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Climate trumps traffic, crowds for California residents

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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 | 3 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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California’s plastic bag ban facing two-pronged attack

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An Orange County lawmaker is pushing to dump California’s plastic bag ban – even while the law is on hold because of a pending voter referendum.
Costa Mesa Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper introduced two bills yesterday. One would reverse the plastic bag ban. The other would get rid of the 10 cent fee for paper bags that is part of the law.
Harper says the charge …

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Vast majority of newly insured qualifying for subsidies

Posted January 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
People sign up for health insurance information at a Covered California event in Los Angeles

Uncle Sam paid out more than $3 billion to Californians to subsidize their health insurance under Obamacare last year.
That money went to about 80,000 households – with an average annual subsidy of about $5,200, according to Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.
Folks getting subsidies paid about $1.1 billion in healthcare premiums themselves. That means that for every dollar they spent, the government spent …

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Inglewood isn’t what you think it is

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Space shuttle Endeavour is seen next to the Randy’s Donuts landmark in Inglewood, Calif.
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To live in Inglewood is to have people make assumptions about you. Recently, people have been making assumptions about what a new pro football stadium, proposed by the owner of the NFL’s Rams, would mean for us. One such assumption now prevalent in the media is that we’ll embrace it, because we’re assumed to be economically desperate—because Inglewood is “over 90 percent minority” (L.A. …

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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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Mixer: Is California doing enough for the poor?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the budget debate continues over how to deal with the least among us in California, there are calls from the extreme left for Governor Brown, and the legislature, to devote more to those people and social programs that were hit hard in the state budget by the Great Recession, and they haven’t much recovered.
Here in Los Angeles, there are proposals to raise the …

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The bullet train is finally coming. Who are the winners and losers?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Spend anytime at all in Fresno and you’ll likely see and hear trains. That’s because the tracks of one of California’s busiest freight train lines cuts right through the center of Fresno.
But the railroad everyone is talking about doesn’t exist yet. However, construction of the $68 billion dollar system to run California’s high speed passenger rail, has finally started after years of discussion and planning.
Many in Fresno …

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More Mexican trucks rolling onto California roads

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The United States, Mexico and Canada negotiated the groundbreaking hemispheric trade agreement known as NAFTA 20 years ago. Now, a controversial and long-delayed part of that pact looks like it’s finally ready to be enacted – and it will have an impact on California drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation – will soon make a …

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What is the ‘California Dream’?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Today’s California dream is not your grandfather’s California dream.
So why do we keep telling ourselves that we’re still seeking the same California dream? “California dream” has become a verbal tic in speeches, a graffiti we scrawl on signs and headlines without thinking about its meaning. Democrats and Republicans alike, as they assumed new offices this month, pledged to defend the supposedly enduring California dream. …

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Mixer: Budget is more of the same, and not much more

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown today released a record $113 billion state spending plan.
Under the proposal, the general fund will increase about 5 percent from the current fiscal year… something the governor says reflects California’s economic momentum.
The governor, however, did not propose many new programs but instead focused on covering growing costs to existing ones.
John Myers is at the California Politics Desk at KQED in San Francisco, and …

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What California can learn from the Rose Parade

Posted January 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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It’s not just how nice it’d be to have all the surfaces in Capitol offices covered in flowers (legislators produce enough manure to make such a project sustainable). Or how much more fun it would be to visit government offices if you could bring a barbecue and camp out the night before your appointment (imagine the change at the DMV). It’s that the Rose …

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Playing Santa to total strangers

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Where do all those letters that kids write to Santa go?  For over 100 years, the US Postal Service has made it possible for people to “adopt” letters from the neediest kids, based on their zip codes–and fulfill their Christmas wishes.
In Los Angeles, ground zero for Operation Santa is the massive postal processing facility on Central Avenue.  Weeks before the holiday, people stream in …

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How to keep John Muir’s legacy alive

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
John Muir Trail, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. Photo by Kristine Paulus/ CC/ Flickr.

The pioneering environmentalist John Muir was no great fan of cities. In 1868, he hightailed it out of San Francisco as fast as he could for the Sierra Nevada. He later referred to Los Angeles as “that handsome conceited little town” and similarly skedaddled away pronto to the San Gabriel Mountains. Yet it was in Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve 100 years ago, that …

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Mixer: Attack on Hollywood; what’s next?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …

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Watch live: President Obama’s year-end press conference

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., en route to the White House following a trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is expected to deliver his year-end press conference at 10:30 am PT. He is expected to take questions on a wide range of issues affecting us all: Cuba, the Sony hack and threats from North Korea, immigration reform, ISIS, and Obamacare.
The president last faced reporters the day after the mid-term elections, after Democrats faced a series of losses.
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