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Mixer: Who’s on the ballot, and what’s up for grabs?

Posted February 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Voters in Los Angeles County will head to the polls on Tuesday.
They’re set to cast ballots for City Council, School Board and Community College District Board members.
And then there are also a couple of charter amendments that would change when we hold local elections, with the goal of boosting voter turnout.
Only 23 percent of voters turned out for the last mayoral election.
Dave Zahniser covers city …

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Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, holding a sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood just a few weeks before the marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. Last month, the congregation celebrated the anniversary of this historic moment.

During the commemoration, Martin Luther King’s recorded words filled the sanctuary of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He had talked about the Hebrew people’s escape from …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Support for mandatory water cutbacks is growing

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than a third of Californians now believe the state should put into place mandatory water restrictions – instead of the voluntary cutbacks that are currently being urged.
The last time California had a major drought – back in the 1970s – just 51 percent of state voters described the situation as “extremely serious.” A new Field Poll says that nearly 70 percent of California …

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Web site puts L.A.’s cultural bounty at your fingertips

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Getty Conservation Institute and city officials have collaborated on a new web site that aims to be a one-stop-surfing destination for the culturally curious in Los Angeles.
HistoricPlacesLA.org has borrowed from sources like the National Register of Historic Places and city historic preservation zones to create a database of L.A.’s cultural heritage sites, everything from office towers and museums to delis and individual homes.
Users …

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Eeek Ticket! Disneyland flirting with $100 entry

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’re going to have to dig a little deeper if you want to hang out with Mickey and Minnie.
The Walt Disney Co. has raised ticket prices to Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its theme parks. The new prices went into effect yesterday.
Single-day tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim are now $99 for anyone 10 or older. The price for …

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Oscars 2015: Full list

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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*It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

The full list of Oscar nominees and winners is below, with links to relevant KCRW interviews.
The 87th Oscars:

Best Picture:
“American Sniper”
** WINNER “Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
Best Actor:
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
** WINNER Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, ‘The Theory …

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‘Sacred Faces’ finds inspiration in religious imagery

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
"Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.  I came back a second day to photograph more of  the figures.  Anruddha Thera sits on the Bohdi pathway leading up to the temples.  His serene face charms everyone who sees him."

Whether it’s a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of the Buddha, or the quixotic grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery, and the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.
“Why have we all decided to do it this way? Almost from the first moment we know about human …

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Yet another NFL stadium proposal…still no team

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Is it real, or merely a last-ditch attempt to extract concessions from the citizens of San Diego and Oakland?
The Chargers and the Raiders football teams say they’re making plans to build a shared stadium in Carson. The clubs are bitter rivals on the gridiron. Their business partnership stems from each team’s inability to get a stadium built in their home cities. The teams say …

Health Care, Issues, News »

A plea for measles vaccinations before spring travel

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Leaving the country for spring break?
If so, California health officials are urging you to get vaccinated for measles, if you haven’t already.
More than 150 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with measles in the past couple of months, including at least 113 in California. Most of those cases are linked to an outbreak that started at Disneyland in December
The California Department of Public …

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Universal Studios greenlights a sequel for tram tour

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …

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Bringing the war home: Inventive photographs tell the stories of veterans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Captain Elizabeth A. Condon, New York Army National Guard, veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom, with daughter, Kate, and mother Elizabeth; Troy, NY, June 2008, Fujiflex Super Glossy optical c-print, from In Country: Soldier’s Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, © Jennifer Karady

If you’re headed to Palm Springs for modernism week, or any other reason, here’s a possible, if unrelated, detour: an exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum of photographs by the Brooklyn-based artist, Jennifer Karady.
An hour and a world away from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, where soldiers are trained for ground combat in the middle east, the museum commissioned a piece from Karady, …

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Sultans of Satire: Finding humor in difficult times

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Mona Shaikh performs during the Sultans of Satire stand-up comedy show. Photo by Megan Sweas.

Last month, French jihadists opened fire at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and two other locations in the Paris area, killing 17 people.
The incident sparked a debate about the importance of free speech and satire, and how Western society should address radical Islam.
Tonight at Harmony Gold on the Sunset Strip (ticket info here), several Muslim-American, Middle Eastern and Jewish comedians will take …

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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 …

Health Care, Zocalo Public Square »

If you opt out of vaccinations, should everyone know where you live?

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Shouldn’t we know where they live?
California’s measles outbreak has touched off a debate about how to reduce the number of parents who choose—in defiance of all credible public health information—not to vaccinate their children. So far, the debate has focused on tightening California laws that make it easy for parents to obtain exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Newly introduced state legislation would eliminate the …

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State ordered to make a plan for resuming executions

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The last execution in California took place nearly a decade ago, and family members of some murder victims say that’s unacceptable. Now a judge is aiding their fight to resume executions – saying those family members have a right to try to force the state to fix its system for delivering lethal injections to condemned inmates.
Three years ago, Gov, Jerry Brown ordered state officials …

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They tried to arrest me for planting carrots in my South L.A. neighborhood

Posted February 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/jbolles

In 2003, long before a warrant was issued for my arrest for the crime of planting vegetables, I remember going to a store in South Central L.A. and picking up some tomatoes. The stickers on them read: “Coated with shellac.” I thought to myself: Isn’t that the stuff we used to coat wood in my high school woodshop? Why is it on these tomatoes? …

Environment, Issues, News »

Big winter blaze could be a glimpse of what’s to come

Posted February 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A wind-whipped wildfire that tore through the eastern Sierra Nevada this week didn’t get the same attention that many other devastating fires in the state receive – perhaps because it’s not fire season, and few were expecting it.
But this one was bad, and it’s exactly the kind of fire that climate experts warn will become more common in California as increased heat and more …

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screen grab from the trailer for 'Straight Outta Compton'

In an introduction to the trailer (above, NSFW), Dr. Dre and Ice Cube ride through their old neighborhood, “We put it all in the music, all our frustration and anger,” they say. “Our music was like our weapon, and that’s the most powerful weapon we’ve got.”
In 1988 NWA released “Straight Outta Compton” and changed hip-hop forever. The controversial album punched through the charts with 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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DMV voter registration? It should be automatic

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Motor Voter Law was passed by Congress way back at the beginning of President Bill Clinton’s first term to make it easier for people to sign up to vote. It requires motor vehicle departments around the country to use driver’s license and ID card applications as voter registration forms.
But a report released yesterday by the public policy group Demos found that the Motor …

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