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Stories of aging out of foster care

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There are 28,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County. It’s a big number and the challenges are immense. Less than 50 percent graduate from high school and very few finish college.
Within 2 to 4 years of leaving the system, 25 percent of young people become homeless, many are unemployed and 20 percent end up in prison. Those are tough statistics.
In an effort to …

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Dodger blue is incredibly green

Posted July 24, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to top the National League West this season, albeit barely.
And, really, it didn’t matter that they topped the NL West at the end of last season, because they blew it in the playoffs.
But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal …

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StoryCorps on being black at a traffic stop

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story about how an African American teenager was pulled over, beaten by cops, and threatened by cops is a harrowing three minutes. Alex Landau is black and was adopted by white parents. The event recounted here rattled the family and changed their understanding of how he’d be perceived out in the world.
StoryCorps has been partnering with documentary series POV to bring some of …

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Christian war memorial will remain atop Mt. Soledad

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …

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On making ‘Live?Die?Kill?:Los Angeles’

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Marty Michel at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy: Karen Michel

Pierce Brothers Memorial Park in Westwood Village has the so-called cremains of Merv Griffin, Farah Fawcett, Peggy Lee, Marilyn Monroe and lots of other TV and motion picture types and titans. It’s just walking distance from the first apartment my parents and I lived in.
Now, decades later, my parents Ellen and Marty Michel are back in their original hood; that is, their ashes are. …

News, Water and the Drought »

Which local beaches are turning off their showers?

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Beach goers rinse off. (Photo: Jenny Hamel)

Starting Wednesday showers at many California State beaches and parks will be shut off to save water during the drought. Santa Monica and LA County beaches are not yet turning off the faucets.
“There are other opportunities to rinse the sand off,” says Brain Ketterer, Southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation. You can bring a big bottle of water or use a …

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Be cool, save water

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve probably talked about it with your friends and loved ones. Have you shortened your showers and let your lawn go brown? As the drought drags on, state and city agencies are doing all they can to raise awareness and get more people to conserve water. They’ve designed campaigns that range from cute to sexy to try to make YOU to change your water wasting behavior. Is it working?
Two …

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The World Cup of whistling comes to Pasadena

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Carole Anne Kaufman, "The Whistling Diva."

While a lot of folks whistle while they work, or whistle in Mayberry, or just whistle happily, there’s more serious whistling going on.
People will be puckering their lips and belting out tunes this Saturday, June 11 at the Masters of Musical Whistling international competition and concert at The AHIAH Center in Pasadena.
The organizer of the event and two-time world whistling champion is Carole Anne Kaufman, …

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Summer reads from Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times

Posted July 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the July 4th weekend begins, we asked LA Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to offer some recommendations of the best books to take with you to the beach.
She met up with KCRW’s Lisa Napoli at the Echo Park Boathouse to share her top three picks.
Wendell Steavenson, “Circling the Square”
Linda Rosenkrantz, “Talk”
Etgar Keret, “The Seven Good Years”

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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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How eating (grass-fed) meat changed one family’s life

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Jared Stone wanted to get back to his roots.  Though he lives in southern California and works in the entertainment industry, he’s originally from Kansas.  He started thinking about what he eats, and realized that he knew more about the inner workings of his TV set than the origins of his food.
He could have planted a garden, but instead, he found himself driving north …

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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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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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That time San Diego hired a rainmaker – and it poured

Posted June 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A 1922 photo of Charles Hatfield making his chemical formula for rain. (Courtesy of San Diego Public Library)

Rain is water, and water is life. And, boy, do we not have enough water in California these days. Rain is also political. And prayer-worthy.
Four years ago, Governor Rick Perry in the state of Texas, famously asked the lord for rain.
One hundred years ago, in dehydrated San Diego, the city council approached someone less omnipotent for the wet stuff – sewing machine salesman and self-proclaimed …

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Police violence and the case of Ezell Ford

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Commission is being criticized by both community activists and the police union, for its ruling yesterday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man.
In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated LAPD policy, the commission …

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Why 7 same-sex couples from China came to West Hollywood to get married

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Seven gay couples from China are getting married in West Hollywood today as part of a campaign sponsored by Taobao, the online marketplace owned by Alibaba.
While China has decriminalized being gay or lesbian, same-sex marriage is not legal in that country, so the “We Do” campaign is largely symbolic.
“For the couples it’s not only that they were able to have the ceremony,” Charlie Gu, …

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Friends, family rally after 19-year-old Tevin Price is shot for his shoes

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Yesterday, a crowd gathered at the Top Express carwash near the corner of Florence and 11th to remember 19-year-old Tevin Terrell Price, who was killed last week for refusing to give up his sneakers.
His mom, Jennifer Price, said she was vacuuming her car at the carwash when Tevin asked if he could have two dollars to get something from the smoke shop, African Tobacco. When …

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The last-ditch effort to save the Prado Dam mural

Posted June 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Supporters are rallying to save the iconic bicentennial mural on the Prado Dam spillway in Corona, which is set to be removed Thursday.
The faded mural on the Prado Dam is a regular sight for drivers heading into Corona on the eastbound 91 freeway. It was painted by Corona High School students as part of a competition to mark the nation’s bicentennial.
The U.S. Army Corps …

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OC Supes ripped (again) for bad treatment of animals

Posted June 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A new grand jury report is turning up the heat on Orange County Supervisors to spend the money needed to fix the county’s troubled animal welfare system.
The report says that the sole county-run animal shelter is in terrible condition and can no longer do its job effectively.
Animal rights activists have been complaining about high kill rates and low adoption rates at the shelter for …

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Former inmates campaign to end solitary confinement

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s about 8:30 pm on a recent Monday and Diwane Smith is hunched over a laptop writing a letter. It’s a thank you letter of sorts to California senator Mark Leno for his support of SB 124, a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile detention facilities.
Smith’s letter reads: “Dear Senator Leno, Thank you for supporting senate bill 124 which is …

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