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Easier transfers to UC from community college

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:58:05 GMT

Many adult Californians lucky enough to have received one of the best college educations in the world on the cheap thanks to the University of California and California State University systems know just how lucky they were. Admission to the campuses of their choice, especially those with the best reputation, was never a lock, but it was doable.

Breaking up California should be much harder to do

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:24:35 GMT

If the " Three Californias " measure qualifies for the ballot later this spring - and there's no reason to think it won't - voters will be confronted with an existential question. With one check mark, they could start the process of breaking the 168-year-old Golden State into three pieces: the new states of California, Northern California and Southern California.

Southern Californiaa s 3.9% unemployment, a historic low: 5 trends to know

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:46:29 GMT

In the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group, the combined unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent vs. 4.2 percent in February, the lowest in current database from the state's Employment Development Department that dates to 1990. The region's unemployment rate was also at 3.9 percent in December.

A California ballot fight over rent control is on, supporters say

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:01:45 GMT

SACRAMENTO >> A renters' revolt in California could be heading to the November ballot as a campaign to lift decades-old restrictions on rent control reported Friday it had gathered more than enough signatures to qualify. Organizers are planning rallies in Sacramento, Oakland and Los Angeles on Monday as they hand in the signatures, which must be counted and verified by election officials before the initiative makes it on the ballot.

Why did California's major housing bill fail so quickly?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:23:38 GMT

Of the countless housing bills carried this year in Sacramento, SB 827 has hogged the limelight, energizing supporters with its potential to transform cities and suburbs up and down the state and cut driving commutes. But its far-reaching provisions have drawn withering criticism from opponents, most recently the Los Angeles and San Francisco city councils.

Family of unarmed black man shot at Walmart demands police release dashcam video

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:46:48 GMT

A lawyer representing the family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed in a Walmart parking lot two weeks ago in California is demanding authorities release dashcam video footage to show that the use of force was unwarranted. Diante Yarber died April 5 after Barstow Police fired at his vehicle, which contained three passengers, all of whom also are believed to be unarmed, more than two dozen times.

Can Travis Allen keep his promises of green lawns and long showers for all?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:57:02 GMT

Travis Allen chortles as he boasts that "We took back America in 2016," then adds the bold and seemingly unlikely prediction: "We'll take back California this year." Allen believes President Trump is making America great again, just as his campaign slogan promised, and he pledges to "make California the nation's greatest state again, too."

Five indicted in alleged $80 million California recycling fraud

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:11:09 GMT

California has charged five people with defrauding the state's recycling program out of $80.3 million - the largest alleged fraud scheme in the program's history, officials said Thursday. The owner and four employees of Recycling Services Alliance Corporation are charged with swindling the state's beverage container recycling program over several years by accepting recyclables purchased in other states and faking the paperwork, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced.

Detailed study of immigrants of the Inland Empire reveals diversity, growth

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:27:39 GMT

One out of every five residents in the Inland Empire - nearly 1 million people - is an immigrant, and that population is growing. Yet the region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties isn't necessarily associated with immigration.

California inmate released after 25 years on death row

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:13:45 GMT

This 2010 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Vicente Benavides Figueroa in San Quentin, Calif. Figueroa, who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row was freed Thursday, April 19, 2018, after his conviction in the rape and killing of his girlfriend's nearly 2-year-old daughter was overturned.

In Year One of legal weed, Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino faces city hurdle

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:13:44 GMT

One of California's biggest marijuana festivals, High Times SoCal Cannabis Cup, is still slated to kick off Friday, April 20, despite San Bernardino city leaders refusing a permit that would OK cannabis consumption and sales during the three-day event. Still, uncertainty swirls over whether the 20,000 people expected to converge at the National Orange Show Events Center will be able to freely smoke and buy weed at the festival, as they have in years past.

In-N-Out wins again in customer loyalty poll

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:59:30 GMT

In-N-Out Burger is America's favorite for a second year in an annual study of quick service restaurants. The Southern California chain is out front by quite a bit in research firm Market Force's online poll of 11,487 U.S. consumers.

The Latest: $800,000 in Disneyland tickets stolen from group

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:23:54 GMT

The executive director of a California youth farming organization says 8,000 stolen Disneyland tickets were worth about $800,000. Matt Patton of the California chapter of Future Farmers of America said the organization's trailer carrying the tickets and audio and visual equipment was stolen Wednesday from its office in Galt.

Strong winds return to Southern California with light rain in some areas, snow possible

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:26 GMT

Strong winds will buffet Southern California today, but the showers that had been forecast for much of the region will barely materialize, forecasters said. Despite the dampening enthusiasm for precipitation in the forecast, light rain was falling at 6:45 a.m. in the Van Nuys area.

Napa, Sonoma wineries are pouring as California wildfire memories fade

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:43:01 GMT

Blazing yellow mustard flowers that herald spring have returned to garnish the hillsides and flatlands of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, the heart of California's wine country and American wine culture in general. The blooms flourish in contrast to the perception "that the wine country was destroyed, the wineries were all destroyed, the vineyards were all destroyed" in wildfires that began last Oct. 8, says Tom Blackwood, general manager of Buena Vista Winery in the Carneros region of Sonoma County.

Brown says agreement reached on California guard deployment

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:54:53 GMT

President Donald Trump slammed California Gov. Jer... . This Oct. 16, 2017, photo shows the California National Guard deployed near Santa Rosa, Calif.

African-American students would get extra funding under proposal before Legislature

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:32:00 GMT

California districts with African-American students, currently the lowest-performing ethnic or racial student group, would receive additional funding under a bill that passed its first legislative hurdle last week with the support of organizations representing both school districts and charter schools. Asssemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, the primary author, said the bill is needed to correct the failure of the Local Control Funding Formula, as written, to address the glaring and persistent low academic achievement of the state's 350,000 black students.