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In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. I cut through the jargon and provide a “road map” for navigating our democratic process. My coverage aims to help you understand important elections, untangle policies that impact your life, and find ways to get your voice heard.
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President Trump announced this week he wants to send American troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal crossings and drug smuggling.
Taking heat for slow progress in housing veterans on its West L.A. campus, the VA says it will seek a Principal Developer to oversee most of the planned 1,200 units.
Los Angeles County alone is home to over 300,000 veterans, the most in the country. And L.A. also has the largest VA medical center in the country.
The military is ordering new planes, expected to boost L.A.'s aerospace industry. There's also help for homeless veterans and vets with "bad paper" discharges.
“Fighting fires exercises all those things that you really got used to in the military that you lost when you joined civilian life.”
Housing is slowly arriving on the West L.A. VA campus. In the meantime, the agency is considering all sorts of options to shelter veterans faster.
The Gonzaque Village housing complex needed a bit of TLC. A veterans' group needed a project. Together, they achieved something wonderful.
BMW has opened a new workshop to train service members to be auto technicians. Dealers hope the program will address a worker shortage.
Hanks is set to play one of Shakespeare's most beloved characters onstage at the West LA VA in June. There are 2,000 free tickets for troops and veterans.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors asked for a plan to create a peer network for veterans to help other veterans connect to housing, legal help and more.
Los Angeles could serve as a model in an agency-wide transformation offering VA patients mindfulness and other techniques to manage challenges like pain and PTSD.
Climate change is still a political hot button, but the Pentagon is preparing for the worst with a recent survey of military bases.
VA Secretary David Shulkin has pledged to reduce veteran suicides. Critics say there are questions about how the troubled agency will expand services.
1.7 million members of the military must decide whether to opt-in to the new Blended Retirement System, which takes financial savvy they may not be prepared with.
KPCC asked the VA to clarify if veterans could face repercussions for using recreational pot. We're still waiting for an answer.