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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 …

Art

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

Justice

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>

Los Angeles

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

California

Jacarandas are key to LA’s future

Don’t hate, the purple tree will save us all<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, as their rubber-like petals render …

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 …

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 …

Corruption

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 …

Crime

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 …

The California Town Where Chinese Millionaires House their Kids—and Mistresses

California’s best midcentury motels, mapped - Curbed LA

In the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, wholesome American families embarking on road trip vacations actually wanted to stay in motels. They weren’t just affordable and convenient—they were in fashion. They were modern and homey and optimistic, even futuristic, in their design, with dramatic angles, colorful …

Sonoma

Condo prices in DTLA are up to nearly $600K, report says

And, across much of LA, inventory is down<p>Condo prices in Downtown LA rose 2.4 percent in the first three months of this year, shows a new report from real estate firm Douglas Elliman.<p>From January to March, condos in DTLA sold for a median price of $599,000, up from $585,000 in the same time period …

Real Estate

LA now has the nation’s fifth-highest rental prices

Los Angeles beats Oakland for a place in the top five<p>Los Angeles renters now face the fifth-highest prices in the nation, according to a new report from rental website Zumper. The city has overtaken Oakland in the latest rankings, and now trails only San Francisco, New York, San Jose, and …

Real Estate

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

Negotiators reach a deal to fund the federal government but deny Trump several key priorities

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 …

United States

California politics updates: The rush to push back against Trump's offshore drilling directive

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>California has been building up regulations and legislation for decades that could dash Trump's offshore drilling hopes.<p>Here's where California's GOP members of Congress …

Government