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California gas tax goes up July 1, but leaders say road repairs need even more money

20 Jun 2019 12:00

California is poised to charge the highest taxes and fees on gas in the country when an increase kicks in July 1, but officials say the state is still billions of dollars short of what’s needed to properly fix the roads and are considering additional charges.

The gasoline tax is set to climb by...

$50 million donation to UCLA, USC and Michigan from Mitchell Trusts aims to diversify arts and entertainment programs

20 Jun 2019 12:00

John H. Mitchell was an entertainment industry giant.

He was an executive of Columbia Pictures from 1952 to 1977, serving as president of the company’s television division from 1968 to 1977. Under his leadership, more than 100 television programs and 50 TV movies were produced, including “The Flintstones,”...

Today: The Storm Over Trump's 5G Plan

20 Jun 2019 12:00

Will the Trump administration’s 5G push interfere with forecasting deadly storms in California and U.S.?


The Storm Over Trump’s 5G Plan

5G networks are the future of wireless communications. But officials with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worry the Trump...

The Sports Report: Big day as U.S. resumes in soccer and NBA Draft is held

20 Jun 2019 12:00

Howdy, my name is John Cherwa and I’m the substitute teacher on this here newsletter as Houston Mitchell puts the final touches on his Lakers-Clippers First Round Draft party at his house.

What a dilemma. Do I lead this newsletter with the NBA Draft, with no L.A. team picking in the first round?...

Will Trump’s 5G push interfere with forecasting deadly storms in California and U.S.?

20 Jun 2019 12:00

As atmospheric rivers dumped record volumes of rain on California this spring, emergency responders used the federal government’s satellites to warn people about where the storms were likely to hit hardest.

Many government scientists say such warnings may become a thing of the past if the Trump...

What $500,000 buys right now in San Bernardino County’s three biggest cities

20 Jun 2019 12:00

Here’s a look at what roughly $500,000 buys right now in the three biggest cities in San Bernardino County: San Bernardino, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.

SAN BERNARDINO: Perched on a hill, this blue-trimmed abode enjoys a spacious backyard with a patio, garden, sweeping city views and an orchard...

Germany’s capital plans 5-year ban on rent hikes to fight gentrification

20 Jun 2019 11:30

German officials facing protests and endless complaints about threats to affordable housing in the nation’s capital have decided the solution may be a five-year ban on rent increases and fines as high as $550,000 for violators.

Officials in Berlin, a city of about 3.7 million residents long known...

Review: Doc captures essence of Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Quiet One’

20 Jun 2019 11:30

You don’t often see a biographical rock ’n’ roll documentary that’s not peppered with bad behavior, self-destruction, wild excess, booze and drugs and/or egomania, but “The Quiet One,” director Oliver Murray’s nostalgic documentary about Rolling Stones founding member and bass player Bill Wyman...

Kelly Latimer flies at the cutting edge of aviation — and soon, space

20 Jun 2019 11:00

Kelly Latimer, 54, is a test pilot for Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit — two commercial space companies owned by British billionaire Richard Branson. For space tourism company Virgin Galactic, Latimer flies the giant, twin-fuselage aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo, which carries a smaller spaceship...

Iran warns U.S. after Revolutionary Guard shoots down drone

20 Jun 2019 10:55

Iran's foreign ministry warned the United States over violating Iranian airspace after the Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone earlier Thursday.

A ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by the semiofficial Tasnim news agency as saying that Iran cannot condone the "illegal trespassing...

Once known as ‘Asia’s finest,’ Hong Kong police now stand accused of brutality

20 Jun 2019 10:30

Ethan Chu was volunteering at an aid station near government headquarters here last week for what started out as a peaceful demonstration.

Then, without warning, the 18-year-old high school student heard the pop and hiss of tear gas canisters and the shrieks of fellow protesters being pelted by...

Essential California: Will there be drug screening at Burning Man?

20 Jun 2019 10:30

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 20, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.

Every summer, tens of thousands of people descend on a dry lake bed two hours north of Reno and build a temporary city in the desert. Yes, I’m talking about Burning Man.


By being ‘pushy,’ the U.S. women’s national soccer team became great

20 Jun 2019 10:15

It’s been riveting to watch the U.S. women’s national team battle through the Women’s World Cup, from their eye-popping 13-0 rout over Thailand to their clapback at critics who chastised them for having too much fun.

But looming in the background of the team’s effort to defend its World Cup title...

California’s story was written with Native American blood. Let’s finally admit it

20 Jun 2019 10:10

In the Disney version of California, the Golden State was built by industrious settlers who came in waves from various points east to make their fortunes from the resource-rich land that, in some places, was actually lined in gold.

The truth, however, is somewhat darker, tinged as it is with the...

Targeting Chinese students and entrepreneurs in the U.S. is the wrong way to battle Beijing

20 Jun 2019 10:05

As U.S.-China friction escalates, the rhetoric in Washington has grown increasingly ugly and hostile. The Trump administration, concerned about intellectual property theft and other questionable behavior on the part of Beijing, has embarked on a program of targeting students and professionals of...

A plan to clean up L.A. and help the homeless? Get it done already

20 Jun 2019 10:05

Finally, Los Angeles city officials are recognizing the urgent need to clean up the trash near homeless encampments. Both the trash that homeless people have nowhere to put and the garbage illegally dumped by businesses are a blight and health hazard for everyone in the city. Too bad our elected...

The Cayton rethinks what a children’s museum can be in 2019

20 Jun 2019 10:00

It’s unclear whom the new Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica is designed to please more: the kids who will roam its 21,000 square feet of colorful interactive exhibits or the parents who will not have to hiss, “I told you to please stop touching that” for the seven-millionth time.


Homelessness isn't just Eric Garcetti's problem. He's doing more than most

20 Jun 2019 10:00

To the editor: We need to keep the pressure up to end homelessness, but let’s recognize the accomplishments of Los Angeles County and city leaders. (“Garcetti is trying to face the challenge of homelessness, but he’s falling short,” June 15)

In just the last year and a half, more than 20,000 people...

Why do we still build homes out of wood in wildfire country?

20 Jun 2019 10:00

To the editor: Building homes with lumber is a much bigger problem than whether they are located in the wildland-urban interface. (“California’s wildfire commission delivers its reform plan, only to be promptly ignored,” editorial, June 17)

The U.S. has one of the highest rates of fire deaths in...

Cory Booker’s 2020 plan: Clemency for up to 20,000 nonviolent drug offenders

20 Jun 2019 10:00

In an effort to reduce mass incarceration, Cory Booker wants to reform the clemency powers of the White House and shorten federal prison sentences for as many as 20,000 nonviolent drug offenders, according to a proposal unveiled by the Democrat’s presidential campaign Thursday morning.

On his first...

The public thinks Tesla’s Autopilot is safer than it is, an insurance group says

20 Jun 2019 10:00

For years, automakers have been offering driver-assist technologies on many new cars. The software and sensors can help drivers stay in their lane, maintain a steady speed and, in some cases, change lanes to avoid other vehicles.

But drivers don’t fully understand the technologies’ capabilities...

Suicide prevention resources

20 Jun 2019 10:00

As part of our Column One story on Kevin Howard’s struggle to build a life beyond the battlefield, here is a list of organizations that provide support, information and resources to veterans and others.

Warning signs of suicide include feelings of hopelessness, increased drug or alcohol use, and...

Two buddies survived fighting Islamic State, but for one civilian life was too much

20 Jun 2019 10:00

Kevin Howard, 30, struggled to build a life beyond the battlefield. "The war was like a sanctuary, as crazy as that sounds," says a friend.

Behind the story: A Marine suicide, and then a reckoning

20 Jun 2019 10:00

I first met Kevin Howard in a bombed-out building in Raqqah, Syria.

It was July 2017. Islamic State still controlled the city, the capital of its self-declared caliphate. I had texted and talked with Howard’s fellow U.S. volunteers via Facebook messenger and seen a photo online of the striking...

Educated citizens are good citizens. That’s why we need free college

20 Jun 2019 10:00

To the editor: Indeed, we do have a blind spot when it comes to proposals for free college, and it’s not just about the problem of serving families that are well off financially. Namely, it has to do with the surprising statement by Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor...

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