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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
California's population grew by roughly 332,000 people in the last fiscal year - its biggest increase in nearly a decade, according to new California Department of Finance estimates. "It's a sign that our economy is recovering," said Hans Johnson, a Public Policy Institute of California demographer. "But it's still pretty slow growth. " The estimated population rose 0.88%, exceeding 38.2 million as of July. Most of that growth was "natural increase" - births minus deaths. But those numbers stayed roughly the same as in recent years, while immigration has increased.
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OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper
Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There's the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth. Despite China's attempts to dislodge its mythic appeal, Tibet as Shangri-La seems firmly set in the world's imagination. The once-independent nation, set high on a broad plateau adjacent to the Himalayas, is a worldwide symbol of mystery, aspiration, spirituality and possibility.
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NATIONAL
March 20, 2010 | By Bill Hanna
Monarch butterflies, devastated by storms at their winter home in Mexico, have dwindled to their lowest population levels in decades as they begin to return to the United States and Canada. The monarch loss is estimated at 50% to 60%, which means the breeding population is expected to be the smallest since the Mexican overwintering colonies were discovered in 1975, said Chip Taylor, a professor of entomology and director of Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas. "I think it is very clear that the butterflies lost more than half of the population," Taylor said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
NATIONAL
June 10, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Across the nation, the number of minorities continues to rise and the white population continues to decline, according to U.S. census estimates released Thursday. Minorities now make up about 35% of the population in the United States, an increase of 5% from 2000, reflecting demographic changes seen most powerfully in the Golden State. "More of the country is going to be like California," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution. Minorities make up 57% of the population in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2010 | By Cara Mia DiMassa and Doug Smith
Southern California is getting its population groove back, according to new U.S. census data. All six counties showed moderate population growth from 2008 to 2009, with all but San Diego County growing at a stronger rate than the year before. It's the latest sign that the region is recovering from the declines in population seen in the middle of the decade, some experts said. "Things aren't wonderful in Southern California, but you are seeing some industries that are growing or in the process of rebounding," said Jack Kyser, senior vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Santa Monica's homeless population has dropped by 3.5% since 2012, in part because of a focus on getting long-term street transients into housing, officials said Tuesday. "It's focusing on folks who have been here the longest and who are the most vulnerable," said Margaret Willis, the city's human resources administrator. A citywide count conducted Jan. 29 found 742 homeless people living in the streets, in cars or encampments, and in shelters and hospitals, down from 769 in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Finding a peaceful resolution to this Hollywood feud is one tall order. Hollywood "flat-landers" and development advocates are urging Los Angeles officials to increase density guidelines in Hollywood, paving the way for glitzy new skyscrapers and apartment buildings they say are necessary to house tens of thousands of future residents. But Hollywood's hillside dwellers are fighting the move. They say high-rises are unnecessary, because the population there is shrinking, and contend that new towers will only ruin the area's scenic and world-famous skyline.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The Sun City community here has just about anything active seniors could want: a fitness center, swimming pools and an array of classes including dance, aerobics, personal finance and computer skills. Outside, residents play pickleball in the warm air, near the amphitheater where a Jimmy Buffett tribute band will kick off the summer season. Golf carts hum on the streets, and in the main lodge's parking lot, spaces for the handicapped stretch toward the horizon. In the neat neighborhoods, there's nary a basketball hoop or spare toy in sight.
REAL ESTATE
June 11, 1989
Household formation is taking place at a more rapid pace than population growth. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, households increased by 13.9% between 1980 and 1988 while population grew by 8.5%. At the same time, the average number of persons per household dropped to 2.62 from 2.75.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Jenny Gonzalez checked for signs of epipodium, tentacles resembling swaying wet noodles, on the green abalones in her South Gate classroom the other day. "That's what I was looking for," Jenny, 13, said of a small, light-colored abalone. "When you see the epipodium, that means they're happy. " That's one thing students at South Gate Middle School are learning about green abalones. The students have cared for three of the snail-like marine creatures since January. Although the activity has been in place at the school for three years, this is the first time teacher Violeta Llamas' "Explorations in Science" students participated.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
When the women's militia of an Al Qaeda splinter group recently raided a high school in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, it found a range of violations of its strict interpretation of Islam. Ten young women were deemed guilty of donning a face veil that was too transparent, having visible eyebrows or wearing a hair clip under her hijab , or head covering. Each student was whipped 30 times, said one opposition activist, who asked to remain unidentified because he is wanted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the militant group that until recently was affiliated with Al Qaeda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Santa Monica's homeless population has dropped by 3.5% since 2012, in part because of a focus on getting long-term street transients into housing, officials said Tuesday. "It's focusing on folks who have been here the longest and who are the most vulnerable," said Margaret Willis, the city's human resources administrator. A citywide count conducted Jan. 29 found 742 homeless people living in the streets, in cars or encampments, and in shelters and hospitals, down from 769 in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student was the second near campus in two months, and university police ramped up patrols in the area in response, authorities said Monday. The 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped by three men sometime between 12:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday in Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus. The woman went home and reported the rape to her roommate and authorities. Sheriff's deputies searched the area but did not made any arrests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The city of Lancaster is the end of the line for Metrolink commuter trains northbound from Los Angeles and Glendale. So when the homeless count in the Antelope Valley quadrupled, officials suspected that someone in Los Angeles was engaging in a railway version of "Greyhound therapy," putting transients on the train to whisk them away. "We've had people getting off the train with all their worldly possessions on them," said Lee D'Errico, the head of Lancaster's public safety department.
OPINION
June 14, 1987
Wattenberg notes that U.N. projections show world population doubling from its present 5 billion to 10 billion by the middle of the next century. Then, population may begin shrinking. Of course it will, as millions begin dying of starvation, or die in the wars fought over the few habitable parcels of space left on planet Earth Would someone kindly tell old Ben to remove his rose-colored glasses before it's too late? JOE HOFERER Los Angeles
SCIENCE
March 29, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Europe's population may start a steep decline within a few decades, researchers say. Writing in the journal Science, researchers said European population growth reached a turning point in 2000, when the number of children dropped to a level that statistically assured there will be fewer parents in the next generation. "If the current fertility rate of around 1.5 births per woman persists until 2020, negative momentum will result in 88 million fewer people in 2100," the researchers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Citing a wave of homeless people pouring into the Antelope Valley, the city of Lancaster is fighting for a bigger share of the county's allotment of funding for the destitute. Vice Mayor Marvin Crist said on any given night the Antelope Valley has 12% of the county's homeless population, or 6,500 people, but receives only 2% of the funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The service area centered on L.A.'s skid row, by contrast, has 18% of the population and 50% of the funds, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By August Brown
The crowd that waited under the neon red glow of the Ace Hotel's "Jesus Saves" sign came to see the experimental rock band Spiritualized. But as they filed into the Theatre at Ace, they became part of a different sort of resurrection. Nestled in the 1920s-era building on Broadway that once housed Gene Scott's televangelism empire, the Theatre at Ace's Friday night opening was part of a rebirth for downtown Los Angeles' music scene. Live music was once a focal point of the area's revival.
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