Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times

Melody Gutierrez

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Past articles by Melody:

Mexico joins effort to locate retired boxers owed California pensions

At least a quarter of the 200 boxers currently owed pensions in California had a last known address in Mexico. Now, California is partnering with Mexico to find them. → Read More

California to step up efforts to find boxers owed pensions following Times report

The California State Athletic Commission, which administers a 40-year-old pension plan for boxers, said it will step up efforts to find fighters with unclaimed money. → Read More

California created a pension for boxers but says it struggled to find them. So we did

The California State Athletic Commission struggled for years to contact boxers who were eligible for pension money. We found some in minutes. → Read More

Do you qualify for a California boxers’ pension? Here is what you need to know

California owes benefits to about 200 boxers through the California Professional Boxers’ Pension Fund. How to claim a California boxers' pension. → Read More

He helped other boxers apply for their pensions. His own is out of reach

Alex Ramos started a foundation to help struggling boxers after retiring. But he has been unable to tap a California pension program to assist with his own needs. → Read More

Michael Berman, Democratic strategist and force in California politics, dies

Michael Berman, who shaped California politics for generations as the mastermind of Los Angeles’ vaunted “Berman-Waxman Political Machine,” died Friday. → Read More

Cold weather alert issued for parts of L.A., but Christmas will be warm and dry

With wind-chill temperatures expected to fall below 32 degrees, Los Angeles public health officials issued a cold weather alert to warn residents to bundle up, check on loved ones and bring pets inside. → Read More

A free Christmas tree? California forest offering tree permits for the first time

Stanislaus National Forest's free permits aren't just Christmas gifts for the public, but will also thin the ranks of smaller trees that fuel fires. → Read More

California Assembly elects new leader after showdown over speaker post

California Democrats voted in a new leader in the state Assembly on Thursday, naming San Benito County Assemblyman Robert Rivas. He will take over June 30. → Read More

Californians vote to protect abortion rights with Prop. 1

Voters weigh in on Proposition 1, the statewide ballot measure that would add a right to abortion to the California Constitution. → Read More

Novice Republican or Democrat embroiled in controversy? Voters to pick next insurance commissioner

A novice Republican and a scandal plagued Democrat face off to be the state's next insurance commissioner. → Read More

California raises wage replacement for new parents, sick workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to raise payments made to workers taking paid family leave in California. → Read More

Newsom signs 13 abortion protection and reproductive health bills

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills aimed at strengthening California’s already robust abortion-rights protections. → Read More

Proposition 1 lets voters decide on California abortion law

Proposition 1 would amend the state Constitution to add protections for abortion rights. → Read More

California's dead will have new burial option: Human composting

Gov. Gavin Newsom will decide the fate of Assembly Bill 351, which would legalize an alternative burial method known as human composting. The bill by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) had failed in 2020 and 2021 in the Legislature before passing this year. → Read More

Newsom signs bill to rescue pools closed by lifeguard shortage

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 1672 to allow ocean lifeguards, who undergo highly rigorous training, to work at public pools during off-seasons. → Read More

California Politics: A sleeper bill on Newsom's desk to keep an eye on

Supporters — and even opponents — say Assembly Bill 2236 will affect Californians who value their eyesight. So why are you just hearing about it? → Read More

Bills aimed at creating California abortion sanctuary headed to Newsom

After declaring that California will be a safe haven for those seeking an abortion, lawmakers sent the last of 15 bills to Gov. Gavin Newsom, two of which were already signed into law. → Read More

Bill to allow minors to be vaccinated without parental consent is withdrawn

The bill would have allowed children 15 and older to be vaccinated, including against COVID-19, without a parent’s consent or knowledge. → Read More

Proposal to put abortion protections in California Constitution appears headed for victory

Eight in 10 California voters say abortion is an important issue when voting this year, while 71% say they plan to vote Yes on Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment to enshrine reproductive rights in the state Constitution. → Read More