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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 …

Government

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 …

Olympics

GCC : Positions - Mayors (2016)

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

California

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

Foreign Policy

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 …

Journalism

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 …

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 …

U.S. Census

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

OC Sheriff Hutchens acknowledges informant use in county jails

<i>File: Judge Thomas Goethals listens to arguments during a motion hearing in the trial of Scott Dekraai, on March 18, 2014 in Santa Ana, California.</i> …

Crime

Mexican artist Jorge Marin’s “Wings of the City” exhibit in Anaheim lets you be part of the art

ANAHEIM — In cultures around the world, wings have symbolic meanings.<p>Wings can mean an angel, speed or flight. For many, wings are a symbol of …

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens testifies that jailhouse informant scandal is ‘a matter of semantics’

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens testifies in court about the use of jailhouse informants at the Santa Ana Central Justice Center on Wednesday, …

Crime

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens won't seek re-election

<i>Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is seen in a KPCC file photo. Hutchens announced Tuesday that she's retiring and endorsing Undersheriff Don</i> …

Crime

Downtown LA streetcar could open in 2021 — if it gets needed funding

<i>Image depicting a proposed streetcar to run in downtown L.A.; Credit: goLAstreetca</i>Meghan McCarty CarinoWednesday brought good news and bad news about …

Southern California

Carl's Jr. fined $1.45 million by Los Angeles for allegedly underpaying employees

The City of Los Angeles isn’t too happy with Carl’s Jr. right now.<p>On Monday, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that the city is fining Carl’s Jr. in the amount of $1.45 million, alleging that seven of its locations had failed to pay 37 workers the legal minimum wage between July and December …

Los Angeles

The Wilshire Grand—LA’s tallest tower—opens today

Its distinctive sail-shaped top was inspired by Yosemite’s Half Dome<p>The Wilshire Grand Center—which opens to the public today—narrowly eclipses the U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles. But what might stand out to Angelenos more than the height is the tower’s ornamental top.<p>It …

Prosecutor vows to launch new sexual assault case against Bill Cosby following mistrial

A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday in the case against Bill Cosby after a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision, an inconclusive finale to one of the most high-profile sexual assault cases in years.<p>Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in an …

10 of the worst landlords in Los Angeles

<i>Curbed has retracted the article previously published on this page, “10 of the worst landlords in Los Angeles,” which was originally published on May 31, 2017.</i>

The richest neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Nope, Beverly Hills is not No. 1<p>For well over a century, Los Angeles has been attracting plenty of wealthy residents seeking the success-affirming ocean views and rays of California sunshine.<p>But when it comes to picking a neighborhood, where are the wealthy citizens of LA most likely to settle?<p>Not …

More than 150 firefighters battle brush fire sparked by weed whacker in Brentwood

More than 150 firefighters battled a 55-acre brush fire in Brentwood on Sunday that investigators say was sparked by a gas-driven weed whacker.<p>As of 10:30 p.m. the blaze was over 70% contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.<p>A private company working on Mandeville Canyon Road had been …

Jacarandas are LA’s future

Think purple, not palms<p>For a few particularly grey weeks of spring, the lavender blossoms of jacaranda trees are everywhere you go, a parade of pastel fireworks exploding along Los Angeles’s streets. You not only see them, you hear them, too, as their rubbery petals render sidewalks squeaky and …

Californians Are Revolting Against Dems Who Voted For Gas Tax Hike

Californians are pushing back against the Democratic lawmakers who passed the largest gas tax in the state’s history last month.<p>Citizens have signed …

Government

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca sentenced to three years in prison in jail corruption scandal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, once a towering, respected figure in policing, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in county jails, marking an end to a corruption scandal that has roiled the Sheriff’s …

Everything we know about In-N-Out's reclusive 35-year-old president who just became one of the youngest billionaires in America

Thirty-five-year-old Lynsi Snyder became one of the youngest billionaires in the US this week, after inheriting full control of the burger chain In-N-Out.<p>Snyder inherited 50% of In-N-Out's shares when she turned 30, and on Friday — her 35th birthday — she acquired most of the chain's remaining …

NHRA

Sinclair to Buy Tribune, Expanding Reach to LA TV Market

Sinclair Broadcast Group, already the nation's largest local TV station operator, wants to be even bigger.<p>The company announced Monday that it will …

FCC