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Wretched teacher discipline law: CTA shows it’s still in charge
More than three years after appalling evidence emerged that a teacher at a school in an impoverished neighborhood in south Los Angeles had been feeding semen-laced food to his students, California finally has a law on the books that makes it easier to fire such perverts. In 2011, L.A. Unified admini...
Now legal: To sleep in your car in L.A.
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 o...
Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee
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 mem...
Brown cuts down size, scope of water bond
  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 Reliab...
Dem Legislature passes more tax cuts
Who said California Democrats oppose tax cuts? They long have supported tax cuts for their pals in Hollywood. Now the Democratic Legislature is passing tax cuts for their buddies in the military-industrial complex: "The California Assembly on Thursday approved a fast-tracked proposal to provide...
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