Politics

Registration open for Palmdale’s Partners Academy

Fall 2015 graduating class. [Contributed image]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is accepting applications for the 2016 fall session of the Palmdale Partners Academy. The program begins Wednesday, Sept. 14, and continues on consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m., through Nov. 2. “The eight week Palmdale Partners Academy is designed to present citizens with a first-hand look at…

Feds deny housing assistance after Sand Fire

LOS ANGELES – Federal officials refused requests for housing assistance in the wake of the Sand Fire, which forced some 20,000 people in Santa Clarita to evacuate and destroyed 18 homes, a county official said this week. “The last time they issued (housing) vouchers was for the Northridge earthquake in 1994,” Housing Authority Director Sean…

Senator Sharon Runner dies at 62

Sharon Runner [contributed]

LANCASTER – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) died Thursday morning at the age of 62, according to a statement from her family. “We are heartbroken to share that Sharon passed away today at the age of 62 following respiratory complications. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends,” the statement reads. “Through her…

Supervisors place parks parcel tax on November ballot

Tax on ballot

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot that would levy a one-and-a-half cent per square foot parcel tax on properties countywide to fund parks development and maintenance. If approved by voters, the parcel tax is estimated to raise roughly $95 million annually.…

No-grow ordinance extended one year

Marijuana ban

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a ban on growing marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county — including Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles — for one year. The ordinance — banning the cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing and distribution of medical marijuana while zoning officials…

Palmdale to consider aligning Planning Commission districts with City Council districts

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PALMDALE – A proposal to align the city of Palmdale’s Planning Commission districts with its City Council districts will be on the July Palmdale City Council Meeting agenda for consideration.    “Mayor Jim Ledford has asked our office to draft an ordinance for the City Council’s consideration which would align Palmdale’s Planning Commission districts with…

Obama immigration plan blocked, local activists sound off

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LOS ANGELES – Local immigration-rights activists expressed disappointment Thursday in the U.S. Supreme Court’s inability to reach a decision on President Barack Obama’s effort to expand deportation protection to millions of parents of U.S.-born children, but they vowed to continue fighting for change in immigration policy. “[The] Supreme Court decision blocking President Obama’s executive action…

Voters voice complaints about state presidential primary

Election 2016

LOS ANGELES – Dozens of voters and poll workers complained to Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday about a lack of ballots and staffing, inaccurate voter rolls, malfunctioning voting machines, the widespread use of provisional ballots and the possibility of voter fraud during last week’s primary election. “It shouldn’t be harder to vote than it is…

“Top-two” primary election results (district races)

[Top row L to R] Steve Knight, Bryan Caforio, Kevin McCarthy, Wendy Reed. [Bottom row L to R] Scott Wilk, Johnathon Ervin, Tom Lackey, Steve Fox.

Voters across California headed to the polls Tuesday, June 7, for the Primary Election. In the June “top-two” primary, all candidates for a district office are listed on the same ballot and anyone can vote for any candidate running for Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, regardless of party preference. Only the two candidates who…

Barger leads field for 5th District Supervisor

Kathryn Barger [Twitter]

LOS ANGELES  – Kathryn Barger will compete in a November runoff election to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, likely against entrepreneur Darrell Park.  Barger easily led the field of eight candidates vying for the seat in Tuesday’s election, but she was well short of the 50 percent majority needed to win the Fifth…

8 candidates vying for Antonovich’s county seat

Election 2016

LOS ANGELES – Eight candidates will battle on Tuesday to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who will have served the 5th District for 36 years before being forced out by term limits at the end of this year. The 5th District includes the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, along with a portion of…

No-grow ordinance extended to June 28

Marijuana ban

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a ban on growing marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county for roughly a month, but stopped short of the more than 10-month extension requested by county planners. An ordinance banning the cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing and distribution of medical marijuana while…

Supervisors weigh in on “millionaire’s tax”

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LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to press for a change to state law that would allow the county to put a “millionaire’s tax” on the November ballot to fund the fight against homelessness. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl proposed the legislative push last week, but were denied the three votes…

County to offer more safe havens for exploited children

LASD grant child sex trafficking

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to rebrand and expand its network of safe havens for victims of child sex trafficking. Supervisor Don Knabe recommended the change to the Safe House Program. “When we launched the Safe House Program nearly 20 years ago, we had no idea our children…

Social workers accuse DA of criminalizing child welfare work

Following the protest outside, the group converged on the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, April 12. Photo courtesy: SEIU 721 Facebook page. View the complete album of photos here.

LOS ANGELES – Dozens of county social workers protested in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, accusing District Attorney Jackie Lacey of criminalizing child welfare work by bringing child abuse charges against four of their colleagues. Two former county social workers and their supervisors were charged March 28 of child abuse and falsifying records stemming from…

Incumbents prevail in Lancaster election

Angela Underwood Jacobs, R. Rex Parris, Ken Mann.

LANCASTER – The Lancaster voters have spoken. Incumbent R. Rex Parris defeated his two challengers Tuesday, garnering more than 67 percent of the votes for mayor of the city of Lancaster. Specifically, Parris won with 4,950 votes, while his closest competitor, David Paul, trailed with 1,891 votes. Challenger Gualberto “Wally” Melendez finished last with 531…