Shock poll: Obama is leading in California
The potent mix of voters that has powered Democratic presidential victories in California for a generation overwhelmingly supports President Obama's bid for reelection, forming a demographic wall blocking Republican Mitt Romney from the biggest pot of electoral votes available in November.
By huge margins, women, independents, moderates and Latinos are arrayed against the presumptive Republican nominee, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of registered voters that found Obama leading overall 56% to 37%. Read more
Meanwhile, California foreclosures destroying neighborhoods.
William Perez has been waiting a long time to tell someone all the sad and crazy things he's seen.
Perez runs a crew that crisscrosses Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley doing the dirty but essential job of cleaning up homes that have been foreclosed and then trashed by humans and neglect.
"The good news about this place," he told me as we stood inside one such property on Wilmington Avenue in Watts, "is that there's no fleas." Read more