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Proposed Tax On Services Could Hurt Small Business Owners

A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles,) would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty ...

Apply for festival vending

Applications are being accepted for commercial vendors at the 26th Annual California Poppy Festival scheduled April 22-23 at Lancaster’s newly renamed Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park.

‘The Big One’ continues to loom

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years, the Los Angeles ...

Disturbance at 24 Hour Fitness ends with deputy involved shooting

A man in his 40s was mortally wounded by deputy gunfire in the Ladera Heights area, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 5000 block of Slauson Avenue, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information ...

Local officials participate in Women’s Day

Demonstrations in recognition of International Women’s Day were led by elected leaders at both the Los Angeles City Council meeting and the County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday. Four of five members of the Board of Supervisors, the county’s chief ...

Voters approve city regulation of marijuana use in L.A.

Los Angeles voters have overwhelmingly approved a measure that gives the city tools to regulate the recreational and medical marijuana industry. The city-sponsored Measure M easily bested a competing ballot issue, the initiative Measure N, which was crafted and pushed ...

Incumbents reign in city council races

Six members of the Los Angeles City Council were celebrating re-election victories today, while Councilman Curren Price appeared to have won as well, but by a tenuous margin over activist/businessman Joe Bray-Ali. With all precincts reporting from Tuesday’s election, Price ...

Measure S defeated at the polls

Despite a defeat at the ballot box, backers of a hotly debated initiative aimed at limiting development in the city of Los Angeles in part by blocking General Plan amendments for two years said today they were happy that their ...

Woman charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine through LAX

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with trying to smuggle at least a 2.2 pounds of cocaine to her hometown of Detroit. Kennsha Mason was taken into custody by special agents with the ...

Discovering his African heritage shows doctor the importance of genetic testing

To the outsider Dr. Howard Wetsman, chief medical officer for Townsend, an addiction treatment center, is a White man. But since he was adopted he was always curious about his background, so he took a test with 23andme.com, a company ...

CDPH terminates HIV/AIDS program contract after less than one year

Questions are being raised about the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s management of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP.) ADAP provides assistance to AIDS/HIV patients who are uninsured or underinsured enabling them to have access to life-saving medication. The ...

Homeless tax emerges victorious

A quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs appeared to emerge victorious today by a thin margin, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many provisional, questioned or late ballots still needed to be tallied. With all precincts ...

Eric Garcetti easily defeats challengers in mayors race

Mayor Eric Garcetti was preparing for another term this week, after easily outpacing a field of 10 challengers and avoiding a May runoff to keep his job. The mayor proclaimed victory Tuesday night—when early returns had already given him about ...

Ben Carson sworn-in as Trump's only Black cabinet pick

The swearing-in of all the primary members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is just about complete. Most of Trump’s cabinet—from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross—are rich, White and male. On Thursday, March 2, retired neurosurgeon Dr. ...

Wells Fargo commits $60 billion to increase Black homeownership

Wells Fargo & Company has set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 black homeowners by the year 2027. Metropolitan Atlanta’s second-largest bank also pledged to increase the diversity of its home lending sales team and ...