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LA Auto Show: The concept of ‘concept’

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Kia's concept minivan features camouflage and a work space in the back

‘Tis the season to be thankful. For engines and motors and tires, oh my. And the freedom that cars afford us.
Southern California is freeway intense, of course. Those roads are packed with cars and trucks that are at the forefront of technology. Which is another way of saying they’re cars that got their start at shows like the Los Angeles International Auto Show as “concepts.”

That …

economy, Issues, News »

Los Angeles is America’s chronic homelessness capital

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

How bad is homelessness in the Golden State?
Consider new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. It says that more than one third of the country’s chronically homeless people live in California.
L.A. City and County have more long-term homelessness than any region in the state, which is not news to anyone who has seen tent cities mushrooming on sidewalks, under freeway overpasses …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: a farm to family feast

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she asked shoppers to share their favorite market-inspired Thanksgiving dishes.
Mouths watered hearing about Chris Heimlich’s Grilled Heritage Turkey, Kirsten Soria’s Cornbread Stuffing, Sam Edelman’s Baked Quince, Shaun Belway’s Apple Cider Buttered Rum and Elizabeth Colling’s Cinderella Pumpkin Cake.

Chris Heimlich’s Turkey Brine:

1 cup brown sugar
1 …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, News »

BACKSTAGE: A Curtain Raiser for LA

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater. Here’s the ‘curtain raiser’ speech I long to hear in every theater in Los Angeles.]
Good evening!
Hi, I’m the artistic director. Thank you all for making it out tonight. 
Your presence makes what we do possible. Without you — it’s just a rehearsal. You, the audience, make theater possible. And not just the theater but the community. We …

Education, Warren Olney »

UC president says schools nationwide must confront systemic racism

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism. Photo: KOMUnews via Flickr

Protests at the University of Missouri and the resulting resignation of the school’s president have brought national attention to race relations at colleges and universities across the country.
The students demanded, among other things, the school increase the amount of black faculty by 10 percent and compose a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students.    
But the events in Missouri are just …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Melissa Etheridge, solo and personal in Santa Barbara

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

As a singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge took cues from the best. She wore the tapes out of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Rickie Lee Jones and Paul Simon.
“They wrote songs that spoke to the human condition,” said Etheridge. “I always believed that’s what a singer-songwriter’s job was.”
Two Grammy awards and 13 albums later, some might say she’s doing her job well. In addition to making music, …

Education, News, Warren Olney »

Is outside spending good for local journalism?

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As news organizations across the country struggle to make ends meet, so-called “sponsored content” has become one of several tempting alternatives to traditional advertising, but not without drawbacks.
Recently, the Los Angeles Times became the focus of headlines for becoming the latest outlet to launch a separate side business that creates custom content for corporate clients.
As Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly notes, the Los …

Issues, LA Noir, News, The Mixer »

Mixer: Guns in the crosshairs

Posted October 30, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
friday mixer square

In a unanimous vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require handguns be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who authored the measure, says the law is all about preventing children from unintentionally harming themselves or others.
“There are more preschoolers killed with guns in this country than police officers killed by guns,” …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara »

Drilling along Los Padres

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

A controversial decision was made in the town of Santa Paula last week. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors gave the green light to build 19 new oil wells and to continue operating 17 more.

In a 3-2 vote, the board voted to deny appeals by environmental groups and grant a 30-year permit modification for the project proposed by California Resources Corp. in an existing oil field along …

Interviews, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Violence in Mideast, Ripples in LA

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
friday mixer square

Over the past three weeks, the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen yet another uptick in violence.
At least 40 Palestinians and nine Israelis have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
And protests and deadly clashes have, once again, become the daily norm.
At the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said about the violence: “We need to keep the situation from escalating into …

Arts & Culture, News »

Steve Martin the Art Curator

Posted October 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

To name Steve Martin’s many achievements in the arts would be a lofty task.

Issues, LA Noir, la riots, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Remembering the OJ trial and verdict

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.

Commentary, News, Politics »

How a 1965 immigration law shaped today’s Los Angeles

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What does Lyndon Johnson have to do with the creation of L.A.’s Koreatown?

The lasting effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 were apparent at a recent swearing in ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 6,000 people from 140 countries sat in neat rows before a stage and a giant American flag. Some of the largest numbers of people came from countries like the Philippines, China, Armenia and …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Spoiler alerts abound in the social media age

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
blocking ears

Be warned: spoiler alerts ahead.
Yes, this interview may include references to movies or TV shows or books you may or may not be watching or reading. Or even care about.
Either way, you may hear something related to something in pop culture that you may not be ready to hear.
It seems we’re living in a social media age where spoilers abound. And – not to …

Arts & Culture »

Pop-Up Magazine’s live storytelling comes back to LA

Posted September 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pop-Up on Tour

The art of oral storytelling spans from The Odyssey to a toddler’s bedtime routine — somewhere in between is Pop-Up Magazine, a live multimedia storytelling show.
“We think of it as a chance for people to tell stories in all different kinds of media from photography to film to animation,” said Douglas McGray, co-creator and editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Magazine, explaining that the event breaks the traditional storytelling model …

California Elections, Interviews, Issues, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change has suffered two major defeats this week.
On Wednesday, Brown and Democratic leaders eliminated a key portion of a climate change bill that would have required California to cut its petroleum consumption in half in the next 15 years.
And yesterday, the bill by state Senator Fran Pavley of Simi Valley to reducing …

News »

Austin Beutner dispatched from LA Times after 1 year

Posted September 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Times building10

There’s more upheaval at the L.A. Times.
Publisher Austin Beutner has been fired as publisher of the newspaper, just one year after he was hired.
Politico – which first reported the story – says Beutner was forced out because of ongoing tensions with Jack Griffin, the chief executive of Tribune Publishing.
Here’s how the Chicago Tribune put it:
“Beutner, who has been heading up the largest newspaper in …

Interviews, Politics »

Persians in LA react to the Iran nuclear deal

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Raymond Khaneshan, owner of Shaherzad Restaurant on Westwood Boulevard. Photo by Shara Morris.

Nowhere is the Iran nuclear program debate more relevant that Los Angeles’s Westwood neighborhood – also known as Tehrangeles.
It’s home to the largest Persian community outside of Iran. Shara Morris stopped by two small businesses in the neighborhood, and got two very different views on the deal.

News »

The stigma of colonoscopies and African-American risk of colon cancer

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
At the "Relay for Life" event in Baldwin Hills, Dr. Zuri Murrell (second from left), and Erin Stennis (second from right). Photo by Malek Mansour.

Nearly 50,000 Americans are expected to die from colorectal cancer this year. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
African-Americans are more likely than any other group to develop colorectal cancer and to die from it.

On a Saturday morning in Baldwin Hills, at a “Relay for Life” event for cancer survivors. Ramona Stephens called to the stage a tall, African-American …

Housed: Life on Skid Row, News »

John Kelly: The Advocate

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

John Kelly, a Vietnam vet from south central and recovered addict who spent 15 years on the streets, is outreach coordinator at the Los Angeles Mission. He helps people in need navigate the maze of available services.
“Why do you think people sleep on the streets? There’s no law against it downtown. It’s that simple,” he says.

This story is part of our series, Housed: Life …

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