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Vintners finding sweet solace in California drought

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The drought is beginning to take a heavy toll on California’s agriculture industry – but one group of growers is grateful for a silver lining.
The Wall Street Journal reports the drought will help make some of the best wine that Napa and Sonoma counties have produced for some time.Vintners say the dry weather has led to smaller and tastier grapes. It’s also triggered earlier …

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5 things to make you a savvy LA craft beer drinker

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Beer sampler. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/ CC/ Flickr

With LA Beer Week coming to a close this weekend and the start of Oktoberfest upon us, there are a lot of beer-drinking events going on around town (from a block party at Glendale Tap to the official closing night at Timeless Pints in Lakewood).
But what if all you know about beer involves ‘Tapping the Rockies” or how much a keg of Natural Light costs in the …

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Why are California’s organic dairy farmers switching to almonds?

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by USDA via Flickr/CC

California has the highest concentration of organic dairies in the entire country, but the drought is starting to have an impact.
Madeleine Thomas, a fellow at Grist.org has written a two part series looking at the consequences of the drought on the Central Valley. She spent several weeks traveling between the valley and the Bay Area to examine the state of organic dairy farms, and the …

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Has the food movement reached kosher LA?

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Kale and quinoa have spread far and wide, but food trends don’t move at the same pace for everyone. The kosher community faces unique challenges in adopting more sustainable and artisanal ways of eating.
Call it trendy or just good old-fashioned gardening, but Myrna Meyers is serious about organic produce.
The USC biology professor’s Westwood backyard is filled with grapevines, fruit trees, quinoa plants and lots of herbs …

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Learning about Yiddish life before the Holocaust

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Students participating in the Helix Project perform a Yiddish song at a home in Studio City.

If you ask American Jews, or really just most Americans, to picture what it was like to live as a Jew in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, chances are you imagine a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof.”
The tale by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem tells the tale of Tevye the dairyman and his daughters in the poor village of Anatevka.
But the real story …

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LACMA redesign has museum spanning Wilshire Blvd.

Posted June 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The L.A. County Museum of Art has unveiled a new design for its proposed $650 million makeover that would have the museum’s main building span Wilshire Boulevard – with traffic passing underneath the structure. The new design by architect Peter Zumthor was created to address concerns that the original plan to extend the museum over the La Brea Tar Pits would cast a shadows …

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Kings skate to edge of L.A.’s second hockey crown

Posted June 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. Kings are on the verge of their second championship in three years after shutting out the New York Rangers 3 to 0. The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to zip. After a pair of overtime nail-biters in L.A., the Kings cruised to victory in Game 3 in New York last nightbehind the stellar goal keeping of Jonathan Quick. The …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

Posted May 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A new report puts a partial price tag on California’s drought. U.C. Davis researchers say the state’s rainfall deficit could force Central Valley farmers to fallow more than 400,000 acres of land, or six percent of the total. That’s projected to cost the state’s the agricultural industry $1.7 billion and result in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs. Growers are facing a 32-percent …

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Let the haggling begin: budget season in Sacramento

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown will lay out his revised budget today – with roughly $2 billion more in the state’s coffers than anticipated when his initial spending plan was released a few months ago. How the governor proposes to spend that extra revenue has been the subject of much speculation and debate. Majority Democrats in the Legislature are clamoring for increased spending on social services …

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High Court says L.A. can’t hide from runoff liability

Posted May 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The U.S. Supreme Court has handed a big victory to local environmentalists: The court declined to hear an appeal by Los Angeles County contesting a federal court ruling that it’s liable for cleaning up pollution in storm water runoff. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the group Los Angeles Waterkeeper sued to hold the county responsible for cleaning up arsenic, mercury, cyanide and lead …

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Fine dining finds a place at Coachella

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
LA Thai restaurant Night+Market offers chicken larb and party wings at Coachella. Photo via Food Is The New Rock.

Another several days of music and desert camaraderie continues later this week, as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival hits its second weekend.
Tens of thousands of music fans descended on Indio to enjoy the music with dancing and drinking. All that motion and walking can certainly work up an appetite. And that’s where high-end culinary offerings are trying to fill the void.
As we’ve …

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Garcetti to give first State of the City speech tonight

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City speech tonight, offering a preview of how Los Angeles will deal will projected $242 million budget deficit and laying out his spending priorities for the next fiscal year. (Listen at kcrw.com/news24 at 5pm).
His speech comes one day after the release of a report that makes a number of recommendations for improving what its authors …

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Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 9 Comments | ]
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It’s a Saturday morning at the Long Beach Convention Center, and the mood inside a second-floor ballroom is gleefully anticipatory. Nearly 1,000 people mill around, chattering and dancing to blaring pop music. It feels like we’re waiting for a concert to start, except that it’s not even 10 a.m.
Eventually, a blonde woman and a thin young man walk onto the stage at the front …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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Imperial Valley slaughterhouse closure worries locals

Posted April 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Imperial County in Southern California produces food for much of the country. The economy there depends on agriculture and cattle.  Reporter Caitlin Esch has more on why the planned shutdown of a local beef processing plant is threatening to upset an entire region.

Cattleman Bill Brandenburg walks around a feedlot in Heber, California, a small town just a few miles north of the Mexico border. …

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Clara Cakes, a teen-run vegan bakery

Posted March 28, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Clara Polito, 17, founder of the vegan bakery Clara Cakes

Clara Cakes is a Los Angeles vegan bakery, run by 17-year-old Clara Polito. While most teens are busy studying – or partying – Clara has created something of her own mini-food empire.
She’s thrived with the support of LA’s underground music scene. She started selling her baked goods at The Smell, an all-ages music venue in downtown LA, when she was around 13, so she …

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$500 million goof for state’s unemployment agency

Posted March 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The bad news is piling up for California’s Employment Development Department. A new state audit says the agency responsible for paying out unemployment claims missed out on more than $500 million in revenue available through a new federal program that allows states to tap the tax returns of people who were overpaid benefits. The Department is billions in the red because of persistently high …

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KCRW’s Oscar interviews

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Academy Awards are Sunday, and the 2014 season has been a landmark year for film. Many of the potential award winners have come through the KCRW studios. We’ve compiled the full list of nominated filmmakers who have appeared on The Business with Kim Masters and Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
More Oscar coverage here
 Here are some highlights:
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen told The Business contributor John …

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Border Patrol says deadly San Diego shooting justified

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The deadly shooting of a suspected illegal migrant is rekindling the debate over the use of lethal force along the U.S.-Mexican border. Investigators say a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent yesterday threw several large rocks, including one that hit the agent in the face. It happened about four miles from San Diego’s Otay Mesa Border Crossing as agents …

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Drought relief gets political… and cable companies want to get together

Posted February 14, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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President Obama spent a few hours in California’s Central Valley today, where he announced drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities. After landing in Fresno this afternoon, the president held what the White House called “a roundtable with community leaders.”
The president’s visit comes on the heels of $173 million his administration announced for California drought relief. ($100 million for livestock; $60 million …

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