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A former reporter wins a Pulitzer – for journalism

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Daily Breeze reporters Rebecca Kimitch, left, and Rob Kuznia celebrate in the newsroom after winning a Pulitzer Prize for stories on corruption in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. (Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze)

Exciting news came earlier this week for some local journalists. The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes for cultural commentary and for drought reporting. And The Daily Breeze, based in Torrance, won a Pulitzer for local reporting for an investigation into a cash-strapped local school district.
It was the first-ever Pulitzer win for the South Bay paper. Reporters Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch and …

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Actors’ Equity and the minimum wage debate

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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National leaders of Actors’ Equity have rejected a recent vote by rank-and-file union members in Los Angeles’ stage acting community.
They will impose a $9 hourly minimum wage for members who perform in Los Angeles County theaters, unless they perform in theaters of 49 seats or fewer, or if it’s a membership company, or if the show is self-produced.
The issue has pitted the national stage actors’ …

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Will a rebranded neighborhood have room for the poor?

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Every year, filmmaker Drew Bachrach (who earns a living creating content-for-hire) saves up enough money to make his own work in the summertime, to pursue a passion project. When he heard about the planned demolition of a housing project in Watts, built decades ago as temporary barracks for veterans returning from World War II, he knew he’d found his subject. He wondered if what happened …

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L.A. police agencies accused of excessive seizures

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Pomona has found a controversial way to pad its budget.
Between 2006 and 2013, Pomona reaped more than $14 million from confiscated property – more than the cities of Long Beach, Fresno and Oakland combined.
That’s according to the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes decriminalizing drugs. The Alliance has a new report that says a handful of L.A. County cities …

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The murals of Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In April, 2010, a group of a dozen artists and bohemians arrived at a darkened corridor named Pasaje Rodriguez.
The corridor, running between Avenida Revolucion, the city’s tourist strip, and Avenida Constitucion, a main transportation hub, had years before been packed with souvenir shops catering to American tourists.
The artists instead found the place dark, stinking of urine, littered with trash, windows broken and ceilings crumbling.
Drug …

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Brown defends decision to give farmers a water break

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking some heat since he announced California’s first mandatory water restrictions last week. That’s because he let farmers largely off the hook – focusing the cutbacks in urban areas.
Critics say that California’s efforts to conserve water will be ineffective without major contributions from agriculture.
But the governor isn’t suffering the criticism silently. During an interview with the ABC news program …

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Mixer: Dodger Blues

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening at 6:10 PST, when they’ll play the Angels in a Spring Training ‘freeway’ matchup.
They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres.
And they’ll be looking to advance further into the playoffs than they did last year, when they came up short.
But most fans who want to see …

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Coachella at the Rose Bowl? A music and arts festival is on the horizon

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 5 Comments | ]
Concert goers toss t-shirts in the air at the 2014 Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The Rose Bowl is pursuing a music festival of its own, slated for the summer of 2016.

It took Darryl Dunn just one visit to San Francisco’s beloved Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival to be convinced — this is the future of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

“It was a great vibe,” Dunn, the CEO of the Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC), which manages the Rose Bowl, recalled. “It was fun. And we were like, ‘could this happen at the Rose Bowl?’ And we thought ‘ya …

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Barney Frank on coming out in Congress

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Barney Frank at KCRW. Photo: Gari Askew

In his new book, “”Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage” Barney Frank tells his story of navigating Congressional politics as a gay man. “We gay and lesbian people don’t discuss our sexuality any more than straight people do,” he told Warren on “To the Point.” It’s just that when we do it, it’s called ‘coming out.’ When straight people do …

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Why are California’s gas prices so volatile?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State lawmakers today tried to fill-up on knowledge of why gas prices have been all over the place the past few months. And how refinery issues have affected recent spikes.
Prices in January were near four and five year lows. Then they jumped by a dollar in some cases in the course of just a couple of weeks.
Part of that is the recent explosion at …

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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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How your garden tells the story of immigration in Southern California

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 5 Comments | ]
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The buzzing of leaf blowers, weed whackers and lawnmowers are part of Southern California’s sonic landscape. And the people usually holding those machines are Latino immigrant men, who call themselves jardineros, Spanish for gardeners. It’s their labor that gives curb appeal to so many homes, keeping lawns neatly trimmed, hedges pruned and weeds at bay.
The story of the jardineros also reveals the long relationship between immigration and the …

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Mixer: LA’s decelerating car culture?

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.

From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …

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Stacey Kenyon: ‘I just felt like it was time to breathe’

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Stacey Kenyon
Kansas City, Missouri
“I just felt like it was time to breathe.”
It has been said that Los Angeles is becoming a city of renters. The California dream of owning a house with a backyard and an orange tree is almost out of reach for a middle class family. If you’re a single 40-year-old woman with a good job in construction management like Stacey …

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Climate trumps traffic, crowds for California residents

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Yes, we have traffic, a high-costing living and a historic drought. But more than seven in 10 Californian voters say the Golden State is still the best place to live.
A new USC Dornsife-L.A. Times poll finds that state residents remain smitten with California’s weather, its beaches and its cultural offerings. But especially the weather. Sixty-nine percent of people said the state’s mild climate was …

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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 30 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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Mixer: Car-go is now Car-slow

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Very little is moving at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, part of an enormous system of ports all up and down the west coast of the United States.
An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies at those ports has led to a extreme slowdown and ultimate suspension of unloading cargo ships.
There are as many as 27 ships waiting at anchor outside the two ports, with …

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State’s fracking wells have alarming levels of benzene

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Waste liquid from fracking operations contains levels of benzene that can be far higher than state and federal agencies consider safe, according to a new analysis.
That liquid – known as flowback fluid – is often reinjected into groundwater. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
The state passed a fracking law two years ago that requires oil companies to test wells for a variety of toxins. The …

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Another big solar plant goes online in California desert

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of the biggest solar energy projects in the country will get an official dedication ceremony today in the Riverside County desert.
The 3,800-acre Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is expected to generate electricty for more than 150,000 homes. Pasadena-based First Solar is building and operating the plant.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to join state and local officials for the dedication today.
The biggest solar …

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Mixer: The Haves and the Have Nots

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re just into 2015, and here we are, talking about the presidential candidates for 2016. In speech after speech, Republican and Democratic candidates are weighing in on income inequality and the wealth gap. Or, as Jeb Bush called it this week, the “opportunity gap.”
A new multimedia series for Capital & Main launched this week, in a cross-California analysis of poverty and an increasing income …

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