Addressing a shortage of parks in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation creating a Lower Los Angeles River Recreation and Parks District to launch the construction, improvement and maintenance of new amenities.
A report by Los Angeles County recently identified the area around the lower river as one of the most park-poor areas in the county. The cities of Maywood and Bell have 0.3 and 0.4 acres of park per 1,000 residents respectively, while the county-wide average is 3.3 acres per 1,000 residents.
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said a lack of funding had hindered efforts to provide more parks, and the new district would be able to apply for millions of dollars that had recently been approved in bond measures and legislation.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus stood before the doors of the Department of Justice on Thursday and demanded a greater reaction from Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch to repeated instances of police shooting black men.
Their trip down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol was a response to the deadly shootings of black men by police in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) told reporters at the news conference that members decided at their caucus' lunch meeting Wednesday they couldn't go about their normal business anymore.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) has filed a lawsuit against his opponent, Democrat Ro Khanna, alleging that Khanna's campaign manager illegally obtained sensitive fundraising data and used it to contact Honda's supporters.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday morning in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, says Brian Parvizshahi had access to donor lists and other proprietary information in 2012, when he served as an intern for a fundraising consultant working for Honda at the time.
After he left the internship, the complaint alleges, Parvizshahi continued to access files related to Honda's fundraising, including after he joined the Khanna campaign in January 2014.
A national gun control group that helped write California’s Proposition 63 released a study Thursday indicating that thousands of felons disqualified from owning guns are keeping their firearms in this state and most others because of the lack of an effective enforcement mechanism.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence helped draft Proposition 63 on the Nov. 8 ballot in California, a measure that would create a new system for making sure firearms are relinquished once the owner is disqualified because he or she is convicted of a felony, is found to suffer from severe mental illness or is the target of a restraining order for domestic violence.
“A startling gap in state law continues to undermine California’s work to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those most likely to perpetrate violence,” said the report, which found 45 states lack an effective process to make sure guns are surrendered.
California’s energy regulator doesn’t guard against the appearance of improper influence from utilities when making decisions, fails to fully disclose important communications and skirts state rules when handing out contracts, according to a new state audit released Thursday.
The audit of the California Public Utilities Commission reveals at greater depth the agency’s problems in recent years as its faced significant criticism over its handling of the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, negotiations surrounding the 2013 shutdown of San Onofre nuclear power plant and last year’s Aliso Canyon gas leak.
Auditors found two dozen cases in which CPUC didn’t follow state rules before awarding contracts without competitive bids, $2.4 million in unexplained contract spending and no evidence that the agency monitored performance in nearly a third of the 60 contracts it reviewed.
California Reps. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) and Scott Peters (D-San Diego) lasted through more than a half-dozen rounds in the National Press Club's spelling bee Wednesday night, but were eliminated before the final rounds.
The bee pits reporters against members of Congress and raises money for the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which provides training and scholarship to reporters and students. Jacques Bailly, the Scripps National Spelling Bee's official pronouncer, officiated.
Here are some highlights of the California members' turns at the mike. The participants had to spell two words incorrectly to be disqualified.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez is either gaining ground on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in California’s U.S. Senate race or she’s dropping like a stone, according to two polls released on Wednesday.
A poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California found that Harris’ lead over Sanchez has narrowed. Among those likely voters surveyed, 32% favored Harris compared with 25% who supported Sanchez — a 7-percentage-point difference.
That’s down from the 18-point lead Harris had over Sanchez in the group’s poll in July.
The next president is far from the only thing California voters will be deciding when they cast their ballots. California has 17 propositions up for a vote on issues ranging from the death penalty to legalizing marijuana to requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms. Voters in L.A. will also make decisions about things like housing and transit.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Wednesday intended to help students graduate from California public colleges and universities in four years.
One bill would create programs at Cal State campuses to give students extra support from academic advisers and priority registration in classes. Students in the programs would need to take a minimum number of credits and maintain a qualifying GPA.
"Many students at the CSU want to finish in four years, but they need help in charting the path," state Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), the bill's author, said in a statement. "This bill directs resources to students who likely need the most help and will boost their chances of getting a bachelor's degree in four years."