Muslim Americans in Southern California described the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow a temporary, partial version of the Trump administration’s travel ban as disappointing and “irrational,” but noted that until th...
Opponents of a bill that would allow California bars, nightclubs and restaurants to extend their drinking hours to as late as 4 a.m. plan to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak out against the measure.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well. “Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,”...
When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible. That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there’s a local demand for their services and obtain a “certificate of need” before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12 steps. The lack of such a system is a key reason why...
Filmmaker George Lucas’s proposed $1.5 billion museum to showcase his art collection is headed closer toward reality, with the project expected to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. The vote on the project will be more elaborate then usual, with a strong likelihood of Lucas showing up at City Hall. His wife, Mellody Hobson, who will serve as chair of the museum, will also be there, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and school children. •...
Long Beach water users may see a water and sewer rate increase beginning Oct. 1 as part of the 2018 fiscal year budget recently passed by the Water Commission. The 2018 spending plan totals $127.4 million, with $106.5 million in the water fund and $21.9 million in the sewer fund. In both cases, expenses are higher than expected revenue, even with the planned rate increases, officials said. Under the plan, water rates will go up 4 percent, and sewer rates will rise by 2 percent.
One by one, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck gazed into the eyes of nearly 500 graduating police cadets on Saturday to impart an unspoken promise: That he and every officer in the LAPD would safeguard each teen as closely as they would their own families. “I looked in their eyes, and I saw the hope of their future displayed there,” Beck told parents and friends during a heartfelt keynote speech, recalling a morning review hours before the cadet graduation.
Health care reform
WASHINGTON >> Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on a health overhaul to replace “the dead carcass of Obamacare.” Expressing frustration, he complained about “the level of hostility” in government and wondered why both parties can’t work together on the Senate bill as GOP critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week. It was the latest...
WASHINGTON >> Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised them. Why is President Donald Trump, who has promised the largest tax cut ever, having so much trouble accomplishing one of his main initiatives? Some questions and answers about why tax overhaul is...
About a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries could begin opening their doors as early as July under a new law enacted by Long Beach voters in the fall. Those on the cusp of receiving final approval from the city include a list of priority applicants, comprised of former medical marijuana business owners who received city permits in a 2010 lottery, only to have them later revoked when the city reversed legalization and banned all such businesses. Last year, members of that same...
Treatment of prisoners
SANAA, Yemen >> Yemen’s internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr was obtained by The Associated Press. It said the investigation would focus on areas liberated...
California senators were deep in heated debate about a small but politically explosive attachment to the state budget last week when a Riverside Democrat could be heard to suddenly channel Forrest Gump. “Trailer bills,” said Sen. Richard Roth—referring to pieces of legislation tied to the budget but sometimes bearing little connection to it — “are a box of chocolates. And you never know what you’re going to get.” Surprises abound...