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Chargers and Raiders make a land deal for new stadium

LOS ANGELES - One day after San Diego officials unveiled a financial plan aimed at keeping the Chargers in town, the team and the Oakland Raiders Tuesday completed a complex land transaction for 157 acres in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, where they are proposing a joint stadium.

Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' general counsel on stadium issues, told City News Service the transaction "that would enable the Chargers-Raiders joint venture to build an L.A. NFL stadium in Carson has officially closed this morning."

Cellphone video captures sprinklers watering freeway hillsides in the rain

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Cellphone video taken Friday captured images of sprinklers going full blast along a freeway while a light rain fell and after a night of showers.

The watering of hillsides along the 101 Freeway and Barham Boulevard in Universal City comes at a time when Californians have been deluged with pleas to save water during the historic drought. It also comes at a time when freeway message boards warn motorists of the drought, stating “Severe Drought. Limit Outdoor Watering.”

A gay dad sounds off on the school that canceled 'and then came tango' play

By Rob Watson | The Next Family

There was a significant hearing this week on Tuesday about same sex relationships and whether to ban them. You likely missed this one because you were focused on that OTHER hearing in front of the Supreme Court, the one on whether all states in the union should perform and recognize same sex marriages.

Petition to disbar California attorney who authored sodomite suppression act initiative goes unanswered

SACRAMENTO - The California State Bar is scheduled to meet on May 7 and 8. But the organization has yet to respond to a petition issued by Carol Dahmen, a Sacramento political consultant, to disbar Huntington Beach attorney Matthew McLaughlin. McLaughlin is the California-licensed lawyer who authored the "sodomite suppression act."

McLaughlin’s proposal aimed at the November 2016 ballot would make it legal for Californians to “put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method” LGBTQ community members.

California ballot initiative targets the trans community's right to use public facilities

Following a startling trend across the nation, a group called Privacy For All submitted a ballot initiative barring transgender people­ – and inadvertently, some intersex people – from using the bathroom which corresponds with their gender identity.

Lesbian asylum couple marry at San Francisco City Hall

History was made Friday as a lesbian couple, seeking asylum in the United States, celebrated their marriage at San Francisco City Hall.

After years of persecution in Angola, Mari and Cara, whose real names have been withheld to protect family members in Africa, made their way to the Bay Area, San Francisco, where they hope to receive asylum and start a new life, safely together.

There was not a dry eye amongst the guests who witnessed the moving nuptials, as the couple exchanged vows under the coveted majestic arch window on the fourth floor of City Hall.

Prominent Catholics call on Pope to oust San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”

Anti-LGBT donor fined for not reporting $200,000 spent to fight transgender student rights law

SACRAMENTO, California -- The hedge fund honcho who despises transgender kids and the gays has been fined for violating California campaign laws.

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White Party 2015: Jeffrey Sanker’s longtime love affair with the desert continues

PALM SPRINGS, California -- Jeffrey Sanker has been called the “father of the modern gay event party,” but don’t call him daddy!

“Ha! Ha!” Sanker said, laughing at the little joke. “I like ‘high priest of gay parties’ better! It sounds just a bit more youthful!”

The Miami Herald is credited with anointing Sanker with both of those titles.

Here it is 26 years since Sanker produced his first White Party in Palm Springs, and he insists that he had no clue it would become the premier party for gay men across the globe.

In Sacramento, Matthew Shepard’s parents urge law enforcement to protect gays, lesbians

SACRAMENTO, California -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose brutal murder in 1998 helped transform the nation’s perception of gays and lesbians and their struggle for equal rights, brought their campaign for justice to Sacramento on Thursday.