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Is mandatory school ‘volunteering’ against the law?

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …

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Timeline: How did we get here on immigration reform?

Posted November 20, 2014 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Immigration protest. Photo by Eric Pearse Chavez

This timeline starts with the Bracero Program, which ran from 1942 to 1964. Under the program, more than 4.5 million Mexican workers came to the United States to farm, taking hard jobs at low wages.But these weren’t the first workers to come to the U.S. Until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , nearly 200,0000 Chinese nationals worked the field. But immigration history starts …

Environment, Issues, News »

Searching for urchins and restoring a kelp forest

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A decimated giant kelp forest in Southern California is making a comeback after volunteers removed almost two million sea urchins that devour the plants.
The Bay Foundation reports that the first year of the program has restored about 12.5 acres of kelp forests along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The new forests have attracted all kinds of sea creatures – including Garibaldi, bass, spiny lobster, and …

Education, News, Politics »

Brown and Napolitano at odds over U.C. tuition hikes

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A battle between Gov. Jerry Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano is brewing over Napolitano’s proposal to hike tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
Brown appointed two new regents to the University of California yesterday: Former Assembly Leader John Perez, who’s about to be termed out of the Legislature, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent of Long Beach City College.
The timing …

News, Sports »

Old man and the seethe: Lakers losing, Kobe stewing

Posted November 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Kobe Bryant appears to have fully recovered from injuries that sidelined him most of the last two seasons. That’s the good news.
The bad news is the Lakers are, well, bad. Historically bad.
They lost again last night, falling to the Golden State Warriors 136-115 at Staples Center. They are now 1-9: That’s the worst 10-game start in franchise history. We’re talking back to Minneapolis days.
The …

economy, News »

Housing wanted: The desperate search for an affordable apartment

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Southern California is often thought of as the land of the single family home: a home that’s owned, not rented, by its residents. This could be a modest tract house in the San Fernando Valley or a palatial designer residence perched on the sand in Newport Beach. But the image of Southern California as a kind of homeowners’ Shangri-La is something of a myth.
Just over …

Issues, News »

More concealed weapons likely in California

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is a step closer to allowing just about anyone who can legally own a gun to carry a concealed weapon. That’s because a federal judge has refused to allow State Attorney General Kamela Harris and anti-gun activists to challenge a court ruling from earlier this year that affirmed that right.
The concealed weapon case comes from San Diego – but it will have implications …

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Will LA crackdown on Airbnb?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Pictured: Joel Mandelkorn and Mandee Johnson's living room in their Del Rey apartment. The couple rents their second bedroom out on AirBnB.

Vacationing in Los Angeles can be pricey. Hotel rooms can cost hundreds of dollars, and living conditions at hostels — long the dominion of young backpackers– don’t appeal to all travelers.
Airbnb seems to offer a solution. The social networking site, which connects vacationers with short-term rentals, has exploded in popularity. There are 14,000 listings currently available in LA, up from 4,000 just two years ago.
But current laws governing the hospitality business are …

Commentary, economy, Education, Issues, Zocalo Public Square »

The military drawdown means more vets will be looking for work at home

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
2008 Vet Job Fair in Redford, MI sponsored by State of Michigan, Military Veterans Services (Photo via Debra Drummond/Flickr/CC)

As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all of America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.
Members of the military receive rigorous training from a very selective …

Arts & Culture, Issues, News »

Goofy law? FAA wants to revisit Disney ‘no-fly’ rules

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The only thing that’s been flying above Disneyland for the past decade is Tinkerbell.
But the L.A. Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration now plans to take a fresh look at the need for no-fly restrictions above Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Florida.
The skies over the Disney parks were quietly declared “national defense airspace” in a provision slipped into a Congressional spending bill …

California Elections, Interviews, Issues, News, Politics »

Mixer: GOP wave not so golden

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I’m sure you’re well aware of the good day that Republicans had in the midterm elections that took place this week.
The GOP won control of the United States Senate, took more governorships than had been expected and, well, had a really good election day.
But that wave may have diminished to a tiny ripple when it hit the California state line Tuesday night. Democrats once again won every statewide race …

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Net loss: Donovan prepares to call it a career

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The man widely considered to be best U.S. soccer player of all time could play his final game this weekend.
Landon Donovan has announced that he’ll retire after this season with the L.A. Galaxy. And that season could end Sunday if the Galaxy doesn’t beat real Salt Lake City in the second leg of their first-round playoff matchup.
Donovan holds scoring and assist records for both …

Arts & Culture, News »

Bringing the street back to plein air: Art ‘diplomats’ paint downtown

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Sometime over the last month in downtown Los Angeles, you may have seen some guys with paint-stained clothing, standing in front of easels, intently working to capture the world around them. The French tradition of plein air painting is typically associated with serene landscapes, not gritty cityscapes. But John Kilduff, Steven Thomas Higgins, and Alex Schaefer vowed 30 days ago to bring the street …

California Elections, News »

California Election Results

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Election results are in and there aren’t any big surprises here in California. As expected, Jerry Brown won the race and will serve his fourth term as governor. Neel Kashkari in his concession speech said he asked the governor to: “please be bold.”
In LA County, Sheila Kuehl beat out Bobby Shriver in the Supervisors race, replacing Zev Yaroslavsky in the third district.
More than $30 million was spent on the …

California Elections, Education, Issues, News, Politics »

Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, Sports »

After Chivas USA disbands, new MLS franchise emerges in Los Angeles

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soccer balls were distributed to reporters to celebrate LA's new soccer team.

Major League Soccer officials have announced that a new franchise will begin playing in Los Angeles in 2017. The team replaces Chivas USA, which disbanded this week after a difficult 10 years.

For now, the new L.A. team is known simply as Los Angeles Football Club (the “working title,” in Hollywood parlance). The league said it wants fans to help pick the name, logo and …

Health Care »

Tough choices for transgender kids

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Dr. Jo Olson and Wes review paperwork at a support group group for parents and caregivers with gender non-conforming and transgender children, teens and young adults. Photo credit: Aydin Kennedy

The profile of transgender Americans is rising. Transgender characters are on television in both “Transparent,” and “Orange is the New Black.” California now allows transgender public school students to use the bathroom they want and join the sports team of their choice.
More people are identifying themselves as transgender, and at younger ages. This presents tough decisions for kids and their families.
Within the medical community, there are differing approaches to …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News »

The obsessive collectors of Southern California

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
David Boulé, California orange enthusiast. Photo by Gary Leonard

Sometimes collecting becomes more than a hobby. A new series of short films called Monomania L.A. profiles people who’ve obsessively collected everything related to a single aspect of Los Angeles history, from the California orange to the Santa Monica beach.

Call them “monomaniacs.” People like David Boulé, who for some reason, buy one thing, and then another thing like it.
“I have the collectors gene,” Boulé …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, LA Noir, News »

How Jewish émigrés impacted the birth of film noir

Posted October 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Film still for Double Indemnity (1944), © Paramount Pictures. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown from left: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck.

In the 1930s, as the National Socialist Party gained power in Germany, people around the world did what they could to help Jews escape the Nazi threat. Jewish filmmakers and producers found refuge in Hollywood, and their contributions forever changed American cinema and culture. Those stories are told in several new museum exhibits across Los Angeles.

The 1942 classic Casablanca follows a complicated love story …

Environment, News »

Can hydrogen cars beat electric?

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Driving his hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz SUV test vehicle, Loki Efaw, an IT manager at a bank, is a rare breed . There are only about 200 hydrogen cars on the streets of California. Efaw chose to lease the car, which is part of test by Mercedes,  because of his environmental convictions and interest in trying new technologies. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

California has big plans for hydrogen fueled vehicles in the coming years as part of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.
If your high school chemistry didn’t stick, here are some hydrogen facts: Sitting first on the periodic table, it’s the most abundant element in the universe, the raw material responsible for thermonuclear reactions in stars, including our sun. And, of course, when …

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