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Purple blossoms appear as southern California's Jacaranda trees go into full bloom on May 19, 2004 in South Pasadena, California. The subtropical Jacarandas are common throughout much of southern California, growing as tall as 30- to 90-feet.
Purple blossoms appear as southern California's Jacaranda trees go into full bloom on May 19, 2004 in South Pasadena, California. The subtropical Jacarandas are common throughout much of southern California, growing as tall as 30- to 90-feet.
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Take Two kicks off a new series today called 88 Cities, where we explore the many cities that make up L.A. County one by one. Our first stop is Agoura Hills. We also continue our interviews with California's candidates for State Superintendent. And we find out what new rides are rolling out at SoCal's many theme parks.

Cracking down on illegal pot shops

Five months in, L.A.'s LEGAL recreational pot landscape is taking shape. But there's a problem. ILLEGAL shops are cutting into legitimate marijuana businesses. And that's led to a citywide crackdown on unlicensed dispensaries. L.A. officials announced Wednesday that they've filed 36 criminal cases as part of the crackdown.

Quote from Councilmember Marqueese Harris-Dawson regarding the city's crackdown on illegal pot shops.
Quote from Councilmember Marqueese Harris-Dawson regarding the city's crackdown on illegal pot shops.
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So, what penalties do pot shops that don't play by the rules face?

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Judging a judge 101

When you head to the voting booth next Tuesday, you'll be picking candidates for governor and California's next U.S. Senator. Researching them might be easy since their stances on the issues are easily found online. What isn't so easy is finding information on those running for judge on L.A.'s Superior Court.

Here's Judge Rice's advice on how to pick the right candidates:

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Explore Agoura Hills in the kickoff to our new series, 88 Cities

88 Cities. That's not just the number of cities in L.A. County but the name of our new series here at KPCC. We'll be visiting every single one of them to tell you about what makes them special. And our tour guides are YOU! We're kicking off our series with our visit to Agoura Hills. When we headed over to the so-called picture city we explored Chumash Park, Adobe Reyes Historical Site and Ladyface Ale Companie.

Be a tour guide for your own city, too! Tell us what you'd show us by heading here.

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Meet California's candidates for State Superintendent, Part 3: Marshall Tuck

Voters have a lot of decisions to make in this Tuesday's Primary election. Among them is selecting a new California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Four people are running, and over the course of this week we're introducing you to each one of them. Thursday, we hear from Marshall Tuck. He's a school improvement director and ran against the current Superintendent, Tom Torkleson last election.

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It's Jacaranda season in SoCal

D.C. can keep its cherry blossoms. Here in L.A., we have Jacaranda trees. The blue-lavender tree usually blooms during the June gloom season, and this year it got started a little ahead of time. We headed down to the L.A. Arboretum to find out more about this quintessential SoCal Tree.

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A Jacaranda tree at the L.A. Arboretum.
A Jacaranda tree at the L.A. Arboretum.
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We want to see your jacaranda tree photos. Find us on twitter and send them to us!

From Knott's Berry Farm to California Adventure and Six Flags, new rides are all about the roller coasters

It's summer, and for a lot of people, that means one thing: roller coasters. There are a lot of new ones opening up around Southern California this summer, including California's first dive coaster—Hang Time—at Knott's Berry Farm, the Incredi-Coaster at California Adventure's Pixar Pier, the Electric Eel at Sea World and the Crazanity pendulum ride at Six Flags.

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Not brave enough to take on a roller coaster? Take a virtual ride instead:

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