Political spending of AIDS nonprofit takes heat from critics

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California:

TOP STORIES

A new kind of politicking

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic empire that’s on the ground in 38 countries. But in recent months the organization has become known for the kind of activism usually associated with homeowner groups, spurring criticism that it has strayed too far from its mission. Los Angeles Times

Slowing real estate

Los Angeles’ suburbs have long been where Chinese nationals pay millions to buy homes. But because of a slowing economy, the Chinese government has attempted to reduce asset flight, which has led homes in places like the San Gabriel Valley to sit vacant for months. Los Angeles Times

Anaheim drama

How an off-duty cop telling teens to stay out of his yard escalated to gunfire, protests and outrage. Los Angeles Times

Just a test: Shasta Dam made some history of its own this week. But it was less dire than the news made out of the Oroville Dam. Los Angeles Times

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Oscar protests planned: Jodie Foster, Gavin Newsom and James Franco will be some of the bold-faced names appearing at a rally for immigrants rights, which is being organized by talent agency UTA in lieu of a party. Los Angeles Daily News

Remember when: This weekend will mark the 75th anniversary of when the Battle of Los Angeles began. Of course, there wasn’t an actual Japanese air raid, but spurred on by reports of one, military units sounded warning sirens, ordered a mass blackout and lighted up the sky with antiaircraft fire. Los Angeles Times

Ball is life: If you’re interested in seeing the next LeBron James play, there’s a good chance he’ll be on the courts tonight at the Southern Section Open Division high school basketball semifinals. There are two games between teams that feature players who are sure to be in the NBA sooner rather than later. Los Angeles Times

Put a reminder ring on it: Sorry, Beyoncé fans. The pregnant mega-star will not be performing at Coachella this year. Instead she’ll be headlining the festival in 2018. Los Angeles Times

CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles area: partly cloudy Friday and Saturday. San Francisco area: partly cloudy Friday, overcast Saturday. More weather is here.

AND FINALLY

Today’s California memory comes from Susan Ellenbogen:

“When I was a little kid growing up in L.A. in the late ’40s and ’50s, the Helms bakery truck used to cruise slowly through the neighborhood tootling its distinctive horn. I would run outside clutching a dime, and the Helms man (always a man, wearing a Helms uniform and cap) would open drawer after drawer of donuts and other baked goods. You could just about die and go to heaven inhaling that sweet, bready smell — even as you were just running out of the house with that sweaty dime in your hand.”

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