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  • Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

    5 days ago

    Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday.

    The Compact of States and...

  • California adds new funding for nonprofit security

    By Aron Chilewich

    6 days ago

    California’s budget, signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes roughly $2 million to help fund security at nonprofit organizations that are at risk of violent attack. 

    This new state grant program arrives at a time when many Jewish institutions are experiencing a...

  • California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

    1 week ago

    California lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people.

    The bill, which would make...

  • Shilling for Iran is unworthy of Senator Dianne Feinstein

    3 weeks ago

    The basis of any democracy is trust between the people and their representatives. When that trust is violated not only are the violators seen as lacking legitimacy but so too are the very institutions they represent.
  • Two California men plead not guilty of seeking to help Islamic State

    June 9, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Two Southern California men pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The arrests last month of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, are...

  • Around-the-clock cleanup effort under way on oil-fouled California beach

    May 21, 2015 | 8:43 am

    Santa Barbara-- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four...

  • California Senate votes to end beliefs waiver for school vaccinations

    May 15, 2015 | 9:34 am

    California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and "anti-vaxxers" who fear vaccines are dangerous.

    The bill, which eliminates the...

  • Californians, conserve or die

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 15, 2015 | 2:35 pm

  • Jews of Azerbaijan and United States: In celebration of our transcendent connection

    April 6, 2015 | 11:40 am

    California and Azerbaijan Jews share a special bond, and our special friendship is becoming better known this year, as a number of important events have taken place that commemorate our connection. The last flight I took across the 7,000 miles between us was to return to Los...

  • Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

    April 6, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland.

    The prevailing sentiment...

  • Iranian Americans celebrate Nowruz at California State Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 26, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    More than 50 Iranian-American community leaders, businessmen and artists of various faiths from across California gathered March 16 at the State Assembly in Sacramento to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. 

    The festivities were part of an Assembly resolution that was passed...

  • New Orleans judge to weigh whether Robert Durst a major flight risk

    March 23, 2015 | 11:17 am

    Robert Durst, the Jewish real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, is set to appear in a New Orleans courtroom on Monday on local weapons charges, with a judge expected to weigh how big a flight risk he represents.

    Durst's attorneys have said...

  • Robert Durst denied bail in New Orleans, linked to Vermont cold case

    March 23, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was denied bail on Monday in New Orleans, as police in Vermont said they were probing a link between him and an 18-year-old woman who went missing in 1971.

    Durst, recently featured in...

  • Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed ‘suicidal’

    March 18, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for inmates suffering from acute mental illness.

    Awaiting extradition to California, the...

  • Should we know where the unvaccinated live?

    February 11, 2015 | 11:57 am

    Shouldn’t we know where they live?

    California’s measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to reduce the number of parents who choose—in defiance of all credible public health information—not to vaccinate their children. So far, the debate has focused on tightening...

  • A Perfect Staycation: #MyDanaPoint

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 24, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    Start your Staycation in Dana Point with lunch at Coffee Importers and a Dolphin and Whale watching Safari with Captain Dave

  • #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    #MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel I loved my dining experience at Raya and then exploring the mile of Holiday Lights at IlluminOcean!
  • IlluminOcean: 40 Nights of Holiday Lights #MyDanaPoint

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Experience IlluminOcean and celebrate the holidays in Dana Point with a mile stroll of Mingle & Jingle with literally thousands of lights sculpted into fantastic glowing sea-themed attractions.
    "The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue...
  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • California mid-term election results 2014

    November 6, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Governor: Jerry Brown

    Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom

    Secretary of State: Alex Padilla

    Controller: Betty T. Yee

    Treasurer: John Chiang

    Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris

    Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones

    Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson


  • Democrat Ted Lieu to succeed Waxman in Congress

    November 5, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    State Sen. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, will succeed longtime Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District after defeating Jewish Republican Elan Carr.

    Lieu won the seat in the seventh most Jewishly populated district in the country, 58 to 42 percent. He was bolstered...

  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during Calif. test flight

    October 31, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

    The crash of the vehicle,...

  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    October 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Event at LA Westin hotel restricts participation by Israelis

    October 21, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    In early November, the American Studies Association will be having its annual meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Per the ASA’s recently adopted policy, Israeli academics will be subject to unique exclusionary restrictions based on their national origin. 


  • Uncovered California

    October 20, 2014 | 10:00 am

    For those who have just perked up, whose eyes opened wide, sorry, this column contains no nudity or salacious content.  Parts of it may be obscene, yes, but not for the reason the words “Uncovered” together with “California” might portend. This is a family website, after all....
  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    By Jared Sichel

    October 7, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

  • Pre-K in 2024

    September 24, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Hard to believe that only a decade ago—back in the fall of 2014—the future of pre-kindergarten looked so promising in California.

    State leaders were congratulating themselves on passing a budget and new legislation that promised more than 40,000 new full-day pre-K spots for...

  • Did we just watch the last California gubernatorial debate—ever?

    September 9, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Did we just watch the last California gubernatorial debate—ever?      

    Trick question. It appears very few of us bothered to watch last week’s debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and challenger Neel Kashkari. If this proves to be the last such debate—a real possibility since there...

  • Hollywood accounting

    September 2, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    We’re making major motion pictures, baby!

    And TV shows too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week putting...

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