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Flip on your cable box and go straight to a news channel in the style of NY1, New York’s popular local station?
It’s coming to Los Angeles.
Charter Communications has announced that a NY1-style local news channel will go live this November for all Spectrum — formerly known as Time Warner Cable — subscribers in the Los Angeles area.
NY1, which is also owned by Charter, is adored by a slice of New Yorkers who are charmed by its homespun feel and its roster of longtime anchors and correspondents like Pat Kiernan, Roger Clark and Roma Torre.
The channel’s laser focus on New York-only stories, especially in politics, often pays off. NY1 was the only news station that had a camera at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign event to chronicle her Democratic congressional primary upset in June.
Whether the 24-hour Los Angeles network becomes as popular as NY1 remains to be seen. Los Angeles is not exactly hurting for local television coverage, but Spectrum insists it is carving out a different space from local news networks like KTLA or KNBC.
“We’re not going to try to compete chasing in a helicopter with the same type of scenes they would,” said Mike Bair, executive vice president of Spectrum Networks who will oversee the new network.
Mr. Bair said that 125 people would be hired for the newsroom and that they were already more than halfway through staffing up the network. The new channel — he would not reveal its name — will be headquartered in El Segundo, near the Los Angeles International Airport and The Los Angeles Times’s new headquarters.
Spectrum has several local news stations around the country, including in Florida (Orlando and Tampa) and Texas (San Antonio and Austin). Mr. Bair said that the local news stations are very popular and “create a higher level of retention” for the cable service.
In November, around 1.5 million Los Angeles Spectrum homes will get the new channel.
“We don’t have to worry about two-minute sound bites,” Mr. Bair said. “If an interview takes three or four minutes, we stick with it. We’re more likely to cover much smaller stories, neighborhood-based stories than you’d see in other markets.”
Mr. Kiernan, the longtime NY1 anchor, said New Yorkers who have moved to Los Angeles constantly ask why there isn’t a version of the station in the city.
“They’ll do stories about the 405 with the same intensity that we do stories about the 6 train,” he said of the new Los Angeles channel. “But a lot of the hallmarks of NY1 reporting will be key parts of their reporting: politics, education, jobs. Those are stories that often get squeezed out of local newscasts by an endless rundown of crime reporting.”
(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)
• The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says it is looking into allegations that Asia Argento sexually assaulted a young actor in a hotel room when he was 17. [The New York Times]
• Ms. Argento was one of Harvey Weinstein’s early accusers. Will the allegations against her discredit the #MeToo movement? [The New York Times]
• A landmark bill that would end money bail in California passed out of the State Assembly. [The Los Angeles Times]
• The University of California, Berkeley has suspended a prominent architecture professor for three years without pay for sexually harassing a graduate student. [The Associated Press]
• The California Senate is investigating an altercation that broke out between Senator Joel Anderson and a female lobbyist during a fund-raiser near the Capitol. [The Sacramento Bee]
• F.B.I. agents are trying to return a Santa Ana man to his family after he was kidnapped from a shopping center and held for $2 million ransom. [The Los Angeles Daily News]
• BART is looking at a new way to stop fare evasion: replacing the system’s orange, pie-wedge gates. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• A Sacramento developer plans to build a high-rise apartment and hotel project that will feature one floor with dormlike housing units. [The Sacramento Bee]
• The F.B.I. is probing a cyber attack on a congressional campaign in California. [Reuters]
• Decades ago, federal home loan agencies would shade Fresno neighborhoods with large minority populations red; it was a way to label them as undesirable. Eighty years later, the gulf between white, black and brown residents remains embedded in the city’s geography. [The Atlantic]
• Maxine McCormick, of San Francisco, began fly casting when she was 9. At 14, she has back-to-back world titles. [The New York Times]
• Last June, Vans moved its headquarters to a new building off the 405 freeway. Commuters have noted the building with its famous checkerboard pattern. We peek inside. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
California already has a state animal (the bear), a state flower (the golden poppy) and a state tree (the California redwood).
Now it has a state sport, too. And could it really have been anything other than surfing?
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown made it official, signing Assembly Bill 1782, which nods to surfing’s Polynesian roots and notes that the sport was imported to California from Hawaii. Since then, the bill says, it “has been embraced by the state” whose residents have “made important contributions to the sport as we know it today.”
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat of Torrance, is a member of the unofficial Legislative Surfers Caucus, according to his website.
His reaction to the bill being signed? “I am stoked.”
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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.