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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation's 2nd and 6th largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Francisco Bay Area, respectively), and eight of the nation's fifty most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.

California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.

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In the past, we've seen some of the biggest stars from California have incredible success at FloNationals. Eleven different wrestlers from California have stood atop the FloNats podium, with Morgan McIntosh claiming back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 at 189. Undefeated four-time Division II ...
Andrew Joos-Visconti protects his home from the upcoming rains with sand bags in the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Authorities ordered tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as a powerful storm headed toward California, where many communities on Tuesday ...
In vastly oversimplified terms, California has two great mountain ranges that run north-south. Smaller Pacific storms drop their payloads on coastal cities when rain clouds run into the lower, western ranges. The bigger, colder storms make it east to the Sierras before releasing their water as snow. sea
Rain is pummeling the West Coast from Oregon to Southern California as the strongest storm of the season moves in over the next 24 hours. For hard-hit Montecito, ... Waves of rain are expected over the next two days in California, with the heaviest hitting the southern part of the state. On the ... California towns

(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) Facebook has had a particularly bad few days, even for a Silicon Valley giant that has been under fire for months. The social network, which was once Silicon Valley's pride and joy, is now facing a new scandal over data privacy -- and the ...
It seemed like the sort of thing any drought-wary Californian could support. The state's water cops were poised last month to pass a set of rules prohibiting what most everyone agrees are wasteful water uses –like letting water from a hose without a nozzle flow into a storm drain. But no change in California ...
The University of California's governing board approved a tuition increase Thursday for out-of-state undergraduate students of 3.5 percent, or $978 a year, starting in the 2018-19 school year. The increase will bring tuition and fees for out-of-state undergraduates to nearly $42,000 next year, more than triple ...
Amanda Renteria, whose surprise entrance into California's governor's race last month surprised political observers, went on the attack Thursday against gubernatorial front-runner Gavin Newsom, calling on him to step down as lieutenant governor because of a decade-old sex scandal. Newsom, who ...
With 35 prisons, 58 county jails and roughly 700,000 Californians in prison, jail, or under criminal justice supervision, there has been a push to provide inmates access to education. According to a report released Thursday by Corrections to College California, the state is leading the way in educating ...
The California chapter described the bill as “heavy-handed,” saying it could cause a backlash against public transit and lead to the displacement of low-income residents from existing housing. State Senator Scott Wiener, the bill's sponsor, responded by accusing the group of “advocating for low-density ...
While the California Legislature and leading candidates for governor have carefully avoided any substantive discussion on pensions, cities are struggling. Rising retiree costs have forced many cities and school districts to divert more of today's budgets to cover the gap: In Los Angeles, retirement costs ...
California's job growth appeared to slow a year ago but things have picked up since then and economists insist there's no recession on the horizon. Yet economists say the Trump administration's trade and immigration policies could at some point trip up California's economy. A recent report from the state ...
WHAT A Victorian brick home with six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. HOW MUCH $1.995 million. SIZE 7,401 square feet. PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $270. SETTING The house is in a historic district in a suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, about a 20-minute walk from the main business ...

State officials say following the California Way means finding the best way to help California's uniquely diverse group of students. That's why they focused on aligning the plan for satisfying ESSA with a state law, the Local Control Funding Formula. But while the funding formula requires the state to identify ...
Five California counties have adopted a voting act that will allow them to switch up how they handle elections. Within those counties, voters will have more choices in how they cast their ballots -- the can mail them in, vote early or vote at any polling station in the county. And now California's Secretary of ...
Seismologist Lucy Jones, formerly a science advisor for risk reduction with the U.S. Geological Survey, has been a big advocate of increasing California's minimum building standards. Construction costs would only rise 1% to 2%, Jones said, citing an estimate from Keith Porter, a University of Colorado ...
In this photo taken March 11, 2018 and released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are some of the over 140 carcasses they collected of mostly raptors, other birds and mammals near Standish, Calif. A Northern California man illegally shot more than 130 hawks and other birds of prey on his ...
If broadband providers thought that they'd be subject to fewer regulations after the Federal Communications Commission voted in December to jettison its net neutrality protections, they could be disappointed. California state Senator Scott Wiener on Wednesday introduced a bill that would create a regime ...
Single-payer healthcare has become a rallying cry for many on the left, who have advocated for lawmakers to quickly boot health insurance companies from California. Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon angered backers of such a plan last year when he shelved a single-payer bill, SB562, ...
(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) With Mexico off in the distance, speaker after speaker stepped to the podium Tuesday, each offering their vision of California values. There was a congressman, pastors, a rabbi, a representative of the Muslim community, a union organizer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katrina Yuzefpolsky was 8 when a man dressed as Santa Claus shot her in the face and killed nine of her family members with guns and a homemade flamethrower at a Christmas Eve party in Southern California. More than nine years later, Katrina is 17 and joining a growing ...
California elected officials eyeing higher office are seizing on President Trump's visit to the state to increase their visibility. ... “It's official: Donald Trump finally worked up the nerve to visit California, bringing his fear-of-everything agenda with him,” Newsom says in a voiceover in the 60-second video that ...
President Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on Saturday. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press). President Trump vowed earlier this year he'd stump for Republicans in competitive House races, saying he would spend "probably four or five days a week" helping GOP candidates get ...
State lawmakers studying improvements to California's health care system on Tuesday rejected on a plan popular with Democratic activists to give everyone in the state government-funded health care, saying a "single-payer" plan would need extensive work to become viable. The lawmakers instead ...
During Donald Trump's first presidential visit to California he inspected prototypes of his proposed border wall at Otay Mesa, yards from the border with Mexico, while a mile down the road police in riot gear separated rival groups of demonstrators chanting for and against Trump. 'For the people that say no ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) For more than a decade, Christopher Hawthorne has had his dream job: architecture critic at The Los Angeles Times. From his perch, he has explored the region's history and pondered the future of the urban landscape.
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good evening. Here's the latest. Photo. Credit Leah Millis/Reuters. 1. Rex Tillerson apparently learned of his dismissal by being shown President Trump's tweet naming Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as secretary of state. Mr. Pompeo opposes the ...
"Every state in our Union is subject to the laws and Constitution of the United States -- including California. Yet California's leaders are in open defiance of federal law," Trump said. "They don't care about crime. They don't care about death and killings. They don't care about robberies. They don't care about ...
Los Angeles probably will see between one-third and one-half inch of rain from a subtropical storm passing through the region Saturday and early Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe. The mountains around L.A. could see up to 2 inches of precipitation.
The State of California plans to ask that a new Trump administration lawsuit targeting the state's so-called sanctuary laws be moved from Sacramento to the courtroom of a federal judge in San Francisco handling a similar case the state filed against the federal government last year. California Attorney ...
(NATIONAL CITY, Calif.) — The U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that agents acted appropriately during the videotaped arrest of a woman who was pulled away from her anguished daughters on a street in Southern California. The agency said 36-year-old Perla Morales Luna recruited drivers to take people ...
Last year, based on polling by the Public Policy Institute of California, 7 out of 10 Californians were opposed to building a wall the length of the border. Also, 85% of Californians said undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay legally, and two-thirds favored having their local public ...
Here's a quick look at the candidates who have filed to run in the June 5 primary in the 25th, 45th, 48th and 50th congressional districts and the descriptions that will appear after their names on the ballot, along with brief biographies of each compiled by The Times. The California Secretary of State's office ...
A police officer in Pomona, Calif., was shot and killed on Friday night and another seriously injured by a gunman who barricaded himself inside an apartment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. “It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive,” Chief Michael Olivieri of ...
The three women killed in a daylong standoff at a California veterans home worked with a non-profit program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The women were found dead along with the suspect, 36-year-old Albert Wong, on Friday night at the end of the all-day siege at the Veterans Home of ...
The projected cost of California's bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033. The new plan focuses primarily on opening track between San Francisco and the Central Valley, an agriculturally dominant, ...
It's been about a month since California wildlife officials started sounding the alarm on nutria, invasive South American rodents that look like enormous, 20-pound rats and have the power to devastate wetlands. They're making a comeback after being eradicated in the 1970s and have been spotted in ...
Kite fliers participate in the Festival of the Kite at the Redondo Beach Pier. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times). Flowers, films, kite-flying, classical music art and planet friendliness are all on the agenda for March 9-11. Pasadena. More than 115 independent features, documentaries, animated films and more ...
If you've been in politics long enough, you've heard the phrase, “As goes California, so goes the nation.” In the case of the 2018 midterm elections, this could spell bad news for Democrats and good news for Republicans. It wasn't long ago that Democrats openly and almost giddily mused about a ...
“That is going to be a great boost to allow us to at least access the people and ask them to join,” said Dave Low, executive director of the California School Employees Association. “Once Janus is decided, and we feel very much that it is going to be decided against us, we will be moving other legislation.”.
The avalanche that hit Friday at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort caught five people—one day after a snowboarder died there during a blizzard as a winter storm rolled through California. The storm that steamrolled through the Sierra Nevada still threatened rain and snow Saturday in Southern California, a few ...
How a list of 23 crimes now dominates California's debate over prison punishment. John Myers. By John ... California has a long history of mixing crime and punishment with raw politics. But outrage ... That debate begins with the index of crimes in section 667.5 of the California Penal Code. The list was first ...
(MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif.) — A newspaper says another person has died in the deep snow dropped in the California mountains by a strong winter storm. The Fresno Bee says Blake Smith was snowboarding with his friends at China Peak Mountain Resort when his life ended in a freak accident.
Two recent financial tremors should caution California and its municipalities that they had better get their financial houses in order. The first came from Controller Betty Yee in her update on the state's retiree health care liabilities. On January 31, she reported “the state's cost for retiree health and dental ...
Home prices in Southern California jumped 11.4% in January — the largest year-over-year gain in 44 months as the region's already sizzling housing market ... High rents in Southern California are motivating investors who want to acquire houses and lease them to tenants, said Los Angeles broker Michael ...
Trump has criticized California officials in recent days, threatening to pull immigration enforcement out of the country's largest state in retribution for what he deemed a "lousy management job." He has also complained about "sanctuary cities" in California, where local municipalities do not cooperate with ...


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