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AG Becerra can’t be trusted when naming props

Last week, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a lawsuit against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his abject failure to produce impartial ballot material related to Proposition 15, the “split roll” attack that seeks the partial repeal of Proposition 13.

What Proposition 15 does can be described simply: It raises property taxes on commercial and industrial real estate. And yet, how does Becerra describe it in the ballot title? Like this: “Increases funding sources for public schools, community colleges, and local governments by changing assessment of commercial and industrial property.”

What is missing, of course, are the words “tax increase” or “increases property taxes” or any other word or phrase that fairly characterizes what the measure does...

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Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nick Nurse is one of the leading contenders for NBA coach of the year, respected by his peers for his deep knowledge of a variety of unconventional schemes and a game willingness to use them.

But an hour before he was to take on the No. 1 Western team, Nurse still wasn’t clear on one elementary detail: “Who’s home tonight, anyway? Us?”

It’s the kind of thing that’s only ever unclear in the NBA bubble, where “home” and “away” have little meaning to games played in one of three venues all at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World.

Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse, right, speaks with Fred VanVleet during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla...
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Coronavirus cuts Southern California housing permits to 8-year low

Southern California builders slashed construction plans as coronavirus hammered the economy.

My trusty spreadsheet, filled with federal stats tracking the building permits developers file, found steep drops in planning in Los Angeles and Orange counties and statewide in the second quarter. More modest drops occurred in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the April-to-June period.

“Stay at home” orders designed to slow the spread of the pandemic made home selling and construction tricky. At the same time the broad economic fallout from business limitations made consumers antsy and led many builders to take a cautious approach on new projects.

Builders filed 7,505 permits in the four counties during the quarter, plans for both ownership and rental properties...

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Meet AMP 97.1 FM’s new ‘The Morning Mess’ crew before their first LA radio show

On Monday morning, Southern California’s Entercom-owned AMP 97.1 FM will welcome a brand-new morning show crew as it debuts the Los Angeles edition of “The Morning Mess.”

Hosted by on-air personalities Joey Boy, Aneesh Ratan, Jeana Shepard and Karla Hernandez, “The Morning Mess” will air weekdays from 5-10 a.m. Though the show is actually based at AMP’s sister station, Live 101.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, it will air in both markets and strive to offer Los Angeles- and Southern California-specific content for listeners here.

Host Joey Boy grew up locally in Highland Park and later lived in Burbank where his parents currently reside. He was a DJ on Power 106 in the mid-’90s and worked at stations that broadcast in Ventura and Riverside before getting hired at Live 101.5.

“My p...

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MORNING WRAP: Angels avoid disaster, Dodgers win with the long ball and more …

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five sports stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group.  

ONE: After blowing a lead in the ninth inning, the Angels came back to beat Houston 5-4 in 10 innings, and it was one that would have been hard to stomach if they had lost.

Manager Joe Jaddon said: “To go home tonight, losing a game like that, and with a day game tomorrow, you’ve really got to search for the energy. Hopefully this will energize us a bit going into tomorrow.”

TWO: With slumping Cody Bellinger benched, the Dodgers’ still hit four home runs for an easy 11-2 victory over the Arizon...

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Social Media reacts to PAC-12 players listing their demands in Players Tribune article

With the hashtag #WeAreUnited, a group of players from the Pac-12 football conference listed their demands in a letter published in the The Players’ Tribune explaining they will skip fall camp and games if their demands are not met, which call for safety regulations and concerns over racial justice, the reports says.

There was a lot of discussion on social media over their demands and concerns in the article, and what happens next is anyone’s guess.

The article listed...

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In the wake of George Floyd, a question looms: Who should be an officer?

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a four-part series that will examine policing in California following George Floyd’s killing and subsequent protests and calls for widespread reform. Part 1 explores how potential police officers are recruited and selected.


Few job applications probe so deeply.

Have you ever called in sick when you were well?

Have you ever cheated on your taxes?

Have you ever sexted at work?

The application process for becoming a law enforcement officer – including a background check and psychological evaluation – is one of the most grueling, psyche-scrubbing, examinations you’ll ever find.

At the Los Angeles Police Department, for example, recruiters can boot you if you’ve told jokes using a “derogatory stereotype” or used force to get ...

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How do you strengthen workplace culture when everyone’s #WFH?

How do you retain your company culture when you have a remote workforce?

Retaining who you are and what is important to the company is more challenging when you aren’t in the same physical space on a regular basis.

Yet, many companies with international teams and other remote situations have been successfully enjoying solid culture throughout their organizations for years.

How do they do it?


The best companies know that culture is what makes or breaks them. Culture defines who you are as a company – your corporate identity. It sets the standard and tone for the way your workforce works together. It’s what gives people a shared identity – a team, a sense of belonging. And it’s the glue that holds people together when the going gets tough.

But when people aren’t i...

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Lakers coaches start live scouting, keep an eye ahead for playoff opponent

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Hours before the rest of the Lakers arrived at The Arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Miles Simon sat in a chair, taking notes.

He was watching the Oklahoma City Thunder blow out the Utah Jazz, the upcoming opponent of the Lakers on Monday, scouting for schemes and play calls in the fan-less environment in the NBA bubble. And it’s one way the Lakers’ preparation has changed with all games an easy 10-minute ride away: Bench coaches can now see their foes live.

It’s an extra task for the Lakers, who are without advance scout Greg St. Jean in the bubble. The scouting team on the outside is working on playoff opponents, Frank Vogel said, but having some live coaches present can help pick up what’s changed since the hiatus.

“We do some scouting ...

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Man slain in Moreno Valley

MORENO VALLEY — A man was killed Saturday in Moreno Valley, and sheriff’s investigators were investigating.

Deputies received an assault with a deadly weapon call at 3:07 a.m. in the 24000 block of Elder Avenue, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

First responders arrived at the scene and found Oscar Ivan Marquez, 32, of Moreno Valley suffering from a serious injury, said Sgt. Rick Espinoza.

Marquez was taken to a hospital, where he died. It was unclear what type of injuries were suffered.

The was no word on the motive for the attack, and no arrests were immediately reported.

The Sheriff’s Department urged anyone with information about the killing to contact Central Homicide Investigator Button at 760-393-3531 or 951- 955-2777.


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