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LAUSD strike vote, Arizona State sets up campus in downtown LA, Firefighters from Down Under




A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to send layoff warnings to at least 20,000 state workers unless a budget agreement is reached Friday.  AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to send layoff warnings to at least 20,000 state workers unless a budget agreement is reached Friday. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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To strike or not to strike? That's the question L.A. teachers are voting on this week. Plus, we talk with the president of Arizona State University about the school's plans to open a brick-and-mortar campus in downtown Los Angeles. And we get sunscreen tips from a dermatologist. And Australian fire fighters are coming to California to help fight wildfires. 

It's been quite a week in politics

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (shown last year), and his wife are alleged to have spent more than $250,000 of campaign donors' money on family expenses like trips, groceries and theater tickets.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (shown last year), and his wife are alleged to have spent more than $250,000 of campaign donors' money on family expenses like trips, groceries and theater tickets.
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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife are both accused of spending more than $250-thousand dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses. Congressman Hunter and his wife pleaded not guilty to allegations of misusing the money. We'll look at how it could play out with voters in his district. Meanwhile, Cohen and Manafort are facing their legal woes so how's that playing out in California?

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L.A. teachers start strike vote

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Teachers in Los Angeles start voting Thursday on whether to authorize a strike. L.A. Unified School District teachers have been working without a contract for more than a year. Contract talks have been going for 18 months. Key issues include teacher salaries, student testing, and class sizes. A yes vote doesn't mean an automatic strike; it just gives union leadership the authority to call a strike if necessary. 

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Arizona State University will set up campus in downtown L.A.

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The Herald Examiner building in Los Angeles
The Herald Examiner building in Los Angeles
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Arizona State University announced this week that it will set up a satellite campus in downtown Los Angeles. The new campus will be housed in the former Herald Examiner newspaper building and will be part of ASU's Journalism School.

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Australian Firefighters

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The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images

The Mendocino Complex Fire continues to burn about 500 miles north of Los Angeles. Earlier this month, things were looking a little dire so a call went out for some personnel help and almost 150 firefighters from both Australia and New Zealand answered.

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The ground in SoCal is breathing

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Caltech research has shown how pumping ground water from aquifers can actually cause the ground below us to move up and down, almost as if the earth is breathing water. As long as that rhythmic movement continues, this cycle is natural and normal, but if we pump out too much water the ground could sink too far and not bounce back.

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L.A.'s Salsa orchestra

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The band of brothers at El Floridita. From left to right: Julian, Alfredo, George, and Eddie Ortiz.
The band of brothers at El Floridita. From left to right: Julian, Alfredo, George, and Eddie Ortiz.
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If you dance Salsa, chances are you’ve danced to the music of Son Mayor. The LA Salsa orchestra has been playing in Southland clubs for almost thirty years. Take Two contributor Betto Arcos hit a couple of those clubs last week and has this profile of a true “Band of Brothers.”

It's the weekend!

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If you don't have plans for the weekend yet, fear not, we've got you covered! 

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