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Thousands rally for immigrant rights in downtown Los Angeles

Thousands of activists marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to oppose immigration enforcement raids and demand that local officials take concrete steps to thwart the “deportation machine” under President Trump. David Abud, one of the organizers of the march, said the...

  • Former mayors split over how to run L.A.

    Former mayors split over how to run L.A.

    Richard Riordan grumbled to two other former Los Angeles mayors on Thursday about the traffic clogging his Brentwood neighborhood. “How long does it take to get to downtown L.A. to go to the theater at night?” he asked. “If you take the subway, it will take about 25 minutes,” Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Monster storm expected to splash down on L.A.

    Monster storm expected to splash down on L.A.

    Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Break out your canoe Southwest California is expected to get drenched Friday with the strongest storm it has seen in several years. “The afternoon commute is going to be a mess,” said Kathy Hoxsie, a...

  • L.A. community plans languished for years. Now they're an unlikely issue in the March election

    L.A. community plans languished for years. Now they're an unlikely issue in the March election

    Eleven years ago, Los Angeles officials invited residents of San Pedro to help rewrite their neighborhood’s community plan, which spells out where new housing and other amenities would be allowed. Dozens took part in the effort. Yet the document is only now heading to the City Council for a vote...

  • Lobbyist faces fine after inviting L.A. politicians to his $51,000 birthday party downtown

    A longtime lobbyist faces a proposed fine of more than $11,000 for inviting dozens of Los Angeles city officials to a birthday party. A Los Angeles City Ethics Commission investigation found that John Ek violated city rules that restrict gifts from lobbyists to city officials when he hosted a 50th...

  • L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign aims to strengthen his power base

    L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign aims to strengthen his power base

    Day after day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti goes through the motions of an ordinary reelection campaign. On Sunday, he clapped to a rousing gospel choir singing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” at a South L.A. church. On Monday, he joined Muslim civil rights leaders at City Hall to show...

  • Garcetti accuses Measure S campaign of 'dirty trick'

    Garcetti accuses Measure S campaign of 'dirty trick'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti accused the backers of a controversial ballot measure of a “dirty trick” Wednesday after they used his image in a campaign message. “They are well aware I strongly oppose Measure S,” Garcetti said. “The Yes on S Campaign should cease and desist from any suggestion...

  • L.A. City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize street vending

    L.A. City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize street vending

    The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending — a move long sought by immigrant advocates who argued that sidewalk sellers should not face criminal charges that could place them at risk of being deported.  Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants under...

  • In Santa Monica, a new frontier in earthquake safety could soon begin

    In Santa Monica, a new frontier in earthquake safety could soon begin

    Santa Monica is now poised to enter a new frontier in earthquake safety that could have implications for other cities looking at seismic retrofitting. The City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort, which could require safety improvements...

  • Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 15, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Moment of truth With new rainstorms approaching, the Oroville Dam’s two crippled spillways will be put to their biggest test ever. Officials have been frantically trying to repair the emergency spillway,...

  • L.A. City Council rejects historical designation for Parker Center

    L.A. City Council rejects historical designation for Parker Center

    The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to include the Welton Becket-designed Parker Center in L.A.’s list of historically significant buildings. On a 10-0 vote, the council declined to grant historic-cultural monument status to the downtown structure that once served as the Los...

  • Would this pay for the wall?

    Would this pay for the wall?

    Good morning. It is Saturday, Jan. 28. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES And who’s going to pay for it? President Trump’s desire to fund the cost of a wall across the southern border with Mexico has suddenly brought out of obscurity a border-tax idea that has been around...

  • L.A. to acquire property known as 'crown jewel' in river revitalization strategy

    L.A. to acquire property known as 'crown jewel' in river revitalization strategy

    The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to spend $59.3 million to buy a piece of land billed as a “crown jewel” in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s push to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River. On an 11-0 vote, the council moved ahead with the purchase of the 41-acre site, formally known...

  • Immigrants here illegally believe life is about to get a lot tougher

    Immigrants here illegally believe life is about to get a lot tougher

    Inside a Maywood laundromat, Hector Cruz waited amid the whir of spin cycles with his infant son. Although the 25-year-old arrived from Mexico without documents, he found a job at a car wash and feels safe within the tiny town that proclaimed itself a “sanctuary city” a decade ago. Now the emergence...

  • Metro picks controversial contractor to build the next phase of the Westside's Purple Line

    Metro picks controversial contractor to build the next phase of the Westside's Purple Line

    Local transportation officials on Thursday hired one of the more controversial names in California construction to build a $2.4-billion section of the Westside subway, which will connect Century City to downtown Los Angeles. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted 8-0...

  • 'Finally': Trump's illegal immigration crackdown wins praise from some activists

    'Finally': Trump's illegal immigration crackdown wins praise from some activists

    President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has sparked concern from many California politicians. But it is winning praise from activists who for years have been trying to reduce illegal immigration. Robin Hvidston, executive director of We The People Rising, an anti-illegal immigration...

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