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  • Presidential elections

    Primary buzz already growing amid Trump political struggles

    NEW YORK >> Mark Cuban isn’t ready to launch a formal campaign to challenge President Donald Trump. Yet Cuban, an outspoken Texas billionaire who describes himself as “fiercely independent” politically, sees an opportunity for someone to take down the Republican president, who is increasingly viewed as divisive and incompetent even within his own party. “His base won’t turn on him, but if there is someone they can connect to and feel...

    By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press|

  • Local governments

    Why City of Industry got 2,500 acres for half its $100 million offer

    CITY OF INDUSTRY >> The City of Industry secured 2,500 acres of ranch land outside its borders eyed for a solar farm for less than half the appraised value after agreeing to forever protect the land from housing development. In a surprise move, the seven-member state oversight board tasked with selling off the land accepted the discounted bid Thursday in a narrow vote that granted Industry officials a major victory in their multimillion-dollar quest to build what could become one...

  • Local governments

    La Verne City Council approves water rate increases

    LA VERNE >> Customers of La Verne’s water system can expect to see higher water bills beginning Oct. 1. City Council members approved a resolution calling for an increase in the city’s water rates. The increase goes into effect Oct. 1. Council members voted 3 to 1 in favor of the increases. Councilman Tim Hepburn voted against the increase. Councilman Charlie Rosales did not attend the meeting. Council members voted on the proposal after conducting a hearing...

    Monica Rodriguez
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  • Protests and demonstrations

    Protests turn unruly after Trump’s Phoenix speech

    PHOENIX >> A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of President Donald Trump’s speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers. A cloudy haze enveloped the night sky Tuesday outside the convention center where Trump had just wrapped up his speech as protesters and police clashed. People fled the scene coughing as the disturbance unfolded. “People in the crowd have begun...

    By Jacques Billeaud and Clarice Silber Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia

    PHOENIX >> President Donald Trump blamed the media Tuesday for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with a call for unity, saying, “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America and tonight, this entire arena stands united in forceful condemnation of the thugs that perpetrated hatred and...

    By Julie Bykowicz Associated Press|

  • Government pay

    California’s top public salaries go to coaches, doctors

    The best-compensated public employee in California last year was UCLA football coach Jim Mora, who made $3.57 million according to new pay data for 2016 the state controller released Tuesday. Mora, who has a 41-24 record in his first five seasons as the Bruins’ coach, signed a contract extension in June 2016 that could pay him $3.75 million in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Gov. Jerry Brown, by comparison, got a raise to $190,100 in December. The Nos. 2 and 3 spots went...

    By Teri Sforza tsforza@scng.com @terisforza on Twitter|

  • Environmental policy

    100 supporters, 4 local members of Congress blast Trump’s review of national monuments

    LOS ANGELES >> At a rally Tuesday, four local members of Congress blasted President Trump’s executive order that called for the review of dozens of national monuments, which they fear could mean scaling back or eliminating those protected natural areas entirely. Among the 21 monuments under review are the San Gabriel Mountains, which President Obama dedicated in 2014. During his time in the White House, Obama dedicated 34 national monuments under the 1906...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Immigration policy

    Southland Assembly members divided on immigration bill

    A bill that would further limit interactions between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration agents is getting a mixed reception from Southern California Assembly members, with at least several still undecided. The bill, SB 54, passed the state Senate in April. It awaits action in the Assembly, which reconvened this week and will stay in session until mid-September. Known as the California Values Act or “the sanctuary state bill,” the legislation...

  • Local governments

    Effort to increase number of LA County supervisors hits roadblock in Sacramento

    A state effort to expand the number of seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors stalled in Sacramento Monday, but its backers remain hopeful. The constitutional amendment submitted in May by State Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, was heard on Monday by the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, but was later sent by members on a 7 to 0 vote to what’s called the suspense file for further consideration because of its potential fiscal impact. “Senator...

    Susan Abram
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  • Health care policy

    Anthem’s exit leaves thousands without health insurance choice in California

    For about 60,000 Covered California customers, choosing a health plan next year will be easier, and possibly more painful, than ever: There will be only one insurer left in their communities after Anthem Blue Cross of California pulls out of much of the state’s individual market. That means they could lose doctors they trust, or pay higher premiums. Anthem’s departure is also a blow for the Covered California exchange, which often has boasted that healthy...

    By Ana B. Ibarra California Healthline|

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