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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

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Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

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State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it

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The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs

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Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

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Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Hollywood’s diversity problem

Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Don’t look to TV and movies if you want to get a true sense of America’s racial diversity.
That’s according to researchers at UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. A new report from the Westwood campus says minorities are not making the final cut in Hollywood.
The U.S. Census Bureau says non-whites make up about 36 percent of the U.S. population. But UCLA …

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Low-income Californians getting squeezed by rising rents

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If you’ve gone apartment or house hunting in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed how much is being charged to rent or buy.
Of course, it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. But one thing is certain. Housing costs are on the rise, and government is doing less and less to help people who aren’t able to afford it.
Median rents in California have risen more than 20 …

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Californians remember South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela

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Californians of all walks today are remembering Nelson Mandela.
The former South African president and global civil rights leader died today at the age of 95 in Johannesburg.
Edward Alpers, a research professor at UCLA with a focus on African history, was an organizer of the anti-apartheid movement here in LA in the 1980s, and saw Mandela speak at the LA Coliseum in 1990.
“I had the …

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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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Palmdale ordered to start over with city elections

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An L.A. judge has thrown out the results of Palmdale’s City Council elections and ordered the city to hold a new vote. L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney says Palmdale must elect its four council members from defined districts, instead of using an at-large voting system, in which office holders are elected citywide. Mooney ruled earlier this year that Palmdale’s at-large system discriminated against …

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Can art save lives?

The Keiskamma Altarpiece, shown here at UCLA, is a powerful declaration of hope and solidarity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. (Photo courtesy http://makeartstopaids.org/ )

Twenty-five years ago, I was foraging through a museum bookstore and came upon an eye-catching title: “AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism.” The word “AIDS,” rendered on the cover in large font, seemed more than slightly dangerous in 1988, when so many lay sick and dying and there were no effective treatments on the horizon. Equally attention-grabbing was the book’s cover photograph of “Let the Record …

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Tomatoes and traffic: Council mulls vegetable gardens

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The L.A. City Council will consider a proposal today to allow residents to plant vegetable gardens on strips of city-owned land between streets and sidewalks. The gardens would be allowed as long as they don’t keep people from walking on sidewalks. The plants cannot be poisonous, invasive, or controlled substances, like marijuana…L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar says his extramarital affair with a former staffer …

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To ease water use, UCLA engineers develop ‘vertical wetlands’

The flowers on top of the "vertical wetlands" project being developed by UCLA engineers.

The Metropolitan Water District is calling on Southern Californians to cut back on water use in yards because of an expected water shortage, due in part to a third year of dry weather in the Sierra Nevada.
The district is recommending growing drought resistant plants, reducing the frequency of lawn watering and keeping barrels to catch rain water.
Also threatening the water supply is a reduced …

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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims

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L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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A tale of two California economies

American tumbled down such a deep economic hole during The Great Recession, the UCLA experts say it will take years to fully recover with present economic growth. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

Today,  UCLA’s Anderson School of Management released its annual forecast on what’s ahead for the national and state economies. Looking into their collective crystal ball, the UCLA experts see an economy in recovery, but one that’s healing very, very slowly. GDP growth will average 1.9 percent this year, 2.9 percent in 2014, and 3 percent in 2015. The U.S. jobless rate should  fall to 6.9 percent …

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Safer helmets may help reduce football concussions

UCLA engineering professor Vijay Gupta and the football helmet and polymer material used in his experiments. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

The NFL last week settled lawsuits with more than 4,500 former players, paying out $765 million.
Some of those players are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or depression, and say the NFL hid information about the long-term risks of concussions.
That’s certainly not the end of the NFL’s problems. Another lawsuit was filed last weekend against the league and a helmet manufacturer.
They might find some solace in …

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UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades

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V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …

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Today’s News: Plant to reopen despite arsenic worries; Ex-USC professor lands on ‘Most Wanted’ list; Bag ban

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Arsenic pollution. An L.A. judge says that a Vernon battery recycling plant accused of posing a health hazard to thousands of nearby residents can reopen pending a court hearing next month.
State officials had ordered the Exide Technologies plant to close in April. Regulators cited an AQMD report suggesting that the plant’s arsenic emissions posed a risk to more than 100,000 people in Maywood, Boyle …

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Today’s News: No motive in gunman’s ‘farewell’ note; On-time budget; California snowfall decline expected

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Killer’s goodbye. The man responsible for last Friday’s deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica carried a note saying he was sorry for his actions. But investigators still aren’t sure what motivated John Zawahri to kill five people before he was shot to death by police.
Zawahri’s four-page, hand-written note was found on his body after he was killed on the Santa Monica College campus. Police …

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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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