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Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
The budget plan finalized by lawmakers on Thursday included funding for water projects, after some haggling over the details.Gov. Jerry...
SEIU 1000 Increases Dues On Some To Help Pay Contract Costs | The Sacramento Bee
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Contra Costa County Da Is Under Criminal Investigation - San Francisco Chronicle
Contra Costa County’s district attorney, who admitted months ago to improperly diverting $66,000 in campaign contributions for his personal use, is under criminal investigation by the state attorney general.
Conservatives near revolt on Senate health care negotiations
Republicans are increasingly pessimistic that key conservative senators will vote for the eventual bill.
Interfaith groups to counter anti-Sharia rally in South Bay
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001, Sabiha Basrai felt her Muslim identity was a political statement and that her Americanness was in question. After years of being on the defensive and months of listening to President TrumpâÂÂs plans for a travel ban on mostly-Muslim countries, fueling more mistrust of the Muslim American community, Basrai said sheâÂÂs had enough. âÂÂFor a lot of us in the Bay Area, who grew up here, thereâÂÂs been this feeling like we have to prove ourselves, prove our humanity, prove the fact that our values are just like yours, that we deserve civil rights just like you,âÂÂ said Basrai, a member of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action. Basrai said that like most Americans she watched in horror from her home as hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade towers in New York City, the Pentagon and crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa. ACT For America was founded in 2007 by Brigitte Gabriel in response to the 9/11 attacks and works to push anti-Muslim legislation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America. Since its founding, the group has grown to over 280,000 members and 1,000 chapters nationwide, according law center. The group was first designated as a hate group by the SPLC in 2015, making it part of a network of the âÂÂmost of the dangerous groups propagandizing out there,âÂÂ said Heidi Beirich, the director of Intelligence Project, part of the SPLC that tracks hate groups. [...] we stand steadfast with the right of every American to their beliefs. The organizationâÂÂs âÂÂMarch Against ShariaâÂÂ is being billed as a call for human rights for women and children who are impacted by Sharia law in the United States, according to the groupâÂÂs website.
Trump Commits To Nato's Article 5 Obligation, After Having Left Mutual Defense Commitment In Doubt
Michael A. Memoli @ latimes.com
President Trump on Friday made an explicit commitment to NATO's core mutual defense obligation, weeks after he declined to do so at a m...
What Turned the British Election? Maybe the Youth Vote
A high turnout of younger voters, many of them against leaving the European Union, voted against Theresa MayâÂÂs Conservative Party.
An L.A.-area Congressman Has Joined The Formal Effort To Impeach Trump
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Justice Dept. Wants Lawsuit Against President Trump Thrown Out
The government contends that it is up to Congress, not the courts, to act on whether the president should be able to profit from his businesses while in office.
Alum Rock Audit: Fear Of Fraud, Mismanagement Involving School District
Crime, K-12 Education
Mom-and-pop Food Vendors Evicted From Los Angeles Community College Campuses
Romney Reveals That Clinton Nudged Him To Consider Trump’s Secretary Of State Overture - Politico
Mitt Romney said he was heartened that President Donald Trump would seek him out. | AP Photo
New L.A. Car-sharing Service Aims To Serve Low-income Neighborhoods
Rachel Spacek @ latimes.com
BlueLA, a new car-sharing service, aims to provide low-income neighborhoods with low-emission transportation.
Wife Of Man Charged In Ghost Ship Fire Breaks Her Silence - San Francisco Chronicle
Attorney Nick Walrath, 31, grew up in Point Breeze, Pa., an old neighborhood on the east end of Pittsburgh, and attended Taylor Allderdice High School. He pursued a lifelong interest in science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a double major in physics and philosophy. Read more.
State Regulators Want A Study Of Clean Alternatives To An Oxnard Natural Gas Plant
Ivan Penn @ latimes.com
A California Energy Commission committee accepts the energy grid operator's proposal to study clean alternatives to a natural gas plant in Ventura County.
Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.
Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President TrumpâÂÂs policies.
PG&E to pay $1.6 million to settle suit over Carmel blast
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will pay $1.6 million to the city of Carmel to settle a lawsuit over a natural gas explosion that destroyed a vacant cottage in 2014, officials said Friday. The settlement, which the City Council approved Tuesday, covers the cost of repairs and the time that police officers, firefighters and public works employees devoted to dealing with the explosionâÂÂs aftermath. The incident led CaliforniaâÂÂs Public Utilities Commission to fine the company $37.3 million last year âÂÂ the third-largest gas-related fine against the utility, after the $1.6 billion that PG&E had to pay for the 2010 blast in San Bruno that killed eight people and a $38 million fine for a 2008 explosion in Rancho Cordova (Sacramento County) that killed a homeowner. No one was inside the one-bedroom cottage on Guadalupe Street and Third Avenue in Carmel when it blew up on the morning of March 3, 2014, sending glass, wood, and roof chunks into the surrounding area. In doing so, workers made slices in the steel line, rendering it useless for carrying natural gas. The gas escaped through a cut in the steel pipe and eventually got into the cottage, where a pilot light is believed to have touched off the explosion. Tomasi said the legal settlement requires PG&E to do preventative maintenance of gas pipelines, conduct regular systemwide inspections, and provide transmission and distribution maps to city employees.
L.A. Lowering Filming Permit Costs For Digital Productions
David Ng @ latimes.com
Buzzfeed, Funny or Die and CollegeHumor are among the sites participating in a pilot program starting in October to lower permit costs for digital shoots in the city.
As Democrats Regroup, Spotlight Turns to New Jersey Governorâ
Philip D. Murphy, now the Democratic nominee for governor, has had the support of national political figures, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who stumped for him.
La Leaders OK $85 Million In Prop Hhh Money — Including For Homeless Housing In Valley
Southern California Million-dollar Home Sales Soar To Record High – Orange County Register
Deep-pocketed house hunters are gobbling up a record number of Southern California homes that sold for more than $1 million, another sign of just how expensive local housing is to buy.