• Environmental Review for Yang Ming Terminal Improvements Begins

    SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles announced, Aug. 27, that it is initiating the environmental review process on a proposed berth-improvement project by Yang Ming, a Taiwanese marine transport company. The start of the environmental process, which is expected to formally begin this fall with a Notice of Preparation, is the first step in Yan

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  • Chief of Mayor’s Office Of Immigrant Affairs Appointed

    LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti  announced the appointment of Linda Lopez, Aug. 27, as chief of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.   Lopez will oversee coordination of c

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  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds SB 1172

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Aug. 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld California Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits efforts designed to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender expression. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law this past year. Efforts to change sexual orientation or gender expression

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  • CA Senate Send Job Training Plan to Brown

    SACRAMENTO – On Aug. 30, the California Senate approved and sent to a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that seeks to help provide the necessary resources to train and better prepare workers. The measure would direct the California Workforce Investment Board to target job-training resources. Existing law requires that the board, in collaboration wit

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  • POLA Shows Emission Reduction

    SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles’ Inventory of Air Emissions, released Aug. 22, shows the port is at its lowest level in harmful emissions since it implemented a plan to reduce them about seven years ago. The Inventory of Air Emissions is a report of test results based on harmful emissions through port operations. Reporting is done annual

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  • Committee Approves Medi-Cal Program Audit

    SACRAMENTO —The Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved of a request of an audit of California’s Drug Medi-Cal program due to media reports of widespread fraud. The media investigations were done by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting. The audit will take place over the next several months. Fraud was widesprea

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  • Bill Mandates Full Restitution to Taxpayers for False 911 Calls

    SACRAMENTO -- On Aug. 19, the California Assembly approved a bill giving taxpayers responsibility of restitution for those convicted of filing false 911 reports. The bill which is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Police Department comes after numerous false reports of threats and invaders in California homes. The bill would transfer the onus

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  • NSA Puts Pressure on Secure Communication Websites

    DALLAS — Lavabit, an email encryption website believed to be used  by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down and posted a message on the web page explaining the reasoning behind it:

    Founded in 2004 by Ladar Levison, the site provided secure communication between its users

    “I have been force

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  • Brown Signs Parking Citations Bill

    SACRAMENTO — On Aug. 14, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law, Assembly Bill 443. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and sponsored by the City of Long Beach, aims to help to level the playing field for collecting parking citations. It allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to deny a vehicle transfer between fam

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  • Lieu Asks Congress to Reconsider Vote to Halt NSA Surveillance

    SACRAMENTO — On Aug. 12, Sen. Ted Lieu introduced a legislative resolution urging Congress to reconsider its recent vote to halt the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive data and phone records collection of Americans.

    The resolution is in response to proposal in the House of Representatives to stop the NSA surveillance of Ameri

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