At convention in L.A., Democrats are warned against complacency
Fissures appear on the environmental front as the party chairman exhorts the faithful to work toward victory in local and congressional races.California Democrats gathered Saturday to celebrate their dominance in state politics, buoyant about their prospects in this year's elections.
A legendary racehorse will get a new resting place
Native Diver is being exhumed at the former Hollywood Park racetrack, and he'll be stored at Del Mar until a new burial spot is prepared.Archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd has excavated ancient sites in Egypt and Turkey. Her colleague Tom Garrison runs a dig site of Maya ruins in Guatemala.
In Prop. 8 ruling's wake, initiative sponsors take protective steps
Mindful of the Supreme Court ruling against Proposition 8, California initiative sponsors build in language so they can defend their measures if the state does not.SAN FRANCISCO — Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to defend them if the state doesn't.
System would change how L.A. County inmates get early release
Sheriff's officials plan to propose a 'risk-based' system that supporters say would help select jail inmates for early release who are less likely to commit new crimes.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering a new system for deciding which jail inmates get released early by making predictions about who is most likely to commit new crimes.
San Fernando Valley will be key in race to succeed Zev Yaroslavsky
Eight candidates running in the 3rd Supervisorial District are largely unknown in the Valley, where two-thirds of voters live. Transit and taxes are important issues. Kim Gutierrez needs help keeping a growing population of homeless men from chasing down customers at her Studio City doughnut shop.
San Francisco Bay: Project to widen Guadalupe River at Alviso denied by federal regulators
The U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have declined to issue permits for a project by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to clear out vegetation and silt from the Guadalupe River to expand boating
In standoff with California over testing, US Education Department blinks
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.
Have counties mounted backlash to prison 'realignment'?
SACRAMENTO ? California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of second-strikers.
The surge in...
State campaigns present mixed prospects for Democrats
LOS ANGELES ? Even in an election year that appears favorable for national Republicans, California Democrats are confident they will retain their iron grip on state leadership and possibly enrich their share of House seats in Washington.
Early indications that an El Niņo weather pattern could form as soon as this summer ? and possibly bring much-needed rain ? prompted the nation's climate agency to issue an ?El Niņo watch? Thursday.
But meteorologists urged against leaping...
LOS ANGELES ? Two men who beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium, leaving him severely brain-damaged, have been charged with federal crimes.
Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez of Rialto were charged Wednesday in Los Angeles with being...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ? Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday that the state has joined a lawsuit to block California from imposing some of its own agricultural standards on out-of-state producers.
Alabama and at least four other...
Dunkin' Donuts getting its drive-through, keeping sign
Despite jitters over traffic issues from East Long Beach residents, a divided Long Beach Planning Commission on Thursday approved Dunkin? Donuts franchisee?s request to build a drive-through restaurant and keep an iconic doughnut sign....