L.A. County seeks to strengthen the safety net for its neediest residents with funding for the homeless, social workers and healthcare

Los Angeles County pressed forward with an effort to strengthen the safety net for its most vulnerable residents Monday with a budget plan that carves out significant allotments for social services, healthcare and other support for the poor.

The proposed budget is a slight increase from last year,…

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Candidate’s endorsement ‘contract’ with a former rival draws complaints in L.A. City Council race

Los Angeles City Council candidates in tight races frequently seek endorsements from former rivals to broaden their base of support.

But an endorsement agreement in the Council District 1 race in northeast Los Angeles is drawing complaints.

Candidate and bike activist Joe Bray-Ali signed an endorsement…

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Comedian Katt Williams ordered to complete anger management classes in Beverly Hills robbery case

Comedian Micah “Katt” Williams will have to undergo a year of anger management classes after pleading no contest Monday to a robbery charge stemming from a 2014 incident during which prosecutors say he and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight snatched a camera from a photographer.

Under the terms of…

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UC Berkeley student dies after falling from fourth-floor balcony near campus

A UC Berkeley student died Sunday after she fell from a fourth-floor balcony at an apartment building near campus, police said.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Kimberly Tze, a 21-year-old Elk Grove resident.

The fall was reported just after midnight in the 2700 block…

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Apparent mountain lion enters bedroom and snatches barking dog

A San Mateo County homeowner woke up early Monday to find that what’s believed to have been a mountain lion had entered her bedroom, snatched her pet dog and walked out, authorities said.

The woman and her child were sleeping in her bedroom at about 3 a.m., when her 15-pound Portuguese Podengo,…

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Police find almost 400 marijuana plants in a Garden Grove fire

Police found almost 400 marijuana plants in an electrical fire at a Garden Grove commercial building Sunday night, authorities said. No one was injured.

Firefighters saw the plants when they put out the blaze at 13062 Century Blvd. around 11 p.m., said police Lt. Carl Whitney. Police then obtained…

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Cal State Stanislaus to investigate white supremacist student who punched woman in Berkeley melee

Cal State Stanislaus officials launched an “immediate investigation” this weekend after one of their students, white supremacist Nathan Damigo, was captured on video punching a woman in the face during a melee in Berkeley.

“The university has zero tolerance for the use of violence and we will take…

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5,000-gallon sewage spill shuts down part of Laguna Beach

A portion of ocean water in Laguna Beach is closed to swimming, surfing and diving after about 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the water Friday.

A buildup of grease blocked a sewage line in the 1100 block of Gaviota Drive, sending raw sewage up through a manhole and into a nearby storm drain,…

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2 injured in shooting and crash in Lincoln Heights

Authorities are investigating a crash and a shooting that left two people seriously injured Monday in the Lincoln Heights area.

The incident was reported at 6:45 a.m. at Medford and Ricardo streets, according to Officer Rosario Herrera, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Gas leak prompts evacuation of business building at USC

A gas leak at a construction site on the USC campus triggered the evacuation of a business building Monday morning, officials said.

The gas leak was reported just after 7:20 a.m. near the building in the 3700 block of South Vermont Avenue, said Amy Bastman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire…

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