By Stephen Downing How the Will of the People is Sabotaged

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By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

Under the theory that you can teach old dogs new tricks, I purchased a Kindle Fire reading device last week to read Roy Hassett’s e-book about Bobby Reynolds. I waited until Amazon’s “Prime Day” on July 15 to place the order, assuming a bargain might be had. Prime Day turned out to be a big rip off, with fewer benefits offered than the day before. So far I’ve learned that reading a newspaper is ... more



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Celebrating 15 Years of News Publishing

There’s that old saying, “was it five years ago, but it seemed so less…” or a variation of that theme. Five years ago, when the Beachcomber turned ten, the news was about storm drains, the trial of a rogue cop, the appointment of a police chief, airport improvements, licenses for cats and the announcement of a proposed plastic bag ban in grocery stores. ... more



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Special Olympics Comes to LA/LB

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will kick off with First Lady Michelle Obama and star-studded entertainment at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25, starting at 5 p.m. The event will launch the games of which more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete in 25 different sports throughout ... more



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Downtown Survives 54+ Hours of No Power

Anyone who had to deal with old style Christmas tree lights can well remember how if one light goes out, the entire strand goes dead. Then the work begins, finding, testing and replacing the burned out bulb to get the string working again. In a nutshell, that was what faced Southern California Edison (SCE) when at least threes of Edison Company vaults ... more



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Mercury Auto Insurance Caught Ripping Off Customers

Psst. Wanna get rich? I’ve just discovered an auto insurance company scam that may affect every driver in California and beyond. While looking at my renewal statement I noticed that Mercury Auto Insurance listed my current annual miles driven at 11,000. Just two years ago it was anchored at 7,000 for many years, which is at or below the actual mileage ... more



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