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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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Will LA raise the minimum wage?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is getting closer to raising the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. A city council committee approved the increase on Wednesday, and the full city council is expected to vote on it next week.
“For the restaurant business, it’s going to be detrimental,” George Abou-Daoud, owner of Bowery Street Enterprises told Press Play. He said restaurants in LA support a …

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Santa Monica rolls out an unwelcome mat for Airbnb

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Santa Monica City Council has enacted tough restrictions on short-term rentals – cutting off a source of income for homeowners who’ve been using online sites like Airbnb to rent their properties to tourists.
Santa Monica will now ban rentals of entire homes or apartment units for less than 30 days. People can still rent out rooms or so-called “mother-in-law” units, but they’ll have to …

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Whose responsibility is it to guarantee a minimum wage?

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Share your insights on a fair minimum wage…

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Minimum wage activists fast for better pay

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After a two-week hunger strike, minimum wage activists were rewarded with a meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday morning. The strike is part of an ongoing campaign to push for a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles.
During the day most of those taking part in the fast spend the time under a white tent just across the street from City Hall. …

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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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