Ex-LA Mayor Villaraigosa joins cannabis company board
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the board of directors of the cannabis company MedMen Enterprises Inc.
The Los Angeles-based company announced the move Wednesday, saying Villaraigosa will be instrumental in guiding MedMen's expansion in California and solidifying its presence across the country.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A software error, not a cyberattack, caused a problem that resulted in nearly 120,000 voters being left off the printed voter rosters at Los Angeles County polling places in California's June primary, county officials said Wednesday.
One-time rivals talk unity in race for California governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Democratic rivals for governor, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent months belittling each other: To believe it, Newsom was selling snake oil, and Villaraigosa was a shifty corporate shill.
But now they can't stop trading compliments, with the race behind them and Newsom headed for a fall showdown with Republican John Cox.
GOP’s Cox faces tough slog in race for California governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican John Cox thinks high taxes, a high cost of living and a growing housing crisis give him an opening to take on Democrat Gavin Newsom in the fight to be California's next governor.
But he faces a tough slog convincing voters that they should cast their lot with a Republican in a state where the party's support has eroded and Democrats routinely win every statewide election.
GOP avoids shutout in race for California governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Gavin Newsom won Tuesday's primary in the race for California governor and Republican John Cox finished in a strong second place, ensuring Republicans won't be shut out of the race to replace retiring Gov. Jerry Brown.
With a major boost from President Donald Trump's endorsement, Cox consolidated Republicans and edged past Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, an early favorite to advance.
Voting underway in California primary election
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in California's primary election, setting the stage for November races.
Traffic at polling stations is expected to be light Tuesday because many people have voted in advance.
In San Diego, 42-year-old Sean Spicer says he voted because it's a civic duty, although he doesn't like California's top-two primary system.
In key governor’s races, Democrats split on education
DENVER (AP) — A subterranean divide among Democrats between backers of teachers unions and those of charter schools and other education innovations is helping shape key gubernatorial primaries, even as red-meat issues like guns, inequality and President Donald Trump have dominated the races.
Health care, immigration dominate California governor race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No topic has dominated California's governor race like President Donald Trump. The Republicans want to be like him; the Democrats want to oppose him. But whoever wins will face a long list of challenges from housing and homelessness to health care.
Here's a look at some of the debates that have emerged during the race, which includes Democrats Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin and Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen.
California governor race heats up in days before primary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Its crunch time in the primary for California governor, with candidates exploring creative strategies and benefiting from massive spending as they try to tear down — or lift up — their rivals in the race's final days.
AP FACT CHECK: 2014 photo wrongly used to hit Trump policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the government acknowledged last month that the Trump administration had lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children, the debate over what that means and who is to blame has roiled Twitter. A look at the partisan claims and a reality check behind the latest immigration fight:
AP FACT CHECK: Fallacies on both sides in immigration debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the government acknowledged last month that the Trump administration had lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children, the debate over what that means and who is to blame has roiled Twitter. Here's a look at the partisan claims and a reality check behind the latest immigration fight:
Charter backers outspend teachers in 2 California races
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the battle for the future of California's schools, charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for governor and state schools chief.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California gubernatorial debate (all times local):
Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa say they learned and grew from past adultery scandals.
The candidates for California governor were questioned about the affairs Tuesday during a televised debate in San Jose.
Candidates for California governor take on housing crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Six leading candidates for California governor agreed Thursday that it's too hard to build new homes in California and offered wide ranging solutions to rein in exploding housing costs and rising homelessness.
The candidates spoke separately at a conference in Sacramento organized by Housing California, an advocacy group.
For decades, California has failed to build enough homes to meet demand, particularly in popular coastal cities such as San Francisco.
Newsom cash leads rivals in race for California governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has far outraised his rivals from both parties in the race for California governor with more money available to spend than all his rivals from both parties combined ahead of the June 5 primary.
Cash is critical to the candidates' ability to get their message out and sway voters, particularly in a sprawling state with a population approaching 40 million and some of the most expensive media markets in the country.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says no to run for governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will not run for governor of California.
Garcetti tweeted his decision Sunday, saying he wants to continue to serve in Los Angeles because he's passionate about his city and family.
The 46-year-old decisively won a second four-year term in March. He can't run for a third under LA term limits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Republican assemblyman David Hadley is dropping out of the race for governor of California two weeks after he jumped in.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (http://lat.ms/2uegoU7) that Hadley wrote in an email to supporters that he could not win despite receiving encouragement since announcing his candidacy.
The 52-year-old from Manhattan Beach wrote that his campaign would not have the time and resources needed to make his case to voters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Assemblyman David Hadley is the third Republican to jump into California's 2018 gubernatorial contest.
The candidates hoping to replace Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown are:
—Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. Newsom announced his bid to succeed Brown early, in 2015. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2010 after serving as San Francisco's mayor.
California governor candidates back criminal justice reforms
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three Democrats running for California governor called Tuesday for criminal justice policies that focus on youth development and support for crime victims over tough-on-crime measures that increase incarceration.
Speaking separately at a Sacramento criminal justice conference, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang each portrayed themselves as the strongest champion for liberal public safety reforms.
Record $466 million spent on California ballot measures
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Campaign committees raised a record $466 million to influence proposals on the 2016 ballot in California from legalizing marijuana to limiting prescription drug prices, according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance documents.
The tally for more than 80 committees supporting or opposing 17 measures on the state's November ballot surpassed the previous record of $438 million raised for ballot proposals in 2008.
LA TV anchor to avoid theft charge if she completes program
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors say a TV anchor arrested on suspicion of stealing a pair of headphones at Los Angeles International Airport will not face criminal charges if she completes a diversion program.
The city attorney's office said Friday Lu Parker agreed to participate in the program, which is offered to people without a criminal record.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa running for governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Thursday that he is running for California governor, joining a competitive field for the 2018 contest that includes the lieutenant governor and state treasurer.
Villaraigosa, 63, made the long-expected announcement online, saying that he will focus on rebuilding the middle class by investing in schools and repairing roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa enters California governor's race.
Former LA mayor Villaraigosa ties knot again
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a potential candidate for governor, is a married man again.
The 63-year-old Villaraigosa tied the knot Saturday with Patricia Govea in a ceremony in central Mexico, with about 100 friends and family in attendance.
The couple's website says the black-tie event took place at a hotel in San Miguel de Allende, a popular tourist destination known for its historic buildings.