Politics

Trump hits GOP foes of health-care bill, Sen. Paul calls it ‘fake repeal’ |Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP’s last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill “fake repeal” and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation’s details.

California challenges Trump’s end to young immigrant program |Sep 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, saying it would be especially hard hit because it has more of the immigrants brought to the U.

Stretch of 134 freeway to be named for Obama |Sep 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers in California have approved a plan to name a stretch of freeway in the Los Angeles area for former President Barack Obama. A stretch of the 134 Freeway passing through the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles and the cities of Glendale and Pasadena will be known as the President Barack H.

Trump to phase out DACA, throw issue to Congress |Sep 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

Putin says Trump ‘not my bride, and I’m not his groom’ |Sep 5, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has refrained from making any criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking at a news conference in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed a question whether he was disappointed in Trump as “naive.

Who is protected by DACA? Here’s a by-the-numbers look |Sep 5, 2017

Some 800,000 people nationwide – at least a quarter of them in California – who immigrated to this country as children are hanging in the balance as President Donald Trump mulls over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Trump’s decision to dump DACA sparks disdain from LA leaders |Sep 5, 2017

Local and federal leaders all offered their statements Tuesday morning after President Donald Trump’s administration announced it will stop processing new applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Here’s what the DACA repeal protest looks like in downtown LA |Sep 5, 2017

Shortly after Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump would phase out DACA, protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles. The demonstration was the first of several planned across the region Tuesday.

Work permits, fear and legal help: How LA students could be affected by DACA’s end |Sep 5, 2017

In Los Angeles, schools have been installing support programs for undocumented students since before the election of President Donald Trump. Now, many are wondering how students could be affected by the

Trump’s DACA decision unites right and left on one point: The fight isn’t over yet |Sep 5, 2017

“DACA is an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” — Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.

Trump’s DACA decision has LA Dreamers looking to Congress to ‘do your job’ |Sep 5, 2017

Scores of protesters rallied on the steps of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday vowing to fight President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era program known as DACA.

Gay pride stripes to remain as ‘monument of acceptance’ on Venice Beach lifeguard tower |Sep 5, 2017

A Venice Beach lifeguard tower gets to keep its gay pride rainbow stripes after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to rescue it from getting repainted to the iconic blue.

Protest against Trump’s DACA decision at Placita Olvera in downtown LA |Sep 5, 2017

Hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a large group of demonstrators gathered at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles before marching to City Hall.

Future: Trump’s DACA action has all sides focusing on legislative, legal maneuvering |Sep 5, 2017

Set Hernandez doesn’t have a home. Not in the Philippines, where he was born. And, he said, not in America. “I’m OK with being the perpetual immigrant, the other” said Hernandez, who came to the United States with his mom 13 years ago and lives in the San Fernando Valley.

DACA repeal sparks fear, praise in Southern California |Sep 5, 2017

Iveth Diaz didn’t hear compassion. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known, as DACA was the “compassionate” thing to do, Diaz, 26, who is protected by the program, heard only uncertainty.

5 out-of-the-box ideas for fixing the individual insurance marketplace |Sep 4, 2017

With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to shore up the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

Trump expected to end program for young immigrants |Sep 4, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said.

Southern California DACA recipients hope for the best, brace for the worst as Trump readies announcement |Sep 4, 2017

A day before President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, dozens of young people who fear how they could be affected by the decision joined a Labor Day march in downtown Los Angeles Monday.

Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans |Sep 3, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.

Trump resistance groups look beyond Washington for victories |Sep 3, 2017

ATLANTA >> The Virginia House of Delegates. The Arizona attorney general’s office. Atlanta City Hall. Seats of power unaccustomed to intense political attention are the focus of liberal groups as they try to turn the Trump resistance movement into tangible victories.

Trump, asked if he’d attack North Korea, says: ‘We’ll see’ |Sep 3, 2017

TOKYO >> North Korea on Sunday claimed a “perfect success” for its most powerful nuclear test so far, a further step in the development of weapons capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

National group sharply criticizes California’s plan for Every Student Succeeds Act |Sep 3, 2017

A national education nonprofit that is evaluating states’ plans for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act praised California’s vision for a high-quality education for all students but mostly panned how it proposes to implement its goals in a report it issued Tuesday.

For Trump, chance to return with empathy for Harvey victims |Sep 2, 2017

HOUSTON >> President Donald Trump brought plenty of optimism and swagger to Texas on his initial visit to survey Harvey’s devastation. He’s getting a chance to return with empathy.

China says Japan shouldn’t slap North Korea with sanctions |Sep 2, 2017

BEIJING >> China has advised Japan not to impose sanctions unilaterally on North Korea after Pyongyang launched a test missile that flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean, the Chinese foreign ministry said Saturday.

Smoke from La Tuna fire causes poor air quality in LA area |Sep 2, 2017

SUN VALLEY >> Air quality regulators warned today that smoke from the La Tuna Fire has caused poor air quality that will affect everyone in the general fire area. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, unhealthy air quality will exist in portions of the following areas: -- San Fernando Valley -- San Gabriel Valley -- San Gabriel Mountains -- Glendale area “It is difficult to tell where ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of dust particles in the air, so we ask all individuals to be aware of their immediate environment and to take actions to safeguard their health,” said Dr.

It’s goodbye, Columbus: Doug McIntyre |Sep 2, 2017

“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two!” So sang generations of young Americans as they learned the legend of the great Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Oceans, the first great Italian hero of the New World, even though he sailed in the service of the Spanish crown.

Five decades of immigration law |Sep 2, 2017

Here’s a look at several key moments in the United States’ evolving immigration policies. 1965 — The Immigration and Nationality Act passes and creates a new system favoring family reunification and skilled immigrants.

Join the immigration conversation |Sep 2, 2017

Want to join the conversation about immigration reform and enforcement? As part of our project, “Talking Across Borders,” we’ve partnered with other media outlets to host an intelligent, respectful debate on Facebook with Californians on all sides of the immigration debate.

Here we go again: California does the Taxes Two-Step |Sep 2, 2017

At this point, it’s practically a California tradition. First, state judges find a loophole in California’s constitutional bulwark against new, higher taxes. Then conservative legislators and anti-tax activists rush in to patch the hole with a new ballot proposition.

As homeless ‘epidemic’ worsens, LA thinks it can speed up housing. Here’s how |Sep 1, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has released a proposal it said would help speed construction of homeless housing. The draft ordinance, released Thursday, is part of the city’s Comprehensive Homeless Strategy and lays out a plan to increase the construction of housing for the homeless to about 1,000 units per year, up from the current pace of 300 units per year.

An LA Metro plan for big changes to San Fernando Valley transit is up for review |Sep 1, 2017

A transit plan that officials say could change the transportation landscape of the San Fernando Valley is up for public review. Metro has released a draft of the environmental impact report for the proposed East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor that – along with four other projects funded by Measure M -- the voter-approved half-cent sales tax.

With Trump’s DACA decision coming, LA immigrants urge him to ‘have a heart’ |Sep 1, 2017

Hundreds of immigrant-rights activists gathered outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Friday to urge President Donald Trump not to repeal an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

Republicans oppose expected Trump move on DACA |Sep 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally.

What happens if Trump ends DACA? |Sep 1, 2017

Is DACA hanging by a thread? The program created by President Barack Obama to protect young people brought to this country illegally as children may — or may not — end. White House officials have told some news outlets that President Donald Trump is close to ending the program, which requires applicants to renew for protective status every two years.

San Gabriel Valley millennials sound off: What really peeves them about politics today |Sep 1, 2017

PASADENA >> About 70 young adults filed into a Middle Eastern restaurant on East Colorado Boulevard on Thursday evening, sat down at tables and booths and soon began asking questions. Alas, the initial aspect of what a local state senator called his “millennial open dialogue” — #MOD — could be checked off the list.

A pen and an eraser—Trump reverses Obama limits on military gear for cops: Susan Shelley |Aug 31, 2017

Douglas Adams, the late, great author of the comedy science fiction series, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” once wrote a scene where two characters are met by a guard who expressed his displeasure by viciously waving a long silver “Kill-O-Zap” gun: “The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush.

UK leader backs Japan on North Korea, reassures on Brexit |Aug 31, 2017

TOKYO — British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure Japanese business leaders about Brexit on Thursday, while also joining Japan in calling on China to use its influence to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.

Motel 6 pays LA $250,000 in settlement over prostitution, gangs and drugs at Sylmar property |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A Motel 6 in Sylmar will have stricter guest registration requirements and beefed up security as part of a $250,000 settlement with the office of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

ICE takes search for 10,000 new recruits to web |Aug 31, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is turning to the internet to find 10,000 new recruits. The agency — which is tasked with fighting cross-border crime and illegal immigration — has launched what it describes as “an enhanced careers section” of its website, along with Twitter feeds in English and Spanish.

Undocumented dad keeps the faith after release from federal custody |Aug 31, 2017

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez prefers not to entertain the thought that he could be deported back to his native Mexico. Instead, the undocumented father of four savored his freedom and his family Thursday, a day after he was released on bond from the Adelanto Detention Facility, where he had been held since his February arrest by immigration authorities.

Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him |Aug 31, 2017

PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature.

Access to license-plate data may be possible, court rules |Aug 31, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO >> It would violate people’s privacy to publicly release raw data collected by automated license plate readers that police use to determine whether vehicles are linked to crime, but there may be ways to make the information anonymous that would require it to be disclosed, the California Supreme Court said Thursday.

Ex-Compton mayor gets probation for misappropriating public funds |Aug 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley -- who was convicted last month of misappropriating and misusing taxpayer funds -- was sentenced today to three years probation and a year in county jail that he has already served.

Undocumented dad detained by ICE since February released, reunites with family |Aug 30, 2017

ADELANTO >> Outside a desert jail Wednesday evening, there were tears. Embraces. Six months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez while he took his daughters to school one February morning, he was a free man.

There are more US troops in Afghanistan than we thought |Aug 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials for the first time say there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan. That is far more than the 8,400 total acknowledged under the previous administration’s troop cap.

Trump to Harvey victims: ‘All of America’ grieving with you |Aug 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying “all of America is grieving with you.

LA tosses out Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day |Aug 30, 2017

Following an emotional and heated debate, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 Wednesday to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Councilman Mike Bonin, who pointed to his family’s Italian origins, called the move a “very small step in apologizing and making amends” to Native Americans.

Family of mentally ill man killed in struggle with Whittier police files $15 million claim against city |Aug 30, 2017

WHITTIER >> The family of a 27-year-old mentally ill Whittier man who died earlier this year after a struggle with Whittier police filed a $15 million claim against the city Wednesday.

What’s closed on Labor Day, Sept. 4, in the Los Angeles area |Aug 30, 2017

Banks: Banks and financial markets are closed. Government: City, county, federal and state offices, libraries and superior courts are closed. Mail: The U.

LA County’s rainbow-colored lifeguard tower could lose its gay pride stripes |Aug 30, 2017

A Venice Beach lifeguard tower wrapped in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag could be repainted to its original iconic blue, unless the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday to save it.