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The destructive force of Rebuild LA

How the nonprofit created after the 1992 ‘riots’ failed the community it was supposed to help<p>Two stray pit bulls swaggered like old pals toward the intersection of Florence and Normandie. On the northeast corner was Tom’s Liquor, on the southeast corner sat a Unocal station, and the northwest and …

Los Angeles

Gov. Brown signs bill raising gas tax and vehicle fees by $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repairs

California motorists will start paying higher gas and diesel taxes on Nov. 1 under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown to provide $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repairs and expanded mass transit in the state.<p>The plan, which also includes new fees when vehicles are registered, …

California

Trump signs drilling order that could impact California coast

Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington:<p>Military probes possible friendly fire in deaths of two U.S. service members in Afghanistan• <b><br>Trump</b> signs executive order that could open California coast to drilling<br>• House okays one-week stopgap measure to avert shutdown<br>• GOP …

Sanctuary Cities

California politics updates: Polls close in L.A.'s congressional race

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>See live election results and follow along with us as votes are tallied<br>• Few voters went to the polls Tuesday, with many precincts reporting low turnout<br>• The state Senate has …

California

What does it mean to be a chef in Los Angeles in 2017? We asked a few of them

Q&A<p>By Amy ScattergoodContact Reporter<p>What’s it like to be a chef in Los Angeles these days? This is, of course, an open door of a question: It can mean a thousand things to a thousand cooks. Running a restaurant has never been an easy job, whether you have a fine dining palace or a family …

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Now Trusts the LAPD — but Not the Media

Twenty-five years after the riots burned through Los Angeles, pitting ethnic groups against each other and what seemed to be an entire city against …

Policing

Californians Fleeing 'Nanny State' for Texas

People are moving out of California

Head of California's $64-billion bullet train project is stepping down

California bullet train Chief Executive Jeff Morales will leave the rail agency in June, ending a five-year tenure that saw mixed results in moving the $64-billion project forward.<p>An announcement by the California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday did not give a reason for Morales’ departure but …

California

$40 million medical-insurance fraud went down in Orange County, elsewhere, law and state officials say

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones held a joint press conference Thursday morning to …

Apple Gets Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple plans to start testing self-driving cars on California roads, the clearest signal yet that the world’s most valuable technology company wants to design or build autonomous vehicle technology.<p>On Friday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles granted Apple an official test …

Transportation

Sheriff's Department misconduct-claim payouts have soared, topping $50 million last year

In one case, Los Angeles County paid more than $6 million to a woman who had been raped by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.<p>In another, it took more than $7 million to resolve multiple lawsuits after deputies in West Hollywood mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one and seriously wounding …

Law Enforcement
Water

San Gabriel Valley raids target scammers who helped wealthy Chinese get U.S. visas, feds say

After years of sleuthing, federal agents Wednesday raided San Gabriel Valley homes and an office that investigators have linked to an alleged multimillion-dollar immigration and finance scam that allowed wealthy Chinese investors to obtain U.S. residency.<p>The suspects in the case are accused of …

Fraud

California isn't waiting on Trump — Gov. Brown wants $5.2 billion a year in new taxes and fees to fix roads

Acknowledging the transportation system has been neglected, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday announced a proposal to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees to generate more than $5 billion annually for repairing California’s crumbling system of streets, highways and bridges, as well …

California

California Upholds Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases.<p>The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest …

Climate

What’s the latest on California’s high-speed rail project?

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will conduct a series of community meetings beginning next week to give updates on the bullet train’s Los …

California

California's proposed self-driving laws eschew the driver's license

California's DMV is considering rules that would allow self-driving cars without steering wheels and pedals to be tested on public roads, and that …

Driverless Cars

Public officials can't shield government business by using personal email, state Supreme Court rules

Texts and emails sent by public employees on their personal devices or accounts are a matter of public record if they deal with official business, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a unanimous decision hailed by open-government advocates.<p>But the court provided only general guidance on …

Downtown LA’s Development Has Been a Decade in the Making

Plus Curtis Stone makes a burger and a new taco player hits the Valley<p><b>This is how it happens</b><p>For anyone who has grown up in Los Angeles, the return of Downtown as a thriving cultural center must have seemed all but impossible just ten short years ago. Notwithstanding the rise of Staples Center in …

Los Angeles

How California could secede from the US relatively easily

With the election of Donald Trump and the backlash to some of his early moves in office, Americans are rediscovering nationalism. But confusion reigns over what American nationalism really is. Does it have to be federalist, for instance? Does it have to be liberal? In one of the great ironies of …

Damien Chazelle, Director Of 'La La Land', Gives His Take On L.A.

Say what you will about Damien Chazelle's <i>La La Land</i>, it will no doubt become a lasting portrayal of Los Angeles in the minds of millions for years to …

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Here’s where condo prices are on the rise in LA

And where they’re falling<p>Home prices rose across Los Angeles in 2016, but prices in some neighborhoods soared higher and faster than in other areas. A new report from the MLS focuses on sales of condo units, highlighting which LA neighborhoods saw the biggest and smallest price changes throughout …

Strongest Storm in Years Takes Aim at Southern California

Flash flood watches are in effect Thursday morning ahead of the season's strongest storm, a two-day soaker that will boost rainfall totals during …

Can Nextdoor Conquer Local?

L.A., Orange counties are home to 1 million immigrants who are in the country illegally, analysis shows

The chatter of Spanish serves as the backdrop of Pico-Union, where the aroma of pastries from the <i>panaderia</i> merge with the synthetic smells of an auto repair garage. A predominantly Latino neighborhood, it has for decades been a first stop for immigrants — both legal and illegal — coming from …

California is getting soaked right now, but farmland is still sinking due to lack of water.

A NASA report released Wednesday found that land in one of California’s most productive agricultural regions continues to subside rapidly because of …