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The LAPD-coached youth football team Watts Bears (in white) pursue a member of the Southern California Falcons during a 2013 game. The players are 7 to 9 years old.
The LAPD-coached youth football team Watts Bears (in white) pursue a member of the Southern California Falcons during a 2013 game. The players are 7 to 9 years old. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

California would become the first state to prohibit minors from playing organized tackle football before high school under a proposal made Thursday by lawmakers concerned about the health risks.

Just days after the Super Bowl, Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) said they are introducing the “Safe Youth Football Act,” legislation that will be considered this year by state lawmakers.

Under the bill, organized tackle football would be allowed starting with high school freshmen.

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(David Brooks / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The FBI investigation into whether GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine misused campaign funds for personal expenses appears to be intensifying, according to a report by Politico. The website revealed that additional grand jury subpoenas have been issued to people close to the five-term congressman. Here are some key new pieces of information from Politico’s report:

• Hunter’s parents and a female lobbyist he knows have received grand jury subpoenas. That followed a raid last February in which the FBI seized computers and documents from Hunter’s campaign finance compliance firm. According to Politico, Hunter’s wife and former campaign manager, Margaret Hunter, is at the center of the investigation and made many of the purchases in question. A subpoena was also issued to a business in Hunter’s district in December, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Hunter was surprised by the results of a review by an outside law firm his campaign hired to look at spending. In April 2016, more than $1,300 in video game purchases caught the attention of the Federal Election Commission and the Union-Tribune. Afterward, Hunter hired a law firm to review his campaign spending. Sources told Politico that Hunter was “shocked” when the review turned up more than $60,000 in improper campaign expenditures, which he later repaid and blamed on his wife. They included payments to a dentist, nail salons, theme parks, trips to Italy and $600 to fly the family’s pet rabbit. Hunter has said his wife no longer has access to the campaign credit card.

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(David Brooks / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The FBI investigation into whether GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine misused campaign funds for personal expenses appears to be intensifying, according to a report by Politico. The website revealed that additional grand jury subpoenas have been issued to people close to the five-term congressman. Here are some key new pieces of information from Politico’s report:

• Hunter’s parents and a female lobbyist he knows have received grand jury subpoenas. That followed a raid last February in which the FBI seized computers and documents from Hunter’s campaign finance compliance firm. According to Politico, Hunter’s wife and former campaign manager, Margaret Hunter, is at the center of the investigation and made many of the purchases in question. A subpoena was also issued to a business in Hunter’s district in December, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Hunter was surprised by the results of a review by an outside law firm his campaign hired to look at spending. In April 2016, more than $1,300 in video game purchases caught the attention of the Federal Election Commission and the Union-Tribune. Afterward, Hunter hired a law firm to review his campaign spending. Sources told Politico that Hunter was “shocked” when the review turned up more than $60,000 in improper campaign expenditures, which he later repaid and blamed on his wife. They included payments to a dentist, nail salons, theme parks, trips to Italy and $600 to fly the family’s pet rabbit. Hunter has said his wife no longer has access to the campaign credit card.

Orange County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Puckett, left, checks a motorist's identification at a DUI checkpoint.
Orange County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Puckett, left, checks a motorist's identification at a DUI checkpoint. (Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

With recreational marijuana sales now legal in California, one lawmaker wants to find out whether drugged driving is going to be a significant problem.

Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) has introduced a bill that would require all local law enforcement agencies to file annual reports with the state Department of Motor Vehicles detailing the number of arrests made for driving under the influence and the number of those arrests in which pot was suspected to be the substance causing impairment.

“Currently, the state has no uniform mechanism in place to evaluate cannabis drugged driving arrests as a result of legalization,” Chau said.

Orange County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Puckett, left, checks a motorist's identification at a DUI checkpoint.
Orange County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Puckett, left, checks a motorist's identification at a DUI checkpoint. (Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

With recreational marijuana sales now legal in California, one lawmaker wants to find out whether drugged driving is going to be a significant problem.

Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) has introduced a bill that would require all local law enforcement agencies to file annual reports with the state Department of Motor Vehicles detailing the number of arrests made for driving under the influence and the number of those arrests in which pot was suspected to be the substance causing impairment.

“Currently, the state has no uniform mechanism in place to evaluate cannabis drugged driving arrests as a result of legalization,” Chau said.

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McClintock fields questions from an audience in Roseville on Feb. 4
McClintock fields questions from an audience in Roseville on Feb. 4 (Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee)

Following last week’s campaign finance reports, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report is saying Democrats have a better chance of winning two Republican-held seats in California.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s Northern California seat, was moved to likely Republican, down from solid Republican.

McClintock of Elk Grove was outraised by two of his opponents in the last three months of last year. The race was put on Democrats’ target list in the fall and this could be his first tough race since being elected in 2008.

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McClintock fields questions from an audience in Roseville on Feb. 4
McClintock fields questions from an audience in Roseville on Feb. 4 (Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee)

Following last week’s campaign finance reports, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report is saying Democrats have a better chance of winning two Republican-held seats in California.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s Northern California seat, was moved to likely Republican, down from solid Republican.

McClintock of Elk Grove was outraised by two of his opponents in the last three months of last year. The race was put on Democrats’ target list in the fall and this could be his first tough race since being elected in 2008.

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John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative
John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox told supporters on Wednesday that he was putting another $1 million of his money into his campaign, adding to his significant financial advantage among Republican candidates in the race.

“While we have gathered nearly 5,000 individual donors across California, it's also important that I show continued investment in my campaign,” Cox emailed supporters.

The move brings the Rancho Santa Fe businessman’s total investment into his bid to $4 million — $1 million more than Republican Neel Kashkari spent on his primary and general election campaign in the 2014 governor’s race.

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John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative
John Cox, GOP candidate for governor and author of the "Neighborhood Legislature" initiative (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox told supporters on Wednesday that he was putting another $1 million of his money into his campaign, adding to his significant financial advantage among Republican candidates in the race.

“While we have gathered nearly 5,000 individual donors across California, it's also important that I show continued investment in my campaign,” Cox emailed supporters.

The move brings the Rancho Santa Fe businessman’s total investment into his bid to $4 million — $1 million more than Republican Neel Kashkari spent on his primary and general election campaign in the 2014 governor’s race.