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Timeline: How did we get here on immigration reform?

Posted November 20, 2014 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Immigration protest. Photo by Eric Pearse Chavez

This timeline starts with the Bracero Program, which ran from 1942 to 1964. Under the program, more than 4.5 million Mexican workers came to the United States to farm, taking hard jobs at low wages.But these weren’t the first workers to come to the U.S. Until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , nearly 200,0000 Chinese nationals worked the field. But immigration history starts …

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Ahead of WWII anniversary, Korean ‘comfort women’ statue brings dark history to Glendale

Posted August 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
The comfort woman statue in Glendale

The Korean comfort woman statue in Glendale was unveiled last month, reigniting the conversation about former sex slaves of Japanese soldiers during World War II. Tomorrow, August 15, marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II, and the former comfort women are still seeking justice after all these years.
Twelve elderly South Korean women, who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during …

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Dreaming of an LA commute without cars

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 82 Comments | ]
Greater Los Angeles Freeway System Map by Peter Dunn

Commuting in Los Angeles can be a nightmare with or without cars. With a car, you are stuck in traffic. Without a car, you are stuck at home. People are constantly talking about an imaginary L.A. without traffic, smog, or cars.
Boston-based designer Peter Dunn recently re-imagined the city’s trademark freeway system as a subway system. He made a new map using the familiar design of …

Arts & Culture »

Video: The inspiring tales of LA’s ‘ugly, dirty or weird’ places

Posted August 1, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
Tom Carroll

You may know about Los Angeles, but what about the hidden L.A. in the new web series, “Tom Explores Los Angeles?”  Tom Carroll, a 27-year-old sign artist at Trader Joe’s, recently released the web series, which follows him as he explores the hidden history of Southern California. It brings viewers to a lot of unusual gems in L.A. like the steepest street, the sunken city, …

Arts & Culture, Summer »

Photos: Honoring the spirits at LA’s Obon festivals

Posted July 22, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
Taiko Performance

Last weekend Little Tokyo was filled with drumming, the scent of Teriyaki chicken, and the colorful fabrics of summer kimonos as Los Angeles’ Japanese American community came together to pay tribute to its ancestors. Obon carnivals were held in the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and  Zenshuji Soto Mission on Saturday and Sunday, and there many are more to come.
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor …

economy, News »

SoCal’s median house price jumps to $385,000

Posted July 19, 2013 by | 23 Comments | ]
Courtesy: flickr/Images Money

Southern California’s housing market is on the rebound. SoCal’s median sales price reached $385,000 last month, up 4.6 percent from May and the highest dollar amount in more than five years. It’s a rapid increase. Home prices were up 28.3 percent last month compared to a year ago, according to real-estate information firm DataQuick. The jump is greater than “any year-over-year pop seen during …

Arts & Culture, Food, Summer »

Food fests and night markets make for a summer of good eating

Posted June 20, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
LA Street Food Fest (Courtesy: flickr/victoriabernal)

Los Angeles’ foodies are having a very busy summer. L.A. is swamped with food festivals and night markets this summer, offering locals a never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest.
Chinatown Summer Nights opened last week in the Central Plaza of Chinatown, bringing new life to the old town. The schedule changes every month, but there are entire nights of food trucks, contests, cooking …

Environment, News »

Climate change may mean less snow for SoCal mountains

Posted June 14, 2013 by | 97 Comments | ]
San Gabriel Mountain (Courtesy by flickr/jcookfisher)

It’s summer time, and it may get hotter and hotter every year with a stunning snowfall loss in the Southern California mountains. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences released  a report today called Mid- and End-of-Century Snowfall in the Los Angeles Region, predicting that L.A. area mountains may lose a lot of snow.
Due to continual greenhouse gas emissions, …

Education, News »

Want to keep kids in school? Give them a car

Posted June 12, 2013 by | 55 Comments | ]
LAUSD students (Courtesy: flickr/Prayitno )

Two high school seniors each won an $18,000 Chevrolet Sonic for showing up to school on time everyday. Vanessa Umana and Euri Tanaka had perfect attendance. The cars were part of a year-long contest to encourage perfect attendance at Los Angeles Unified schools.
LAUSD has awarded monthly prizes to hundreds of students who never miss a day of school. Rewards donated by local companies included …

Bad Driving, economy, News »

You can finally afford an electric car

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 58 Comments | ]
An electric car (Courtesy: flckr/mariordo59)

For the first time, electric cars are offered at a lower price than their gasoline rivals. With pressure from state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, car makers are competing on lease pricing in California, offering deals as low as $199 for the default monthly cost.
“Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a …

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