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Republicans Eyeing Newsom’s Job Clash In First California Recall Debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Republicans hoping to claim Gov. Gavin Newsom’s job in a September recall election skirmished in their first debate Wednesday, labeling the incumbent Democrat a failure whose pandemic policies sent the state into a tailspin while housing costs soared on his watch. Each of the candidates — John Cox, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley and Doug Ose — made early moves to distinguish themselves from their rivals while heaping criticism on Newsom. Faulconer, the former San Diego mayo...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Australia, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Ap, Gop, San Diego, Ose, Doug Ose, Caitlyn Jenner, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Elder, Cox


Evictions are expected to spark increase in food insecurity, mental duress, say UCLA researchers

LOS ANGELES — Researchers expect an increase in food insecurity and mental duress sparked by the expiration of the federal moratorium on rental evictions, a study released Monday by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate indicates. When the eviction ban went into effect in California in March last year as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, scarce household financial resources in some renter households were redirected to immediate needs, including food and grocery spending, resulting in reduced food...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, California, Housing, White House, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Economy, Soccer, Biden, PPP, Ucla, Affordable Housing


City of Irvine joins corporate name-changing madness

Things must be in decent shape in the city of Irvine. I know this only because leaders of the town of 273,000 have time to join the bandwagon of institutional name changing. City leaders voted to drop the county reference in the name of the Orange County Great Park within the city limits. Stupid name changes — and that’s the vast majority of them — are a long-running pet peeve of mine. I’m not talking about the long-overdue review of ball clubs and food brands, schools and boulevards that honor ...
Tags: Business, Japan, Bob Odenkirk, Politics, News, Congress, California, Housing, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, North Dakota, Sony, Switzerland


Will Donald Trump be spoiler as California GOP seeks Gov. Newsom recall?

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES  — California could witness a stunning turnabout in a nation of deeply polarized politics if the liberal state dumps Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and elects a Republican to fill his job in a September recall election. With the country’s political center largely vanished, it’s rare to see governors win elections on adversarial ground, making the notion of a Republican upset in one of the nation’s Democratic strongholds seem implausible. Repub...
Tags: Politics, News, Maryland, California, Washington, Massachusetts, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, San Diego, Associated Press, Republican Party


The Station: The script for Elon Musk’s Loop drivers, Redwood snags $700M and a chat with Kodiak Robotics’ co-founder

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. In case you missed it, our scoop machine Mark Harris was at it again. This time, he found some interesting and entertaining documents related to Elon Musk’s underground Loop system in Las Vega...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Twitter, Elon Musk, Minnesota, Microsoft, Indonesia, California, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Milwaukee, Singapore


It pays to be related to people in power

In his book, “A Magician Among the Spirits,” Harry Houdini relates the story of the life and career of a sketchy spiritualist named Daniel Dunglas Home. He was “outwardly a lovable character with a magnetic personality” as well as a fondness for jewelry, Houdini wrote. “In his later years, he set up a studio in Italy and gave his attention to sculpture between seances and ‘sold busts at prices quite out of proportion to their artistic merits.’” Houdini cited a report in an 1864 London newspaper,...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, Opinion, White House, China, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Italy


How the CIA teamed up with a reclusive billionaire for a secret mission to raise a Soviet submarine sunk 3 miles under the ocean

The Hughes Glomar Explorer. Wikimedia Commons In the mid-1970s, the CIA pulled off one of its most audacious intelligence operations. Project Azorian involved the recovery of a Soviet submarine that had sunk deep in the Pacific. To keep the months-long project a secret, the US turned to an eccentric billionaire for help. See more stories on Insider's business page. On August 9, 1974, most Americans watched President Richard Nixon resign in disgrace, but on the other side of the world, ...
Tags: Navy, White House, US, International, Los Angeles, Trends, Nato, Hawaii, New York Times, Cia, Rolling Stone, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, US Navy, Lockheed, Robert Gates


The US was doomed in Afghanistan and will repeat mistakes if it doesn't learn from them, top watchdog warns

President Joe Biden has said the US would complete its military withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021. Scott Olson/Getty Images The US is withdrawaing its troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting there. The US reconstruction effort during that period was flawed and its failings were obscured by US officials. "Don't believe what you're told by the generals ... saying we're never going to do this again," the watchdog warned. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Post, Politics, Congress, Iraq, Russia, Defense, US, International, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Taliban, Norway, US Army, The Washington Post


Water shortage, fire threat move to the top of Californians’ environment concerns

This second year of drought has helped push water supplies and wildfires to the top of Californians’ list of environment concerns in a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. While climate change, last year’s No. 1 environmental issue, fell to third place in the latest poll, most respondents linked their current top concerns of wildfires and water to climate change. “Most Californians believe that the effects of climate change have already begun, and that it is contributing to the cur...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Environment, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, San Diego, Local News, Orange County, Orange, Sierra, San Francisco Bay


Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of anti-homelessness ordinance that would impact roughly 40,000 unhoused Angelenos

Echo Park Lake Thursday, March 25, 2021 in los Angeles, CA. Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The LA City Council passed an ordinance that would prohibit homeless encampments in some areas of the city. The measure restricts "sitting, lying, or sleeping or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property in the public right-of-way." The measure passed Wednesday in a 13-2 vote, but LA Mayor Garcetti still has the power to veto it. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Politics, News, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Homelessness, Associated Press, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti, Raman, Bonin, LA City Council, Echo Park Lake, Mark Ridley Thomas


Despite skepticism and opposition, LA County creates homelessness commission

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of establishing a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness. The recommendation for a commission came from Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who warned that unless cities have more input into how Measure H dollars are spent, the county won’t have the support it needs to ensure future funding. “Homelessness is a major crisis affecting our communities at every level, and it’s time for sweeping changes to the system,” Barg...
Tags: Politics, News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Homelessness, Soccer, Homeless, Venice, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Mitchell, Barger, LA County, Hahn, Bonin


LA council expected to approve ordinance restricting homeless encampments, sleeping

By MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH | City News Service LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council is expected Wednesday to finalize a controversial ordinance to restrict sleeping and homeless encampments in certain areas of the city, including within 500 feet of schools, day care facilities, parks and libraries. Thirteen council members voted to approve the ordinance on July 1 — but with Councilman Mike Bonin and Councilwoman Nithya Raman dissenting, the ordinance fell short of the unanimous approval need...
Tags: Politics, News, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Venice, City Council, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Kevin, Bonin, City News Service, LA City Council


Mayor Garcetti announces that Los Angeles will require city employees to show proof of vaccination or test weekly

Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses a news conference held at the launch of mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 15, 2021. Irfan Khan/Pool via REUTERS Los Angeles is following New York in requiring proof of vaccination for city employees. Mayor Garcetti said that in the last month in Los Angeles COVID-19 cases have soared 20-fold. Workers who do not show proof of vaccination will be required to test negative for COVID-19 weekly. See more stor...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, Los Angeles, Trends, Fda, City Council, Eric Garcetti, Martinez, Los Angeles California, Garcetti, Dodger Stadium, City of Los Angeles, Nury Martinez, Azmi Haroun, Speed desk


CDC changes course on indoor masks in some parts of the US

By MIKE STOBBE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges. Citing new information about the variant’s ability to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors at schools nationwide, regardless of vaccination s...
Tags: Florida, Cdc, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, Associated Press, St Louis, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Georgetown University, Department of Veterans Affairs


LA County approves guaranteed income pilot program for 150 from age 18 to 24

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday for a three-year pilot program to provide $1,204 per month to 150 county residents age 18-24. The money would go to youth transitioning out of foster care or probation who are currently receiving general relief benefits and participating in the Department of Public Social Services’ TAYportunity program. As envisioned by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, who co-authored the motion, the program wou...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Board of Supervisors, Barger, LA County, Solis, Hahn, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda Solis, Janice Hahn, DPSS, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of US

By MIKE STOBBE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. The new guidance follows recen...
Tags: Florida, Cdc, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Associated Press, St Louis, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Georgetown University, Mississippi Louisiana Alabama, Jen Psaki


LA County Sheriff spurns records demand on deputy-involved shootings as ‘utter nonsense’

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Tuesday morning, July 27, slammed a push to force his department to release database records to the county’s inspector general, calling the county’s watchdog “corrupt” and the effort itself  “utter nonsense.” For months, Inspector General Max Huntsman has been calling on the department to allow his office access to computer records that include body-worn camera video for the purpose of reviewing Sheriff department conduct and oversight. A Board of Su...
Tags: Politics, News, Shootings, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Anthony, OIG, Luna, Board, Los Angeles County, Board of Supervisors, LA County, HUNTSMAN, Vargas


The vaccine mandate 'tipping point': These entities are requiring vaccines as the Delta variant spreads

A man holds his vaccination reminder card after having received his first shot. Wilfredo Lee/AP On Monday, city, state, and federal agencies began to announce vaccine mandates. California, New York City, and the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs became the first government entities to do so. A group representing 300 bars in San Francisco will require vax cards. More entities may follow. See more stories on Insider's business page. As COVID-19 cases rise again across the US and the Delta vari...
Tags: Politics, Science, California, Cdc, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Va, Bill De Blasio, Associated Press, Vaccine, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Bob Moses—Visionary, Organizer, Teacher—Risked His Life For Voting Rights

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. At a time when voting rights are under assault, it is important to remember the legacy of Bob Moses, a brilliant community organizer who died on Saturday at age 86. Moses was a key architect of the civil rights movement’s campaign to enlist Southern Black workers and sharecroppers to register to vote, a campaign that eventually pressured Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a momentous victory which in the d...
Tags: Europe, Japan, New York, News, Mississippi, Congress, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Fbi, Harvard, Canada, United States, Selma, George Bush


Bill aims to decertify police in CA for serious misconduct

By Robert Lewis | CalMatters On a Wednesday afternoon in April 2018, Gardena police officers got a “triple beeper” over their radios — three high-pitched squawks signaling an emergency. As many as 20 shots reportedly had been fired near a local park. “That kind of gets you a little adrenaline squirt going,” Gardena Police Officer Michael Robbins would later tell investigators. In minutes, a 25-year-old Black man, Kenneth Ross Jr., was dead — shot twice and killed by Officer Robbins as he ran pa...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Senate, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Bradford, Peace Officers Research Association Of California, Bill, Oakland, Ross, Robbins, Robert Lewis


Ex-Rep. Katie Hill ordered to pay more attorneys’ fees in revenge porn case

LOS ANGELES — A judge who previously dismissed Salem Media Group as a defendant in former Rep. Katie Hill’s revenge porn lawsuit, alleging nude photos of her were published without her permission, ordered the ex-congresswoman to pay the company nearly $55,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco ruled on April 21 that Salem Media, owner of the conservative blog RedState.com, had shown that the photos were matters of legitimate interest involving a public ...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Biden, Smith, Ventura County, Garcia, Capitol, Hill, Antelope, Los Angeles Superior Court


‘Night Agent’ Series Heading to Netflix From ‘The Shield’ and ‘Terriers’ Showrunner Shawn Ryan

Shawn Ryan, the creator of shows like The Shield and S.W.A.T., is heading back to Netflix for a new series. Ryan, who previously worked on the Baz Luhrmann Netflix show The Get Down, will serve as the showrunner of The Night Agent, an adaptation of author Matthew Quirk’s best-selling 2019 novel. Ryan is an incredibly talented writer/producer and this show has a compelling hook, so I’m excited to see how this one comes together. The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix has given a ten-episode orde...
Tags: TV, Movies, News, White House, Los Angeles, Fbi, Netflix, Cbs, Sony Pictures, Ryan, Oval Office, Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Ryan, Sony Pictures TV, Matthew Quirk, All Mankind


Free money for all? Garcetti hopes guaranteed income test brings big change

By Sara Burnett | The Associate Press By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people’s pockets is achievable and can be a lifeline to those struggling to get by. Now a growing number of mayors and other leaders say they want to determine for sure whether programs like these are the best way to reduce poverty, lessen inequality and get peo...
Tags: Lyft, Business, New York, Minneapolis, Congress, California, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Stockton, University of Pennsylvania, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump


Rep. Matt Gaetz cut off a reporter's question about his vaccination status and said, 'We should be talking more about freeing Britney'

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Matt Gaetz refused to disclose his vaccination status, focusing his attention on Britney Spears' conservatorship. "I think we should be talking more about freeing Britney," he told CNN. Gaetz also called CNN's question about his vaccination status "very nosy." See more stories on Insider's business page. When asked about his COVID-19 vaccination status, Rep. Matt Gaetz declined to answer and instead turned hi...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Republicans, Congress, Senate, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, Gop, House, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Vaccine, Britney Spears, Department Of Justice


The Britney effect: How California is grappling with conservatorship

However improbable, this has become the summer we talk about conservatorship. As the latest developments in Britney Spears’ 13-year conservatorship dominate the headlines, questions long debated by advocates have suddenly become dinner table conversation. When is it OK to strip people of their rights to protect their welfare? Can we trust the legal system to protect against abuse? The 39-year-old pop star gave explosive testimony at a June hearing in a Los Angeles probate court, saying her conse...
Tags: Politics, Celebrities, News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Ted Cruz, Aclu, Harvey Weinstein, Courts, Britney Spears, Low, Los Angeles Times


Eric Clapton says he’ll cancel shows if they require COVID vaccinations

Variety.com LOS ANGELES – Eric Clapton will not perform at venues that require proof of vaccination. “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honor bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer R...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, World news, Soccer, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Clapton, Dick Turpin, National News, U K s National Health Service, Coronavirus, Robin Monotti Graziadei


Clapton says he’ll cancel shows if they require vaccinations

Variety.com LOS ANGELES – Eric Clapton will not perform at venues that require proof of vaccination. “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honor bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer R...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, World news, Soccer, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Clapton, Dick Turpin, National News, U K s National Health Service, Coronavirus, Robin Monotti Graziadei


Rep. Maxine Waters calls for federal probe into alleged 'Executioners' gang in Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, takes her mask off to speak during a signing ceremony for the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 266, after it passed the House on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Washington. Associated Press/Andrew Harnik Rep. Maxine Waters is asking for a federal probe into the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Waters called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the alleged "Executione...
Tags: Politics, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, House, Capitol Hill, Police Brutality, Doj, Los Angeles Times, Compton, Los Angeles County, Gonzalez, South Los Angeles, Maxine Waters, House Financial Services Committee, Andres Guardado


LA could receive tens of millions in national opioid settlement

LOS ANGELES — City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday that Los Angeles expects to receive tens of millions of dollars over the next 18 years from a tentative $26 billion national settlement with opioid distributors McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corporation, as well as opioid manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The settlement is meant to abate the country’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis, and Feuer said he hopes Los Angeles will use the funding to address ...
Tags: Politics, News, Drugs, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Fda, City Council, Johnson, Prescription Drugs, U S Centers for Disease Control, Johnson Johnson, Feuer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals


Kevin de Leon is third LA Council member targeted for recall

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Councilman Kevin de Leon was served a recall notice Tuesday, making him the third L.A. City Council member to be targeted for a recall from constituents upset with their handling of the city’s homelessness crisis. “They’re basically citing the fact that he’s building the tiny homes project both in Highland Park and presumably in Eagle Rock, and according to them … it’s a ‘crime against humanity,’” de Leon’s communications director Pete Brown told City News Service. The ...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Venice, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Silver Lake, Leon, Highland Park, Raman, Kevin de Leon



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