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In effort to change sex-crimes law, Newsom’s LGBTQ rights record faces a test

In effort to change sex-crimes law, Newsom’s LGBTQ rights record faces a test

A California bill intended to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people in sex crime convictions has captured the attention of Republicans and far-right conspiracy theorists, who are demanding a veto from Gov. Gavin Newsom and say state Democratic leaders are putting teenagers at risk.The measure, Senate Bill 145, would amend existing state law that allows judges to decide whether an adult convicted of having vaginal sexual intercourse with a minor should register as a sex offender in cases in which the minor is 14 years or older and the adult is not more than 10 years older than the...

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Downtown L.A. experiences worst smog in 26 years over Labor Day weekend

Downtown L.A. experiences worst smog in 26 years over Labor Day weekend

Lung-damaging ozone pollution in Los Angeles reached its highest levels in a generation and set records in other parts of Southern California during the blistering Labor Day weekend heat wave, air quality readings show.Ozone pollution spiked to 185 parts per billion in downtown Los Angeles at midday Sunday, according to South Coast Air Quality Management District monitoring data. It was the highest hourly reading in Southern California since 2003 and the highest in downtown L.A. in 26 years.The eight-hour average ozone level in downtown L.A. was 118 ppb, “very unhealthy” on the Air Quality...

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Norwalk man charged with voter fraud, accused of casting ballot for dead mom in 3 elections

Norwalk man charged with voter fraud, accused of casting ballot for dead mom in 3 elections

A Norwalk man is facing voter fraud charges after prosecutors say he cast ballots in several elections using the name of his mother, who had died years earlier.Caesar Peter Abutin, 55, pretended to be his mother in three elections between October 2012 and November 2014, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Tuesday.In each of the elections, Abutin claimed to be his 67-year-old mother, who had died in July 2006, prosecutors said. Abutin also cast votes using his own identity.Such voter fraud charges are rarely filed in L.A. County and often are hard to prove, but officials...

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues to stop L.A. real estate projects tied to Huizar and Englander

AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues to stop L.A. real estate projects tied to Huizar and Englander

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a global nonprofit that has been a pugnacious player in local politics, sued the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday to stop some real estate developments vetted under Councilman Jose Huizar from moving forward.Huizar has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that include bribery, money laundering and racketeering in an ongoing pay-to-play probe. Federal prosecutors have accused him of heading up a criminal enterprise fueled by cash bribes and lavish gifts from real estate developers seeking to build new skyscrapers in his downtown district.In its lawsuit, AHF argues...

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Sheriff’s sexist slur, accusations of ‘blood money’ ramp up feud with L.A. County supervisors

Sheriff’s sexist slur, accusations of ‘blood money’ ramp up feud with L.A. County supervisors

During a recent broadcast on Facebook, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spent several minutes criticizing Supervisor Hilda Solis for her comments earlier that week on systemic brutality and racism by police toward people of color.He questioned whether she was trying to sow more distrust between law enforcement and the community and said she owed an apology to Sheriff’s Department employees and all law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County.And then the sheriff turned more personal.“I don’t know,” he said on the live broadcast. “Are you trying to earn the title of a La...

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California surpasses 400,000 coronavirus cases as state sets new record for infections

California surpasses 400,000 coronavirus cases as state sets new record for infections

One day after a record-breaking number of new coronavirus infections, California has surpassed 400,000 overall cases, data from the  show.By comparison, the New York Health Department has reported more than 408,000 infections. But that state has reported more than 25,000 deaths, while California’s death toll is approaching 8,000.The news comes after California again reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day, with 11,554 cases recorded Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times’ tally of reports from the state’s 58 counties.That number surpasses a record broken just...

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Next season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to amplify COVID-19 stories from medical workers

Next season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to amplify COVID-19 stories from medical workers

The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital aren’t immune to the fallout of COVID-19. In fact, the fictional doctors, who are already adept at emoting while wearing surgical masks, will be grappling with the coronavirus crisis in Season 17.Per , executive producer Krista Vernoff says the long-running ABC medical drama will tackle the pandemic in the new season, which is being informed by front-line health care workers fighting the .“There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes,” Vernoff said during a recent “Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That...

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Trump faces unprecedented opposition from the Republican Party

Trump faces unprecedented opposition from the Republican Party

“I am ashamed to this day for voting for him.”“Donald J. Trump has broken my faith in the Republican Party.”“He’s a pathological liar.”The pained testimony of more than a dozen Republican voters — who go on to explain why they plan to vote for Democrat Joe Biden — filled an ad that ran on Fox News last weekend. In the 60-second spot, one man concludes, “It’s OK to change your mind. We did.”Read the full story on .Suggest a Correction× Close Ad

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Lakers learning life in the NBA bubble in Orlando

Lakers learning life in the NBA bubble in Orlando

 roamed around the Mayan-themed pool of a resort at Walt Disney World, while the sound system thumped around him in the dark. It was Saturday night in the NBA bubble and the league had arranged a bit of a party for its players on their first weekend there.“Welcome back to Orlando,” said one woman, a hotel employee. Howard, who started his career as a top draft pick by the Orlando Magic, thanked her,  on Instagram.He walked over to the bar, where bartenders clad with face masks waited to serve. After some thought, Howard ordered a drink called a Cancun Colada then said he’d return once it...

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No tickets for street sweeping through Aug. 1 after L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement

No tickets for street sweeping through Aug. 1 after L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement

Amid a , Los Angeles lawmakers said Wednesday that parking officials will not resume writing tickets during street sweeping until August at the earliest.The City Council voted 13 to 1 to extend L.A.’s relaxed parking rules, which took effect in March when the pandemic stay-at-home order was first imposed.The city will not ticket vehicles that are parked in rush-hour and anti-gridlock zones or in residential areas during street sweeping until Aug. 1 at the earliest, officials said. Nor will parking officials ticket vehicles with expired registration.The decision overturns the Transportation...

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L.A. says restraining order on LAPD use of batons and projectiles during protests is ‘unwarranted’

L.A. says restraining order on LAPD use of batons and projectiles during protests is ‘unwarranted’

Attorneys for Los Angeles on Tuesday argued against a temporary restraining order to block city police officers from using batons and tactical bullets to control crowds, saying the request was “unwarranted and overbroad” and that police “must be able to respond” to unlawful crowds.The Los Angeles Police Department used such weapons on protesters at the end of May and in early June, injuring many, and are now being sued for it in federal court by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Los Angeles Community Action Network. The groups  in the...

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Calls for police in L.A. plunged during recent social unrest

Calls for police in L.A. plunged during recent social unrest

As social unrest swept across Los Angeles this month, police dispatchers were hit with a curious, if brief, trend.Calls for service handled by officers — incidents ranging from loud parties and fireworks to domestic disputes and traffic stops — declined nearly by half during the two-week demonstration period. That means each day there were 2,000 fewer calls for police compared with the department’s typical workload, according to a Times analysis of dispatch data.The timing of the dramatic drop in calls was unmistakable: It began on May 27, when protesters angry over the killing of George...

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Junipero Serra statue to be moved away from Ventura City Hall

Junipero Serra statue to be moved away from Ventura City Hall

Sainthood may reserve a prominent space in heaven for California missionary Junipero Serra, but a statue of the 18th century Roman Catholic priest will soon no longer have a home in front of Ventura City Hall.Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere, representatives from the Barbareño/Venureño Band of Mission Indians and Father Tom Elewaut, pastor of nearby Mission San Buenaventura, issued a joint statement Thursday agreeing to take down the statue and have it “moved to a more appropriate non-public location.”“I always knew that this moment, despite all the issues our people have faced, would happen,”...

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Despite budget crisis, Los Angeles to give $41 million in bonuses to LAPD officers with college degrees

Despite budget crisis, Los Angeles to give $41 million in bonuses to LAPD officers with college degrees

The Los Angeles Police Department is set to award officers who have college degrees nearly $41 million in bonuses in the coming budget year, even as thousands of other city employees face pay cuts amid a financial crisis at City Hall.Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council signed off on the new LAPD “education incentives” last summer, paving the way for officers with associates’ degrees to receive an extra $190 every two weeks and those with bachelors’ degrees an extra $290.The education bonuses went into effect last month, just as projected tax revenues from hotels, restaurants and retail...

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California records new high for coronavirus deaths as counties push ahead with reopening

California records new high for coronavirus deaths as counties push ahead with reopening

California recorded 132 new coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday — the most in a single day since the pandemic began — as counties across the state continue cementing plans to reopen their economies.The highest number of deaths previously reported in a single day statewide was 117, in late April. Tuesday’s rise, which comes on a day when data from the previous weekend is typically released, pushed the state’s death toll past 3,400. The number of confirmed cases statewide has climbed to 83,844, according to data compiled by The Times.While the death count continues to rise, other metrics...

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Raging house party amid coronavirus ends when man shoots himself in the groin: LAPD

Raging house party amid coronavirus ends when man shoots himself in the groin: LAPD

 are still prohibited under strict coronavirus stay-at-home orders.But that didn’t stop a raging house party Saturday night in the Hollywood Hills that ended when, police say, a man accidentally shot himself in the groin.Officers received a complaint of a loud party at 1410 Miller Drive at about 11 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Lt. Mark Chong.When they responded, they found that more than 100 people were gathered at a short-term-rental property that appeared to have been reserved for the occasion, he said.Read the full story on .Suggest a Correction× Close Ad

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LAPD blames zero bail for rise in repeat offenders

LAPD blames zero bail for rise in repeat offenders

Eric Medina has been arrested four times on suspicion of grand theft auto in the last three weeks.It began with the theft of a Ford van April 9, authorities said. Within a day, he was back on the streets, helped by California’s statewide zero-bail policy for lesser offenders fueled by the coronavirus outbreak.Five days later, officers apprehended him with a stolen Toyota truck, officials allege. Again he went to jail, only to be freed without bail. Police say he stole another Toyota truck on April 20. And then last weekend, Medina was arrested yet again in a stolen 2009 Ford Focus.Los...

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Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species, scientists say

Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species, scientists say

Joshua trees face the risk of extinction after decades of development, drought and more frequent wildfires due to climate change in their Mojave Desert stronghold, according to state wildlife authorities who are recommending that the trees be considered for listing as an endangered species.The state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday said it based its recommendation on a review of a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, which argues that the western Joshua tree’s spindly desert woodlands are “likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future” without...

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Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to help respond to coronavirus crisis

Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to help respond to coronavirus crisis

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoDespite mounting pleas from California and other states, the Trump administration isn’t allowing states to use Medicaid more freely to respond to the coronavirus crisis by expanding medical services.In previous emergencies, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the H1N1 flu outbreak, both Republican and Democratic administrations loosened Medicaid rules to empower states to meet surging needs.But months into the current global disease outbreak, the White House and senior federal health officials haven’t taken the necessary...

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