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  • Data show more students leaving public schools for charters

    05/29/2016 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 11:23 AM EDT
    Urban school districts from Los Angeles to Philadelphia are experiencing declining enrollment in traditional public schools as more parents enroll their children in charters, depleting millions in per-pupil funding from district budgets. In states experiencing population growth, such as Arizona, charter schools help relieve overcrowding. But for districts that are struggling financially, the student flight is costly. …
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:19:39 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | May 27, 2016
    VENICE (CBSLA.com) — Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend. Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end. “This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.” The memorial was...
  • Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 in L.A.

    05/27/2016 4:32:24 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | May 26, 2016 | Dennis Romero
    June is a time of celebration. Graduations take place. Father's Day is observed. And summer officially begins. It's also when the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles has scheduled festivities for a revered day in the diabolic community — 6/6/16.
  • Sanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy'

    05/23/2016 4:51:43 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 | Ken Thomas
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be "messy" as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle..." Asked if the convention could be messy, Sanders said, "So what! Democracy is messy. Everyday my life is messy. But if you want everything to be quiet and orderly and allow, you know, just things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about."
  • Listen online tonight: Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Mahler's Third Symphony

    05/22/2016 2:42:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Sunday, May 22 | 7 pm 
PDT / 8 pm MDT / 9 pm CDT / 10 pm EDT Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Tamara Mumford, mezzo-sopranoWomen of LA Master ChoraleLA Children’s Chorus Mahler: Symphony No. 3
  • There is movement in God's rest[charismatic Caucus]

    05/20/2016 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-20-16 | Holy Spirit,
    There "IS" movement in My rest, Though you are at peace you wear My Best, The fullness of My Spirit moving in you, Accomplishing The Father's will in all you say and do, Step by step each jot and tittle performed, For in "My rest" you are Re-born, Into My peace bearing the fruit of Tranquility, For each step you now take is an image of Me in the shape of My Kingdom and Majesty, So all others see is me in you , For no other shape has the ability of My will to say and do, The form...
  • Giants wish the best for Tim Lincecum, and one former Angel can’t wait to receive him

    05/18/2016 9:58:34 AM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 18th, 2016 | by Andrew Baggarly
    SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Angels sought out a character reference on Tim Lincecum. They did not need to think twice about whom to call. “They asked my opinion,” said Bengie Molina, “and I gave it to them straight-up.” For all that Lincecum accomplished with Buster Posey, he always talks in glowing terms about Molina as the catcher who shepherded him as he broke into the big leagues, became his friend and support network besides his batterymate, and channeled his talents when he was at the height of his powers. While Molina does not hold an official title with...
  • U.S. intelligence warns of Venezuela collapse (Socialism)

    05/13/2016 10:34:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/13/2013 | LA Times
    With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and intransigent political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence, U.S. intelligence officials warned Friday. Venezuela, which controls the world's largest reserves of crude oil, is in the throes of a potentially explosive political stalemate after opposition parties gained a majority in the national congress in elections late last year. President Nicolas Maduro, a leftist, faces a possible recall vote sponsored by the opposition that he is maneuvering to block.
  • George Clooney uses his platform at the Cannes Film Festival to denounce The Donald

    05/12/2016 11:46:37 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 94 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12 May 2016 | By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    George Clooney is making his disdain for Donald Trump known not just here in the United States but also overseas. The actor was interviewed by members of the international press at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday afternoon, and took some time to share with them his opinion of Trump. 'There's not going to be a President Donald Trump,' said Clooney, who held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last month in Los Angeles where tickets reportedly went for $353,400 per couple. 'That's not going to happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country. We're not going...
  • Traffic Talk: In Los Angeles, the topic is priority Number One.

    05/11/2016 8:42:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 11, 2016 | Fred Siegel
    In December, preparing to escape what turned out to be a mild New York winter for the palmy breezes of Southern California, I was stunned when friends suggested that I think twice about coming to Los Angeles. What could be awful enough to keep my wife and me in the Northeast? I soon discovered that, for every Angeleno I spoke with, the answer was the same. It wasn’t homelessness, crime, or El Niño; it wasn’t that Kobe Bryant was retiring. No, it was traffic: the subject of constant calculation and discussion, a matter of negotiation between friends, spouses, and would-be...
  • L.A.'s middle class is gone. How do we rebuild it?

    05/10/2016 7:44:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 70 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2016 | Harold Meyerson
    Of all the problems besetting Los Angeles, the most fundamental is this: It doesn't have much of a middle class.
  • Clinton Transition Left $15,000 Damage, GAO Says

    12/29/2015 4:26:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | June 12, 2002 | MICHELLE MUNN
    A yearlong investigation into whether Clinton administration aides left the White House in fraternity-party disarray as they vacated the presidential premises has turned up about $15,000 in damage, according to a government report released Tuesday. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) asked the General Accounting Office last June to look into allegations that Clinton staffers had ripped phone cords from walls, left obscene voicemail messages, defaced bathrooms and vandalized computer keyboards by removing the "W" keys when they left the White House. A number of items, including a 12-inch presidential seal and several antique doorknobs, were assumed stolen. "The Clinton administration treated...
  • Protester confronts Hillary on rope line: ‘You’re a murderer!’ [Video]

    05/07/2016 10:48:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 5/7/16 | Kyle Olson
    Hillary Clinton received a brutal reception from Latinos in Los Angeles on Thursday. In addition to being driven from the overflow stage after speaking less than one minute, Clinton was confronted by a man holding a banner along the rope line of the rally inside.
  • Los Angeles Jury Convicts 'Grim Sleeper' of 10 Murders

    05/05/2016 9:54:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu May 5, 2016 | Scott Glover and Paul Vercammen
    Lonnie David Franklin, Jr., a one-time garbage truck driver and LAPD garage attendant, was found guilty Thursday of murdering nine women and one girl over a span of three decades, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in California history. Jurors took less than two days to convict Franklin of all charges against him, including the attempted murder of a woman who survived a 1988 attack. He was dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" because of a 13-year gap between slayings attributed to him. Franklin, who has close-cropped hair and wears glasses, stared straight ahead and remained silent during the...
  • LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of 'Shield' actor, documents show

    05/06/2016 12:01:30 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | By Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton
    Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by The Times. LAPD detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S belonging to April Jace, whom the actor is accused of killing at their South L.A. home in 2014, according to a search warrant filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The bypass occurred earlier this year, during the same period that the FBI was demanding that Apple unlock the iPhone 5C of San...
  • Cruz's faltering campaign shows the risks of depending on a few wealthy donors

    05/02/2016 2:42:39 PM PDT · by catnipman · 77 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/2/2016 | Joseph Tanfani and Noah Bierman
    Ted Cruz, in his outsider’s bid for the White House, has depended heavily on the largesse of just three wealthy donors to establish credibility and stay afloat amid a chaotic nominating process that killed off most of his rivals. Now, at perhaps the most desperate moment in his quest to win the Republican nomination, Cruz is learning the perils of relying on strong-willed magnates who carry their own agendas and have demanded an unprecedented level of control in how their money is spent. ...
  • Thousands plan May 1 marches in US in heated election year

    05/01/2016 9:10:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2016 | Amy Taxin
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands are expected to rally in cities across the United States on Sunday for immigrant and worker rights and against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric.
  • Woman found near Manson murders IDed after 47 years

    Jurvetson's body was found Nov. 16, 1969, by a birdwatcher in dense brush off the iconic Mulholland Drive. She had been stabbed 150 times and didn't have identification. ... After going unidentified for years, Jurvetson eventually became known Jane Doe No. 59. The location and timing of her killing, just a few miles away from several Manson family murders, has long fueled speculation that Jurvetson's case was connected. ... Police said they used DNA to identify Jurvetson after her sister recognized a photo posted of the young woman's body online. The sister, Anne Jurvetson, told People that the "free-spirited and...
  • Unions' $15 Minimum Wage About-Face

    04/25/2016 1:56:11 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | Apr 25, 2016 | Rex Sinquefield
    Recent discussions within Los Angeles labor groups reveal inherent hypocrisy within the “Fight for $15” campaign. Unions paid plenty of lip service toward this effort, which would raise the minimum wage to $15. The Los Angeles City Council is considering a measure that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020, and this month California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2022. It seems that unions should be celebrating this supposed win for workers – yet union leaders are currently seeking an exemption to the $15-an-hour minimum wage for union...
  • L.A. Diary: Stoners for Trump, and a Case of ‘Cruz-mentum’

    04/22/2016 5:08:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 21, 2016 | Michael Potemra
    When I was a lad, I very much enjoyed the comedy of Cheech & Chong. Tonight, at the Novo by Microsoft theatre in downtown Los Angeles, I got to see them live. Their humor comes from a gentler, and now rather distant, time in our nation’s history, but only one of the many bits actually felt dated. Amid the drug-related and social-observation material came a genuine political surprise. An anti-Trump joke in the opening act fell a little flat, and a few minutes later, when the main act got under way, Cheech asked the audience, “Are there any Donald Trump...
  • Clean air advocate: California has nation's dirtiest air

    04/20/2016 2:01:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 3:10 AM EDT | Scott Smith
    Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm equipment and fireplaces, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 report says. Los Angeles remains the nation’s leader in harmful ozone pollution from car tailpipes emitting smog, the report says. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks, lead to lung cancer and cause premature death. […]...
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/17/2016 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • The Call: Azusa Now

    04/09/2016 12:04:27 PM PDT · by SetFree · 86 replies
    Azusa Now ^ | 4/9/2016 | Lou Engle
    In the city of angels a day for praise, worship, asking forgiveness and declaration of the Lord's goodness to America and the nations...in the way of thy will be done on earth (now, today)as it is in heaven. A coliseum of believers from many nations joining in spiritual warfare for good. 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM Pacific Time.
  • Wild Police Chase (TR) (Los Angeles - Police do NOTHING)

    04/07/2016 6:14:51 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4-7-2016 | Joseph Serna, Richard Winton
    Story at link Wild police pursuit in rain includes 'doughnuts' on the 101, hugs and a TMZ tour bus
  • Charlie Sheen Under Felony Investigation for Threatening to Put a $20k Hit on Ex-Porn Star Fiance

    04/06/2016 5:04:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 6, 2016 | Kipp Jones
    The Los Angeles Police Department launched a felony investigation into Charlie Sheen Tuesday after the actor allegedly made death threats against his former fiancée, porn star Brett Rossi, according to numerous reports. The reported investigation centers on allegations made by Rossi, whose legal name is Scottine Ross, during an interview with the LAPD last week. Ross is suing Sheen in civil court and claims he did not disclose his HIV-positive before they had unprotected sex. She filed a “criminal threats” report last week in California, and was awarded an emergency restraining order against Sheen. Police are reportedly working to obtain...
  • Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

    04/07/2016 1:57:32 PM PDT · by kingu · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 7th, 2016 | Abby Sewell
    In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal. A divided Board of Supervisors voted in 2014 to reinstate the cross on top of a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission, which appears on the seal among other symbols of county history. They were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars, who said placement of the cross on the seal unconstitutionally favored Christianity over other religions.
  • Dramatic rise in crime casts a shadow on downtown L.A.'s gentrification

    09/02/2015 7:30:00 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/2/2015 | Ben Poston and Kate Mather
    As Lauren Mishkind was walking along 7th Street this summer in downtown Los Angeles, a man pulled a handgun and pointed it at another person standing behind her. Terrified, she hid behind a car while the assailant tackled the victim. "I was just shaking for the rest of the day," said Mishkind, who lives downtown and works at an architectural firm in the area. "You kind of assume it's par for the course living down here, which is kind of more shocking." Crime has jumped across the city this year, but nowhere has the increase been as large as in...
  • Stung by Trump's attacks, Mexico names ambassador to U.S. who is expected to fight back

    04/05/2016 10:53:07 PM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05 April 2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Donald Trump's hyperbolic rhetoric about Mexico apparently has claimed a victim. Mexico abruptly replaced its low-profile ambassador to Washington with an experienced, well-traveled diplomat and put a public relations expert into its Foreign Ministry’s top spot for American affairs. {snip} Named to replace him is Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, who has been consul general in Los Angeles for three years and previously served at Mexican consulates in New York, Chicago, Toronto and San Antonio. A Mexican Foreign Ministry statement announcing the changes emphasized Sada’s “broad experience … protecting the rights of Mexicans in North America, as well as defending the...
  • Bronze Monument Honoring 4-Legged Crime Fighters Unveiled In Anaheim (CA)

    04/03/2016 7:07:28 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 5 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 3, 2016
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — For the first time in Anaheim, a special tribute has been unveiled honoring the city's four-legged crime fighters. The bronze monument was revealed Sunday at La Palma Dog Park on N. Anaheim Boulevard and was inspired by former Anaheim K-9 police officer, Bruno.
  • Neighbors said gay man shot by father had troubled history

    04/03/2016 11:46:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/2/2016 | Matt Stevens and Cindy Carcamo
    Friends and neighbors of a man who has been charged with killing his son because he was gay said Saturday that the young man had a troubled history and was involved in several incidents that resulted in the police being called to the house. On Friday, Shehada Khalil Issa, 69, of North Hills was charged with fatally shooting his son, Amir Issa, 29, outside the family’s home earlier this week because he was gay, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. “The murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that...
  • Christians urged to embrace 'powerful' Black Lives Matter movement [The New Christianity]

    04/02/2016 7:04:39 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    A speaker at an evangelical Christian college urged students to accept the views of Black Lives Matter and consider themselves as having benefited from white privilege while looking to the Palestinians for inspiration in how to get along with one’s adversaries. The Rev. Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist who teaches at Duke University School of Divinity and authored the book "Disunity in Christ," brought a message of reconciliation and "love without exception" to Biola University in Los Angeles last week. At a conference titled "Love No Matter What: Politics, Sex, Race and the Way of the Cross," Cleveland touted the...
  • Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay [R.O.P.?]

    04/02/2016 4:18:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2016 6:39 AM EDT
    <p>A man accused of fatally shooting his son outside a home where his wife was found dead has been charged with one count of premeditated murder as a hate crime, with prosecutors alleging he killed his son for being gay.</p>
  • California Mayor Bans Trump From Campaigning in Her City

    04/02/2016 8:33:19 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 93 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | 4/1/216 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may want to avoid West Hollywood when he campaigns in California ahead of the state's potentially decisive June 7 primary. Lindsey Horvath, the mayor of West Hollywood, Calif., which is located in the heart of Los Angeles County and home to a sizable population of gay men, penned a letter to Trump this week explaining that he is unwelcome in her city. "With the primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood's Mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our City," she wrote...
  • On campuses across the country, students are standing up for Donald Trump

    04/01/2016 5:05:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 1, 2016 | Rosanna Xia
    Hunkered behind a MacBook decorated with stickers that read "This laptop was brought to you by capitalism" and "TRUMP 2016," Jake Lopez bounces T-shirt slogans off his friend Ian McIlvoy. "Trumplicans," he says, nodding with satisfaction. "I think it'll take off." Lopez is the California director of Students for Trump. Working from his dorm at Westmont College, he helps marshal the thousands of students who are pounding out phone calls, taping up fliers and blanketing Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat in an effort to persuade their peers that Donald Trump is the man. Although vastly outnumbered nationwide by left-leaning classmates chanting...
  • Donald Trump is now the least popular American politician in three decades

    04/01/2016 12:10:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 110 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 1, 2016 | David Lauter
    Controversy over Trump has failed to dent his standing with his core supporters in the Republican primaries, but his image among the rest of the electorate has plunged. The share of Americans with an unfavorable view of Trump is extraordinary: 68% in the most recent Bloomberg poll, 67% in the CNN/ORC survey, 67% in the ABC/Washington Post poll, 65% from Gallup. The 57% unfavorable rating he received in the most recent CBS/New York Times survey looks mild by comparison.
  • Confirmed: Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime

    04/01/2016 7:00:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 31, 2016 | Jack Dunphy
    Confirmed: Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime Jack Dunphy Gentle readers, fasten your seatbelts. We are about to embark on a virtual tour on which you will join me in a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car cruising some of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. We will be patrolling the LAPD’s 77th Street Division, which year after year ranks at or near the top in violent crime among the city’s 21 patrol divisions. The Los Angeles Times tracks crime in more than 200 communities across L.A. County, and five of the top ten on the list are in 77th Street Division....
  • Bernie Sanders calls George Clooney's $33,400-a-ticket Hillary Clinton fundraiser 'obscene'

    03/28/2016 12:43:31 PM PDT · by dennisw · 35 replies
    dailymail ^ | 28 March 2016 | Ashley Collman
    George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on April 15 where seats at the head table cost $353,400 a couple The next night, another fundraiser will be held at Clooney's Los Angeles home and tickets are $33,400 each On Sunday, Bernie Sanders called the two fundraisers 'obscene' in an interview on CNN 'The people coming to this event have undue influence on the political process,' Sanders said Most of Sanders' fundraisers are '$15 or $50', he said 'It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign,' Sanders said on CNN's State of...
  • Deal Reached To Take California Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour; Some Workers Fear For Their Tips

    03/27/2016 8:46:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO (CBSLA.com/AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco said Saturday. “Everyone’s been operating in good faith and we hope to get it through the Legislature.” Leno said if an agreement is finalized, it would go before the Legislature as part of his minimum-wage bill that stalled last year. If the Legislature approves...
  • Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fracture

    03/27/2016 11:16:42 AM PDT · by Iowa David · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/27/2016 | Cathleen Decker
    ....But among the voters most likely to turn out, the poll shows the race between Trump and Cruz is nearly tied, with Trump at 36% versus Cruz at 35%. The difference illustrates how a low turnout in the June 7 primary could hurt Trump and boost Cruz....
  • Poll: ftmPoll Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fracture

    03/27/2016 8:56:00 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Cathleen Decker
    Riding a rebellion fueled by opposition to illegal immigration and pessimism about the nation's future, Donald Trump leads a scrambling duo of competitors less than three months before California's Republican presidential primary, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll has found. Yet the party whose nomination he is seeking has fractured because of his candidacy, with ominous prospects for Republicans if the New York businessman emerges victorious after the party's summer convention.
  • Poll Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fractur

    03/27/2016 8:51:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    LA LA Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Cathleen Decker
    Riding a rebellion fueled by opposition to illegal immigration and pessimism about the nation's future, Donald Trump leads a scrambling duo of competitors less than three months before California's Republican presidential primary, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll has found. Yet the party whose nomination he is seeking has fractured because of his candidacy, with ominous prospects for Republicans if the New York businessman emerges victorious after the party's summer convention. A quarter of California Republican voters polled said they would refuse to vote for Trump in November if he is the party's nominee. Almost one-third of those...
  • Why so many voters are drawn to Donald Trump

    03/26/2016 5:41:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2016 | Steve Lopez
    The way the presidential campaign is shaping up, Ventura musician Jon Gindick may do something he's never done before. "I've never voted for a Republican," the registered Democrat told me. "I like Trump." A waiter told me he thought Trump's trade restrictions would create more jobs at higher wages. A couple wearing matching red, white and blue shirts told me their healthcare costs had tripled under Obamacare — a program Trump says he'll shred. To Gindick, Trump's remarks about criminals coming across the border were refreshingly honest, and not at all a condemnation of all immigrants or Latinos in general....
  • So Agreeable: Clinton Nods Almost Non-Stop During Roundtable Discussion

    03/26/2016 8:16:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2016 | David Rutz
    Hillary Clinton could not stop showing her agreement during a roundtable in Los Angeles on Thursday, nodding her head almost without a break for at least three-and-a-half minutes during one man’s remarks. Salam Al-Marayati, the head of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, spoke at length near the end of the roundtable with other Muslim community leaders about, among things, the positive role Muslims could play in the United States in combatting radicalization. Clinton, seated to his right, nodded fervently throughout his speech. She also nodded a lot at the other speakers that discussed myriad issues involving the American Muslim community....
  • Vin Scully: 'Kind of embarrassing' to be focus of Dodgers' TV negotiations

    03/24/2016 11:29:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 23, 2016 | Bill Shaikin
    As the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable invoked the name of Vin Scully in lobbying DirecTV to carry SportsNet LA, the Hall of Fame broadcaster said Wednesday he was not entirely comfortable "to have my name tossed into a negotiation.” Said Scully: “I’m pretty shy with that kind of stuff.” The beloved Scully, 88, is entering his 67th and final season as voice of the Dodgers. A TWC spokesman said Tuesday that the company had cut its asking price for the Dodgers-owned channel "especially because of the historic nature of this year, with it being Vin Scully’s final season.”
  • Ignore Cruz And Trump — Scapegoating Muslims Is An Un-American Response To The Brussels Attacks

    03/22/2016 5:57:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 21, 2016
    Ignore Cruz And Trump — Scapegoating Muslims Is An Un-American Response To The Brussels Attacks It has been clear at least since the massacre in Paris last November that jihadist terrorists are embedded in Europe, difficult to detect and determined to engage in spectacular acts of violence. So while Tuesday's carnage in Brussels was horrific, it also was achingly familiar. This time more than 30 people were killed and hundreds injured in separate attacks at the Brussels airport and at a downtown subway close to the headquarters of the European Union. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. While condemnations...
  • George Clooney bashes Donald Trump in Hillary Clinton fundraising letter

    03/21/2016 10:44:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 21, 2016 | Nardine Saad
    George Clooney made his political proclivities known in an open letter that pointedly bashed Republican front-runner Donald Trump. The Hillary Clinton campaign emailed Clooney's letter to supporters on Monday, in which he called for voters to rally behind the Democratic presidential hopeful and her "voice of tolerance and experience." The actor-activist and his wife, Amal, a human-rights lawyer, are hosting a fundraiser for Clinton at their Los Angeles home next month.
  • Lucy Jones is leaving her job - to shake up more than just earthquakes

    03/20/2016 9:34:30 AM PDT · by thecodont · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2016 | Rosanna Xia
    The questions were coming fast and frantic: How strong was the earthquake? Was it on the San Andreas? Is the Big One coming? A massive temblor had struck near Joshua Tree shortly before 10 p.m., causing buildings to sway all the way to Las Vegas. As the public braced for more shaking, the media flocked to Caltech that night in 1992. One woman seemed to have all the answers. It was a magnitude 6.1, explained U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, and the odds of a larger quake in the next three days stood at 15%. She shifted her weight...