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Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

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Map: Are your neighbors trendsetters or the Social Security set?

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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ESRI, a group that analyzes demographic data, released a fascinating map last year that’s starting to make the social media rounds again. The map takes a super close look at “tapestries” around the country. Tapestries take into account age, income, professions and leisure activities and demographics.
Here’s how they put it:

Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America’s neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 …

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L.A’s Banamex bank hit with huge fines, closing down

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you bank at Banamex USA, you’re going to have to find a new place to do your business.
The L.A. bank has been hit with heavy fines and agreed to shut down because it hasn’t done enough to stop money laundering by drug gangs and other bad actors.
Banamex – which operates primarily around the U.S.-Mexican border – is owned by banking giant Citibank, which …

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A $25 ticket to the top of L.A.’s skyline

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s not quite the roof of the world, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in L.A.
The owners of U.S. Bank Tower – the city’s tallest structure – are building an outdoor observation deck and restaurant on the top floors.
The view will be spectacular, but it won’t be cheap: The price is $25 per visitor.
The L.A. Times reports the U.S. Bank Tower …

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Are you trying to buy a house in (or near) LA?

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via http://401kcalculator.org /CC/Flickr

For an upcoming Which Way, LA? we want to hear from you!

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Mixer: For creatives, LA is great if you can afford it

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA.
There’s even the comparison of LA with other, denser cities like New York and San Francisco in how comparatively inexpensive …

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Making LA: Government

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …

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Wage stagnation afflicts middle-class Californians

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is in the midst of an economic recovery – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the paychecks of middle-income workers: Wages are lower than they were four years ago, and buying power for middle earners continues to erode.
When you adjust for inflation, middle class incomes in Californians have fallen more than six percent since 2006 and the start of the recession. …

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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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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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Supreme Court win is sweet sanction for raisin farmer

Posted June 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can call it sour grapes, and plenty of people have, but the Supreme Court has now endorsed a lawsuit filed by a California farming couple over the confiscation of their raisins.
The high court ruled that a program that allows state officials to take raisins from farmers to help reduce supply and boost prices is unconstitutional.
The ruling is a victory for farmers Marvin and …

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L.A. is taking a harder line on illegal street vending

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you bought a bacon-wrapped hot dog or a bag of cherries recently from one of the thousands of vendors who ply L.A. streets, parks and beaches?
Vending carts are a staple of L.A.’s underground economy – and a source of income for newly arrived immigrants and others with few other job prospects. But they are also illegal.
This week the L.A. City Council voted to …

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Making LA: The built environment

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Is Los Angeles a world-class city? If not, what will make it become one? Those questions are at the heart of a new series on Press Play called “Making LA.”
Over the last century, Los Angeles become a giant. But even with the rapid growth, it has a bit of an inferiority complex, constantly questioning its own identity.
Over the next few weeks, Madeleine Brand’s Press Play will …

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Judges take aim at ‘pay first, fight later’ traffic tickets

Posted June 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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If you want to fight your traffic ticket but you can’t afford to pay the fine upfront, you’re suddenly in luck.
Faced with mounting complaints, the state’s rule-setting Judicial Council voted unanimously today to require counties to change their policies so people can fight tickets without paying them first. The only applies to drivers who show up for their first scheduled court appearance. It goes …

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Mixer: Cue LA’s on-screen destruction

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Whether or not a movie is made in this company town, Hollywood seems to really like one thing: destroying Los Angeles.
Some examples include the movies The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Escape from LA (1996), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Earthquake (1974), This is the End (2013), and Independence Day (1996).
Maybe your plans include the latest iteration of imagination and conflagration on the big screen: San Andreas.
That …

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California aims for more (film) disasters in the making

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Warner Bros. disaster flick “San Andreas” opens today – the latest in a long line of Hollywood movies to lay cinematic waste to the Golden State. But like last year’s “Godzilla,” which also served up a cataclysmic view of California, “San Andreas” was filmed in a land far away. “Godzilla” was shot mostly in Vancouver and “San Andreas” in Australia.
Fewer than a quarter of …

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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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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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Putting LA’s new minimum wage in context

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The nearly unanimous vote was 14 to 1 Tuesday in the LA City Council in favor of raising the minimum wage.  Mike Bonin, who represents most of the Westside, said raising the wage to $15 was “the least we can do. It is the very least we can do.”
Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Dakota Smith explained that this makes Los Angeles becomes the largest city in the …

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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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