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Proposition 8 Could Push Property Taxes Higher, Despite Prop 13

Proposition 8, which allows homeowners to ask for a decrease in their property taxes when their house decreases in value, may wind up raising property taxes this year as house values are rebounding, Capital Public Radio reports. Sep 24, 2014 6:22 AM PT

San Francisco Embraces School Choice?

San Francisco, bastion of leftism, is considering an unusual avenue toward luring middle-school students to a school in a crime-ridden district: offering them a golden ticket to the high school of their choice, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Sep 24, 2014 5:46 AM PT

13 Years in the Minors, Guilder Rodriguez Makes First MLB Hits Count

Guilder Rodriguez, 31, who played his entire 13-year career in the minors, got his first major league hit in front of his father, Guillermo, who hadn’t seen him play in a baseball game in the United States since Low-A ball in 2004. But the story gets better. Sep 23, 2014 8:21 AM PT

Overnight Fire at Port of L.A.

Schools near the Port of Los Angeles may be closed on Tuesday due to a huge wharf fire that started Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Fire Capt. Jaime Moore explained that fire officials had to wait until the sun came up Tuesday morning and see the extent of the smoke, which contains liquid cresote, before they could make a determination vis-à-vis the schools. Sep 23, 2014 6:48 AM PT

CDC Predicts 1.4 Million Cases of Ebola by January

A debate is erupting among scientists as to how severe the problem of Ebola in West African countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia will become in the coming months. Sep 23, 2014 5:47 AM PT

King Fire Forces Cancelation of Ironman Competition in Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Ironman Competition scheduled for Sunday was canceled because of poor air quality caused by the King Fire. The smoke from the fire can be seen from hundreds of miles away. The air quality has been classified as “hazardous” in some areas. Sep 22, 2014 10:35 AM PT

Brown Vetoes 'Diapers for Dads,' Citing Over-Regulated State

On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two bills that would have made it easier for men to change their babies' diapers in public areas, according to the Sacramento Bee. In doing so, Brown cited the conservative argument that California is already suffering under the burden of heavy regulations that are bad for business in the state. Sep 22, 2014 5:49 AM PT

Humboldt County Worries about Competition in Legal Marijuana Market

Entrepreneurs in California's famous Humboldt County are worried that when the cannabis industry is expanded in the state, their golden goose will be stolen by those who live elsewhere, thus preventing the county from reaping the benefits of its teeming business, according to the Eureka Times-Standard. One recent report estimated that the cannabis business could increase billions of dollars in five years in the county. Sep 21, 2014 3:39 PM PT

Woman Gives Birth to 11-lb. Baby on 91 Freeway

Just after 4 a.m. Saturday morning, Sandra Vilchez, 29, mother of three, delivered her fourth child on the side of the 91 freeway--with some help from her husband, CBS Los Angeles reports. Sep 21, 2014 2:29 PM PT

'Cinco de Mayo' Flag Case Could Head to Supreme Court

Leaving its February unanimous decision untouched, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused this week to rehear a case challenging a Northern California high school’s decision to force students to wear T-shirts inside out if they were emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrating Mexican history and heritage, reports CBS 13 in Sacramento. The case could now head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sep 20, 2014 8:37 AM PT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Meets with Muslims to Stop ISIS in Community

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and his top counter-terrorism commanders met with Muslim leaders Thursday night at an Exposition Park mosque to discuss the rise of Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) amid concerns that the terrorist group would launch attacks and recruit members in the United States. Sep 19, 2014 9:59 AM PT


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