Charters win big in LAUSD Election - will they deliver? For the first time in its history, the school board over at LAUSD will have a pro-charter majority. LAUSD President Steve Zimmer lost his seat to Nick Melvoin, in a race that’s been called one of the most expensive school board election ever in the U-S. Melvoin benefited from millions of dollars in outside spending by pro-charter groups. Will he be able to deliver on their priorities?
Brown withholds funding for UC in revised budget Governor Jerry Brown says the state legislature should keep a tight lid on money headed to the University of California system until it makes some major changes. A scathing audit found the U.C. failed to disclose a $175 million reserve fund and – at the same time – raised tuition for its students. It's a small part of the overall $183 billion budget, but could bring about some fireworks at next week's Board of Regents meeting.
Coloring the news, red and blue A new poll out of U.C. Berkeley finds that 8 in 10 registered Republicans in California have little to no trust in the news media. They also believe the media is unfair to President Donald Trump. It's the exact opposite when it comes to state Democrats. In this climate, what incentive do the two parties have to work together?
GOP pulls vote on health care bill In a surprise move, House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled Friday's vote on the new health care bill after failing to secure enough support from his own party. It’s a major political defeat for the GOP and a campaign promise the President won’t be able to fulfill – for now. In California, it's business as usual for the state exchange.
If first you don't succeed, try him again Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is due back in court on Monday. This time, it's not for testimony or closing arguments, but for sentencing. He faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted on three federal charges. His conviction is the highest profile win for the U.S. Attorney's office, so far, in its investigation of the Sheriff's Department.
Silicon Valley, visas and the Trump administration California technology companies are heavily reliant on workers from foreign countries. And there is concern that President Donald Trump’s latest temporary travel ban could lead to a brain drain for technology companies in the state. Where Silicon Valley - and Beach - clash, and where they line up, with the new administration.
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