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Mixer: Murals, Millennium, Prisons and Porn

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend. But the news knows no days off. So, we talk about the long week in LA on today’s Mixer.
Thanks to Dennis Romero from LA Weekly and Claudia Peschiutta from KNX Newsradio for our robust roundtable.
The LA City Council took a first step this week toward lifting a decade-long ban on murals on privately owned buildings. The measure must still come back for …

Arts & Culture »

Burning Man draws inspiration from Cargo Cults

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 78 Comments | ]
John Frum Day.

If you’re not at Burning Man this weekend, you’re in the Default World.
The temporary attempt at utopia in the Nevada desert draws tens of thousands of visitors interested in art, music, self-expression, and –yes— hallucinogenic drugs.
Every year, the festival also has a theme. This year theme is the fascinating phenomenon of Cargo Cults.
Not familiar with that term? You should be. Because it’s a pretty …

Education, Environment, Issues, Sports, Summer, Today's News »

UCLA, others could lose their leases at West L.A. V.A.; LAUSD bucks state trend on test scores; Beach grades

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 84 Comments | ]

V.A. Campus. A federal judge says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs misused its West L.A. campus by leasing land for purposes that have nothing to do with veteran’s healthcare.
UCLA’s baseball team has played at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the V.A. grounds for nearly 50 years – and the V.A. has also leased land for such things as movie studio storage, a hotel …

economy, News »

Burgers, fries and better pay

Posted August 29, 2013 by | 39 Comments | ]
A growing number of fast food workers have families.They say it's impossible to be a decent provider to kids with the current minimum wage.

Think fast food and the sights and sounds that probably come to mind are orders being taken, food prepared and meals served. But in recent months, the usual soundtrack of the American fast food industry has been at least partially replaced by another sound-the roars of protest.
Starting in New York City last November, fast-food workers, backed by the Service Employees International Union, have staged one-day …

News »

Nearly 50% of LA County is Hispanic

Posted August 29, 2013 by | 78 Comments | ]

A new Pew report shows that the Hispanic population in Los Angeles County has doubled in the last 20 years. The interactive map reveals that in 1980 27.6 percent of Los Angeles County’s population was Hispanic  2011 it was 48.1 percent. Nine percent of the of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in Los Angeles County. Check it out by clicking on the map below.

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L.A. fast food workers hit the streets for higher pay; Lawmakers reject Brown’s prison fix; Rizzo trial soon

Posted August 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Fast food strike. A national protest by fast-food workers over low wages arrived in Los Angeles this morning as employees began walking off the job in a one-day strike.
In recent months the fast food industry has become a battleground over the issue of minimum wage, with workers striking to demand a so called “living wage” of up to $15 dollars an hour, plus benefits …

Arts & Culture »

Photos: Rethinking LA’s mural ban

Posted August 29, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

Updated Thursday August 29: 
The City Council voted Wednesday to lift the city-wide ban on murals.  From the LA Times:
The new rules, which must come back for an expected final approval next week, will permit new murals in business and industrial zones as long as artists register projects with the city and pay a $60 application fee. Commercial messages are prohibited and works must remain …

Arts & Culture, economy, News, Politics »

Hollywood’s runaway production crisis

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]
By photographerglen via Flickr

Hollywood has long been synonymous with the TV and film industry. But that relationship has begun to erode as other states offer generous tax breaks in order to lure filmmakers.
In his inauguration speech, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would work with leaders at the state and county level to boost incentives to halt so-called “runaway production.”
“And I’ll set an example here by …

Arts & Culture, News »

Francesca Lia Block examines love in the time of global warming

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 20 Comments | ]
love  in the time jacket

Francesca Lia Block is the real thing, a real writer. She doesn’t talk about it; she does it. She can’t even recall how many books she’s written. She doesn’t cloister herself, either, in some vaunted space; she inspires other writers by teaching them.
And she breaks out of the narrow confines of publisher-imposed categorization. Though her popular Weetzie Bat series is considered “young adult,” one …

Arts & Culture, News »

The story behind the March on Washington soundtrack

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 49 Comments | ]
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the March

We all know music was essential to the civil rights movement, but what is it like to be the musician who opens for Martin Luther King Jr?
After I performed and did my part, Dylan and I walked away and we were just walking around and we were kind of sitting on the edge of one of the monuments behind the Lincoln Memorial smoking, just …

News, Zocalo Public Square »

50 years later, remembering the March on Washington

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 38 Comments | ]
Photo: Warren K.Leffler

Through the years, when I tell people that I covered the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, they often ask, “Did you know?”
They mean: Did I know I was present at the making of history? Did I know I was hearing one of history’s greatest moments of oratory—Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Did I know that the nation would change because …

economy, Education, Environment, Food, Issues, Politics, Today's News »

Battle is brewing over Brown’s prisoner transfer plan; Fast food workers urged to skip work; Teacher ratings

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 39 Comments | ]
n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

Prison overcrowding. Gov. Jerry Brown has another fight on his hands over the state’s overcrowded prison system.
The governor and some leaders of the state Legislature announced a $315 million plan yesterday to transfer thousands of prisoners to private facilities and city lockups. The plan could cost billions over several years.
The move comes after Brown lost a legal battle with federal officials over thinning the …

Environment »

Yosemite’s Rim Fire now the 7th largest in California history

Posted August 27, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
Rim fire burns. Photo by CA National Guard / CreativeCommons/ Flickr

After burning for 10 days, the Rim Fire has reached nearly 180,000 acres, making it 7th on this list. It is currently 20 percent contained as firefighters continue to battle the blaze. There is hope that cooling temperatures and rising humidity will help subdue the destructive fire. Yosemite officials are working to protect groves of giant Sequoia trees, and monitoring wildlife. (More here).


Environment, News, Politics »

Bicycle buffer zones proposed in state Legislature

Posted August 27, 2013 by | 81 Comments | ]
A cyclist passes cars. Photo by baudman via Flickr/CC

The state Senate has approved a bill that would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists as they pass them.
That’s despite the fact that Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a nearly identical bill last year.
The bill is meant to protect bicyclists from aggressive motorists who drive close to bikes on purpose, in order to intimidate riders.
The legislation would require a driver …

Environment, Issues, Today's News, Warren Olney »

Race on to shore up overwhelmed foster care system; Rim Fire progress; Perez vows no more early releases

Posted August 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Foster care. The head of L.A. County’s child welfare agency says his department was caught off-guard by the state’s threat to impose fines over problems in the foster care system.
County officials have faced a huge increase in the number of children entering protective care this summer. That’s led some children to be kept for extended periods in so-called “holding rooms,” where they wait until …

Environment, Interviews, News, Politics »

LA Observed: Measuring air pollution along LA freeways

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 70 Comments | ]
In this May 28, 2010 file photo, the rush hour commute starts in early afternoon and with greater intensity as traffic is jammed in both directions on Interstate 405 on the Westside of Los Angeles as commuters and vacationers hit the road. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Environmental officials are going to start tracking the amount of air pollution in areas near Southern California freeways.
Starting next year, air quality regulators will install monitors at four sites along some of the region’s busiest highways, to see how the air quality is affected by engine exhaust. That will provide some new insight into the health risks of living near these heavily traveled corridors.
Studies …

Commentary, Interviews, News, Politics »

OC Line: Santa Ana splurges on new city manager

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 80 Comments | ]
David Cavazos, the new city manager of Santa Ana.

There’s a new city manager in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. David Cavazos, formerly city manager of Phoneix, starts his new post in October. And he doesn’t come cheap.
Cavazos will earn a salary and benefits package of more than half-a-million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid city employees in California, and the second-highest-paid city manager in the state.
Santa Ana officials are …

Environment, Food, News »

How to find an urban garden (and raise goats) in LA County

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 30 Comments | ]
Cultivate LA (Photo: Kelly Rytel)

UCLA grad students in urban planning have built an impressive website with everything you need to know about urban agriculture in LA County — from raising sheep to harvesting kale. In addition to an infographic, loads of research, and some pretty pictures of produce, the Cultivate LA site features an interactive map, which shows all the community gardens, farms, school gardens and nurseries. There’s …

Arts & Culture, News »

The artist, the philanthropist, the sculpture: Paul Conrad, Joan Kroc and the secret history of Chain Reaction

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
The sketch that inspired the sculpture

This is the story of an embattled sculpture in Santa Monica, and the curious, once-secret story of how it came to be.
It begins with the late Paul Conrad, best known for his incendiary editorial cartoons at the Los Angeles Times. Over the course of his career, his work won him three Pulitzer prizes and a place on Nixon’s enemies list. (He said he was prouder …

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Yosemite fire blazes into tenth day (map, photos)

Posted August 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Rim fire burns. Photo by CA National Guard / CreativeCommons/ Flickr

View Rim Fire in a larger map
The Rim Fire continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. The blaze has affected over 224 square miles and thousands of firefighters have been deployed to fight the blaze, which is 15 percent contained.  The fire is one of the largest in California history. And it’s still growing. Thousands of people have been evacuated …

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