Politics

Ivanka Trump’s business ties shrouded in secrecy in China |Sep 26, 2017

SHANGHAI — It is no secret that the bulk of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise comes from China. But just which Chinese companies manufacture and export her handbags, shoes and clothes is more secret than ever, an Associated Press investigation has found.

As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill’s fate bleak |Sep 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal.

Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race |Sep 26, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama’s U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday in a race that will reverberate through the Republican Party and has pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon.

President Trump fixes gaze on Puerto Rico, will visit Caribbean islands next week |Sep 26, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Suddenly, just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico. After not mentioning the hurricane-devastated island for days, Trump on Tuesday pushed back aggressively and repeatedly against criticism that he had failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria’s destruction or give the U.

Republican health care reform bill all but dead as Sen. Susan Collins joins opponents |Sep 25, 2017

WASHINGTON >> The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push.

Emotional testimony from the Downey police lieutenant who found slain officer’s body |Sep 25, 2017

A Downey police lieutenant gave emotional testimony Monday about finding a fellow officer shot to death in a BMW parked near the police station nearly two years ago, saying he didn’t initially recognize the victim.

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected |Sep 24, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect.

Trump’s criticisms spark more protests at NFL games |Sep 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 150 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

Important California bills waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature |Sep 24, 2017

State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the 2017 session of the California Legislature was “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” Hundreds of bills are on Gov.

After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever |Sep 24, 2017

What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state.

First year of community college could soon be free in California |Sep 24, 2017

New community college students in California may soon see a surprising number on their tuition balance: $0. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who proposed Assembly Bill 19, thinks it will prompt as many as 19,000 students who might not have seen college as a possibility to pursue higher education.

Trump tweets take on GOP holdouts on health legislation |Sep 23, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain’s opposition to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation — and perhaps to the Republican Party’s years of promises to kill the program.

US first lady, Prince Harry meet before Invictus Games |Sep 23, 2017

TORONTO >> U.S. first lady Melania Trump met Saturday with Britain’s Prince Harry as she led a delegation to Toronto for the opening of an Olympic-style competition for wounded service members and veterans that he founded several years ago.

World wonders: Could North Korea fire nuclear missile over Japan? |Sep 23, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea >> Will North Korea’s next nuclear test involve a thermonuclear missile screaming over Japan? That’s a question being asked after North Korea’s foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

Trump’s comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars |Sep 23, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. >> President Donald Trump doubled down on denouncing protests by NFL players and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry’s White House invitation on Saturday, a series of tweets that quickly inflamed football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a “bum.

US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea |Sep 23, 2017

WASHINGTON >>In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century.

DACA debate: Don’t call them ‘Dreamers,’ or pawns |Sep 23, 2017

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi smiled as she stood at a podium in San Francisco last week and described young, undocumented immigrants as “our VIPs.” But the House Democratic leader wasn’t even finished speaking when dozens of very loud young people walked in.

What a difference 3 days makes: How California voters shook up the Legislature this year |Sep 23, 2017

Something was different this year. As lawmakers in Sacramento approached the last night of their session—the final opportunity to pass or kill bills for the year—they had had three days to figure out how to vote.

Home ownership will have to wait for this DACA recipient |Sep 23, 2017

Rodrigo Mendoza has worked full-time as a pipe layer for four years, enough to build up his credit to buy his first house. But becoming a homeowner will have to wait. Mendoza, 32, of Temecula, is a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has provided two-year renewable work permits and deportation relief to about 800,000 young immigrants nationwide.

Long Beach nonprofits bring residents’ problem-solving ideas to the table(s) |Sep 23, 2017

Long Beach residents responded to the invitation to problem-solve with their neighbors on Saturday — all over town. In Los Cerritos, retirement-aged residents talked about ways to help the homeless get stable housing.

Hate crimes in Long Beach on the rise in 2017 |Sep 23, 2017

Hate crimes are up this year in many large cities across California and the U.S., but Long Beach has shown a particularly pronounced increase by comparison, according to researchers at Cal State San Bernardino who track reported hate crimes.

Long Beach police ask for opinions about the department in online survey |Sep 22, 2017

Police are asking Long Beach residents to take an anonymous online survey to let them know how the department is doing. Long Beach police are in the middle of an analysis of their services.

Last-stab Republican Obamacare repeal and replace bill dealt fatal blow by McCain |Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program.

New documents shed light on relationship between Long Beach councilwoman, former staffer |Sep 22, 2017

The strange case of a Long Beach city council member and her relationship with her former chief of staff got even stranger Friday when city officials released more than 2,500 emails and other documents that include dozens of messages between the two.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her private plane for work travel |Sep 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events on her own dime, according to her office. Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said in a statement to The Associated Press that DeVos travels “on personally-owned aircraft” at zero cost to taxpayers.

Federal agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked |Sep 21, 2017

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally.

Long Beach’s Gerrie Schipske announces intent to run for 34th State Senate seat |Sep 21, 2017

Former two-term Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today announced her candidacy for the 34th State Senate District, a predominantly Orange County district. Schipske, a Democrat, is running to unseat incumbent Republican Janet Nguyen in the June 5 primary election.

Long Beach to host citywide conversations Saturday; here’s how to attend |Sep 21, 2017

An initiative called Around the Table will kick off Saturday at roughly 100 locations throughout the city, bringing people together to talk about how to make Long Beach better.

Long Beach leaders reject law that would protect housekeepers at local hotels |Sep 20, 2017

Pro-labor voices on Long Beach’s City Council fell short of convincing their colleagues of the need

Long Beach embraces local ‘sanctuary city’ policy |Sep 20, 2017

Long Beach leaders on Tuesday embraced a local “sanctuary city” policy that would expand protections for its immigrant communities beyond those under consideration at the state level. The City Council on Tuesday voted 7-1 to direct the Long Beach Office of Equity to collaborate with immigrants rights organizations and the city’s three educational institutions to recommend a local policy, dubbed

Leaders approve coastal development plan for southeast Long Beach |Sep 20, 2017

City officials on Tuesday unanimously approved a 40-year coastal development plan that re-imagines a major southeast Long Beach gateway by encouraging waterfront mixed-use developments alongside restoration of one of the state’s last remaining coastal salt marshes.

Trump’s UN comments were ‘ignorant, absurd,’ says Iranian president |Sep 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will “respond decisively” to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran’s nuclear program and called U.

GOP senator defends health-care bill against Jimmy Kimmel’s attacks |Sep 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bill Cassidy defended his health care bill Wednesday after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel accused the Louisiana Republican of lying to him about it, heightening the tension around the last-ditch GOP effort to make good on years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.

California sues Trump administration to prevent border wall |Sep 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO — California’s attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it’s overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

Long Beach Republican Women open first headquarters, promising to support GOP politicians |Sep 20, 2017

Long Beach Republican Women Federated, in existence for more than six decades, now has its first official brick-and-mortar headquarters. “We do want this to be a place that will really make a difference,” said Beverly Norberg, president of the Long Beach group.

Trump threatens ‘total destruction’ of North Korea |Sep 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Sen. Graham upbeat about health care repeal effort |Sep 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local): 2:52 p.m. A chief sponsor of Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare says he’s “never felt better about where we’re at” but stopped short of predicting the GOP has the votes to pass the measure.

Long Beach council to have final say on SeaPort Marina Hotel development after appeals are filed |Sep 19, 2017

The Long Beach City Council will now have final say on the redevelopment of SeaPort Marina Hotel after two appeals were filed over the Planning Commission’s approval Sept. 7. The Planning Commission certified the Environmental Impact Report and site plan for an all-commercial reuse of the land at the corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

Ports O’ Call Village merchants vow court fight over looming evictions |Sep 19, 2017

Ports O’ Call merchants are pressuring the Port of Los Angeles to delay their Oct. 2 eviction from the commercial village, which is slated to be razed to make way for a new attraction, the San Pedro Public Market.

Steel construction begins for new Main Library in downtown Long Beach |Sep 19, 2017

The city of Long Beach celebrated the start of steel construction for the new 92,500-square-feet Main Library at the Civic Center on Tuesday. The ceremony included signing of the steel beams to be used in building the new library.

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones |Sep 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS >> President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfill its mission. But he pledged U.

Senate on track to pass $700 billion defense bill |Sep 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate is on track to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.

San Pedro’s palms: ‘They’re alive, they’re well,’ councilman tells doubters |Sep 18, 2017

Are San Pedro’s entryway palm trees dead? Responding to a slew of online comments in the past few days, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino insisted Monday that the trees are alive and well.

Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration |Sep 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation.

Southern California students, teachers sue over DACA |Sep 18, 2017

A Pasadena doctoral candidate, two Los Angeles school teachers and a former Pomona College student now attending UC Irvine law school were among six people who sued the Trump administration Monday over the decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced |Sep 18, 2017

Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration.

Bossert out front as Trump’s detail man on homeland threats |Sep 17, 2017

WASHINGTON >> At nearly 6-foot-6, Tom Bossert is hard to miss. Yet he came and went through the gilded lobby at Trump Tower multiple times during the presidential transition largely unnoticed among the parade of White House job candidates headed for the elevators.

Top US diplomat says closing Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’ |Sep 17, 2017

NEW YORK >> The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records |Sep 17, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. >> In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government |Sep 17, 2017

WASHINGTON >> There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren’t making it easier to hold federal officials accountable for their actions.