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Is raising the minimum wage really the best policy?

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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This week, LA city council voted almost unanimously to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For labor activists, this was a big win. And for politicians, it signaled a commitment to getting workers out of poverty. Business owners disagreed. But surprisingly, some labor economists disagreed as well.
Is it possible that raising the minimum wage isn’t actually the best path toward …

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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

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In light of IV: “A light in everyone’s window…”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
To end our series, we headed back to Isla Vista to see how students are using art and light to both reconnect with the past and to move forward.

Most UCSB classes take place on campus, in classrooms. IV Open Labs does not. Art …

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Meet at the market: A strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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Is raising the minimum wage really the best policy?

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Minimum Wage rally

This week, LA city council voted almost unanimously to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For labor activists, this was a big win. And for politicians, it signaled a commitment to getting workers out of poverty. Business owners disagreed. But surprisingly, some labor economists disagreed as well.
Is it possible that raising the minimum wage isn’t actually the best path toward …

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In light of IV: “Mental illness starts early in life.”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
While talking with Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown about what has been done to make IV a safer place, he mentioned that alongside new laws regarding gun checks and restraining orders, a societal change in the way we look at mental health is needed.
How …

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Attack spurs call for tougher animal cruelty penalties

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tougher penalties could be imposed on people who act cruelly to animals in California. And the push to do that stems from a disturbing incident that occurred in Orange County just last month.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would add a possible $5000 “restitution” fine for people convicted of animal cruelty. That’s on top of the current $20,000 maximum …

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In light of IV: “We have to balance safety with individual civil liberties.”

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
In our interview with Richard Martinez, who lost his son Christopher in last year’s rampage, he mentioned one piece of legislation, AB 1014, that would take guns away from individuals who are deemed mentally unstable by police or family members. Would that have stopped …

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Tenants can stay put at controversial Hollywood tower

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Several dozen tenants of a newly built Hollywood high rise have won a last-minute reprieve.
Today was supposed to be moving day for denizens of the 22-story building on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. It’s the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory. A judge sided with a neighborhood group earlier this year that developer CIM Group improperly demolished the building – and that the …

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Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Cleanup continues along the central California coast, after a broken crude oil pipeline Tuesday ruptured and spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.
Vessels have deployed three sets of floating booms to try to keep the two slicks from spreading, while other boats are skimming oil from the sea surface.
Officials say up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and about 21,000 …

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Oil spills in Santa Barbara

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As crews continue to clean up from Wednesday’s oil spill just north of Santa Barbara, an investigation is underway to find out why the leak occurred. Tyler Hayden of the Santa Barbara Independent has been covering the story, and gives us a debrief:

Update: According to officials at the responsible oil company, Plains All American Pipeline, as much as 105,000 gallons of crude oil may …

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