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State Supreme Court to weigh Gov. Brown’s prison release initiative

California’s highest court is slated to hear arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Jerry Brown may ask voters in November to allow an early release from prison for some who were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The California Supreme Court hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT, can be watched live on the…

Former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died at 82

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82.

Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died Wednesday from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke.

The Republican…

Where the surf is perfect, 110 miles inland

Surfers had never seen a spot like it: head-high waves unfurling like wrapping paper in pristine, tapering cylinders for more than a quarter-mile, with not a soul out to catch them.

But something about the scene was amiss. Between waves, ducks floated in dead-still water the color of tea. A dusty…

Animal-rights activist gets two years in prison for campaign against fur industry

SAN DIEGO — An animal-rights activist accused in a cross-country fur-industry vandalism and mink-liberation campaign has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Joseph Buddenberg pleaded guilty in February to a charge of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a federal law passed…

A Santa Barbara ‘safe parking’ program for homeless people may be coming to L.A.

Office workers were still at their desks when Thomas Goodwin’s 1974 motor home clanked out of a downtown parking lot one recent evening, power steering groaning as Lego blocks flew around the plaid interior.

The 54-year-old single father moved the newly acquired camper to clear a parking place…

After 63 years, beloved maestro is passing the baton at Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra

The radio as I drive is tuned to KUSC, so I can enter his world even before I arrive.

The music of the masters softens Los Angeles, bringing order to chaos. Lampposts are treble clefs; birds sit on power lines like the notes of an unfinished symphony.

I park on 17th Street in Santa Monica and push…

Seven Muslim women sue Laguna Beach cafe for discrimination after they were ordered to leave

Seven women are suing Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach for discrimination, alleging they were targeted last month for being “visibly Muslim” while wearing head scarves and ordered to leave the restaurant before they finished eating.

The April 22 ouster “left us shaken, disrespected and shocked,” said…

Racial slurs by law enforcement are a legacy that’s becoming more unacceptable

In Santa Clara County, jail guards sent text messages using racial slurs to describe African Americans, Jews and Vietnamese Americans.

In San Francisco, as many as 19 police officers have been implicated in a texting scandal involving racial and homophobic insults.

And a top Los Angeles County…

School districts are a big reason for the rise in income segregation in the U.S.
It’s no secret that in searching for a home, parents scrutinize nearby schools. The wealthy can afford to live in neighborhoods with small school districts, where most other students are wealthy, too. Now, a new study out of USC confirms that this decision-making process is partially responsible…

Mission Beach residents hope coastal panel will overturn city’s approval of condo project

The California Coastal Commission has raised several concerns about a 63-unit condo development proposed for Mission Beach, giving residents some hope that the panel may overturn the City Council’s recent approval of the project.

But the developer said the issues in question were all addressed…

State senator calls for a ban on private meetings with coastal commissioners to ‘level the playing field’

It’s become a familiar sight during the California Coastal Commission’s three-day meetings. Members of the powerful panel can be seen huddling with developers or their representatives in hallways, in the back of the hearing room or outside during breaks.

At other times, commissioners have discussed…

San Diego State officials agree to review free-speech policies after outcry over anti-Muslim fliers

After a protest over posters on campus that linked Muslim students to terrorism, San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman on Monday agreed that school policies should be reviewed to ensure a balance between free speech and safety.

But some students who met with Hirshman said they were…

Remo Belli dies at 88; musician developed synthetic drumheads

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died.

Belli, who founded Remo Inc., was 88 and had been treated for pneumonia at a Pasadena hospital, where…

3 are arrested in the stabbing of black man that officials call a hate crime

Investigators are calling the January stabbing of a black man a hate crime and have arrested three Latino men in connection with the slaying, a San Diego Sheriff’s Department official said Monday.

Hugh Pettigrew, 33, was walking home along Ammunition Road in Fallbrook when three men attacked and…

Trump’s been talking about a border wall. Here’s what it’s like to live with one.

Saturday brought Perla Martinez three minutes of joy, a temporary pause in a long, painful separation.

“It’s really emotional,” said Martinez, a Denver resident, wiping away tears while standing on the U.S. side of the fence separating San Diego and Tijuana. From about 12:20 to 12:23 p.m., she…

It’s a mess along O.C.’s part of PCH, traffic study says

Traffic congestion and safety conflicts among vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians continue to plague traveling conditions along Orange County’s portion of Pacific Coast Highway, according to a newly published transportation study.

The nearly $400,000 report, released last month and conducted by…

Border wall unites as well as divides those living near it

Saturday brought Perla Martinez three minutes of joy, a temporary pause in a long, painful separation.

“It’s really emotional,” said Martinez, a Denver resident, wiping away tears while standing on the U.S. side of the fence separating San Diego and Tijuana. From about 12:20 to 12:23 p.m., she…

Donald Trump became a unifying force on May Day in downtown L.A.

Thousands of people took to the streets in the annual May Day marches in downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights on Sunday to advocate for immigration reform, police accountability and an end to racism.

The diverse array of protesters shared one thing in common: all were offended by something Donald…

Navy warship parade is back on in San Diego

The Navy is putting the “fleet” back in San Diego Fleet Week.

The Sea ‘n’ Air Parade will return to San Diego Bay this September, restoring one of San Diego Fleet Week’s signature events.

About half a dozen U.S. Navy warships will parade around the bay Sept. 10, in addition to Navy and Marine Corps…

Convicted murderer’s attorney seeks access to Orange County sheriff’s records on jailhouse informants

The defense attorney representing convicted murderer Daniel Wozniak argued in court last week that he needs access to any secret records kept by Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies who worked with jailhouse informants.

Public defender Scott Sanders said the documents could be crucial to…

San Diego County is divided over proposed half-cent tax for transportation projects

A battle is raging over one of the most fundamental aspects of San Diego County’s future: how folks get around.

Will commuters overwhelmingly continue to drive their cars to work, as they’ve done for decades? Or will lawmakers fashion a public transportation system — consisting largely of bus,…

Why most of the freight engines that Metrolink is leasing to improve safety are sitting idle

After last year’s fatal collision with a utility truck near Oxnard, the Metrolink commuter railroad faced a serious safety issue. The cab car at the front of the ill-fated train did not meet design standards — a flaw that might have caused the derailment, which killed the engineer and injured 28…

Daniel Berrigan dies at 94; Catholic priest and peace activist was imprisoned for burning draft files

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94.

Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit healthcare community in New York, after a long illness, according to Michael…

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