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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pages of the State of the Union speech after U.S. President Donald Trump finishes his State of the Union speech in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rips up pages of the State of the Union speech after U.S. President Donald Trump finishes his State of the Union speech in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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State of Affairs

California lawmakers ponder the next steps after an impeachment acquittal. Presidential hopefuls put a focus on the Golden State.

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Adelanto Facility Update

Less than an hour north of San Bernardino is the city of Adelanto. In it is the Adelanto Detention Facility. It's a center where thousands of immigrants are detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Inside the building people are held for, sometimes, months at a time as they apply for asylum or contest deportation. But even though it is not technically a prison ... detainees allege a wide range of abuse. And a case settled last week between the center and several detainees gave the public a rare window into what happens inside the facility.

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DMV Behind In Issuing Real IDs

If you're thinking about taking a mini-vacay in October, you know, a simple little flight to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, for example and you don't happen to have passport...you're gonna need a REAL I.D. If you don't have one - and based on current data, you probably don't -  you can forget that trip.  With only eight months to go before the October 1st deadline to get the federally-required I.D., only about a quarter of California's 27 million licensed drivers have one. So, we'll do the math for you, the DMV has to issue over a million Real ID's a month to have all those folks federally compliant. 

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Studio Shortage

The  Los Angeles area has nearly six MILLION square feet of film production space -- and it's all booked up. With the boom of streaming services has come a boom in film production, and people in the industry are finding that there aren't enough sound stages to go around.

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Woolsey Witness Tree

The Witness Tree in Agoura Hills is coming down, and its admirers have a chance to bid it adieu tomorrow. The towering valley oak has long stood on the western film set at Paramount Ranch...and it got its name...like other Witness Trees...because its been present for many key events in history..."witnessing" them all.  It was, however, badly burned in the Woolsey Fire, which destroyed the structures surrounding it. Biologist Mark Mendelson with the National Park Service says there WAS hope for the tree, when it sent out several green sprouts from its blackened branches last spring. The buildings that were under its canopy may have contributed to its demise.  The film set that caught fire there likely burned hotter than the vegetation that surrounded surviving trees nearby.  If you would like to say good bye, head to Paramount Ranch tomorrow, between 2 and 4. Visitors will be invited to guess the age of the Witness Tree because while likely more than a century old no one knows for sure. One the tree is cut down toward the end of the month, the rings of the trunk will be counted. We'll update you once we finally know its age. 

Food Friday: Fried Chicken at Car Washes in the SFV

By day, the Fashion Square Car Wash in Sherman Oaks is just a regular 'ol car wash. But after it closes and the sun sets a transformation occurs. A white cargo van pulls into the parking lot...and something like eight people jump out and begin unloading tables, chairs and fryer--chicken fryers. Welcome to Hot Motha Clucker, one of many San Fernando Valley pop ups serving tongue-scorching southern-inspired fried chicken. We went to check it out.

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Weekend Preview

A NY pizza fave pops up in WeHo. Do The Right Thing and All About Eve get 35mm screenings. Fats Waller and Ray Charles get tribute concerts. Festivals celebrate bicycles and motion graphics. Futurama cast members reunite for an evening of outtakes. The Spice Table's burger returns.

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