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Second executive at L.A. charter schools network Celerity charged with conspiracy, making false statements

By Matt Hamilton The former chief executive of the Los Angeles-based charter school network Celerity Educational Group has been charged with conspiracy to misappropriate and embezzle public funds — money that was intended for students at Celerity’s schools but was used for lavish travel and the purchase of a property… iPad open in a new…

Garcetti appointee named in FBI warrant quits his post

By David Zahniser, Adam Elmahrek An appointee of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who was named in a federal search warrant filed in the FBI’s ongoing City Hall corruption probe resigned from his post Friday. Joel Jacinto, who sits on the five-member Board of Public Works, submitted a resignation letter to the mayor on Friday…

Rare tornado touches down in Fresno County amid winter storm

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde Experts are surveying the damage of a rare tornado that touched down outside Clovis in Central California on Thursday afternoon. The tornado hit near Herndon and Academy avenues about 3:20 p.m., said Jim Dudley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. After reviewing video footage of… iPad open in a new tab…