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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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

Crime

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 …

Comics

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 …

MTV Movie & TV Awards

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 …

Road Trips

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 …

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 …

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 …

Los Angeles

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 …

$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 …

California governor declares end to drought emergency

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state’s driest four-year period on record.<p>The Democratic governor’s …

Drought

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 …

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 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'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 …

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 …