California Governor Says Divided Nation Needs Common Ground
11/14/2018 10:15:02 PM

By Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California's outgoing governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, said Wednesday the deeply divided nation needs to find comity and common ground, even as his state's aggressive confrontation of President Donald Trump looks to accelerate under his successor. Brown is preparing to hand off power to Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who ran on his promise to stand up to Trump and promote California's liberal values. “I see the central challenge of America is pulling itself together and minimizing the deepening...

Officials Urge Residents to Help with Cash Donations, Stay Out Of Fire Zone
11/14/2018 10:13:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Southland residents interested in helping fire evacuees were urged Monday to contribute money rather than goods to nonprofit organizations working directly with victims. "During a natural disaster, with constant images of destruction on television and social media, public reaction is to want to help, and we are so grateful for that support," said sheriff's Chief Maria Gutierrez, who is also director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center. "The easiest and most effective way to get support to those who need it most is to donate to...

Lynwood Unified Receives Golden Bell Award for Guided Planning Program
11/14/2018 10:12:41 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified was the recipient of the California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for the District’s Guided Planning program, where teachers from the same grade level meet to collaborate, network and share lesson plans that strengthen the District’s curriculum. The CSBA Golden Bell Award seeks to promote excellence in education and school board practices by recognizing exceptional programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. A 17-member judging panel made up of experts from school districts and county offices of...

L.A. County to Pay $3.9 Million in Alleged Deputy Assaults of Female Inmates
11/14/2018 10:11:48 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to pay out a total of $3.9 million to three women to settle claims that a sheriff's deputy sexually assaulted them while they were in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility. A settlement of $2.25 million was approved for two women who filed suit together against the county, alleging that Deputy Giancarlo Scotti—now charged with multiple felony counts for sexual assault—had separately forced each of them to have oral sex and raped one of...

Pelosi Unveils Plans to Establish New House Diversity Office
11/14/2018 10:10:32 PM

By Lisa Mascaro   WASHINGTON (AP)—Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill as one of the first acts of the new Congress, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Pelosi told colleagues in the letter that Democrats “take great pride” in having a House majority that she says will be more than 60 percent women, minorities and LGBTQ representatives. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength and a reflection of...

California Voters Reject Ballot Measures to Lower Taxes
11/14/2018 10:09:31 PM

By Amy Taxin and Elliot Spagat   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Californians passed up two chances to lower taxes, voting to keep higher gasoline taxes and reject a proposed tax break for older homeowners in moves that experts said could highlight a greater tolerance for taxes even as many state residents bemoan the high cost of living. Voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 6, a Republican-backed proposal to repeal increases in fuel taxes and vehicle fees that are funding $52 billion in road fixes and transit upgrades over a decade. A separate measure, Proposition 5, to expand a...

Congresswoman: DC Wins Statehood if Dems Take House
11/14/2018 10:08:42 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For longtime D.C. Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, serving in the minority in the House of Representatives certainly has had its disadvantages. And, with President Donald Trump in the White House and the GOP having a stronghold in the House and Senate, life hasn’t been a picnic for anyone. “We have strong division between Democrats and Republicans that’s been heating up for some time. But, not in my lifetime has anyone not only divided but tried his best to divide [like Trump has],” said Norton, the legendary Congressman...

Colorado Votes to Abolish Slavery, Finally
11/14/2018 10:07:54 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   While many spent last Tuesday and early Wednesday celebrating midterm election wins, Colorado celebrated freedom. With four of the five precincts reporting, slavery in all forms was abolished in the Centennial State. The Secretary of State’s Office said the amendment to Colorado’s Constitution received 65 percent of the votes already counted. “The margin is such that there is no doubt,” Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, told reporters. Abolish Slavery Colorado, a group that has...

California Gov.-Elect Newsom Announces First Hires
11/14/2018 10:06:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Former Hillary Clinton staffer Ann O'Leary will serve as chief of staff to Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, the incoming governor announced Friday. Newsom also hired former California Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos to be his cabinet secretary. O'Leary and Matosantos are Newsom's first two hires for his incoming administration. Newsom will be sworn in as governor in January. O'Leary will be Newsom's highest ranking staffer and will help lead his transition team. She was a senior policy adviser to Clinton's 2016 presidential...

Stacey Abrams: ‘It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over’
11/14/2018 10:05:49 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   All Tuesday afternoon on election day and throughout the night, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams urged voters to “stay in line” and to “make sure your vote is counted.” By Thursday, two days after Republican Brian Kemp declared victory, Abrams is still calling for every vote to be counted and she’s hoping that the results will at least be enough for a runoff, if absentee ballots don’t push her over the top altogether. “We know our opponent has declared himself victor and we do not accept...