The man who allegedly murdered a Whittier police officer Monday has been identified as Michael Mejia, a 26-year-old gang member with previous convictions for violent crimes, authorities said. Mejia rear-ended a car and was seated in his own vehicle when he opened fire on officers.
Federal investigators have closed their inquiry into the Los Angeles Unified School District's cancelled iPad program without charging any of the current or former L.A. Unified officials involved, according to a statement from the head attorney for the school system.
The Board of Supervisors passes a motion directing staff to explore options in case Obamacare is repealed. The head of the county Department of Health Services says California could create its own individual insurance mandate if Congress eliminates the federal one.
KPCC's ongoing Q&A series about California elections returns to tackle the logistics of voting. It's now two weeks until the March 7 primary election, and today is the last day to register online to vote. Have a question? Call or text senior political reporter Mary Plummer at 323-538-5722.
The L.A. Lakers have fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and put the Hall of Fame point guard — who returned to the franchise earlier this year in an executive role — in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office.
Fifteen of the 20 candidates running for the Los Angeles City Council District 7 seat responded to KPCC's survey on the top issues facing the area. See their bios, their "one-sentence pitch" to voters and how they plan to fix top district problems and approach constituent concerns.
Cal State is asking the state for $75 million for its Graduation Initiative next fiscal year. A Legislative Analyst’s Office report says lawmakers need more proof it’s working. It also recommends not giving $25 million to the California Community College system for its innovation awards.
All the rain we've had this winter could bring with it an unwelcome increase in disease-carrying pests. Standing water and warm spring weather tend to be ideal conditions for mosquitoes to reproduce in. Some species only need a teaspoon of water to lay their eggs.
KPCC listener Everardo Landero was content to be a legal permanent resident, but politics and family convinced him to apply. "I would be very proud to be a citizen ... It stands for something that reaches out to people," he said. "I want everyone to be welcomed, even if I wasn't immediately."
Some green card holders are choosing to become U.S. citizens. The application process can be done in under a year, sometimes in just a matter of months. From timeline, to cost, to eligibility, to fingerprints, to the history quiz, to lawyers, here is a simplified step-by-step guide.
Whether by car, train, bike or foot, navigating SoCal is something many of us do — while listening to "Morning Edition!" As she prepares to take over hosting duties, Alex Cohen would like to tackle your traversing-related queries to help make the mornings more informed. Here's how to submit questions.
On Sunday, Feb. 26, most streets around The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will be impenetrable. However, the most impactful closure actually begins Feb. 19 with a complete shutdown of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. See the closure map.
SoCal, What's Good?
West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts
What it is:
Your serve will never be as killer as Serena's. But, you can still play a remarkable tennis match — for free! — in West Hollywood. The roof of the six-story parking garage next to the WeHo Library features three tennis courts that are open to everyone from rookies to Williams-sister wannabes.
Why it's cool:
The panoramic view of the surrounding Beverly and Hollywood hills is breathtaking.
You should know:
When you arrive at the garage, hand over your driver's license to a security guard on the first floor. They'll pass you a keycard that will give you access to this tennis paradise. (And they validate parking!)