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Now legal: To sleep in your car in L.A.

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June 27, 2014 By James Poulos. In a decision hailed as a human rights victory by homeless-rights activists, a federal court struck down a decades-old Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of vehicles as residences. The ordinance, Section 85.02 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, declared, "No person shall use a vehicle parked on or standing upon any City street or upon any parking lot owned by the City of Los Angele...

Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee

June 27, 2014 By John Hrabe. The too-close-to-call race for state controller remained unchanged Friday morning -- as Lake County has yet to count its 6,053 unprocessed ballots. San Mateo County, the only other county in the state with unprocessed ballots, has just four provisional ballots to review. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee holds an 861-vote lead over Assemblyman John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, for t...

Brown cuts down size, scope of water bond

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June 26, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Would half a water bond sell better to voters than the full $11 billion bond scheduled to be on the ballot in November? That's what's now before the California Legislature in a new proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. In 2009 the  Legislature passed Assembly Bill 29, the Safe, Clean Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act, authorizing an $11 billion general obligation bond that exc...

Feds bring immigration confusion to CA

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June 26, 2014 By James Poulos. Will they or won't they? After forming quick -- some say stealthy -- plans to hand California some 300 undocumented immigrants detained in Texas, the federal government has reversed that decision, only to leave open the prospect of changing it back yet again. The uncertainty underscores a surprising level of unpreparedness for the kind of illegal immigration now dominating headl...
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