CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 |
Billionaire developer Rick Caruso will be allowed to moor his 216-foot mega-yacht in Newport Beach after obtaining a special permit from the city. In mid-August, to the chagrin of several citizens, the Newport Beach Harbor Commission voted to allow two large yachts - including Caruso's - to moor for a set period of time near the west end of Lido Isle. Neighbors voiced concerns over potential noise and safety problems, in addition to citing a lack of transparency in the decision-making process, but no City Council members called for the decision to be reconsidered.
July 20, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The spirit of compromise prevailed late Friday in the drawn-out legal battle over the title of director Lee Daniels' upcoming historical drama “The Butler.” The MPAA overturned its original ruling from earlier this month that would have forced the Weinstein Co.-distributed film - which stars Forrest Whitaker as a domestic servant who worked for eight sitting presidents in...
June 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a decision bolstering private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled that a Florida landowner could sue a local government agency for denying him a building permit because he refused to pay for improvements on public property several miles away. The 5-4 decision expanded the ability of property owners to claim that government requirements attached to land-use permits amount to an improper "taking" under the Constitution. The 5th Amendment says private property can not be taken for public use without "just compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Raunchy and raucous, the annual beach bacchanal that is the Over-the-Line tournament nevertheless has a steadfast constituency in City Hall and the local media. Now a lawsuit has been filed alleging that San Diego city officials are playing favorites, issuing a permit for Over-the-Line to use public property - Fiesta Island on Mission Bay - while denying a similar permit to a group wanting to throw a much smaller, more sedate party elsewhere on the beach. The lawsuit may be a long shot, but the civic reaction was instantaneous.
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June 2, 2013 |
The state Department of Motor Vehicles hopes to have more information in upcoming days about the driver's license status of the teenager who was behind the wheel in a fiery Newport Beach crash that killed him and four other young passengers. The DMV said it will audit the driver's license application filed by Abdulrahman Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine. He did not have even a learner's permit when his Infiniti sedan crashed May 27 on Jamboree Road. But Alyahyan was cited April 20 for violating terms of a provisional license.
May 29, 2013 |
Apparently, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer feels she just hasn't yet done enough to tarnish her state's reputation. After defiantly defending SB 1070, the noxious Arizona law that sought to bully immigrants into leaving the state - only to have the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the bulk of it - she is now waging a new fight against immigrants. Brewer is back in federal court, this time defending her 2012 executive order denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have been granted temporary protection from deportation by the Obama administration.
May 22, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - California retailers may be liable for large money awards if they falsely advertise that their products are on sale. A federal appeals court Tuesday revived a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that Kohl's Department Stores Inc. misstated in advertising that items had been marked down. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said California consumer laws permit such lawsuits if the customer would not have made the purchase but for the perceived bargain. "Price advertisements matter," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for a three-judge panel.
May 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Friday he wanted to put more Americans to work by slashing the amount of time it takes to grant federal approval for big job-creating projects. But Obama's choice of venue for his remarks - a Baltimore company that makes mining and pumping equipment - provided fodder for Republicans. They noted that the company president had, just the day before, testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has delayed for years over environmental concerns.
May 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Housing starts dropped 16.5% in April to the lowest level since November, but permits for future construction rose to a nearly five-year high, providing mixed signals for the red-hot real estate market. Construction on privately owned homes, condominiums and apartments started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, down from the revised rate of 1.02 million the previous month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Analysts had expected a more modest falloff to an annual rate of about 970,000 units.