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‘Major Emergency’ Brush Fire Burning in Brentwood

‘Major Emergency’ Brush Fire Burning in Brentwood

A brushfire broke out at midday Sunday in Mandeville Canyon, just northwest of the Getty Museum, and quickly developed into a “major emergency” as it charred at least 30 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire began about 12:45 p.m. and was first reported as burning about 3 to 4 acres of […]

The Silliest Lawsuit Ever Against Jelly Beans

The Silliest Lawsuit Ever Against Jelly Beans

When it comes to food, it turns out you can sue over just about anything these days. A California woman is suing the makers of Jelly Belly jelly beans, claiming she was tricked into believing one of the company’s candy products was free of sugar. The plaintiff, Jessica Gomez of San Bernadino County, first brought […]

CA Controller Finds Reckless Spending in South El Monte

CA Controller Finds Reckless Spending in South El Monte

State Controller Betty T. Yee today announced that her team’s detailed review of the City of South El Monte’s administrative and accounting practices found prevalent and severe deficiencies, with 88 percent of internal control elements deemed inadequate. “South El Monte officials demonstrated a culture of incompetence and blatant disregard for accountability of taxpayer dollars,” said […]

Warning: 15,498 ‘High-Hazard’ Dams in America

Warning: 15,498 ‘High-Hazard’ Dams in America

by CHRISS W. STREET The new American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Infrastructure Report Card (ASCE) has identified 15,498 high-hazard dams, whose failure could risk loss of life. ASCE is appropriately holding this year’s Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) in Sacramento, California from May 21 to 25. The meeting is an opportunity for its members and […]

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

SEOUL, South Korea — Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments. For others, the fear prompts denial — a willful ignorance […]

California Democrats push single-payer health-care bill

California Democrats push single-payer health-care bill

Establishing a single-payer system in California would cost $400 billion-more than twice the size of the state budget-but the steep price tag failed to deter Democrats pursuing universal health coverage. A study released Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee staff found that Senate Bill 562, known as the Healthy California Act, would fall $200 billion […]

CA Controller Yee Reports Homeowners Received $2.2 Million in Property Tax Relief with Revived Program

CA Controller Yee Reports Homeowners Received $2.2 Million in Property Tax Relief with Revived Program

State Controller Betty T. Yee today reported 804 California homeowners received more than $2.2 million in property tax relief in the first year of the renewed Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, which she administers. From 1978 until the suspension of PTP in 2009, eligible applicants were able to defer payment of their residential property taxes.  […]

California Woman Gets Botulism From Cheese Sauce

California Woman Gets Botulism From Cheese Sauce

Despite being an unnatural shade of orange, we’ve all drizzled nacho cheese sauce over some chips at the movies, baseball game or gas station during a road trip, without any life-threatening consequences. But one Los Angeles-area woman has been in the hospital for more than three weeks after reportedly getting botulism from gas station nachos. […]

Treasurer John Chiang and Senate Leader Kevin de León Vow to for Californians’ Right to Retirement Security

Treasurer John Chiang and Senate Leader Kevin de León Vow to for Californians’ Right to Retirement Security

State Treasurer John Chiang and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said today that California’s Secure Choice program remains on track to provide retirement security to nearly 6.8 million private-sector workers who do not have access to a retirement savings plan from their employer. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate passed House […]

Push begins to overturn new California gas tax

Push begins to overturn new California gas tax

By James Poulos A fresh effort has been launched to reverse Gov. Jerry Brown’s fuel and vehicle tax deal, passed narrowly in Sacramento on the strength of a series of sharply criticized side deals. “Only one Republican – state Sen. Anthony Cannella – voted in favor of SB1, and that was after his Central Valley district received $500 […]