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L.A. education reform group names board, signals shift from charter-school-only focus

A controversial group that began with the mission of rapidly expanding charter schools in Los Angeles has named its board of directors, come out with a plan and publicly defined its mission as supporting new, successful public schools of any kind. The board for Great Public Schools Now mostly includes...

Authorities revive hunt for the Original Night Stalker with $50,000 reward

Federal investigators on Wednesday announced they were offering a $50,000 reward to reinvigorate the search for California’s most prolific serial killer and rapist, known as the Original Night Stalker. Still unidentified 40 years after he began his campaign of terror in Sacramento then moved south...

L.A. Unified's school board wants to use state funds for special education students

Los Angeles school officials vowed Tuesday to fight to be able to spend the money they get from the state for special education programs. The response follows a California Department of Education decision in May that required the district to redirect hundreds of millions of dollars for students...

San Jose police mourn loss of motorcycle officer killed in traffic collision

The San Jose Police Department is mourning the death of an officer who was killed Tuesday when his motorcycle was struck by a minivan. Officer Michael Katherman was on duty and riding his motorcycle north on North 10th Street at 4:22 p.m. when a silver minivan traveling south on the same street...

Oakland to weigh civilian oversight of Police Department as sexual misconduct scandal widens

The Oakland Police Department finally appeared to be making progress after years of scandals. Violent crime that once plagued the city was receding, and the department looked close to ending 13 years of federal monitoring sparked by notorious police brutality and racial profiling cases. But instead...

Delays add $63 million to bullet train contract

The California rail authority on Tuesday approved increasing a contract to build the first 29 miles of the bullet train system by $63 million to compensate its lead contractor for delays in land acquisitions. Tutor Perini was awarded a $1-billion contract in 2013 to construct bridges, viaducts,...

L.A. County supervisors call for a state emergency declaration on homelessness

Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to call for a state declaration of emergency on California’s homeless crisis. The county’s homeless population was about 47,000 as of this year’s count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. There were an estimated 115,738 people...

6 shot in downtown Oakland, 1 in grave condition

Gunfire targeted four people in downtown Oakland early Tuesday evening – leaving one dead, according to police who has not released the identity of the female victim. Law enforcement from three districts in the city responded to a call for help shortly after 5:40 p.m. The shooting along the 1300...

Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Anza, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon three miles from Anza, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:34 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 7.5 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 14 miles from Valle Vista, Calif., 16 miles...

5 transients found dead inside burned L.A. office building

Los Angeles fire officials have found four additional bodies in a Westlake district office building that caught fire Monday, bringing the death toll to five. Authorities said all five appeared to be transients living in the 8th Street building. Body-detecting dogs found the four other victims Tuesday...

L.A. County voters bring concerns about election day issues to supervisors

Los Angeles County supervisors heard complaints Tuesday from dozens of voters and poll workers about problems they encountered on election day -- including broken voting machines, names missing from voter rosters and polling stations that ran out of ballots. Marcia Martin, an inspector at a polling...

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center tapped to fight Ebola

The 2014 Ebola outbreak killed thousands of people worldwide and set off international panic about the spread of the highly contagious disease. In the U.S., it also exposed concerns about how prepared the health system is to fight infectious diseases. As part of an effort to improve the nation’s...

YouTube removes video of Sacramento pastor praising Orlando mass shooting

A YouTube video in which a Sacramento Baptist church pastor praised the massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and called the victims pedophiles and predators was removed Tuesday for violating the website’s policy on hate speech.  The videotaped sermon by Pastor Roger Jimenez of Verity...

In Julian, a project to protect both livestock and mountain lions

Volunteers gathered this weekend at a home near Julian to work on a project aimed at protecting both area livestock and mountain lions. The wild animals and the farm animals frequently have had contact — in ways potentially fatal to all. Mountain lions are protected animals and it is illegal to...

Juror in Stanford sex assault case appalled by 'ridiculously lenient' sentence for Brock Turner

A juror who helped convict a former Stanford University student-athlete of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman thinks the “ridiculously lenient” six-month jail sentence imposed by the presiding judge has made a mockery of the jury's verdict, a newspaper reported Monday. The Palo Alto Weekly...

One dead in fire at Westlake office building

Firefighters are battling a large blaze in which at least one person has died at an office building in Westlake, authorities said.  Firefighters were able to rescue several people from the two-story building, but one person was confirmed dead at the scene, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the...

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon's guilty plea in corruption case marks blow to political dynasty

For decades, the Calderon name carried weight. Ronald and Tom Calderon, along with an older brother, were powerbrokers and deal makers who rose up from the small-time politics of Montebello, their hometown east of Los Angeles, to hold sway in Sacramento’s corridors of power. Known for a ruthless...

'Look at him. He won't survive it': Brock Turner's mom begged judge not to put him in prison

The mother of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner begged the judge not to sentence him to jail for sexual assault, saying he’d never survive, according to court documents released last week. In a letter to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, Carleen Turner begged the...

Ex-L.A. County sheriff's deputy at center of jail scandal is given six months in prison

A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the center of the jail scandal that rocked the department and led to the conviction of 21 agency officials, including the former sheriff, was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison. Gilbert Michel was the first to be charged in the wide-ranging...

Orange County religious and community leaders decry Orlando violence, urge unity

Orange County religious and community leaders gathered Sunday to stand in solidarity against the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 dead and at least 53 injured. "We need to remind each other that the power of love overcomes hatred and the power of mercy conquers vengeance,"...

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