Since 2013, Irvine residents have expected to see as many as 9,500 homes built around the Great Park, under an agreement between the city and developer FivePoint Holdings.,Now the upper limit could grow to 10,556 homes, after FivePoint affiliate Heritage Fields asked recently to change how some of the homes are counted – subtracting the affordable units that are being built and providing leeway to build more homes overall.,FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad said Monday the proposal would simply use the city’s existing rules meant to encourage development of affordable housing, and adding more homes of any kind could help ease traffic by allowing some of the thousands of people who commute to jobs in Irvine to live there as well.,FivePoint is using a city rule to designate all the affordable homes as “additive,” which means they wouldn’t count toward the total number that can be built, so the developer could build that many more market-rate homes.,It’s the first time the city has gotten a request to change the designation of already-built homes, and it’s the first request to use the city’s “additive” provision on a project that already took advantage of a state law granting the right to build more homes if the project includes a certain percentage for low-income residents, according to a city report.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles teachers' strike that sent thousands of shouting educators into downtown streets, paralyzing traffic during a rainstorm and leaving a half-million students in uncertainty, isn't the kind of publicity Mayor Eric Garcetti needed for his potential presidential campaign.,The Democratic mayor, who has said he will soon decide whether to enter the 2020 White House contest, would anchor his candidacy to the idea that local government is where things get done in America, in contrast to the turmoil and vast political divide in President Donald Trump's Washington.,But as a mayor, Garcetti faces numerous hurdles not shared with potential rivals like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or former Vice President Joe Biden, who are fixtures in the Washington establishment.,Other mayors considering White House bids have their own challenges but have more cushion than Garcetti - they are no longer in office.,Mitch Landrieu, who spent two terms leading New Orleans, gained national attention with his decision as a white mayor of a majority black city to remove high-profile Confederate monuments and arguing that the nation needs a frank discussion on race.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Roughly 15,000 more students showed up for class Tuesday across the Los Angeles Unified School District even as thousands of teachers returned to the picket lines on the second day of a teachers strike.,At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says the district is still compiling official attendance figures, but the early estimate is that more than 159,000 students went to class Tuesday, up by about 15,000 from Monday’s totals.,The proliferation of independent and privately-managed charter schools is one of the sticking points in the negotiations between United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District.,COMPLETE COVERAGE: LAUSD Teachers Strike

The district and the union have not met to restart negotiations since Friday, when the district revised its offer to include new money included in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget.,The first day of the strike cost the district about $25 million because just a third of LAUSD students came to school, according to district officials. read more

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom said she will go by the title of “first partner,” nixing the traditional “first lady” title.,Jennifer Siebel Newsom changed her Twitter bio to reflect the new title of “First Partner of California” on Monday, the day of Gavin Newsom’s inauguration in Sacramento.,Jennifer Siebel Newsom also read a poem in English and Spanish at the governor’s inauguration, a move she said reminded Californians of “our common humanity, reminding us that we are all one California family.��,Gavin Newsom promised the most populous state in the country will be a “sanctuary to all who seek it” in a direct affront to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.,RELATED: California Governor Newsom Vows ‘Sanctuary To All Who Seek It’ In Inauguration Speech

He added children should not be “ripped away from their parents” at the border, and they shouldn’t be left hungry while Trump pledges to spend billions of dollars on “a wall that should never be built.” read more