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Gov. Brown proposes California's first fully online public community college

Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to launch its first fully online public community college to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials gain skills for better jobs and greater economic mobility. In the 2018-19 budget plan he unveiled Wednesday, Brown proposed spending $120 million...

Classes canceled after reports of shots fired at Cal State San Bernardino

Authorities were investigating reports of shots fired Wednesday evening at Cal State San Bernardino, officials said. Classes were canceled for the evening, while students and faculty were advised in a campus alert to shelter in place. “Do not try to leave campus,” the school’s Tech Support Center...

Death toll rises to 17 in Montecito; 100 homes destroyed by mudslides

The death toll from massive debris flows that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders rose to 17 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard continued rescue operations Wednesday afternoon. About 300 people who were stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon...

Earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near Coalinga, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon one mile from Turk, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.2 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was seven miles from Coalinga, 11 miles from Avenal...

California attorney general lauds DACA ruling

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Wednesday praised a ruling by a federal judge that blocks the Trump administration’s decision to end protections for an estimated 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. “This is a huge step forward,” Becerra said...

One person dead in Pico-Union fire

The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating what it calls a suspicious fire that left one person dead at a home in the Pico-Union neighborhood early Wednesday. Firefighters arriving around 3:15 a.m. at the two-story triplex in the 1700 block of South New Hampshire Avenue found the body of...

Planning to try pot for the first time now that its recreational use is legal in California? Let us know

Do you plan on smoking marijuana - or buying edibles - for the first time now that it's legal for adult use?

Death toll from slides rises to 15 with daybreak air rescues set to begin in Montecito

The death toll from a massive debris flow that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders has risen to 15 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard are planning to continue rescue operations Wednesday morning. About 300 people remained stuck in their homes in Montecito’s...

Essential California: Flooding, mudflows from heavy rains leave 13 dead in Southern California

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 10, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The predawn torrent of mud and debris carried away cars, swamped living rooms, and yanked homes from their foundations. Boulders crashed into homes,...

We know L.A.'s new recycling program is a fiasco, but how'd it get so screwed up?

When it comes to bureaucratic bungling by school districts, utility companies and City Hall, Los Angeles has always been an Olympic contender. I can’t complain, given all the columns I’ve gotten out of the computerized payroll screw-ups and student-tracking debacles at L.A. Unified, along with...

LAPD takes another step toward deploying drones in controversial yearlong test

The Los Angeles Police Department took another step toward using drones in some tactical situations after its civilian bosses Tuesday approved a $31,500 donation to purchase the controversial devices. The LAPD has yet to fly any drones. The yearlong pilot program, approved by the Police Commission...

L.A. child molester to be released after spending 17 years in state hospital awaiting trial

Just before George Vasquez was scheduled to get out of prison, Los Angeles County prosecutors made a plea to the court: Don’t let him free — he’s too dangerous to live in public. While in his early 20s, Vasquez had lured young boys from his South L.A. neighborhood to a spot near an alleyway with...

'It was like a bomb went off': First the heavy rain, then the mud, now a disaster on the coast

Standing outside his home on Foothill Road in Carpinteria near Ocean Oaks Road in a white hard hat and thick yellow-and-red rain gear, Peter Lapidus was covered in mud. His house is near a creek, Arroyo Paredon, and his road was covered in a thick sludge of mud. Lapidus, who works in construction...

Stunned residents reel from mudslide devastation in Montecito

Marc Phillips slogged up and down the streets of Montecito Tuesday in his mud-caked jeans, marveling at the devastation. Phillips pointed at areas on Parra Grande Road, where homes used to be. “It looks like there was never a house there, but it was,” he said. It was that kind of day in one neighborhood...

Jury awards $4 million to ex-Black Panther hurt by Oakland councilwoman

A jury has awarded more than $4 million in punitive damages to a former leader of the Black Panthers who was injured after an Oakland councilwoman punched and pushed her during an argument over housing. The jury found Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks should pay $550,000 to Elaine Brown, who was...

Man hurt trying to climb border fence; U.S. agents open gate to offer aid

Border Patrol agents opened a maintenance gate and rescued a 41-year-old Mexican man who fell off the border fence on Otay Mountain and injured himself as he tried to enter the U.S. illegally early Tuesday. Agents were called by the Tijuana Fire Department around 7:30 a.m. and told that the man...

California flu season could be one of the worst in a decade, state officials say

California health officials said Tuesday that the state’s flu season could turn out to be one of the nastiest the state has seen in a long time. “This appears to be one of the worst seasons we’ve had in the last 10 years,” state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said in a call with reporters. “We’re...

Gardena police pursuit ends in fatal crash

A Gardena police pursuit Tuesday morning ended in a crash that left one person dead and another hospitalized, officials said. The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at Century Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials. An L.A. County fire spokesman...

Area destroyed by mudslides was not under mandatory evacuation order

Devastating mudslides that destroyed homes and trapped residents in Montecito on Tuesday occurred in an area that was not under mandatory evacuation orders, officials said. Mud from a swollen creek slammed into homes in the 300 block of Hot Springs Road and nearby streets. Several people in Santa...

Moments of terror in Thomas fire zone as powerful rains send the earth moving

Montecito resident Dominic Shiach thought the worst was over when the massive Thomas fire finally stopped threatening his town last month. But last night and early Tuesday morning, the rains began to pound. Within hours, the community was inundated with mudslides, leaving at least five dead and...

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