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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has scheduled news conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco Tuesday to declare victory in her historic win. She becomes California’s first female, first black and first Indian-American state attorney general.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Monday named Hector Villagra as its new director. He'll replace longtime executive director Ramona Ripston in February.
The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday named the three judges who’ll hear arguments over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that bans same-sex marriages. They cover the ideological spectrum. The hearing is Dec. 6.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has won a historic comeback victory in the long drawn out race for California attorney general. Her Republican opponent Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded the race Wednesday – more than three weeks after the election. A spokesman said Cooley’s 50,000 vote deficit was insurmountable. More than 9 million votes were cast. Harris becomes the first woman, the first African-American and the first Indian-American ever elected to the state’s top law enforcement job.
Republican Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County district attorney, conceded the California attorney general's race to Kamala Harris, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices. Cooley conceded as updated vote tallies continued to widen San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' lead.
The L.A. Weekly says San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a nearly insurmountable 50,000 vote lead over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Los Angeles County Supervisors are proposing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, where about 1.4 million people live. Officials say only a handful of the dispensaries exist in those areas — all without permits.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the exploitation of immigrant women in the nation’s food industry “one of the great civil rights crises of our time.” The organization's new report, released Monday, says the fields of California harvest many of the abuses.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck marked a year on the job Wednesday with a news conference about his record so far. He touted lower crime and better community relations as accomplishments.
Charges and counter-charges are flying in the still-too-close-to-call race for California attorney general. Since Election Day, the lead has swung back and forth between Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. As of early Wednesday morning, Harris maintained an edge of nearly 30,000 votes, with more than half a million still uncounted. Things have gotten a little tense at the Registrar of Voters’ Office in Norwalk.
The Los Angeles City Council asked the City Attorney on Friday to draft language that would ease management restrictions, and pave the way for as many as 180 pot stores in the city.
The Los Angeles City Council voted today to keep buying police Tasers from an Arizona-based company, despite the city’s economic boycott of that state.
Ballot counting continues Monday in the race for California attorney general. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley leads San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris by nearly 37,000 votes in a race that’s still too close to call.
County elections officials throughout California are counting absentee and provisional ballots to figure out who the next state attorney general will. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris leads Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley by just 9,000 votes – of more than 7 million cast.
The final result of the race for California attorney general may not become clear for weeks. San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris holds a lead of 9,000 votes over Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.