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Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering in corruption case

Former California state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court Wednesday, admitting that he “knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person” to take part in an enterprise and commit at least two offenses and affect state commerce.

Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that he admitted his guilt and knew he could face...

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Marqueece Harris-Dawson takes office as councilman of L.A.'s 8th District

Community organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson was officially sworn in as the Los Angeles City Council representative for District 8 on Tuesday during a ceremony on the top floor of City Hall.

With his wife and parents by his side, Harris-Dawson, 45, took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott after welcome speeches from other elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Karen Bass...

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Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law

Jim Carrey has come out swinging against Gov. Jerry Brown for signing one of the nation’s toughest vaccination laws this week, barring religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren.

The Golden Globe-winning actor slammed Brown on Twitter, calling him a “corporate fascist” who was poisoning children by signing into law the vaccination requirements.

“California Gov says yes to poisoning...

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New school board members face immediate challenges

Two new members will join the Los Angeles Board of Education on Wednesday amid shifting political alliances and a pressing need to choose a superintendent of schools.

The newcomers are retired Principal Scott Schmerelson, 63, and charter school co-founder Ref Rodriguez, 43.

Rodriguez will become the first board member who rose to prominence as a champion of charters, which are independently operated...

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Downtown L.A.'s four-year rain total lowest ever recorded

The last four years have been the driest such period in downtown Los Angeles for more than 140 years, the National Weather Service said.

When the weather service’s traditional rain year, from July 1 to June 30, ended Tuesday, data showed that downtown L.A. received only 8.52 inches of rain this season, or 57% of average.

When they combined that with data from the previous seasons starting in July...

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L.A.'s broken sidewalks: Residents say city, not homeowners, should maintain

The broken sidewalks around Margaret Peters' South Los Angeles home got her involved in volunteer work.

"It has been a go-to issue for me," said Peters, treasurer of the Southwest Area Neighborhood Development Council. "The No. 1 complaint in my neighborhood is sidewalks."

Peters was among more than a dozen residents who spoke at a community meeting Tuesday night in South L.A. about the city's proposed...

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