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How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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Santa Monica rolls out an unwelcome mat for Airbnb

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Santa Monica City Council has enacted tough restrictions on short-term rentals – cutting off a source of income for homeowners who’ve been using online sites like Airbnb to rent their properties to tourists.
Santa Monica will now ban rentals of entire homes or apartment units for less than 30 days. People can still rent out rooms or so-called “mother-in-law” units, but they’ll have to …

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California’s new production tax program aims to keep and create jobs

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A big budget movie called “San Andreas” is coming out just in time for the summer blockbuster season. It’s a film with a very California storyline: Monster earthquakes strike the state, flattening both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
California may play a starring role in San Andreas, but most of the movie wasn’t shot in Golden State. It was shot an ocean away in Queensland, Australia. That’s because the …

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Getting up close and personal with the upfronts

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Fox's "Empire" is one of this year's big success stories.

A KCRW TV Interview Roundup
In the world of network television, this week is a big one. The annual upfront presentations by all the major networks are happening at different locations throughout New York. This is the time when press and advertisers gather to listen to TV executives present their new shows and schedules for the upcoming season and encourage media buyers to make their ad …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

California sets environmental rules for desal plants

Posted May 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Desalination – turning ocean water into drinking water – is getting a lot of attention as California struggles through the fourth year of drought. Desalination plants have the appeal of tapping into a seemingly limitless source of water. But they can take a heavy toll on the environment, killing fish and other marine life as the suck in ocean water. They also spew greenhouse …

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The California drought crisis is everyone’s fault

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The drought at the  Uvas Reservoir. Via Flickr/CC

My grandfather used to tell the story of traveling from Bakersfield to San Francisco by boat as a boy in about 1910. First up the Tulare Lake, then up the San Joaquin River, and through the Delta. In those days, water in California’s San Joaquin Valley must have seemed inexhaustible.
Then, the lakes were drained and the rivers dammed; the valley floor was plowed and …

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10 things to tell New Yorkers before they move to LA

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 6 Comments | ]
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As trend pieces go, the latest New York Times style piece “Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers” managed to jam all the classic cliches into one column. And even create a few new ones along the way. We’ll let others do the debunking.
What is true, however, is that plenty of New Yorkers move to L.A. every year for myriad reasons. …

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Local water districts are fighting for every drop

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scores of water agencies in California are lobbying for last-minute changes to the conservation goals set down by state officials. They’re trying to reduce the severity of the cuts they’re facing before the final numbers are announced later this week.
Local water districts in California are being asked to reduce their water use by anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on their average use …

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California downsizing Delta habitat restoration plan

Posted May 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California officials are dramatically scaling back a habitat restoration plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, with possibly major implications for reworking the state’s water delivery system.
The Delta project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetlands and wildlife habitat – down from 100,000.
The larger restoration was supposed to coincide with the construction of two massive tunnels that would send water to Central Valley …

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Update: Judge won’t allow Hollywood skyscrapers

Posted April 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Updated May 1, 2015:
An L.A. judge has delivered a major victory to community activists – ruling that plans for a pair of Hollywood towers must be scrapped because the city didn’t fully take into account how the development would affect surrounding communities.
The decision is a major victory for community activists, and a blow to developers of the Millennium Hollywood Project. Still, they are …

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Minimum wage activists fast for better pay

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Placards at the fasters' tent

After a two-week hunger strike, minimum wage activists were rewarded with a meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday morning. The strike is part of an ongoing campaign to push for a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles.
During the day most of those taking part in the fast spend the time under a white tent just across the street from City Hall. …

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Drought blamed for worsening California air quality

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Just as Gov. Jerry Brown unveils the state’s most ambitious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new report finds that Southern Californians continue to breathe the dirtiest air in the country.
That’s not to say there hasn’t been improvement. Anybody who was around during the dark days of the 1970s when brown skies were as common as blue in L.A. can attest to that. …

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Nepal earthquake: How to help

Posted April 26, 2015 by | 8 Comments | ]
IFRC/Carl Whetham, Kathmandu, Nepal

Updated: May 12, 2015
Another earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just three weeks after the massive 7.8 quake that killed more than 8,000 people. Tuesday’s 7.3 temblor already caused a rising number of deaths, and flattened some buildings, which had withstood the previous earthquake.
Below is the original post with a list of relief organizations working to help Nepal.
Google has launched a People Finder tool to connect victims with relatives …

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The Armenian Genocide: 101-year-old survivor tells her story

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Yevnige Salibian remembers peering through the wooden panels of her family home in Aintab, Turkey as a young girl and seeing throngs of Armenian women, children and elderly being marched out into the desert to their eventual deaths.
“I saw the Turkish people, long whips in their hands… and the children were crying, ‘Mama I am hungry. I want some bread. Mama I am thirsty. Mama I cannot walk,’” Salibian says, …

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California’s nearly forgotten history of resettling Vietnamese refugees in 1975

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Forty years ago this month, the final shots of the Vietnam War were being fired. In the besieged city of Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese, who had allied themselves with the Americans, were looking for a way to get themselves and their families out by airplane, helicopter or boat.
A hasty rescue effort dubbed “Operation New Life,” organized by the U.S. government would eventually bring more than 130,000 Vietnamese …

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The effort to declare Armenian massacres a “genocide”

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Armenian community march during Armenian Genocide Commemorative March at Little Armenia, Hollywood on April 24, 2011 in Los Angeles. Photo by Hayk Shalunts via Flickr/CC

The White House says President Obama will not use the word “genocide” on Friday, when he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the massacre of more than a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
Armenian-American groups are expressing anger over today’s announcement.
Congressman Adam Schiff – whose district includes the largest population of Armenians in America – said today he’s “deeply disappointed” in Obama’s decision.
“We …

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L.A. police agencies accused of excessive seizures

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Pomona has found a controversial way to pad its budget.
Between 2006 and 2013, Pomona reaped more than $14 million from confiscated property – more than the cities of Long Beach, Fresno and Oakland combined.
That’s according to the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes decriminalizing drugs. The Alliance has a new report that says a handful of L.A. County cities …

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“Pass it on” takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of artists

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
New York painter Jana Weaver went first, and the game went on from there

The wonders of the Internet never cease. Inspired by the children’s game Telephone, curator Nathan Langston has used the web to link together 315 artists around the world in a unique and enduring fashion in an online gallery that’s just debuted and is sure to lure you in for hours on end.

In Telephone, players whisper one message down a chain of people to see how it morphs and ultimately gets interpreted. In …

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Granada Hills High wins another Academic Decathlon

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Maybe they should just start calling it the San Fernando Valley Academic Decathlon…
Granada Hills Charter High School won the National Academic Decathlon for the fourth time in five years this weekend in Garden Grove – outscoring more than 45 other schools from as far away as Great Britain and China for the title.
The one victory that eluded Granada Hills this decade went to fellow …

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Ay yi iPad: SEC is latest to investigate LAUSD program

Posted April 17, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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Providing every student with an iPad was supposed to revolutionize education in L.A. schools and prepare students for the future. Instead the computer tablets are creating a billion-dollar headache for LAUSD leaders.
Just a couple of days ago, LAUSD officials demanded a refund from tech giant Apple because the district says educational software on the devices doesn’t work. The software was provided by the New …

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