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LAO report: Dozens of school districts not honoring intent of state law
The state Legislative Analyst's Office released a report last week on how 50 California school districts were dealing with the requirements of the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula law. That's Gov. Jerry Brown's ballyhooed reform measure that is meant to devote more school resources to helping indi...
Villaraigosa record has pluses for Senate bid — and landmines
The signs are growing that state and national Democrats' attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren't working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and at least a couple seem likely to run -- starting with ...
Surf City to repeal bag ban
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes governments actually repeal bad laws. That is happening in Huntington Beach, where, reported the Orange County Register: the council took the first step to repeal the ban on single-use plastic bags, saying there’s no evidence that it helps the environment...
Taking on the minimum-wage debate in L.A.
  The national debate over minimum-wage increases will take center stage in Los Angeles because two efforts to raise the minimum wage face staunch opposition from the business community. The Los Angeles Business Federation, known as BizFed, went on the offensive last week, coming out stro...
1st and goal for NFL in L.A.
After years of speculation, planning, wrangling and setbacks, pro football is as close to returning to Los Angeles as it's ever been. But even this late in the game, a touchdown is by no means assured for the NFL. Even though there's a clear interest and ample money behind a new stadium, the NFL...
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