six students by mentally disturbed loner Elliot Rodger. A memorial for the victims of the rampage is planned for 4 p.m. at UCSB. It’s expected to draw thousands of students and community members. About 2,500 people turned out for a vigil on the …

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Billions of barrels of Monterey Shale oil out of reach


Federal officials have dramatically slashed estimates of the amount of oil that can be recovered from the Monterey Shale, a huge formation of rock under parts of the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. The new numbers could put a major damper on efforts to exploit the Shale, which some have called a potential bonanza for California. With current technology, the Monterey Shale could …

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Head of the L.A. NAACP is a casuality of Sterling affair


The president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP has resigned over questions about the organization’s ties to disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was banned for life from the NBA this week after being caught on tape telling a female friend that he didn’t want her bringing blacks to games. The NAACP then rescinded a humanitarian award it planned to give the 80-year-old …

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California shoots for 90 percent HS graduation rate


For the first time ever, more than 80 percent of high school students in California are graduating within four years. New numbers show the graduation rate in 2013 climbed to 80.2 percent. The dropout rate also improved, falling fell from above 13 percent to 11.6 percent. At LAUSD, the graduation rate was 67.9 percent and the dropout rate was 17.3 percent – both improvements. …

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Gamesmanship: Sports franchises seek raffle rights


Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…and a raffle ticket? The L.A. Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among a group of pro sports franchises pushing lawmakers to allow high-stakes raffles at games. State law limits raffle winners to 10 percent of the take, with the rest going to charity. The teams are backing a bill that would allow them to …

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Students from 16 L.A. schools on bus in deadly crash


A 10th person has died this morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash in Northern California involving a bus carrying L.A. high school students. The CHP says a Fed-Ex truck crossed the median on Interstate 5 north of the town of Orland, hitting the bus head on and igniting a huge explosion and fire. The dead include five students, three adult chaperones and …

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Family feud leaves Mickey Rooney’s remains in limbo


It appears Mickey Rooney’s tumultuous personal life has carried over to his death. Two factions of the Rooney’s family are fighting over the entertainer’s remains. A judge says won’t allow the body to be released from county custody until they settle the feud. The dispute centers over where the entertainer wished to be buried. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Rooney was broke when …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from LASchoolReport.com joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Governor’s drought plan emphasizes conservation


Gov. Brown says California can immediately improve its water picture through recycling and conservation programs. Brown says his nearly $700 million drought relief plan would bring emergency drinking water to communities in need, as well making long-term fixes that would allow the state to capture more water and use it more efficiently. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for people …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000


Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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L.A. marks two decades since Northridge Earthquake


 The Northridge Earthquake hit 20 years ago today. The temblor struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994 – leaving 57 people dead, flattening the 10 Freeway and causing more than $20 billion in property damage, at the time the costliest U.S. disaster ever. Are we better prepared for major quake now then we were then? Most scientists say yes, but with a big …

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Kelly Thomas’ father vows to sue acquitted officers


They lost the criminal case, but the family of Kelly Thomas says it will pursue a civil lawsuit against two former Fullerton police officers acquitted of beating the mentally ill homeless man to death. Kelly Thomas’s father, Ron Thomas, says he looks at the case like a prize fight, with several rounds still to go. He’s hoping an ongoing FBI investigation will lead to …

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Investors or customers? Who will pay for San Onofre?


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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Perks of office: Lawmakers head for Hawaiian Islands


California legislators will begin arriving on Maui tomorrow for the lawmakers’ annual fall conference retreat in the Hawaiian Islands – a trip paid for by big businesses and unions. It’s a tradition that worries good government advocates. While in Hawaii, legislators are supposed to participate in panels involving healthcare, energy, economic development and public safety. But in between panel discussions lawmakers can play golf, …

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California students scoring better, but still way behind


California students’ test scores are climbing at the highest rate in the nation. But the improvement underscores just how far students in this state have to go. The latest numbers show that only 33 percent of fourth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. Just 27 percent ranked that well in reading. For eighth graders, less than 30 percent scored proficient …

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Police check on accused LAX shooter came too late


The LAPD received a warning from the family of suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia that apparently came just moments too late. CNN reports Ciancia sent text messages to relatives before the shooting – saying that something bad was going to happen. One family member called local police, who contacted the LAPD. Officers reportedly apparently went to Ciancia’s apartment to check on him about 45 …

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