Here is the latest Southern California news from The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 4,000 children's social workers are going on strike after contract talks with Los Angeles County officials broke down. The Service Employees International Union Local 721 plans to picket at 16 locations today. The union wants more social workers to help reduce caseloads. A call to the county Department of Children and Family Services was not immediately returned.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians twice voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, but they are split on health care reform. A Public Policy Institute of California survey released yesterday finds that just 44 percent of Californians favor Obama's Affordable Care Act, while the same percentage has an unfavorable opinion. However, two-thirds of uninsured residents say they plan to get insurance by next year.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County neighborhood that was ordered to take down its elaborate Christmas light display has won a victory. The Orange County Register says the county told residents of the Wagon Wheel area of Trabuco Canyon that the lights can stay if they submit permit applications and pass inspections. The lights stretch on cables across the street between some 20 homes.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Eugene Eidenberg, a Silicon Valley executive who was an adviser to President Jimmy Carter and had important roles in the U.S. telecommunications industry, has died. He was 74. A statement from the family says Eidenberg died of a brain tumor Tuesday in Santa Monica, where he'd undergone treatment. Carter says Eidenberg was a "delightful and cherished friend."