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Fight to reduce homelessness highlights 2017 county budget

Los Angeles County’s $30 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which was unveiled this week, includes $355 million in spending to reduce homelessness, nearly $100 million in criminal justice reforms and more than $1 billion in infrastructure spending, including ...

CA Republicans Strike Working-class Tone During Gas Tax Debate

Last week, the California legislature voted to approve a $52 billion transportation bill that will go towards road repair and maintenance. Funding will come from increases in gas and diesel sales and excise taxes, an annual car fee, based on ...

Increase in Sheriff’s payouts

Payouts arising from lawsuits against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over misconduct or bad shootings have increased dramatically in the past five years --from $5.6 million to nearly $51 million in 2016.

Acton pilot dies in crash

A pilot from Acton was among four people killed last weekend when his small plane crashed in Oregon after departing from Van Nuys Airport. Mark Gregory Aletky, 67, a certified pilot, was hired to fly a family of three to ...

Book clubs unpack mysteries

The African American Book Club at the Palmdale Library will discuss “If By Chance” by D’Norgia Taylor on April 18 at 6:45 p.m. The book focuses on a small community in the Pacific Northwest that is traumatized by tragedy and ...

Santa Clarita woman murdered

Authorities this week released the name of a woman who was stabbed to death in Santa Clarita, and whose live-in girlfriend was questioned as part of the ongoing investigation.

Board cautions against cuts to home-bound senior care

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors warned this week of catastrophic consequences, if the state rolls back funding for home care for low-income seniors. The board voted unanimously to send a letter in support of an Assembly bill that ...

Child molester receives 35-year sentence

A Littlerock man was sentenced this week to 35 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a 3-month-old family member. The District Attorney’s office announced that Robert Dale Schrader—who worked as a landscaper in the AntelopeValley—will begin serving ...

More inmates are dying in custody

Seven of nine Los Angeles County jail inmates that died in custody during the first three months of 2017 died at a hospital, the Office of Inspector General disclosed this week, raising concerns about medical treatment.

Appeal rejected in kidnap conviction

A state appellate court panel this week rejected an appeal filed on behalf of a man convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls about three weeks apart in Lancaster in 2015.

Trump’s EPA awards Flint $100 million for water crisis

Buried in the 24-hour news cycle of Russian conspiracies, presidential tweets, and White House nepotism, the Trump Administration found the time to set aside $100 million for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich. According to a press release about ...

Charlie Murphy succumbs

Charlie Murphy, the comedian, writer and older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died after a battle with leukemia. He was 57. The funnyman passed away Wednesday morning at a New York City hospital. According to multiple news sources, Murphy had ...

Chargers, Rams ready to meet

It’ll only be preseason, but Los Angeles’ two NFL teams will go head-to-head in a nationally televised game on Aug. 26. The NFL released its preseason schedule Monday, with the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers scheduled to meet ...

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue

The Dodgers will unveil a Jackie Robinson statue—the first statue in Dodger Stadium history—on April 15, when the club will join all of Major League Baseball in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking MLB’s ...

Bowie State natives in Honda’s All-Star Challenge

Kayla Rayford of Bowie State University was one of three natives of Southern California to participate in the 2017 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge among HBCU schools held in Torrance this weekend. Bowie advanced to the playoffs and finals but ultimately ...