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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'
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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
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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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Column: A family wants to donate a soccer field in their son's memory. Westwood neighbors are pushing back
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Column: A family wants to donate a soccer field in their son's memory. Westwood neighbors are pushing back

After their son Tommy died in his sleep in April 2018 at the age of 12, Nikki and Doug Mark of Westwood - suffering through grief, and determined...

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Equinox gym protest called in West Hollywood over owner's fundraising for Trump
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Equinox gym protest called in West Hollywood over owner's fundraising for Trump

When news broke this week that the billionaire who owns the parent company of luxury gym Equinox and fitness company SoulCycle would be hosting a...

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Newsom backs effort to cap rent increases in California
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Newsom backs effort to cap rent increases in California

An effort to cap annual rent increases in California received a boost Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom embraced the idea and said he wants even...

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One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees
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One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees

A long-awaited study detailing how much cities and counties charge developers to build housing in California found that such costs are often hidden...

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Thai American students, the pride of their community, awarded scholarships
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Thai American students, the pride of their community, awarded scholarships

Almost 20 years have passed since Ketwakarn Laitipaya let go of her lifetime dream of graduating from college. The rent, the bills and her growing...

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Trump administration and L.A. end dispute over alleged discrimination against disabled renters
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Trump administration and L.A. end dispute over alleged discrimination against disabled renters

Los Angeles officials have reached an agreement with the Trump administration over alleged discrimination in housing, agreeing to build or retrofit...

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In tiny Oildale, the local barber, a Trump fan, has had it with California
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In tiny Oildale, the local barber, a Trump fan, has had it with California

Chris Vaughn was wiping shaving cream off the tops of an older man's ears when I arrived at his Oildale barbershop on Wednesday morning. On a big...

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Cesar Pelli's Pacific Design Center changed the L.A. landscape. In a good way?
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Cesar Pelli's Pacific Design Center changed the L.A. landscape. In a good way?

Los Angeles is famous for outlandish architecture. But many were unprepared for what architect Cesar Pelli had in mind for a swath of land at the...

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A community planned to boost child care. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill to do it
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A community planned to boost child care. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill to do it

Some of Gov. Gavin Newsom's staunchest supporters say they are baffled by his decision to block two Bay Area cities from raising local taxes -...

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Protesters target L.A. over skid row plan: 'We will not be gentrified'
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Protesters target L.A. over skid row plan: 'We will not be gentrified'

Protesters target L. A. over skid row plan: 'We will not be gentrified' The Catalina Swimwear Building, right, in downtown L. A. has been...

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L.A. County property assessments hit record $1.6 trillion
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L.A. County property assessments hit record $1.6 trillion

The NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood added nearly $2 billion to the county's roll of assessed property. A strong real estate market and...

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For the doctor behind Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, a strange kind of fame comes to an end
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For the doctor behind Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, a strange kind of fame comes to an end

Over the last four decades, the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has become the neighborhood's mascot and...

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Private planes to get new terminal at JWA, though not more storage space, O.C. supervisors decide
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Private planes to get new terminal at JWA, though not more storage space, O.C. supervisors decide

John Wayne Airport will get a new general aviation terminal with customs screening while keeping onsite storage space for smaller airplanes roughly...

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Evictions loom for Chinatown residents who can’t find affordable housing
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Evictions loom for Chinatown residents who can’t find affordable housing

"Hi, Thelma," Shao Zhao said Wednesday evening to her longtime neighbor, Thelma Caseres, who was strolling through the courtyard of the Hillside...

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Hollywood Burbank Airport will ask FAA to change flight paths in order to reduce noise
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Hollywood Burbank Airport will ask FAA to change flight paths in order to reduce noise

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to use different flight paths for aircraft departures...

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The California lottery, public schools and the mystery of the ‘missing’ money
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The California lottery, public schools and the mystery of the ‘missing’ money

It never fails. Write about school funding shortages in California, and the emails start pouring in from people who insist the lottery was supposed...

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West Hollywood’s original marijuana dispensaries fear city will leave them behind
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West Hollywood’s original marijuana dispensaries fear city will leave them behind

First invited to open Alternative Herbal Health Services by then-West Hollywood Mayor John Duran in 2004, Beck proudly claims to own California's ...

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Parcel tax for L.A. schools is latest ask of taxpayers
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Parcel tax for L.A. schools is latest ask of taxpayers

On Tuesday, voters living within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District will decide whether to pass Measure EE, a property tax...

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102-year-old woman faces eviction — here’s what people are saying
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102-year-old woman faces eviction — here’s what people are saying

The story of Thelma Smith, a 102-year-old woman facing eviction, has garnered widespread attention, most notably from former Gov. Arnold...

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A 102-year-old woman is being evicted so the landlords’ daughter can move in. It’s completely legal
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A 102-year-old woman is being evicted so the landlords’ daughter can move in. It’s completely legal

A 102-year-old woman is being evicted from her longtime residence in unincorporated Ladera Heights so the landlord's daughter can move in instead,...

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Nipsey Hussle’s plan to rebuild South L.A. and fight gentrification lives on at U.S. Capitol
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Nipsey Hussle’s plan to rebuild South L.A. and fight gentrification lives on at U.S. Capitol

Inside the U. S. Capitol, in a historic room where Abraham Lincoln forged friendships with colleagues from both parties, members of the...

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I.M. Pei, acclaimed Chinese American architect, dies at 102
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I.M. Pei, acclaimed Chinese American architect, dies at 102

I. M. Pei, the Chinese-born American architect whose controversial pyramid at the entrance to Paris' Louvre museum sealed his reputation as one of...

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A constellation of South Asian culture on Venice Boulevard
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A constellation of South Asian culture on Venice Boulevard

If you've ever been to Venice Boulevard in June or July, you might notice mangos stacked conspicuously in boxes outside the South Asian grocery...

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South L.A. was promised a Target. Millions of dollars later, it has a vacant lot
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South L.A. was promised a Target. Millions of dollars later, it has a vacant lot

The plan was to deliver middle-class amenities - Target, a Ralphs supermarket, sit-down restaurants like Chili's - to a section of Los Angeles that...

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Nipsey Hussle had a plan to beat gentrification — in South L.A. and across the U.S.
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Nipsey Hussle had a plan to beat gentrification — in South L.A. and across the U.S.

Nipsey Hussle's stretch of Slauson Avenue has largely been overlooked by the gentrification boom that has transformed so many neighborhoods of Los...

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A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?
News 4 months ago
A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?

Tucked off a turn on Highway 101, down an unmarked fork in the road, the elusive gates of Hollister Ranch swung open to a 14,500-acre oasis -...

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Obama’s tribute to Nipsey Hussle: ‘A legacy worthy of celebration’
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Obama’s tribute to Nipsey Hussle: ‘A legacy worthy of celebration’

Here is the letter written by former President Obama about the death of Nipsey Hussle. The letter was read at the rapper's memorial on Thursday: I...

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