A plea agreement between U.S. prosecutors and former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who had pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in a corruption and civil rights probe, was rejected on Monday by a federal judge who said it “understates the seriousness of the offense.” Baca, who had previously run the largest U.S. jail system, faced a maximum six-month […]

  Update: The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance making it mandatory for all farmers markets to accept EBT cards (the electronic equivalent of food stamps). The vote was 11-0 with four council members absent. Every Sunday morning, the Hollywood Farmers Market pops up at the corner of Hollywood and Ivar. […]

  L.A. is home to one of the largest populations of indigenous people in the United States. That includes those who are native to Southern California and indigenous peoples who have relocated here. Yet many of L.A.’s indigenous peoples find that awareness of their communities can be lacking among the general population. “As a teenager I got really frustrated when […]

With California’s primary about 10 weeks away, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each set their sights west, and paid visits to Southern California this week. Sanders visited San Diego Tuesday. He held a rally at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater Wednesday night. He also appeared on the late-night program “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “The road to the White House goes right through […]

    More than 10 years after LAPD officers shot him in the back leaving him paralyzed, Robert Contreras will receive compensation from the City of L.A. The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday gave final approval to a jury-awarded payout of $5.7 million to Contreras. Including interest and attorneys fees, the total will amount to $6.9 million, the city attorney’s […]

  A man shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Florence-Firestone early Wednesday morning appears to have been unarmed. Authorities have identified the man as 23-year-old Cristian Rene Medina. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. near a payphone at the corner of 64th Street and Holmes Avenue. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Guillermina Saldana said deputies from the Century Station were responding […]

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Alongside programs like “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” Netflix now offers users another type of content: Christian sermons. The online video streaming service added lectures by four popular Christian pastors in early December. “I believe if Jesus were on planet Earth today in the flesh he’d be on Netflix,” said Ed Young, one […]

(RNS) It’s a weekday afternoon, and Jaspreet Singh is usually at work, but power drill in hand, he’s attaching new “security cameras in use” signs to the outside of the Sikh temple in Buena Park, Calif. Singh took the time off from his job as an information technology manager to protect the temple where he serves as a board member after he learned […]

    Goodwill of Orange County’s Huntington Beach location has all the hallmarks of a typical thrift store. There are the shelves of used kitchen appliances and stacks of pictures frames, racks of clothes and, of course, bargain hunters. But this Goodwill location, which is known as an OC Goodwill Boutique, has a notably different ambiance than most thrift stores. […]

(With Piya Sinha-Roy and David Gregorio) Three more women accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault on Wednesday, providing detailed allegations of abuse they said the veteran television star subjected them to decades ago. Colleen Hughes and Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said Cosby, 78, had sexually assaulted them in the early 1970s, while Eden Tirl said he sexually harassed her on […]