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Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

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Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pile of cash_3

What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

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Behind the brochure: A chat with UCSB Arts and Lectures’ master booker

Posted June 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Get your sticky notes and calendar ready. The brochure announcing UCSB Arts and Lectures’ 2015-16 season is out. But, for those with a fixed budget and an already stocked schedule, hitting them all is an impossible feat. To help navigate the season, KCRW’s Larry Perel spoke with A&L’s executive director Celesta Billeci about how she lands these performers, and her top musical picks.
Trust us, it was hard …

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Supreme Court endorses bids to end gerrymandering

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that allowed that state’s Congressional districts to be draw by an independent commission – instead of the state Legislature.
The 5-4 decision has major implications in California, which has its own independent commission for drawing up Congressional boundaries.
State voters approved a ballot measure four years ago to take that job away from the state Legislature to discourage …

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The Santa Barbara shake that shaped a city

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Ninety years ago (a Monday, just like today), Santa Barbara shook. At 6:44am in 1925, a 6.8 earthquake centered in the Santa Barbara Channel rocked the city, killing 13 people and all but leveling most of the downtown area. Historic parts of the city sustained serious damage, including buildings like the courthouse, churches and schools.
The destruction was severe, but, in a time when communication and …

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Mixer: Is LA making homelessness a crime?

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …

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Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage a constitutional right. Writing in his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, …

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Disneyland makes growth contingent on tax breaks

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Disneyland is asking for an expansion of the happiest tax break on earth.
Okay, maybe not THE happiest, but still a pretty nifty deal for the Mouse House.
The Walt Disney Company has proposed a $1 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort, with new rides, attractions and a massive parking structure. But here’s the rub: Disney is all-but demanding a 30-year extension of an existing 30-year …

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Meet at the market: Beneath the husk

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Jesse Gruenberg from Lane Farms. The Lane family has been farming the Santa Barbara and Goleta area since 1868. Jesse helped plant the corn that is now hitting their market stand, and shares a special thing to look out for …

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Photos: Sidewalk vendors face possible legalization

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is in the midst of a debate about what to do with the city’s large population of sidewalk vendors. It’s a issue that touches on such issues as entrepreneurship, business fairness, and how best to use public space in the city.

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Big win for Obamacare

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing middle to low-income people to continue to receive federal subsidies even if their home state doesn’t have its own health care exchange.
Had the Supreme Court ruled the other way, up to 6 million people could have lost their coverage.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said, “After nearly a …

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