Southern California Fires Surpass 140,000 Acres As Santa Ana Winds Drive Flames

Updated at 10 p.m. ET Driven by fierce Santa Ana winds, four intense fires near Los Angeles grew to engulf more than 115,000 acres Thursday, and officials say residents should continue to expect dangerous fire conditions, as both strong winds and very dry conditions persist. "Until the wind stops blowing, there's really not a lot we can do as far as controlling the perimeter," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said as quoted by the Los Angeles Times . "This is a fight we're going to be...

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Sacramento, CA – After months of bickering and bargaining, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislature finally agreed on a series of bond measures late Thursday night - or, since it was sometime around 3am, let's say early Friday morning. The governor first proposed what he calls his Strategic Growth Plan at his State of the State address in January.

Monterey, CA – "I was born in 1924. And this is the dirtiest political race I've ever seen." -- from the documentary "Swing State Ohio"

Sacramento, CA – After several news reports and three audits suggesting the University of California system abused its own pay rules, several state lawmakers called Wednesday for the resignation of UC President Robert Dynes. The reports and audits show UC administrators gave senior officials millions of dollars of bonuses and perks. KAZU's Ben Adler speaks with one of the most visible lawmakers on this topic has been State Senator Abel Maldonado, a Republican who represents the Central Coast.

Salinas, CA – More than 10-thousand people marched through the streets of Salinas Monday, rallying for immigration reform in the city's biggest organized march since the days of Cesar Chavez. The march emptied the fields, closed businesses and made East Salinas look like a neighborhood celebrating a major holiday. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

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Salinas, CA – "Salinas is seen as almost a mystical place by the NF. It's sort of - I wouldn't equate it with Mecca, so much, but it is Salas - S-A-L-A-S. You see Salas tattooed on a gang member, he's got immediate credibility."
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Monterey, CA – The Monterey County Herald will have a new owner this summer - Denver-based MediaNews. Knight Ridder agreed to sell all of its newspapers - including the Herald and San Jose Mercury News - to the McClatchy Company last month. McClatchy announced Wednesday it would re-sell four of those papers. MediaNews will pay a billion dollars in cash - with backing from the Hearst Corporation. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

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