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California's spiking gas prices should be investigated for possible fixing, says Gov. Newsom
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California's spiking gas prices should be investigated for possible fixing, says Gov. Newsom

Citing gasoline prices that can be 30 cents a gallon higher than those in other states, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday asked the state attorney...

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How affordable housing activists are trying to thwart cutthroat real estate capitalism
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How affordable housing activists are trying to thwart cutthroat real estate capitalism

Some Bay Area activists are taking their wealth and are spending it on housing — for others. Rebelling against real estate speculation, they are...

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Dedication of Tujunga intersection to Armenian American author sparks controversy
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Dedication of Tujunga intersection to Armenian American author sparks controversy

The dedication Saturday of an intersection in Tujunga to Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, who wrote extensively about the Armenian...

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Housing developers used city-backed property as 'personal bank account,' lawsuit alleges
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Housing developers used city-backed property as 'personal bank account,' lawsuit alleges

Accusing a prominent affordable housing developer of using a city-financed property "as a personal bank account," Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer...

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Why are these L.A. people sleeping in pods stacked on top of each other? It's not just the cost of housing
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Why are these L.A. people sleeping in pods stacked on top of each other? It's not just the cost of housing

The other evening, I visited Eddy, a new co-living complex in Hollywood. Tucked away on a residential block that used to be all bungalows, it has...

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Scrambling to prep for an imminent blackout that took all day to arrive
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Scrambling to prep for an imminent blackout that took all day to arrive

For many Northern Californians affected by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. outages, the constant alerts that power would be shut off at specific...

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'Connected' taxpayers got breaks with L.A. County assessor's office, whistleblowers allege
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'Connected' taxpayers got breaks with L.A. County assessor's office, whistleblowers allege

The Los Angeles County assessor's office has given favorable treatment to connected taxpayers, allowing them to pay lower property taxes for years...

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Federal appeals court upholds Santa Monica's ban on short-term vacation rentals
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Federal appeals court upholds Santa Monica's ban on short-term vacation rentals

A federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a Santa Monica ordinance banning most short-term vacation rentals. A three-judge panel of...

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Most Californians want marijuana stores in their communities, new poll shows
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Most Californians want marijuana stores in their communities, new poll shows

Three years after California voters legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, 68% say it has been a "good thing" and, although the vast...

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L.A. gave him a $54,750 consulting gig. But did he do any work?
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L.A. gave him a $54,750 consulting gig. But did he do any work?

When Michael LoGrande stepped down as the head of L. A.'s planning department, he immediately scored another lucrative gig with the city: a...

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Airbnb wants L.A. to delay enforcing new restrictions on short-term rentals
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Airbnb wants L.A. to delay enforcing new restrictions on short-term rentals

When the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted in December to impose new rules on Airbnb and other online platforms that help people rent...

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Chinatown without Chinese grocery stores, and the delicate balance of ethnic communities
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Chinatown without Chinese grocery stores, and the delicate balance of ethnic communities

Why does an ethnic neighborhood change? It's a question I've agonized over in my years reporting on diverse communities for the L. A. Times. Though...

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Worried about rising rents, an L.A. councilman calls for 'anti-displacement' zones
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Worried about rising rents, an L.A. councilman calls for 'anti-displacement' zones

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson called this week for the rejection of a proposed 577-unit housing project, saying the city should go...

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South Gate charts new course to rear native fish that thrived before L.A.’s explosive growth
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South Gate charts new course to rear native fish that thrived before L.A.’s explosive growth

The city of South Gate plans to transform a weedy and rutted field overlooking an industrialized stretch of the Los Angeles River into a sylvan...

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California bullet train's mishandling of land deals adds to mounting costs and delays
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California bullet train's mishandling of land deals adds to mounting costs and delays

California's bullet train project confronts an array of political and financial challenges, but its biggest problem involves mismanagement of land...

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California lawmakers act to keep landlords from refusing low-income renters
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California lawmakers act to keep landlords from refusing low-income renters

The California Legislature has banned advertisements for apartments with "No Section 8" in them....

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California tenants could soon see cap on rent increases under bill sent to Newsom
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California tenants could soon see cap on rent increases under bill sent to Newsom

Tenants across California will for the first time have protections against how much landlords can increase their rents after legislators on...

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Column: Gov. Newsom, you can be a coastal access hero. Meet me in Gaviota, and we'll kayak to Hollister Ranch
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Column: Gov. Newsom, you can be a coastal access hero. Meet me in Gaviota, and we'll kayak to Hollister Ranch

When Gavin Newsom was elected governor, he became chief steward of the most spectacular coastline in the world. Now he's about to take his first...

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Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96
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Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96

Jerry Epstein, the last of the Marina del Rey developers who reshaped the Los Angeles coastline and ushered in an era of harbor-front living for a...

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Grocery strike may be averted: Supermarkets and union reach tentative deal
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Grocery strike may be averted: Supermarkets and union reach tentative deal

Two major Southern California supermarket operators reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract that could avert a strike at more than 500...

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It's seen as one of L.A.'s most successful housing programs. A lawsuit seeks to strike it down
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It's seen as one of L.A.'s most successful housing programs. A lawsuit seeks to strike it down

A nonprofit group focused on planning issues is seeking to strike down one of L. A.'s signature programs for building affordable housing and...

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Cheerleader's blackface video raises ghosts of Fresno's racist past
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Cheerleader's blackface video raises ghosts of Fresno's racist past

It took two 15-year-old cheerleaders, two viral videos, a racial slur and a school board member on a tear to force this Central Valley city to...

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Kacey Musgraves and Tom's One Hour Photo: The whole story
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Kacey Musgraves and Tom's One Hour Photo: The whole story

Hunter Crenshaw and his friends clustered on a Koreatown sidewalk Thursday in bright, glittering outfits and bold accessories, eager for their turn...

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Newsom and top California lawmakers strike a deal to cap rent increases
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Newsom and top California lawmakers strike a deal to cap rent increases

Millions of Californians would receive new protections against large rent increases under an agreement announced late Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom...

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California housing crisis podcast: Will lawmakers ban discrimination against Section 8 tenants?
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California housing crisis podcast: Will lawmakers ban discrimination against Section 8 tenants?

A proposed bill in the California Legislature would prohibit landlords from rejecting applicants because they're Section 8 voucher holders....

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These six developers say they can build housing for homeless people faster and cheaper
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These six developers say they can build housing for homeless people faster and cheaper

Building housing for homeless people is slow and costly, and is getting slower and costlier every year. But six developers responding to a...

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Southern California must plan for 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, Newsom says
News 2 months ago
Southern California must plan for 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, Newsom says

Cities and counties in Southern California will have to plan for the construction of 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, a figure more than...

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Newsletter: The uncertain fate of the San Fernando Valley's last remaining commercial citrus grove
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Newsletter: The uncertain fate of the San Fernando Valley's last remaining commercial citrus grove

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's Friday, Aug. 16, and I'm writing from Los Angeles. Fifteen thousand acres of...

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Amoeba Music tells groups suing over new complex on its Hollywood site to 'back away'
News 2 months ago
Amoeba Music tells groups suing over new complex on its Hollywood site to 'back away'

When Los Angeles officials gave their blessing to a new development to replace the Amoeba Music building in Hollywood, critics went to court to try...

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Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020
News 2 months ago
Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020

No brand in California politics has ever had the staying power of Proposition 13, the 1978 tax cut that served as a primal scream from angry voters...

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