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New sheriff says jail guards have right to fight back

LOS ANGELES — Sheriff Alex Villanueva accused his predecessor of underreporting jail violence while tying deputies’ hands and leaving them vulnerable to inmate assaults, saying he will let jail guards know they have a right to defend themselves. “The conditions [in the jails] are destabilizing,” Villanueva told reporters Jan. 30 at the Hall of Justice. Read More…

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Teachers return to classes as LAUSD strike ends

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of educators and their students returned to class Jan. 23, following a Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike that stretched over six school days but ended thanks to a marathon negotiating session that resulted in a labor agreement. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who worked with the district and teachers’ union to Read More…

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LAUSD teachers walk picket lines in the rain

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of teachers staffed picket lines in the rain Jan. 14, beginning the first teachers strike targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years, but schools remained open and district officials called for a resumption of contract negotiations. “We are here for the kids, to try to get the district Read More…