• Ontario’s Comic Con Revolution postponed to August because of coronavirus

    Ontario’s Comic Con Revolution postponed to August because of coronavirus
    Comic Con Revolution, an Ontario-based event that features comic book artists and authors, animators, voice actors and more, has postponed its planned date to August amid concerns over the novel coronavirus.
    Organizers for the convention announced that it would be postponed from its original dates on May 16 and 17, to August 8 and 9 in an email sent to fans on Monday, March 23, and that the decision was made “based on the CDC recommendations and government mandates.”
    The Ontario-base
  • NHL says no decisions made on resumption of regular season or playoff format

    NHL says no decisions made on resumption of regular season or playoff format
    The NHL couldn’t say Monday whether the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season would be played or what form the Stanley Cup playoffs might take when it’s safe enough to resume play, after the league suspended its season March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “The form and format of resumption of play scenarios will depend entirely on what transpires between now and when we are permitted and able to resume – and, ultimately, on timing and taking into account logistica
  • IOC planning for postponing Tokyo Olympics to 2021

    IOC planning for postponing Tokyo Olympics to 2021
    The International Olympic Committee’s current primary focus is creating a framework to move the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 as momentum for postponement and criticism of the IOC’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to escalate, the Southern California News Group has learned.
    Even as the IOC announced Sunday it had set a four-week deadline to decide whether to cancel, postpone or hold the Tokyo Games as scheduled (July 24-August 9), the IOC had already narrowed its fo
  • Laguna Beach home with bridge entrance, distant ocean views, seeks $1.6 million

    Laguna Beach home with bridge entrance, distant ocean views, seeks $1.6 million
    The upper carport. (Photo by Preview First)
    The house is entered through the carport at the top of the property over a bridge, pictured here, to the main stairwell. (Photo by Preview First)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA view of the dining area from the bridge. (Photo by Preview First)
    The stairwell. (Photo by Preview First)
    The living room. (Photo by Preview First)
    The dining area. (Photo by Preview First)
    A view of the dining area from the kitchen. (Photo by Preview First)
    The kitchen.
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  • Expected coronavirus surge prompts hospitals, state to scramble

    Expected coronavirus surge prompts hospitals, state to scramble
    Furiously gearing up for an unknown multitude of COVID-19 patients, California has not only secured a 1,000-bed Navy medical ship for the Los Angeles port but is preparing to lease at least two shuttered hospitals, host MASH-style popup care units, secure hotel rooms, recruit health workers from retirement and bring in more medical help from less-stricken states.
    Some hospitals have already set up tents in their parking lots, not only to brace for the surge of cases expected to overwhelm their c
  • Whicker: Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine golf had unfinished business

    Whicker: Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine golf had unfinished business
    Sahith Theegala is putting on his living room carpet.
    He’d like to hit golf balls somewhere, but then he might run into a virus carrier and bring germs back to his Chino Hills home, where his grandmother lives.
    He knows the world in which we’re trying to live. He is not a pandemic denier. That does not prevent him from questioning why he and Pepperdine, contenders for NCAA individual and team men’s golf championships, got thrown off the schedule without a parachute, why their q
  • Disneyland Dapper Day event plans summer ‘encore’ due to coronavirus outbreak

    Disneyland Dapper Day event plans summer ‘encore’ due to coronavirus outbreak
    The Dapper Day outing planned for mid-April that brings thousands to Disneyland in dashing fashions has added an “encore” date to the calendar in mid-June as the Anaheim theme park remains closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.
    The Dapper Day Expo planned for April 18 and 19 in the Disneyland Hotel conference center featuring 30,000-square-feet of vendor space has been rescheduled for June 20 and 21.
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  • UCLA men’s basketball’s Mick Cronin wins NABC Coach of the Year for District 19

    UCLA men’s basketball’s Mick Cronin wins NABC Coach of the Year for District 19
    UCLA men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Coach of the Year for District 19 on Monday. The honor is his second Coach of the Year award this season for Cronin, who was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year earlier this month.
    The NABC nod is Cronin’s first since 2014, when he was awarded Coach of the Year for District 25 as the head coach of Cincinnati.
    In his first year with the UCLA program, he helped lead the Bruins to a se
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  • KLOS’s Frosty, Heidi & Frank show loses Frosty Stilwell as co-host is ‘furloughed’

    KLOS’s Frosty, Heidi & Frank show loses Frosty Stilwell as co-host is ‘furloughed’
    On Monday, The Frosty, Heidi and Frank morning show on KLOS 95.5 FM announced that Frosty Stilwell was “furloughed” on Friday.
    During the show on Monday, which airs weekdays from 6 a.m.-10 a.m., Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer, revealed on-air that Stilwell was being furloughed due to “decreased advertiser revenue” amid the spread of coronavirus, according to several Twitter posts from listeners who tuned in.Some changes to the show but we are still LIVE and don't forget
  • ‘Virtual’ online coronavirus symptom help available at Dignity facilities throughout Southern California

    ‘Virtual’ online coronavirus symptom help available at Dignity facilities throughout Southern California
    Is it hay fever? Or the novel coronavirus?
    Dignity Health hospitals in Southern California, besieged with people turning up at emergency rooms and urgent care facilities, launched on Monday, March 23, a virtual urgent care visit program, allowing people to discuss their symptoms online with a health care professional.
    “Virtual urgent care visits are one way we will help patients with COVID-19 symptoms assess their options for treatment or testing,” said Julie J. Sprengel, Dignity Sou
  • Two more coronavirus deaths in LA County – plus 128 more cases, health officials report

    Two more coronavirus deaths in LA County – plus 128 more cases, health officials report
    Two more people have died in Los Angeles County as a result of the coronavirus, officials with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health reported Monday, March 23.
    A total of seven people have died from the virus in recent weeks.
    In Monday’s report, one individual was older than 65 with underlying health conditions from Glendale, and the other individual between the ages of 30 and 50, from a location that is still under investigation.
    In addition, 128 new cases of the novel coronavirus w
  • USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday to support during coronavirus pandemic

    USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday to support during coronavirus pandemic
    The Navy’s West Coast hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, will leave Naval Base San Diego Monday afternoon, March 23, and travel 125 miles up the coast to the Port of Los Angeles in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, officials from the Navy’s 3rd Fleet announced..
    The 1,000-bed ship will be staffed with 800 Navy medical personnel and more than 70 civil service mariners. Initial plans to deploy it to Washington state were altered as the need for help in the highly pop
  • USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday

    USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday
    The Navy’s West Coast hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, will leave Naval Base San Diego Monday afternoon, March 23, and travel 125 miles up the coast to the Port of Los Angeles in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, officials from the Navy’s 3rd Fleet announced..
    The 1,000-bed ship will be staffed with 800 Navy medical personnel and more than 70 civil service mariners. Initial plans to deploy it to Washington state were altered as the need for help in the highly pop
  • Stay-home coronavirus orders crush small business, erase millions of jobs

    Stay-home coronavirus orders crush small business, erase millions of jobs
    By Cécile Daurat, Michael Sasso, Max Reyes and Ed Ludlow, Bloomberg
    First came the order to close up. Then the laying off of staff. Now small-business owners across the U.S. are bleeding cash and wading through paperwork to get financial assistance.
    “I keep hearing that help’s on its way, but I can’t see much information,” said Susan Choi, the owner of a Hayward-based party-equipment rental business she founded with her mother in 1998. A week ago, she had to let go
  • Long Beach reports first death from coronavirus, 21 total cases

    Long Beach reports first death from coronavirus, 21 total cases
    A Long Beach woman has died from the novel coronavirus, the first death in the city, public health officials have reported.
    A woman in her 50s, with underlying medical conditions, died from “complications of COVID-19,” the city said in a Monday afternoon, March 23, statement. She was a Long Beach resident.
    City officials, during a 3 p.m. press conference, also upped the total number of positive coronavirus cases to 21. Four people are hospitalized and five have been cleared, said Cit
  • Long Beach reports first death from coronavirus, 19 total cases

    Long Beach reports first death from coronavirus, 19 total cases
    A Long Beach woman has died from the novel coronavirus, the first death in the city, public health officials have reported.
    A woman in her 50s, with underlying medical conditions, died from “complications of COVID-19,” the city said in a Monday afternoon, March 23, statement. She was a Long Beach resident.
    The city also upped the total number of positive coronavirus cases to 19.
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  • Coronavirus help: Landlords urged to freeze rents, halt evictions by their own trade groups

    Coronavirus help: Landlords urged to freeze rents, halt evictions by their own trade groups
    California landlords are being urged by major trade groups to freeze rents and stop evictions due to the economic wallop of coronavirus.
    California Apartment Association said Monday, March 23, it has told its member landlords that through May 31 they should freeze rents; stop evictions “absent extraordinary circumstances’; wave late-payment fees for impacted residents; and offer flexible repayment options for those late rents.
    “Communicate with residents proactively that you ar
  • Reaction to new Rams logos comes swiftly and humorously

    Reaction to new Rams logos comes swiftly and humorously
    The Rams unveiled their new team logo and colors in a carefully timed launch at noon on Monday, and social media reaction was fast and, in some cases, furious.
    The revamped logo and refreshed colors are part of a rebranding effort the Rams have undertaken as they prepare to move into SoFi Stadium, their new Inglewood home, for the 2020 NFL season.
    Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff told reporters the team’s final choices were arrived upon after months of consultations with fans, for
  • The top-10 moments from USC’s 2019-20 sports year

    The top-10 moments from USC’s 2019-20 sports year
    The college athletic year was cut short suddenly by the spread of COVID-19. But despite the abbreviated season, there were several memorable moments at USC in 2019-20.
    There was Michael Pittman’s senior moment, Jonah Mathews’ swan song, some stunning upsets and the ballad of Matt Fink. Here’s a look at the highlights of USC’s 2019-20 seasons:
    1. Michael Pittman Jr. scores two fourth-quarter TDs to complete comeback over Colorado.
    USC looked poised to suffer its first-ever
  • Bubble Watch: Coronavirus canceled fun. What state economy suffers the most?

    Bubble Watch: Coronavirus canceled fun. What state economy suffers the most?
    “Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead.
    Buzz: The business of “fun” is dead. And that industry’s work represents a little more than 1-in-5 Californias jobs.
    Source: My trusty spreadsheet, filled with job data from the Economic Policy Institute.
    The Trend
    Bosses that provide us with fun — the leisure, hospitality, and retail industries — once employed 3.69 million Californians or 21.2% of all jobs s
  • Bus transportation in Laguna Woods remains popular — and essential — for many

    Bus transportation in Laguna Woods remains popular — and essential — for many
    It’s a sunny, early weekday afternoon when Laguna Woods Village resident Helen Nimma is waiting for Bus No.6 to take her to Clubhouse One, a busy transfer hub where she will catch a Commercial Bus, designated to stop at such surrounding businesses as Aldi, Stater Brothers or CVS, to take her shopping. As for many others, the bus system has given her the sense of security to hang up her car keys and her loved ones the feeling that she is safe.
    Young Chin boards a commercial bus in Laguna Wo
  • Bus transport in Laguna Woods remains popular — and essential — for many

    Bus transport in Laguna Woods remains popular — and essential — for many
    It’s a sunny, early weekday afternoon when Laguna Woods Village resident Helen Nimma is waiting for Bus No.6 to take her to Clubhouse One, a busy transfer hub where she will catch a Commercial Bus, designated to stop at such surrounding businesses as Aldi, Stater Brothers or CVS, to take her shopping. As for many others, the bus system has given her the sense of security to hang up her car keys and her loved ones the feeling that she is safe.
    Young Chin boards a commercial bus in Laguna Wo
  • Here are final results for primary election in Orange County

    Here are final results for primary election in Orange County
    The Orange County Registrar of Voters said Monday, March 23, that it has counted all eligible ballots from the March 3 primary, meaning results are final for 21 local House, state and county races plus 11 local measures.
    Votes still need to be counted for a handful of local contests that also touch other counties, since Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties haven’t finished counting their late ballots. But none of those races is close enough to be changed by the late counts.
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  • Here are final primary election results for Orange County

    Here are final primary election results for Orange County
    The Orange County Registrar of Voters said Monday, March 23, that it has counted all eligible ballots from the March 3 primary, meaning results are final for 21 local House, state and county races plus 11 local measures.
    Votes still need to be counted for a handful of local contests that also touch other counties, since Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties haven’t finished counting their late ballots. But none of those races is close enough to be changed by the late counts.
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  • With doors shut by coronavirus outbreak, Aquarium of the Pacific initiates online academy with videos, workshops and more

    With doors shut by coronavirus outbreak, Aquarium of the Pacific initiates online academy with videos, workshops and more
    Starting immediately, sea-life fans can now get their regular dose of deep-dive environmental topics — and cute animal video, too — 24 hours a day.
    The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has launched a new program to help entertain and educate the public as they practice self-quarantine and social distancing during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
    It’s called Aquarium Online Academy. If you missed those critters while the aquarium’s doors are closed, the program include
  • New Rams logo and colors finally unveiled for all to see

    New Rams logo and colors finally unveiled for all to see
    The Los Angeles Rams’ new team logo, seen here, was revealed by the team on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Rams)
    The Los Angeles Rams’ new team logo, seen here, was revealed by the team on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Rams)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Los Angeles Rams’ new team logo, seen here, was revealed by the team on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Rams)
    The “wordmark” version
  • After KROQ exit, Kevin Ryder tells Adam Carolla, ‘I just lost my mind’

    After KROQ exit, Kevin Ryder tells Adam Carolla, ‘I just lost my mind’
    Less than a week after the entire Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen team was let go by KROQ 106.7 and its parent company Entercom, co-host Kevin Ryder joined former co-workers Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel on Monday’s episode of “The Adam Carolla Show.”
    While the bulk of the show was Carolla and Kimmel talking about their early days on KROQ and what it was like to meet Ryder and his former co-host, Gene “Bean” Baxter, who helmed the station’s The Ke
  • Local food establishments come to the rescue so no kid goes unfed

    Local food establishments come to the rescue so no kid goes unfed
    Kids eat FREE at local restaurants!
    During this time schools have closed leaving millions of students without school lunches, which for some is the only meal they have. But with the help of several local OC businesses no kid should go unfed! These restaurants will be offering FREE meals for kids:
    Slapfish
    (Yelp:J Z.)
    Slapfish is a seafood restaurant with a modern twist that hits the spot at any time. With 8 locations in California and over 20 locations, Slapfish is amongst some of the establishm
  • Ex-Yugoslavian PM Milan Panic lists Newport Beach home for $20 million

    Ex-Yugoslavian PM Milan Panic lists Newport Beach home for $20 million
    The foyer. (Photo by Andrew Bramasco)
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    An aerial view of the house, center with the lights on, at dusk. (Photo by Andrew Bramasco)
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    A bayfront Newport Beach home owned by former Yugoslavian Prime Minister Milan Panic has hit the market for $19.995 million.
    The sale price includes Coastal Commission-approved plans for a multi-leveled estate with subte
  • Petitions filed for Irvine veterans cemetery’s second go at the ballot

    Petitions filed for Irvine veterans cemetery’s second go at the ballot
    Proponents of a ballot measure to override the Irvine City Council’s choice of location for a veterans cemetery have turned in signatures they hope will qualify their initiative for the ballot.
    They dropped off petitions with 19,758 of signatures at the Irvine City Clerk’s office on Tuesday, March 17, according to former mayor Larry Agran’s web site, Irvine Community News and Views. City Clerk Molly Perry said in an email the documents were turned over to the Orange County Regi
  • Laguna Beach City Council votes to close beaches, trailheads starting Monday to ebb spread of coronavirus; Newport Beach is monitoring crowding

    Laguna Beach City Council votes to close beaches, trailheads starting Monday to ebb spread of coronavirus; Newport Beach is monitoring crowding
    After being overrun by visitors over the weekend, city officials in Laguna Beach closed trailheads and city beaches in response to growing concerns not enough social distancing was occurring to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    The Laguna Beach City Council on Sunday, March 22, met during an emergency meeting and voted to close Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Monday, March 23. It also directed staff to close city beaches by Monday night unless the County of Orange or the State of Californ
  • Laguna Beach City Council votes to close beaches, trailheads starting Monday to ebb spread of coronavirus

    Laguna Beach City Council votes to close beaches, trailheads starting Monday to ebb spread of coronavirus
    After being overrun by visitors over the weekend, city officials in Laguna Beach closed trailheads and city beaches in response to growing concerns not enough social distancing was occurring to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    The Laguna Beach City Council on Sunday, March 22, met during an emergency meeting and voted to close Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Monday, March 23. It also directed staff to close city beaches by Monday night unless the County of Orange or the State of Californ
  • Coronavirus help: Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum merchants get 90-day rent break

    Coronavirus help: Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum merchants get 90-day rent break
    As many Orange County merchants struggle to pay bills and employees, giant retail landlord Irvine Co. — the owner of Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center — is giving its retailers a three-month rent delay.
    Preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has hammered, if not shut, most retailers. The company has kept its 36 community shopping centers and three open-air malls open only for merchants providing “essential services.”
    So the landlord, knowing many rent c
  • Despite coronavirus chaos, Westminster recall vote to take place as planned

    Despite coronavirus chaos, Westminster recall vote to take place as planned
    Although the coronavirus is wreaking great havoc, it cannot stop the wheels of democracy.
    As of Friday, March 20, the election on whether to recall and possibly replace three Westminster City Council member is going off exactly as planned for April 7, said Neal Kelley, the Orange County registrar of voters.
    However, Kelley said, he is awaiting confirmation about whether public buildings will be open that Tuesday for in-person voting.
    About 50,000 ballots were mailed to registered voters the week
  • Get ready for the biggest budget crunch in 12 years

    Get ready for the biggest budget crunch in 12 years
    As of the end of last year, California’s budgetary rainy day fund amounted to about $20 billion. That sounds like a lot, and the last two governors both put more cash than legally required into the fund.
    Now the rainy day has arrived. Skies are dark, figurative rain clouds loom over the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. It’s almost time to tap into the rainy day fund. But it would be unwise to take all the money at once, just as no family should exhaust all its savings in one
  • Fountain Valley School District to offer free kids’ lunches

    Fountain Valley School District to offer free kids’ lunches
    The Fountain Valley School District’s Food Services program is serving up an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up free lunch meals for any child 18 and under at three locations.
    Meals will be provided for free regardless of what school they attend or if they receive free, reduced or paid status lunch, officials said.
    Children must be present in the car for meals to be provided. Meals will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    The drive-through serv
  • Status Update: Social Services expands options during coronavirus crisis

    Status Update: Social Services expands options during coronavirus crisis
    The Orange County’s Social Services Agency is expanding its online application services and call center hours to help those affected by the state’s stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
    SSA’s service center has extended its hours of operation to:Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturdays: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Call center operators will be available at 800-281-9799.Those wishing to apply for general relief benefits can enroll online through mybenefitscalwin.or
  • Fed to buy as much government debt as needed to aid coronavirus-battered economy

    Fed to buy as much government debt as needed to aid coronavirus-battered economy
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON — In its boldest effort to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus, the Federal Reserve says it will buy as much government debt as it deems necessary and will also begin lending to small and large businesses and local governments to help them weather the crisis.
    The Fed’s announcement Monday removes any dollar limits from its plans to support the flow of credit through an economy that has been ravaged by the viral outbrea
  • PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires

    PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    Eds: UPDATES: Recasts throughout with new approach, details. Changes byline. ; With AP Photos.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that decimated three Northern California towns and drove the nation’s largest utility into bankruptcy.
    The plea agreement announced Monday
  • PG&E pleads guilty to criminal charges in fatal 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County

    PG&E pleads guilty to criminal charges in fatal 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County
    Bay Area News Group
    PG&E on Monday disclosed it has pleaded guilty to scores of criminal charges arising from the deadly Camp Fire of 2018 that roared through Butte County, an inferno caused by the disgraced utility.
    Under the agreement that PG&E reached with the state of California and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, PG&E admitted its guilt in the Camp Fire, which caused 85 fatalities, according to a regulatory filing by PG&E with the Securities and Exchange C
  • More rain, snow expected in Southern California

    More rain, snow expected in Southern California
    LOS ANGELES — A storm from Canada brought showers to Southern California Monday morning and triggered winter-weather conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains, the National Weather Service reported.
    In addition to Monday morning’s one-and-off showers, there’s a chance of showers Monday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall. Tuesday should be mostly dry, ahead of another system Wednesday night into Thursday. That system could drop snow on The Grapevine T
  • Coronavirus means a new way of daily living

    Coronavirus means a new way of daily living
    The message from state officials is clear: Stay home, only leave for essentials and keep 6 feet away from others to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    But some Southern Californians are wondering about the practicalities. Is it safe to wait in line with others to enter a grocery store? Is it best to cross the street if a neighbor is also out for a walk?
    Local public health officials said to use common sense while practicing social distancing.
    “You cut the spread by putting people away fro
  • UCI researchers will test former Ebola drug as part of coronavirus clinical trial

    UCI researchers will test former Ebola drug as part of coronavirus clinical trial
    Everybody is hoping for a miracle drug to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the infectious novel coronavirus.
    Now, researchers at UC Irvine have a shot at helping to find it.
    As part of a national clinical trial, the Orange County team of medical scientists are authorized to use the anti-viral drug remdesivir — once developed to treat the Ebola virus — on certain COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UCI Medical Center in Orange. The study’s goal, over an unspecified period of
  • Trump appears to waffle on shutdown as Congress pursues aid

    Trump appears to waffle on shutdown as Congress pursues aid
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, JONATHAN LEMIRE and LISA MASCARO
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suggested Monday he had qualms about extending the current 15-day suggested shutdown as his officials warned about the deepening coronavirus crisis and administration officials and congressional leaders struggled to complete a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package.
    “I didn’t expect to be starting off my week with such a dire message for America,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams s
  • Congressional rescue talks churn as coronavirus crisis expands

    Congressional rescue talks churn as coronavirus crisis expands
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, JONATHAN LEMIRE and LISA MASCARO
    WASHINGTON — Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House churned late into the night over a now nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease.
    As President Donald Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room and promised to help Americans who feel afraid and isolated as the pandemic spreads, the Sen
  • City says coronavirus patient died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood

    City says coronavirus patient died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood
    LYNWOOD — The city of Lynwood announced on its website and social media Sunday that a female patient at St. Francis Medical Center died of COVID-19.
    The patient’s name was not immediately released. She was identified only as a woman who had come to the hospital feeling ill, and died shortly afterward.
    There have been five confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the county, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
    The statement said anyone feeling symptoms shou
  • California’s bullet train farce keeps stumbling on

    California’s bullet train farce keeps stumbling on
    While Californians are at home slowing the spread of the coronavirus, lawmakers should be keeping a close eye on the High-Speed Rail Authority.
    In a new review of the HSRA’s draft 2020 business plan, the Legislative Analyst’s Office called attention to the short window of time for the Legislature to exercise its power to make changes to the bullet train project. “Some key actions that HSRA plans to take in the coming months would significantly limit the state’s flexibilit
  • Price gouging laws make it harder for the market to work

    Price gouging laws make it harder for the market to work
    As the saying goes, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” I would add, “and anti-price gouging legislation in times of crisis.”
    Yet price increases in the face of sudden shortages are an important impetus to restore supply and demand market conditions that are closer to normal.
    As many of us have experienced in the past few weeks, buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face masks has become more difficult and more expensive. The reason, of course, is that unusually l
  • ‘Top two’ hasn’t meaningfully delivered on promises of election reform

    ‘Top two’ hasn’t meaningfully delivered on promises of election reform
    Like most reforms, the top two primary system has failed to deliver what was promised.
    When “top two” came before the voters in 2010, we were told it would give us more moderate lawmakers. It would fight legislative gridlock. It would liberate our elections from party control and free lawmakers from worrying about re-election all the time.
    We’re still waiting.
    It’s true that there are no longer protracted budget fights in Sacramento based on ideology, but that’s due
  • Dumbing down teacher license tests in California

    Dumbing down teacher license tests in California
    The abrupt and apparently prolonged closure of California’s public schools due to coronavirus fears is — or should be — a reminder of their vital societal role.
    Six million kids will miss at least a few months of schooling. While many are receiving some education at home, from parents and/or via the internet, the lack of classroom instruction will be felt most keenly by the 60% who come from poor families and/or are English-learners, thus widening the state’s already yawn

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