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After El Sereno Eviction Incident, LA Councilman Has Plan to Lease Vacant Caltrans Homes

After El Sereno Eviction Incident, LA Councilman Has Plan to Lease Vacant Caltrans Homes

After CHP forcibly removed homeless individuals from occupying vacant homes in El Sereno, City Councilman Kevin de León tells us his plan to lease them affordably.

A 10-Year Plan For Early Childhood In California With Uncertain Next Steps 

A 10-Year Plan For Early Childhood In California With Uncertain Next Steps 

It'll cost the state an additional $2 billion to $12 billion to overhaul California's early childhood system and there aren't many details on where that money will come from.

'I Am Latino, I Am Also White': Why A Latino Of Mixed Ancestry Struggles Each Time He Fills Out A Form

'I Am Latino, I Am Also White': Why A Latino Of Mixed Ancestry Struggles Each Time He Fills Out A Form

When you grow up identifying as "half white and half Mexican," the task of choosing what box to check on a government form isn't easy.

Four Lessons From The Southern California House Seats Republicans Reclaimed In 2020

Four Lessons From The Southern California House Seats Republicans Reclaimed In 2020

Fundraising, turnout, independent voters and candidate recruitment all played a role in these highly contested California congressional races.

Garcetti Says 'Cancel Everything'. LA's New Stay-At-Home Order Doesn't Really Cancel Anything

Garcetti Says 'Cancel Everything'. LA's New Stay-At-Home Order Doesn't Really Cancel Anything

Angelenos must stay home -- unless they need to golf, go Christmas shopping, get their nails done or shoot a music video.

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Why Does Talking About Race In America Focus So Much On Skin Color, Usually Blacks And Whites?

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Why Does Talking About Race In America Focus So Much On Skin Color, Usually Blacks And Whites?

We solicited your awkward, silly and tough-to-ask questions about race as part of Racism 101. Now we're sharing the answers from our project panelists. This time, we're answering, "Why do Americans focus on calling people by a color, 'I'm Black,' or 'I'm white,' like Crayolas?"

The U.S. Citizenship Test Just Got Harder. Would You Pass?

The U.S. Citizenship Test Just Got Harder. Would You Pass?

The new U.S. citizenship test that took effect Tuesday includes 28 more potential questions for applicants -- questions that are both more subjective and more difficult than before.

LA's Fire Conditions Are 'Particularly Dangerous' Right Now. How Firefighters Are Getting Ready

LA's Fire Conditions Are 'Particularly Dangerous' Right Now. How Firefighters Are Getting Ready

With big, unstoppable wind driven wildfires still a possibility, L.A.'s firefighters need any edge they can get.

The Pandemic Pivot: How Small Businesses Are Staying Afloat

The Pandemic Pivot: How Small Businesses Are Staying Afloat

L.A.'s small businesses are coming up with creative ways to navigate the coronavirus economy; some are even flourishing.

Racism 101: At What Point Does Cultural Appreciation Cross Over Into Appropriation?

Racism 101: At What Point Does Cultural Appreciation Cross Over Into Appropriation?

"If we were to draw clear boundaries around what does or doesn't constitute harmful cultural appropriation in all cases, a lot of people would be satisfied," writes Brianna Lee, part of the LAist newsroom and a Racism 101 answer panelist. But as Lee explains, she isn't interested in making the masses comfortable. She'd rather make them think, talk and learn.

Top Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Nov. 30 - Dec. 3

Top Online And IRL Events Happening This Week: Nov. 30 - Dec. 3

Enjoy drag queen hijinks. Listen to the cast of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Honor World AIDS Day. Cozy up to a holiday-themed concert.

How Snail Mail Connected This San Gabriel Valley School District To Its Youngest Students 

How Snail Mail Connected This San Gabriel Valley School District To Its Youngest Students 

What does it take to ship 912 miniature elephants in the mail? Determined teachers and a little creativity. 

A Plea To Follow The Safer-At-Home Order: 'Dead People Don't Get A Second Chance'

A Plea To Follow The Safer-At-Home Order: 'Dead People Don't Get A Second Chance'

Amidst the largest surge of coronavirus cases so far, and rapidly rising hospitalization numbers, L.A. County's top public health official pleads with the public to follow the new safer-at-home order that takes effect Monday.

Occupations, Forced Removals, Arrests in El Sereno: The Fight Over 'Reclaiming' Vacant Homes

Occupations, Forced Removals, Arrests in El Sereno: The Fight Over 'Reclaiming' Vacant Homes

Over the past few days, California Highway Patrol officers removed activists occupying empty Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno. The actions were part of a larger effort to "reclaim" vacant properties for the region's homeless population.

LA Has A New 'Safer At Home' Order And It Starts Today

LA Has A New 'Safer At Home' Order And It Starts Today

The temporary order lasts three weeks. It bans all public and private gatherings with people not in your household, except for church services and protests.

Don't Get Scammed By Santa This Holiday Season

Don't Get Scammed By Santa This Holiday Season

The season of goodwill and cheer also offers prime pickings for con artists.

LAX Thanksgiving Travel: How'd We Do?

LAX Thanksgiving Travel: How'd We Do?

People were urged not to travel over the Thanksgiving weekend -- some listened.

Red Flag Warnings? How To Prepare

Red Flag Warnings? How To Prepare

If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires you should have your go bag ready as soon as strong, dry winds show up.

CHP Removes Activists From Empty El Sereno Homes Owned By Caltrans

CHP Removes Activists From Empty El Sereno Homes Owned By Caltrans

Officers and "reclaimers" who had occupied several houses in the neighborhood ended up in a tense, late-night standoff.

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Celebrating Multiculturalism Vs. Being A 'Culture Vulture'

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Celebrating Multiculturalism Vs. Being A 'Culture Vulture'

We solicited your awkward, silly and tough-to-ask questions about race as part of Racism 101. Now we're sharing the answers from our project panelists. This time, we're answering, "How do you feel about dressing up for Halloween as a character that is a different ethnicity from yours, as long as you don't change your skin color or hair?" and "At what point does appreciation for another culture cross over into appropriation?"

LAist's Guide To The Most Fashionable Face Masks in LA

LAist's Guide To The Most Fashionable Face Masks in LA

Buy local. Stay safe. It's a win-win for all.

With UC Application Deadlines Looming, Students Face A Holiday Weekend Writing College Admission Essays

With UC Application Deadlines Looming, Students Face A Holiday Weekend Writing College Admission Essays

Essays are just one of many factors considered on a college application. But learning to write them can be a skill for life.

'It Was His Passion' -- The Rustic Cabin Destroyed By The Bobcat Fire

'It Was His Passion' -- The Rustic Cabin Destroyed By The Bobcat Fire

The Bobcat Fire burned 17 of the 81 primitive recreational cabins in Big Santa Anita Canyon, destroying homes that contained generations of family memories. Some families will face a challenge to rebuild.

Where Unhoused People Saw Freedom, Their Venice Neighbors Saw A 'War Zone'

Where Unhoused People Saw Freedom, Their Venice Neighbors Saw A 'War Zone'

After months of pressure from homeowners, the city decided to offer motel vouchers to about 100 unhoused angelenos camped in tents along Penmar Golf Course. But it's unclear if this will be a long-term solution for anyone.

LA County Wants To Move From Locking Up Juveniles To A 'Care-First' Approach

LA County Wants To Move From Locking Up Juveniles To A 'Care-First' Approach

Instead of holding young offenders in the county's two juvenile halls and six probation camps, the board agreed to explore how it could place them in "more of a home-like setting."

Biden Picks A Cuban-American LA Attorney To Reverse Trump's Hard-Line Immigration Policies

Biden Picks A Cuban-American LA Attorney To Reverse Trump's Hard-Line Immigration Policies

The President-elect says he will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas for DHS Secretary.

How Will A Biden Administration Tackle Immigration After Four Years Of Trump?

How Will A Biden Administration Tackle Immigration After Four Years Of Trump?

Will President-elect Joe Biden go beyond rolling back the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies, and commit to pushing immigration reform legislation?

LA Coroner Uses Rare Inquest to Probe Deputy's Killing of Andres Guardado

LA Coroner Uses Rare Inquest to Probe Deputy's Killing of Andres Guardado

A sheriff's deputy shot the 18-year-old five times in the back in June. The inquest, the first in nearly 40 years, won't affect any potential criminal or civil cases.

International Student Enrollment Drop Is A Big Financial Drain On Colleges And Universities

International Student Enrollment Drop Is A Big Financial Drain On Colleges And Universities

Southern California colleges and universities have come to rely on financially on international students.

Internet Notoriety Strikes Venice Boutique's Mural of Top Women Democrats

Internet Notoriety Strikes Venice Boutique's Mural of Top Women Democrats

A viral tweet sent visitors to a Venice boutique searching for a quirky mural featuring Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others.

'White' Without The Privilege: An Arab American's Quest To Be Counted 

'White' Without The Privilege: An Arab American's Quest To Be Counted 

Soon after arriving in the U.S. from Saudi Arabia, he learned he was expected to check "white" for racial identity in the census. But amid the anti-Arab hate that followed the 9/11 attacks, he quickly realized that his "white" label came without the privilege. 

Eight Months Later, COVID-19 'Brain Fog' Continues For One LA Artist

Eight Months Later, COVID-19 'Brain Fog' Continues For One LA Artist

Some people who caught the coronavirus early in the pandemic are still struggling with medical issues several months later.

Can A Biden Administration Influence The 2020 Census? It Depends

Can A Biden Administration Influence The 2020 Census? It Depends

If the U.S. Census Bureau takes extra time to process census responses, results could come out after the incoming president's inauguration.

Los Angeles Assembly Members Defend Maui Trip During COVID Pandemic

Los Angeles Assembly Members Defend Maui Trip During COVID Pandemic

Legislator Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), a member of the Assembly Health Committee, explains and defends her travel, as does Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park).

Racism 101 Asked And Answered:

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: "What's The Deal With The Word 'Cholo'?"

We solicited your awkward, silly and tough-to-ask questions about race as part of Racism 101. Now we're sharing the answers from our project panelists. This time, we're answering, "What's the deal with the term 'cholo?' How did it evolve, and who is allowed to say it?"

Three-Quarters Of A Million Californians Are At Risk Of Losing Unemployment Benefits Next Month

Three-Quarters Of A Million Californians Are At Risk Of Losing Unemployment Benefits Next Month

New research predicts that nearly 750,000 Californians could fall off the "unemployment cliff" at the end of December.

As Decision Nears, Palmdale Competes With Dozens Of Communities To Host Space Command Headquarters

As Decision Nears, Palmdale Competes With Dozens Of Communities To Host Space Command Headquarters

Some call the Antelope Valley "Aerospace Valley," and Palmdale boasts a rich history with air and spacecraft.

Where To Get Help With Utility Bills Now (And Maybe $500 From LADWP)

Where To Get Help With Utility Bills Now (And Maybe $500 From LADWP)

LADWP is offering $500 to low-income households to help with utility and other bills, while other non-city utilities are ramping up debt forgiveness programs.

California Is Reshaping Its Child Care And Early Education Programs -- Here's How You Can Weigh In 

California Is Reshaping Its Child Care And Early Education Programs -- Here's How You Can Weigh In 

California leaders will unveil a much-anticipated Master Plan For Early Learning and Care in December. There's still a chance for you to weigh in. 

 'They Watch Us Closely': Black Students Describe Patterns Of Racial Profiling By USC Police

'They Watch Us Closely': Black Students Describe Patterns Of Racial Profiling By USC Police

USC's Beacon Project spoke to 19 current and former students about their interactions in recent years with the university's Department of Public Safety. The students and alumni argue these interactions highlight a pattern of racial profiling by the department.

Patient Shot By Sheriff's Deputy Inside Harbor-UCLA Has Died, Family Says 

Patient Shot By Sheriff's Deputy Inside Harbor-UCLA Has Died, Family Says 

Family of Nicholas Burgos say he died Nov. 1 after being shot multiple times by a Sheriff's Deputy while he was experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

Homeless Families Who Occupied Vacant El Sereno Homes Will Now Move Into Them Legally

Homeless Families Who Occupied Vacant El Sereno Homes Will Now Move Into Them Legally

The properties will be used as transitional housing by the city for up to three years. Activists say they're seeking a more permanent solution.

Some LAPD Officers Take Aim at Chief Moore Over Black Lives Matter Protests

Some LAPD Officers Take Aim at Chief Moore Over Black Lives Matter Protests

According to a survey conducted by the union representing LAPD officers, many officers were unhappy with Chief Michel Moore's leadership during the local protests for racial justice earlier this year.

Black And Latino Leaders Push Newsom To Pick A Woman Of Color To Succeed Kamala Harris In Senate

Black And Latino Leaders Push Newsom To Pick A Woman Of Color To Succeed Kamala Harris In Senate

Democratic groups are lobbying to maintain or expand their representation in a Senate dominated by white men.

In LA, Biden Election Victory Encourages DACA Recipients Who've Felt Under Siege

In LA, Biden Election Victory Encourages DACA Recipients Who've Felt Under Siege

The election of President-elect Joe Biden felt like a "consolation prize" to some in the DACA community, but young immigrants in the program are hopeful that his administration will offer a brighter alternative to the last four years.

Congressman Adam Schiff Says Democrats Still 'Have A Lot Of Work To Do' Post-Election

Congressman Adam Schiff Says Democrats Still 'Have A Lot Of Work To Do' Post-Election

The Congressman weighs in Democratic losses in Orange County and the difficult road ahead for President Elect Joe Biden.

From 'Go Back To Your Country' To A Vice President-Elect Who Shares My Grandmother's Name

From 'Go Back To Your Country' To A Vice President-Elect Who Shares My Grandmother's Name

An American of Indian descent reflects on hate and hope: the hate that generations of her family have experienced -- and, as the mother of three girls, the hope that she has for their future.

Sheriff Calls Coroner's Inquest About Andres Guardado A 'Circus Stunt'

Sheriff Calls Coroner's Inquest About Andres Guardado A 'Circus Stunt'

The sheriff also dismissed the County Board of Supervisors' decision earlier this week to explore the legal options for removing or impeaching him, calling it "a power grab."

What Do We Do With LA's Junipero Serra Statues?

What Do We Do With LA's Junipero Serra Statues?

As statues of the Franciscan friar come down, Southern California grapples with reframing the European-centric "California story."

Angelenos On President-Elect Biden's Transition Team

Angelenos On President-Elect Biden's Transition Team

Here is a select list of Angelenos who have been invited to serve in the incoming Biden administration.

California Voters Rejected Prop 15. What Now For Property Tax Reform?

California Voters Rejected Prop 15. What Now For Property Tax Reform?

Prop 13 has been called the "third rail" of California politics. Reformers came close to chipping away at it this election, but voters narrowly upheld it.

The Government Received More Incomplete Census Forms This Year Than A Decade Ago

The Government Received More Incomplete Census Forms This Year Than A Decade Ago

Research suggests that some respondents approached the 2020 Census with fear and distrust --worried that their information could be used against them.

How Nithya Raman And Other Progressive Campaigns Beat The LA Establishment -- And What's Next

How Nithya Raman And Other Progressive Campaigns Beat The LA Establishment -- And What's Next

Progressive political power is growing in traditionally center-left L.A.

A 95-Year-Old Veteran Remembers Fighting WWII In The Pacific -- And Racism At Home

A 95-Year-Old Veteran Remembers Fighting WWII In The Pacific -- And Racism At Home

President Roosevelt opened all branches of the military to Black troops in 1941, but for African-American service members like Luther Hendricks, racism still was prevalent.

Gascón Vows To Review More Police Shootings In Emotional Meeting With Relatives

Gascón Vows To Review More Police Shootings In Emotional Meeting With Relatives

The DA-elect's first official public meeting was organized by Black Lives Matter-LA.

What A Vice President Kamala Harris Means For California

What A Vice President Kamala Harris Means For California

The Golden State will gain a strong ally in the White House and new national influence with a Californian as Joe Biden's second-in-command.

For Immigrant Kids, Alex Trebek Was Like A Welcoming 'Uncle' 

For Immigrant Kids, Alex Trebek Was Like A Welcoming 'Uncle' 

Tributes poured in Sunday from immigrants who learned English from watching the warm and wry host.

Some Federal Scientists, Miserable Under Trump, Cautiously Optimistic About A Biden Future 

Some Federal Scientists, Miserable Under Trump, Cautiously Optimistic About A Biden Future 

Federal scientists who say the Trump administration's anti-science stance made it hard for them to to do their job are cautiously optimistic about what a Biden presidency might bring.

Biden Wins Presidency, According To AP, Edging Trump In Turbulent Race

Biden Wins Presidency, According To AP, Edging Trump In Turbulent Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night. The Associated Press called the race for Biden on Saturday when it said that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College.

Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many 

Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many 

Three reasons: many early education programs are located on shuttered school campuses, staff themselves are struggling to find child care and public health guidelines limit class sizes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

George Gascón Ousts LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey

George Gascón Ousts LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Incumbent District Attorney Jackie Lacey has conceded. Gascon promises a more compassionate D.A.'s office under his leadership.

Gascón Ouster Of Lacey In DA Race A Huge Win For Criminal Justice Reformers

Gascón Ouster Of Lacey In DA Race A Huge Win For Criminal Justice Reformers

The former career cop says the justice system is deeply flawed and plagued by deep racial disparities.

My Mom Was A Black Entrepreneur. I Never Thought About It, Until Now

My Mom Was A Black Entrepreneur. I Never Thought About It, Until Now

Facing wage discrimination at the clothing store where she worked as a tailor, his mother decided to quit and strike out on her own. Working out of her basement, she built a clothing business that lasted more than three decades.   

Corporations Don't Like A Law? Just Pay Millions For A Ballot Measure

Corporations Don't Like A Law? Just Pay Millions For A Ballot Measure

Asking voters to repeal or overhaul a law passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature is becoming a common strategy for corporations financially threatened by progressive policies coming out of Sacramento.

Measure J Appears To Pass As Part Of LA County's Criminal Justice Reform Wave

Measure J Appears To Pass As Part Of LA County's Criminal Justice Reform Wave

As of Wednesday night, approval of Measure J outnumbered opposition by more than 400,000 votes. A little more than half-a-million vote-by-mail ballots remain to be counted, but it's highly unlikely to change the outcome.

Activists Hit The Streets Of Downtown LA To Celebrate Jackie Lacey's Potential Defeat, And Protest Trump's Claims Of Victory

Activists Hit The Streets Of Downtown LA To Celebrate Jackie Lacey's Potential Defeat, And Protest Trump's Claims Of Victory

"We've been here for more than three years chanting 'Jackie Lacey must go!' Today we're celebrating that Jackie Lacey will go in very short order."

Latino Voters Of Diverse Backgrounds Were Influential For Both Presidential Candidates

Latino Voters Of Diverse Backgrounds Were Influential For Both Presidential Candidates

Latino voters helped Trump hold Florida and helped Biden flip Arizona, proof that this diverse and growing group of voters has increasing influence nationwide. Their growth is fueled by young people in states like California, Arizona and Texas.

Paola Ramos Wants You To Pay Attention To The Latino Vote

Paola Ramos Wants You To Pay Attention To The Latino Vote

Repeat after us: The Latino voting block is not a monolith.

Voting Ends, Counting Begins: What We Know So Far About State And Local Election Results

Voting Ends, Counting Begins: What We Know So Far About State And Local Election Results

Some races will be called, but the final outcome of many, including the presidential contest, may not be clear tonight.

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