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Single-payer California health care bill put on ice

The proposed single-payer health care bill in the California state Assembly has been tabled for the rest of this year. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement that the bill will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee "until further notice."
SoCal Politics

LA City Council approves $2M for immigrant defense fund

The council voted 11-1 Friday to have the city contribute to the L.A. Justice Fund. The fund will have a combined $10 million in city, county, and philanthropic money to allow legal nonprofits to work on immigrants’ deportation cases. Under the plan, some violent offenders could tap into the legal aid under limited circumstances through their attorneys.
Environment & Science

SoCal got a break from the heat — but it won't last long

Parts of Southern California received a respite from the intense heat Friday, but temperatures will start to creep back up over the weekend. Forecasters predict a 10-degree increase by Sunday, which will be the warmest day. Temperatures in downtown L..A will spike back up into the 80s.

Business & Economy

After 3 years of construction, the Wilshire Grand opens

DTLA's new 73-story building opens to the public Friday. The 1,100 feet skyscraper — which will include restaurants, stores, offices and a nearly 900-room hotel — is the tallest building west of the Mississippi (82 feet taller than the US Bank building, which previously held that distinction).


Can stray animals be saved by this 14-foot tall robo-dog?

Los Angeles is on its way to becoming a no-kill city, which is when over 90 percent of stray animals are adopted rather than euthanized. The new Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is decked out with the latest tech, and represents a new wave in how shelters are trying to capture adopters' attentions.


6 things to do in SoCal this weekend

See our roundup of events — from the Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl to Studio Ghibli's pop-op party at JapanLA; from the Rivera Village Summer Fest in Redondo Beach to the Gold Line Pub Crawl; from the Arroyo Seco Weekend to Long Beach's Uptown Jazz Festival.

SoCal, What's Good?

Archery Lessons at Woodley Park

What it is:
Channel your inner Ygritte with free lessons at the Woodley Park Archery Range. After a safety course, amateur archers get one-on-one coaching from experts on the shooting line. Come on Saturday morning and learn to shoot a bullseye before brunch.
Why it's cool:
The entire experience is free, including loaner equipment.
You should know:
The classes are popular, so it's best to arrive an hour before starting time. Also, wear closed-toed shoes and bring water and sunscreen.