Archive for December 14th, 2017

Coastal Commission tells Laguna Beach to loosen up on Airbnb

Local | | December 14 2017, 8:52 PM

The Coastal Commission has a mandate to preserve and expand access to the coast and it sees short-term rentals as a key, lower-cost lodging option for visitors.

Federal investigation finds 'significant issues' at immigrant detention centers

Crime & Justice | | December 14 2017, 6:56 PM

An inspector general's report says immigrant detainees' rights, health and safety are compromised in four facilities. In response, ICE agrees to strengthen oversight and improve conditions.

After wildfires destroyed their homes, students find healing help at school

Education | | December 14 2017, 5:53 PM

Experiencing a natural disaster can traumatize children. After a devastating wildfire in California, some educators are using an unusual assignment to help students find comfort.

How a drone helped LA firefighters battle the Skirball fire

Local | | December 14 2017, 5:10 PM

It's the first time the LAFD flew a drone over a wildfire to get a better look at hotspots. The department plans to use more drones in the future.

San Diego firefighter killed in Thomas Fire

Local | | December 14 2017, 3:59 PM

Fire engineer Cory Iverson's death was reported Thursday. The fire is now a third contained, but hot, gusty winds continued to fan the flames, threatening Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

LA steps up outreach to homeless camps in fire prone areas

Local | | December 14 2017, 3:07 PM

Officials in L.A. County are stepping up their outreach efforts to homeless encampments after learning the cause of the Skirball Fire.

Utilities told to do more to keep power lines from starting fires

Politics | | December 14 2017, 2:57 PM

New rules adopted by the state Public Utilities Commission require power companies to increase clearance around power lines in fire-vulnerable areas

Trump's 'closing argument' on taxes, annotated

Politics | | December 14 2017, 2:23 PM

Read the full text of the President's remarks on the importance of tax overhaul Wednesday, with context and analysis from NPR journalists.

California police bust multimillion-dollar weed 'fortress'

Crime & Justice | | December 14 2017, 1:24 PM

"In my 26 years, it was the biggest grow that I've ever seen," San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said. "It was pretty extensive."

Deadline extended for January Covered California plans

Health | | December 14 2017, 1:20 PM

Dec. 22 is now the last day to sign up for Covered California health insurance policies that begin Jan. 1. Procrastinators will still have a little more time.

Quarter of California youth are seen as gender nonconforming

Health | | December 14 2017, 1:02 PM

The authors of the study say the 27 percent of children perceived as gender nonconforming are more vulnerable to bullying and other psychological distress.

California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

Local | | December 14 2017, 12:29 PM

The fires are prompting authorities to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes.

7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Arts & Entertainment | | December 14 2017, 11:17 AM

Our list includes a light saber battle, a "Home Alone" pajama party, a sledding hill with real snow, and the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

​California state senators call on LA-area colleague to resign amid misconduct probe

Politics | | December 14 2017, 11:06 AM

Pressure is growing on Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza to resign following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct toward young women who worked for him.

Your child development questions answered

Education | | December 14 2017, 11:03 AM

It seems there’s a constant flood of new strategies for raising children. Here's some insight from four local child development experts.

Wildfires prompt talks on tougher utility rules

Local | | December 14 2017, 10:50 AM

Under the proposed rules, utility companies would be required to implement changes that could diminish the risk of fire. For example, tree branches would have to be kept farther away from power lines.

FCC repeals 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers

Business & Economy | | December 14 2017, 10:23 AM

Thursday's vote at the agency undid Obama-era regulations that prohibited cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps, or influencing how fast they load.

Teens are pretty sober, except for the marijuana and vaping

Health | | December 14 2017, 8:49 AM

A national survey finds teen substance abuse at the lowest levels since the early 1990s. But marijuana use hasn't declined, and the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising quickly.

Unhappy 10th anniversary, Great Recession. You still hurt us

Business & Economy | | December 14 2017, 6:45 AM

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock posts online confessional of sexual misconduct

US & World | | December 14 2017, 6:39 AM

Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.

Disney buys most of Murdoch's 21st Century Fox

Arts & Entertainment | | December 14 2017, 5:32 AM

Rupert Murdoch keeps Fox News and Fox TV but sells off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.

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As Du-par’s diner closes, what’s your favorite restaurant hang out?

| December 14 2017, 9:51 AM

It’s final, Du-par’s restaurant in Studio City will close on Jan. 1.

The California response to the GOP tax bill

| December 14 2017, 9:50 AM

Congress is aiming to vote on the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years next week, after the House and Senate announced that they’ve hammered out a final tax bill yesterday.

What role, if any, Steve Bannon will play in future of Republican party and elections after Roy Moore loss

| December 14 2017, 9:45 AM

Republicans who supported Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are reeling after a stunning loss in a special election on Tuesday to replace the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Has the economy reached ‘full employment?’ And what does that mean for jobs?

| December 14 2017, 9:31 AM

The economy has been on the up and up, and some economists think that we’ve reached “full employment,” meaning that everyone who wants a job has one.

What are the consequences of a net neutrality repeal for consumers?

| December 14 2017, 9:30 AM

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal its net neutrality rules with a vote on Thursday.

Next for the Disney / 21st Century Fox deal: How to combine the two entities into one

| December 14 2017, 9:23 AM

Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

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Building resilience into LA infrastructure

| December 14 2017, 11:49 AM

Treepeople founder Andy Lipkis says city agencies need to function more like an ecosystem to help prepare for extreme weather.

Stoned driving is illegal but enforcement still fuzzy

| December 14 2017, 11:22 AM

There's still no great way to test for levels of THC in drivers and even if it's there, that doesn't necessarily mean the person is impaired.

8-year-old's killer unlikely to see death penalty carried out anytime soon

| December 14 2017, 11:07 AM

"My best guess is it would never be carried out," says one constitutional law expert.

The Ride: CA EV incentives, federal EV tax credits

| December 14 2017, 10:15 AM

The California Air Resources Board votes this morning on its largest green transportation incentive package, including $140 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

If at first you don’t succeed…you've earned a spot at the Museum of Failure

| December 14 2017, 9:01 AM

What do Harley-Davidson’s perfume, Bic’s pens “For Her” and Google Glass all have in common? They were total flops. And it’s also the reason they’re all on display at the new Museum of Failure exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Female producers were key to getting 'The Post' made in record time

Arts & Entertainment | | December 14 2017, 4:54 PM

Producer Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks say a desire to tap into the national conversation around truth, freedom of the press and women in the workplace fueled the making of "The Post."

'Coco': An authentic experience on both sides of the border

Arts & Entertainment | | December 14 2017, 10:21 AM

Journalist Daniel Hernandez saw the film in Mexico City and L.A. and he says Pixar has pulled off a remarkable feat of bicultural expression.