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Plans for religious-themed retreat in Mission Valley rejected by City Council

Longstanding plans by San Diego televangelist Morris Cerullo to transform an aging Mission Valley hotel into a $160 million religious-themed retreat …

San Diego

Southern California home prices jump in August amid widespread concerns about state's housing affordability

The Southern California real estate market continued to sizzle in August as home prices jumped 7.5% from a year earlier, highlighting new poll results showing widespread concern about the state’s housing affordability.<p>In Los Angeles County, the median price surged 9.4% to a record $580,000, …

Real Estate

California politics updates: State sends signal of 'resistance' to President Trump

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>Lawmakers in Sacramento adjourned the 2017 legislative session in the wee hours Saturday. Here's what they accomplished.<br>• California could soon expand protections for …

California

It’s official: San Francisco is the richest urban area in America

The thriving, technology-driven wealth of the Bay Area is the envy of the rest of America, with good reason.<p>According to the latest data from the US Census Bureau, San Francisco tops the list of the 25 largest metropolitan areas by household income. The median household in the San Francisco area …

San Francisco

Orange County's Irvine Co. plans bid for Amazon's second headquarters

Orange County’s Irvine Co. said Friday it plans to bid for Amazon.com’s second headquarters, which Amazon says will employ up to 50,000 people.<p>Privately held Irvine Co. said it would work with the city of Irvine, a master-planned community developed by the company, to “submit a responsive and …

California

Some California voters don't trust Post Office to mail ballots, study says

<i>The UC Davis research found a lot of Asians, African-Americans and Latinos don't trust the post office to deliver their ballots on time.; Credit:</i> …

UC Davis

Federal audit shows the government improperly used funds to help plan for California's proposed massive water tunnel

A new federal audit says the U.S. government improperly spent $84 million to help plan for California’s massive proposed water project.<p>The audit, by the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Interior Department and obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, says federal officials contributed the …

Water

LA will bid to host Amazon’s second corporate headquarters

The project would eventually need up to 8 million square feet of space. Where would we even put it?<p>Following today’s announcement that Amazon, online retailer of everything under the sun, is looking for a place to build a second corporate headquarters, the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> reports LA wants to be …

Los Angeles

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires

<b>S</b>hawna Lynn Jones climbed from the back of a red truck with ‘‘L.A. County Fire’’ printed on its side. Ten more women piled out after her, at a spot on the border of Agoura Hills and Malibu, in Southern California. They could see flames in the vicinity of Mulholland Highway, from a fire that had …

Prison

Silicon Valley Wants To Dust Off The Democratic Establishment

A massive shift happened, quietly, during the Obama years: Democrats got comfortable and gave up their lead in digital campaigning, Democratic and Republican political operatives say.<p>Republicans, meanwhile, itched to regain power and invested heavily in using the Internet to build political support.<p>…

Silicon Valley

California politics updates: State's leaders respond to Trump administration's decision to end DACA

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>Follow our live coverage of the DACA changes<br>• Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Friday that will ban detaining crime victims or witnesses for federal immigration …

California

Memorial Day Crosses on the Beach in Santa Barbara

<b>The first and the last pictures are taken at the beach in Santa Barbara right next to the Pier. There is a veterans group that started putting a</b> …

California

This guy wants to create “the Disneyland of coffee shops” in Anaheim

Kris Irons, 28, is a co-owner of a new fantasy restaurant called Requiem Coffee, Tea & Fantasy in Anaheim on Friday, August 25, 2017. Requiem is …

Coffee

California Lawmakers Want to Force Doctors, Nursing Home Staffs to Deny Their Consciences

The First Amendment stands as a testament to one of the Founding Fathers’ core convictions: that man has an inalienable right to live out his deeply …

Rights & Freedoms

How affordable housing in LA reinforces economic segregation

<i>The City of L.A. is poised to spend over a billion dollars on affordable housing over the next decade. Where will it go?; Credit: Emily …

Housing

Pentagon waives repayment of more than $190 million from California National Guard members

The Defense Department will let California National Guard members keep more than $190 million in disputed enlistment bonuses and other payments — far more than previously acknowledged — after the military spent six years trying to recover the money from veterans who had served at the height of the …

Veterans

O.C. mass shooter is spared death penalty in case tainted by jail informant scandal

For years, allegations that Orange County law enforcement officials used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights have roiled the region’s criminal justice system.<p>The so-called snitch scandal has led to the retrial of several convicted killers, sparked …

Crime

State Agency That Disciplines Judges Fights to Keep Operating in Secrecy after 56 Yrs.

AUGUST 11, 2017<p>Email Print Text Size<p>A California judicial commission that’s operated in secrecy for more than five and a half decades is engaged in a …

L.A. Announces Nation's First Regional Cybersecurity Initiative

Los Angeles Cyber Lab was formed by the city in partnership with Cisco. [ more › ]

Cybersecurity

L.A. City Council endorses 2028 Olympics bid, accepting responsibility for any cost overruns

Nothing about Los Angeles’ quest to host the Summer Olympics for a third time has been straightforward or easy.<p>The private committee pursuing the bid was named as the sole U.S. candidate for 2024 only after the first choice, Boston, withdrew.<p>Then, in the middle of a heated race between L.A. and …

Eric Garcetti

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Judicial Watch May Sue CA to Force Clean Up of Voter Rolls

CalExit Leader: 'This is California; We're Not the United States'

California State Parks switching to new reservation system on Aug. 1

California campers who utilize the state's parks will need to use a different reservation system starting in August.<p>California State Parks will now offer camping and lodging reservations via ReserveCalifornia, a site that launches on Aug. 1, instead of ReserveAmerica, its former vendor. According …

National Parks

SYNDICATED COLUMN: What Happened When I Represented Myself as My Own Lawyer

For a cartoonist, I turned out to be a fairly decent lawyer. But I didn’t want to represent myself. It took two vicious lawyers to force me into that …

The brainiest train in California

My train line is smarter than your train line.<p>I ride the Brain Train, officially the Los Angeles Metro system’s Gold Line, running from the San …

California

Where and how birth rates have dropped in California

California’s birth rate is the lowest it has been since the Great Depression. Today we look at how age and population trends are changing quickly in …

Population

Anaheim parents win victory over district in charter school fight

Parents at an Anaheim elementary school who have fought their district to convert their campus to a charter school won their battle Wednesday when …

Education

California Will Hold Its Own Global Climate Summit As Trump Refuses To Act

“I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement, but he doesn’t speak for the rest of America," said California Gov. Jerry Brown.<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Thursday he’ll host a global climate summit in San Francisco next year, vowing to continue reducing carbon …

Climate