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A shaman, a rapper and a surgeon: Meet the lesser-known names on your recall ballot

A shaman, a rapper and a surgeon: Meet the lesser-known names on your recall ballot

Holly Baade’s “pilgrimage for the people” began on the steps of the state Capitol, with the Marin County yoga teacher launching her gubernatorial recall bid by praying to the spirits of California. “Behold me,” the self-described shaman said, “and see if I am worthy or not to enter the building as the leader of our state.” Green Party candidate Dan Kapelovitz blasted his message through the streets of Los Angeles from a decommissioned police car he bought on Craigslist. “Dan Kapelovitz for governor,” he yelled over the car’s public address system as he cruised down Larchmont Boulevard....

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L.A. expects to receive $1.35 billion from the relief bill. Garcetti is 'ecstatic'

L.A. expects to receive $1.35 billion from the relief bill. Garcetti is 'ecstatic'

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementL.A.’s political leaders have been buffeted by bad budget news since the outbreak of COVID-19 — business shutdowns, plummeting tax revenues, a hollowed-out tourism sector and a financial gap that has steadily grown to $750 million. On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders received an unmistakably positive sign of a turnaround, with passage of a massive that’s expected to send $1.35 billion directly to Los Angeles.Garcetti said this week that he was “ecstatic” about the relief bill, predicting it will help the city cover...

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Vaccine access codes for hard-hit Black, Latino communities improperly used in other L.A. areas

Vaccine access codes for hard-hit Black, Latino communities improperly used in other L.A. areas

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementA California program intended to improve COVID-19 vaccine availability to people in hard-hit communities of color is being misused by outsiders who are grabbing appointments reserved for residents of underserved Black and Latino areas.The program to address inequities in vaccine distribution relies on special access codes that enable people to make appointments on the My Turn vaccine scheduling website. The codes are provided to community organizations to distribute to people in largely Black and Latino communities. But those codes...

Feb 23
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Essential California: At 113, she may be the oldest native Californian in the state

Essential California: At 113, she may be the oldest native Californian in the state

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGood morning, and welcome to the Essential California . It’s Tuesday, Feb. 16, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.The stories shaping CaliforniaGet up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week.You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.For the record:There were 2.16 million people living in California in 1908. Only one of them is known to still be here, alive and breathing in the Golden State. Through 21 presidential administrations, two once-in-a-century pandemics, the fall...

Feb 16
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Young L.A. 'vaccine chasers' crowd unofficial standby lines in hopes of a shot

Young L.A. 'vaccine chasers' crowd unofficial standby lines in hopes of a shot

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThere is, officially speaking, no such thing as a standby line for COVID-19 vaccinations in Los Angeles County. But some clinics have soon-to-expire doses left over at the end of the day or during an early-afternoon lull, and word has quickly spread about this potential back door to vaccine access. Some who flock to the sites spend hours waiting in the hope of catching a lucky break. Kedren Community Health Center in South Los Angeles and the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino have been at the center of the rumor mill in recent days,...

Jan 23
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Essential California: Desert off-roading festival could draw thousands

Essential California: Desert off-roading festival could draw thousands

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGood morning, and welcome to the Essential California . It’s Friday, Jan. 15, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.The stories shaping CaliforniaGet up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week.You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.Every year, tens of thousands of people descend on a rough stretch of desert north of Joshua Tree for a weeklong off-roading festival and series of extreme races.Billed as one of the toughest desert off-roading races in the nation, the King of...

Jan 15
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Essential California: A Stockton spoken word poet on the national stage

Essential California: A Stockton spoken word poet on the national stage

Copyright © 2020, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGood morning, and welcome to the Essential California . It’s Friday, Sept. 25, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.The stories shaping CaliforniaGet up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week.You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.This morning we’ll be taking a brief break from our regularly scheduled coronavirus and wildfire apocalypse programming to talk about a poet from the Central Valley, and his unlikely journey into millions of living rooms.Brandon Leake honed his...

Sep 25
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