Author: 2UG Staff

By The Times Editorial Board Year after year the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s governing board has chosen to delay and waste time in fruitless talks rather than impose regulations to curb diesel emissions from cargo-moving trucks, ships, trains and equipment at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports. Together, the publicly owned ports are the largest single source of smog-forming pollution in the nation’s smoggiest region. Last week, board members did it again. They held a retreat with one day devoted to port pollution at a Rancho Mirage resort — more than 100 miles from the harbor communities most harmed by…

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The Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) announced the upcoming launch of BECA Gems during the organization’s third-consecutive appearance at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, June 17-21. Proudly presented by P&G, BECA Gems kicks off as a four-part LinkedIn Live learning series that will bring critical insights from BECA members – some of the world’s most renowned C-Suite marketing executives – to an even larger audience, available and free to all beginning June 28, 2024. “Access really is everything. In fact, BECA Gems was sparked at the inception of our launch three years ago when we set out to thrive in our mission of sharing, learning,…

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By David Wharton | LA Times The 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles are getting an extreme makeover, with organizers proposing changes that would shift basketball into the brand-new Intuit Dome, put a temporary swimming pool in the middle of SoFi Stadium and move softball games 1,300 miles east to Oklahoma City. Revisions to the original master plan would incorporate Southern California’s newest sports venues, make thousands of additional tickets available to fans and generate an estimated $156 million in savings and revenue, the private LA28 committee said. https://twitter.com/kdemoff/status/1804208787764445334?s=46 Friday’s announcement marks the first of several expected updates to a concept devised years ago, before the construction of SoFi and…

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*this is not a sponsored article* Nathan Hochman, candidate for District Attorney of Los Angeles County, has released a statement about George Gascon’s mishandling of murderer Denmonne Lee, who committed a new murder after Gascon refused to prosecute him in criminal court for a 2018 killing. The case was highlighted today in an explosive new L.A. Times story. Gascon failed to protect the public from Lee even despite evidence that he had sent a death threat while in custody to an ex-girlfriend who had allegedly reported him to law enforcement. “George Gascon’s inexcusable refusal to prosecute Denmonne Lee in criminal court…

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By Richard Winton and James Queally Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón’s reform-minded outlook on juvenile justice seemed made for someone like Denmonne Lee. When he was 16, Lee took part in an Antelope Valley gas station robbery that ended in the death of former Marine John Ruh. Lee, who was acquainted with the victim, had planned the 2018 robbery and provided a weapon to his co-defendant, according to court records. Although Lee wasn’t the shooter, he was charged with murder. But when Gascón took office two years later, as Lee’s case was making its way through the court system, he barred…

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Long Beach native Snoop Dogg is bringing his Dr. Bombay ice cream to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Long Beach, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Oregon. Snoop Dogg’s Long Beach roots are well known – as is his love for the Boys & Girls Club at King Park in Long Beach, where he spent a lot of time as a pre-teen. “The Boys & Girls Club in Long Beach at King Park is where I spent my summers playing sports and cutting up with my friends on the court,” said Snoop Dogg. “Ever since I was a kid, ice cream was a way to chill, relax, and connect as a family. I’m…

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We all remember driving past the Golden Arches as a kid and asking our parents to stop for some Chicken McNuggets® and fries…and that feeling of excitement as you rolled through the Drive-Thru, or the disappointment after hearing “We have food at home” or “You got McDonald’s money?” This summer, we have good news for fans across the country – McDonald’s is here to help your dollar go further with more deals and even more ways to save. From the $5 Meal Deal to ‘Free Fries Friday’ to local app exclusives, with deals this good, everyone’s got McDonald’s money to make the most of the season. …

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SACRAMENTO, CA—The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act (TPA) campaign issued the following statement from Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Matthew Hargrove, president and CEO of the California Business Properties Association: “Today’s ruling is the greatest threat to democracy California has faced in recent memory. Governor Newsom has effectively erased the voice of 1.43 million voters who signed the petition to qualify the Taxpayer Protection Act for the November ballot. Most importantly, the governor has cynically terminated Californians’ rights to engage in direct democracy despite his many claims…

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By Nicole Nixon | Sacramento Bee For the first time in decades, the California Supreme Court has taken a citizen initiative off the ballot before voters could weigh in. Justices on the state’s highest court unanimously ruled the measure known as the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act” amounts to an illegal constitutional revision. Only the Legislature has authority to put a proposed revision on the ballot. The measure aimed to restrict tax increases across California by requiring voters to approve any new statewide tax and raising thresholds for approval of local taxes. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a coalition of…

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By Rachel Swan, Maggie Angst, Jessica Flores | SF Chronicle Federal agents raided the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao early Thursday morning. “The FBI is conducting court authorized law enforcement activity on Maiden Lane” in Oakland, agency spokesperson Cameron Polan said in a statement, adding that the FBI was unable to provide additional information. An FBI agent stepped outside Thai’s home on Maiden Lane Thursday morning with light blue surgical gloves. He asked members of the media to stay away from three black and grey SUVs belonging to the FBI agents parked on the street outside her home. The agent would not…

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By Faith E. Pinho | LA Times In California, where a ballot often contains pages of candidates and initiatives, most voters rely on the state-provided guide for election information, a new poll has found. But with so much at stake, Californians also seek out information from a variety of other channels — including social media, despite many saying it is an unreliable source. UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found that 58% of voters turn to the official voter guides, 40% to newspapers or magazines, 39% to search engines such as Google and 32% to social media sources for their election…

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By Nathan Solis | LA Times A 29-year-old man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge escaped from a Rancho Cucamonga jail on Sunday. Deshaun Stamps walked away from the West Valley Detention Center while outside for a scheduled recreation period, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced in a news release. Jail guards learned that Stamps escaped from the jail at 12:19 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department did not release any additional information about the circumstances surrounding the escape. Read more at: LA Times

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By Ashley Ahn | LA Times Occidental College’s Board of Trustees voted this week not to divest from companies with ties to Israel, saying the move would further divide the campus and limit freedom of expression. In a letter to students, faculty and staff on Monday, Occidental Board of Trustees Chair Lisa H. Link acknowledged the devastating effects of the Israel-Hamas war but said that taking a position on a complex geopolitical situation could alienate certain members of the community and undermine its diversity. “The diversity of community members’ opinions was a compelling reason to refrain from acting on the…

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By Nathan Solis | LA Times Six activists accused of attacking people they say harassed street vendors in Southern California have reached a plea deal with prosecutors. The defendants — part of a group of eight led by co-defendant Edin Alex Enamorado — were accused of felony assault, conspiracy to commit a crime, unlawful use of tear gas, and false imprisonment, among other charges, according to San Bernardino County prosecutors. They pleaded guilty or no contest June 7 to assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and were given credit for time served in custody, court…

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Congresswoman Waters Urges CA Governor Newsom to Support Legislation to Provide $25 Million Per Year to the Critical Safety-net Hospital in the Underserved Community of South Los Angeles   Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, urged immediate action to support Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH), a critical safety-net hospital in the underserved community of South Los Angeles, in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, who had vetoed a bill in 2022 that would have provided the hospital approximately $25-$30 million in additional funds annually. “I call on you as the Governor of the…

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