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Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor
In The News
Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor

LOS ANGELES — A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1 million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach, Calif., mansions, multiple legal actions — and allegations that the billionaire investor blared the "Gilligan's... Read More

Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
State News
Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health... Read More

After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged
State News
After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged

LOS ANGELES - Ballots retrieved from a Baldwin Park drop box that was burned in what authorities say may have been arson have been transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar for sorting and review, officials said Tuesday. County Clerk Dean C. Logan of the registrar's office... Read More

Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?
Criminal Justice
Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?

SAN JOSE, Calif. - When the push to eliminate California's cash bail system began in the state Legislature several years ago, the battle lines were clearly drawn. On one side were civil rights groups and criminal justice reform advocates arguing that cash bail... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
State News
California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters
State News
21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the first time in California history, a ballot will make its way in the mail this week to every registered California voter, a decision made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that will reshape the election... Read More

Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’
Wildfires
Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze... Read More

Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate
Education
Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed... Read More

Orange County’s Bishop, a $12 Million Problem and a Secret Fight Stretching to the Vatican
Catholic Church
Orange County’s Bishop, a $12 Million Problem and a Secret Fight Stretching to the Vatican

LOS ANGELES — The FedEx envelopes landed at dawn on the doorsteps of some of Orange County’s most influential Catholic philanthropists — real estate developers, attorneys, CEOs and other church stalwarts who had raised tens of millions of dollars over... Read More

Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.
2020 Elections
Lakers, AEG to Make Staples Center a Voting Center for L.A.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Staples Center will serve as a polling place where Los Angeles voters can cast ballots for the 2020 presidential election from Oct. 30 through Election Day, Nov. 3. In a statement, the parties involved touted arenas as... Read More

Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says
Wildfires
Trump Sought to Withhold California Fire Aid Because of Politics, Former Official Says

WASHINGTON — The former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claims in a political ad released Monday that President Donald Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him... Read More

Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?
In The News
Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi Could Be First and Second in Line for President. How Did Bay Area Politics Manage That?

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties. And to many... Read More

The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed
In The News
The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed

LOS ANGELES — Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quiñonez shares with his little brother. The men were from the Los Angeles Police... Read More

With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator
Congress
With Harris as Biden’s VP Pick, Newsom Has Chance to Appoint History-Making Senator

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The... Read More

Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows

President Donald Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows. The poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies... Read More

Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
Climate
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

Group of Veteran California Republicans Will Campaign Against Trump and Senators Who Back Him
2020 Elections
Group of Veteran California Republicans Will Campaign Against Trump and Senators Who Back Him

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now that the Lincoln Project has the nation’s attention with its ads baiting and attacking President Donald Trump, the political action committee is going grassroots. To start, the Lincoln Project, founded by well-known conservatives late last year,... Read More

Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
State News
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting
In The News
Trump Targets California in Latest Attack on Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make... Read More

What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t
2020 Elections
What Tuesday’s Special Elections Taught Us, and What They Didn’t

WASHINGTON — It’s difficult to glean broader trends from a couple of special elections, but that didn’t stop both parties from drawing polar opposite lessons from Tuesday’s contests in California and Wisconsin. In California’s competitive 25th District, Republican Mike Garcia,... Read More

Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated
2020 Elections
Republicans Stake Congressional Victory, Claim Seat Katie Hill Vacated

LOS ANGELES — Republican Mike Garcia claimed victory Wednesday in the race for an open congressional seat north of Los Angeles, the first time the GOP has flipped a California district from blue to red in more than 20 years.... Read More

California Helped Turn Congress Blue in 2018. Can These Democrats Hold On in 2020?
2020 Elections
California Helped Turn Congress Blue in 2018. Can These Democrats Hold On in 2020?

WASHINGTON — California has at least half a dozen races to watch in this year’s battle for control of the House of Representatives, and voters have a little more clarity on their choices following last week’s primary election. Democrats flipped... Read More

How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short
Voting
How Los Angeles’ Election Innovation Fell Short

LOS ANGELES — Local election officials spent one decade and $300 million to design an innovative voting system that many experts thought was the future of elections. But at vote centers throughout the sprawling city on Super Tuesday, some Angelenos... Read More

LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent
State News
LA County Elections Chief Apologizes for Long Lines, Chaotic Balloting as Voters Vent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s new voting system was marked by long lines, snafus and growing anger among voters, with some waiting hours to cast ballots that continued well into the night. “This was a challenging day for a... Read More

Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020 Elections
Democrat Christy Smith Advances in Race for Katie Hill’s House Seat
2020-03-04 22:20:09
by Dan McCue

California Assemblywoman Christy Smith advanced Wednesday in her bid to fill the House seat left vacant by the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill. Smith entered the race almost immediately after Hill quit following a nude photo scandal which led... Read More

California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders
2020 Elections
California Could be ‘Lifeline’ for Women Candidates Trailing Bernie Sanders

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tuesday wasn’t supposed to be a battle for second place. Julie Cecilio and her friends aren’t making campaign calls and knocking on doors this weekend, just days before California’s presidential primary, to help ensure a woman... Read More

Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep
California
Korean Liquor Store. Black Neighborhood. A Quarter of a Century After the LA Riots, Misgivings Still Run Deep

LOS ANGELES — It started with a stick — that much everybody can agree on. A Korean stock boy wielded the stick at a black patron inside a Leimert Park liquor store late on a Sunday afternoon. In some tellings,... Read More

Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas
California
Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas on a recent Saturday, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below... Read More

California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot
State News
California Could Become America’s Sports Betting Capital as Rival Groups Eye November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth... Read More

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