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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 | ]

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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Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Cleanup continues along the central California coast, after a broken crude oil pipeline Tuesday ruptured and spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.
Vessels have deployed three sets of floating booms to try to keep the two slicks from spreading, while other boats are skimming oil from the sea surface.
Officials say up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and about 21,000 …

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California doctors won’t fight assisted suicide bill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the country to drop opposition to what has been widely known as “physician assisted suicide.”
The medical group made the decision in response to a bill in the state Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs to some terminally ill patients. The group is now neutral on the bill, …

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Photographer Tyler Shields tackles race and media in “Historical Fiction”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Photographer Tyler Shields doesn’t claim to be making big political statements, but his recent series Historical Fiction puts America’s Civil Rights era in bright bold color.
The photos explore dark moments in history, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Martin Luther King Jr., with many of them honing in on moments that confront the country’s racist past.
Shields has taken heat in the past for some provocative photos of Hollywood starlets. His …

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The battle to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Update: The LA City Council has voted 14-1 in favor of drafting a plan to raise the minimum wage.

At a recent event at Los Angeles’ City Hall to honor L.A.’s small business owners, Mayor Eric Garcetti trumpeted the city’s economic achievements during his time in office.
The audience, business owners listening to Garcetti, sat politely; but just under the surface there was anger and anxiety about proposals …

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Wage theft and the minimum wage

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As Los Angeles considers a minimum wage increase, the question of wage theft remains.
Garment workers, restaurant workers, nail salon workers all receive minimum wage. And, sometimes even less. In fact, one study says one third of all workers earn below the state’s $9 minimum wage. Among these workers, women, undocumented workers, and minority workers get the worst of it. And, without more enforcement, the problem …

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Which California cities are raising the minimum wage?

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. city council has voted to proceed with a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer workers) will have until 2021 to raise their wage.
The City Attorney’s Office will now draft an ordinance that will return to the council for a final vote.
This will put Los Angeles (the city, not the county) in …

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In light of IV: “People will look at this park differently.”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo: IV Recreation and Parks District

In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
On May 23rd, 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a rampage, stabbing three people to death before shooting and killing three more, injuring fourteen and taking his own life.
We’re starting our series where the tragedy itself began, in IV. Near the newly planted memorial garden in People’s Park, residents take …

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RuPaul on a career in drag, self-expression and having fun

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s ComicCon, and AdultCon, FilmCon and James Caan. This weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, there’s DragCon – that’s drag as in drag shows.
The two day convention that starts Saturday is being billed as the “art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all.”
Men dressing as women is nothing new. But it’s not the taboo that it once was, as it’s gained a …

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