Politics

Brown appoints Xavier Becerra attorney general

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LOS ANGELES – Rep.  was appointed as California’s next attorney general Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown to succeed fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month. If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly — as expected — Becerra will serve the final two years of Harris’ term and become…

CA university leaders urge Trump to keep DACA program

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LOS ANGELES – The leaders of the California State University, University of California and California Community College systems sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, asking that he maintain a program sparing people who were brought to the country illegally as minors from deportation, so they can pursue higher education. The Deferred Action for…

County official denounces election fraud allegations

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County’s elections chief on Monday denounced allegations by President-elect Donald Trump of widespread election fraud, calling it a “broad brush” accusation without substantiation that threatens to undermine public confidence in the system. “It is frustrating to see this ongoing politicization of the voting process even as California elections administrators continue…

County urges residents, sheriff to help battle hate crimes

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County supervisors called Tuesday on residents and county departments to speak out against hate crimes in the wake of the presidential election and asked the Sheriff’s Department to reach out to vulnerable communities. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended that the county take a stand, citing a series of verbal and physical…

L.A. County Supervisor calls for immigrant protections

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LOS ANGELES  – Supervisor Hilda Solis warned Tuesday that changes to federal policy proposed by the president-elect could result in the deportation of nearly half a million Los Angeles County residents and said she wanted to explore the county’s authority to prevent federal immigration enforcement at courts, schools and hospitals. Solis previewed a motion calling…

LA County sees no savings from Prop 47, Sheriff ties measure to higher crime rates

Sheriff Jim McDonnell

LOS ANGELES – Sheriff Jim McDonnell offered a harsh assessment Tuesday of Proposition 47, the 2014 voter-approved ballot measure that reduced some low-level felonies to misdemeanors. He also warned that last week’s passage of Proposition 57 will create “an increased nightmare for public safety.” McDonnell was one of several senior-level county officials reporting to the…

County cracking down on wage violations

LOS ANGELES – County officials are teaming up with federal and state agencies in an effort to crack down on wage violation to ensure workers are being properly paid. Supervisor Hilda Solis joined representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the county’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs…

Retiring State Sen. Boxer files bill to scrap Electoral College

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LOS ANGELES – Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday that would scrap the Electoral College and determine the winner of presidential elections by the outcome of the popular vote. Despite President-elect Donald Trump‘s victory in the Electoral College, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton currently leads the popular vote by nearly 1 million votes.…

Election 2016 Results

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ANTELOPE VALLEY – Local voters took to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the 2016 General Election. With 100% of precincts reporting, here are the semi-official* election results for races of interest to Antelope Valley constituents. PALMDALE MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL Palmdale’s newly adopted district-based election system established four geographical districts. Residents were required to vote…

Voters say ‘yes’ to marijuana, parole for ‘non-violent’ prisoners, gun/ammo control

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LOS ANGELES – The recreational use of marijuana and hemp in California was approved by voters Tuesday. Proposition 64 will also establish packaging, labeling, advertising and marketing standards, and restrictions for marijuana products, including prohibiting marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. The initiative also authorizes re-sentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. The…

Plastic grocery bags banned in CA

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LOS ANGELES – Plastic grocery bags will be banned in California, with voters narrowly validating the Legislature’s previously approved prohibition. The approval of Proposition 67 bars grocery stores and other selected retail outlets from handing out single-use plastic bags, but allows them to sell recycled paper bags and reusable bags for a minimum of 10…

Barger wins L.A. County’s 5th District race

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LOS ANGELES – Kathryn Barger will be replacing her boss, Michael Antonovich, as the 5th District representative on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Barger easily outpaced businessman Darrell Park in Tuesday’s race to succeed the termed-out supervisor. Barger, chief deputy supervisor to Antonovich, promoted her 28 years of experience with county issues, which…

A closer look at Proposition 56

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LOS ANGELES  – The age-old battle over smoking and its health effects will be in the hands of voters on Nov. 8, when California residents decide on a proposed $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund health care, tobacco-use prevention and other programs. Proposition 56, dubbed the “California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of…

A closer look at Proposition 63

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LOS ANGELES – California voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a gun- and ammunition-control initiative, the provisions of which include prohibiting the possession of large-capacity magazines. In addition to requiring the destruction or removal from the state of large-capacity ammunition magazines, Proposition 63 would also require most individuals to pass background checks and obtain…

A closer look at Propositions 62 and 66

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LOS ANGELES – The fate of California’s death penalty will be in the hands of voters Tuesday, when they choose between a pair of competing measures — one which would abolish the practice, and another designed to speed up executions. Proposition 62 would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility…

A closer look at Proposition 64

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LOS ANGELES – The recreational use of marijuana and hemp would become legal, with sales taxes imposed upon them, under an initiative going before California voters on Nov. 8. Proposition 64 would also establish packaging, labeling, advertising and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products, including prohibiting marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. The initiative…

Early voting underway

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LOS ANGELES – Early voting is underway in California and will continue through next Monday in Los Angeles County. Voters can vote every day this week and through Monday at the L.A. County Registrar/ Recorder’s office in Norwalk at 1200 Imperial Highway. The office will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5…

Relatives of Sgt. Owen urge ‘no’ on Prop. 57

Tania and Millie Owen, the wife and mother of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen

SAN DIMAS  – Relatives of the law enforcement officer recently gunned down in Lancaster added their voices Tuesday to the opposition of Proposition 57, which would provide parole opportunities for “non-violent” offenders. Tania and Millie Owen, the wife and mother of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Steve Owen, blasted the proposal as a pipeline…