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In Bakersfield, many push for bringing back the flow of the long-dry Kern River
The Kern River has long been a dry riverbed in downtown Bakersfield. A group of residents is pushing to bring back a flowing river.
Pacific storm is expected to bring heavy rain to California early next week, forecasters say
After light to moderate precipitation Thursday, a much stronger, colder storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and snow to California next week.
After smash-and-grab thefts across California, is it time to reconsider Proposition 47?
A series of smash-and-grab thefts have plagued the state. Now critics of Proposition 47 are pointing fingers at the ballot measure approved by voters in 2014.
They were barely scraping by as janitors before COVID. Now, this family struggles to survive
Success seemed within reach for two immigrants — until the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, a $10 bill in Glenda Valenzuela's purse can feel like a godsend.
Educators report a rise in school threats, fights and misbehavior, and blame COVID
Teachers and administrators are seeing an increase in aggressive and sometimes violent behavior among students.
California goes to war with food waste. Composting is its next climate crusade
Those banana peels, pizza boxes and coffee grounds you throw away? Starting Jan. 1, local government will need to start composting them, in part to reduce greenhouse gases.
Young Latinos are dying of COVID at an alarming rate — the effects could be felt for generations
In California, younger Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than their white and Asian counterparts.
Abuela Rosa led her family to the middle class. In the face of COVID, they protect her legacy
Rosa Cardenas built a successful garment business with a first-grade education. The family's progress is now threatened by the pandemic.
Pandemic portraits: The Latino experience
The pandemic has affected Latinos from all walks of life, attacking their families, their health as well as their financial well-being. The impacts will be felt for generations, and have implications for all Californians.
California created the nation's first state reparations task force. Now comes the hard part
The panel has a monumental challenge: crafting a historic reparations proposal that earns the support of Black Californians and a majority of California lawmakers.
Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Carpinteria
An earthquake 11 miles from Santa Barbara was reported Wednesday evening.
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L.A. County records fifth Omicron variant case, possibly the result of community spread
Unlike previous Omicron cases, officials believe the latest case was transmitted locally. It brings California's statewide tally of confirmed Omicron cases to 12.
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L.A. police union offers $20,000 reward for information in fatal Wilmington shooting
The Los Angeles Police Protective League is offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooters who killed a 12-year-old boy in Wilmington on Monday.
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Authorities identify 14-year-old boy killed in Boyle Heights shooting
Jeremy Galvin, a 14-year-old student at Roosevelt High School, was shot dead Tuesday outside Evergreen Recreation Center. Police said there was an argument before the shooting.
Marking one year in office, L.A. D.A. Gascón touts accomplishments, spars with critics on crime
L.A. County Dist. Atty. George Gascón on Wednesday touted what he considers the accomplishments of his first year, but found himself getting into tense exchanges with reporters about recent high-profile crimes.
Father and son arrested on suspicion of starting California's Caldor fire
David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, were arrested and accused of "reckless arson" in connection with the 15th-largest wildfire in recorded California history.
Garcetti's Senate committee nomination hearing scheduled for Tuesday
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to consider Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination to be ambassador to India at a hearing Tuesday.
O.C. bishop decries "media frenzy" over alleged hazing at Mater Dei High School
In a letter, Bishop Kevin Vann and the schools superintendent called media coverage of recent lawsuits "concerning and saddening."
Echo Park resident sues LAPD, alleging 'brutal assault' by officers near protest
An Echo Park resident alleges in a federal lawsuit that she was brutally assaulted by L.A. officers while observing a protest near her home in March.
The O.C. sheriff fired a deputy for tossing evidence. Now he has to be reinstated
Deputy Randolph Torres was terminated in 2019 after he threw evidence in the trash. An arbitrator determined he should be returned to his job, though he won't get back pay.
L.A. County to pay $2.75 million in deputy beating of mentally ill man
The Board of Supervisors agreed to pay a mentally ill man who was beaten in 2014 by deputies who had found him smoking pot in a Willowbrook park.
Nearly 500 L.A. Unified employees lose their jobs for failing to get COVID-19 vaccine
The L.A. school district reports about 500 employees have been fired for refusing to get a COVID vaccine, fewer than many had feared.
California attorney general to investigate Torrance Police after racist text scandal
California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announces an investigation into the Torrance Police Department after a Times report on racist texts between officers.
10 personal stories from Times staff writers in 2021
Hiking, pandemic parenting, enduring COVID as a long-hauler, remembering a beloved professor and more first-person tales from Times staffers.
Signs of Omicron found in California wastewater, suggesting variant is widespread
The number of cases associated with the new strain rose to double digits this week, including a newly confirmed infection in a Long Beach resident.
'Could the timing be worse?' Omicron hits as college students travel for winter break
The Omicron variant isn't affecting California universities' plans yet, but an increase in protections may be on the horizon.
California considers $500 fines for water wasters as drought worsens, conservation lags
The proposal could usher in a wave of water regulations that hearken back to previous droughts while underscoring the seriousness of the current one.
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Column: Desalination plant company not shy about asking for government handouts
Poseidon Water is seeking $1.1 billion from the state to build a controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach.
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34,000 L.A. Unified students have not complied with vaccine mandate, signaling problems ahead
The 85% vaccination rate for students 12 and older represents progress, but the number of those who have not complied suggests huge headaches when school resumes on Jan. 10.
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Mexican kidnap-for-ransom ring that operated in Southern California is indicted
The defendants are accused of kidnapping nine people and demanding payment from the families. In some cases the victims, who included three U.S. citizens, were killed even when the ransom was paid.
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