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L.A.’s plastic bag ban: 6 months after

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
These pellets are made at Command Packaging's Salinas facility. The plastic pellets are shipped to Vernon to be made into reusable plastic bags.

Today, the second phase of Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban went into effect. That means smaller grocery stores can no longer hand out plastic bags, and have to charge 10 cents for paper bags. The law went into effect for large grocery stores in January, making LA the newest of over a hundred cities and counties in California outlawing single-use plastic. State lawmakers are …

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When undocumented children come to LA, who greets them?

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, President Obama announced he is using executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” Pointing the finger at the GOP for Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Obama said this inaction has contributed to the recent surge of immigrant children trying to get in to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Obama …

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Mixer: LA County CEO headed out, so’s Hollywood production

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles County CEO Bill Fujioka will retire in November, after more than seven years as the county’s top official.
Abby Sewell reports for the Los Angeles Times.
She says the county CEO has purview over 100,000 county employees and budgets and whatnot, but gets little attention aside from political writers and journalists.
Citing frustration with “the pace of reform”, Los Angeles County Supervisors scaled back Fujioka’s …

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California’s judges may cut ties with Boy Scouts

Posted June 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo from Boy Scouts of America

There’s a firestorm among the usually reserved bunch of state judges. The California judiciary is considering a proposal that would make it an ethical violation for judges to formally associate with the Boy Scouts, because of that group’s ban on gay troop leaders.
The idea is that officers of the court must appear unbiased, so they should not look tolerant of discrimination.
But there are strong …

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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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An olfactory guide to Los Angeles

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
KCRW's Steve Chiotakis, left, takes a big whiff of East LA from a scent strip held by artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter.

What does your neighborhood smell like?
It’s not a question we ask ourselves often, and yet it’s something we notice every day. Is it the smell of sea air, freshly-cut grass, car exhaust, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, urine, or something else?
Los Angeles artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter posted a survey online and received dozens of responses. He used that information to create 11 scents that correspond to different …

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LAUSD shifts millions of dollars to close education gap

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board has signed off on a $6.6 billion budget for the school year that funnels hundreds of million of dollars to the district’s most disadvantaged students. The spending plan calls for a boost in new teacher hires – to up to 12,000 instructors – as well as more librarians, nurses, counselors and tutoring programs. Class sizes will also come down. The …

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Beds for bucks: L.A. mulls major tax breaks for hotels

Posted June 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The L.A. City Council considers giving nearly $180 million in tax subsidies to two big downtown hotel projects. And that could be just the start. The biggest immediate beneficiary would be the long-delayed Frank Gehry-designed Grand Avenue project, which includes housing retail and restaurants, in addition to a hotel. The development would receive $138 million over the next 25 years, according to the L.A. …

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Commission gets more power to ensure coast access

Posted June 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Beach access activists have won a big victory. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law giving the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who illegally block beach paths to the beach. The commission has never had that authority before. Previously, it had to go to court to have fines imposed on intransigent property owners. The new powers come as a …

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Drought-stricken California keeps getting dryer

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California’s drought is getting worse: The National Weather Service says one-third of the state is now suffering from “exceptional” drought, the highest category of drought conditions. The latest areas to be added to the “exceptional” list are in Central and Northern California. The U.S. Drought Monitor – yes, there is such an office – says no part of the state had “exceptional” drought conditions …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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What’s the big f*&#ing deal with the F-word?

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti at the LA Kings rally at the Staples Center on Monday, June 16.

The F-bomb that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped on the city on Monday has quickly blown up into a debate over what politicians should be allowed to get away with these days.
Speaking in front of thousands of fans at a public rally celebrating the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory, Garcetti told everyone there are two things an elected official should never do in …

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Bergamot blowout: How the Expo Line complicates, divides, a busy corner of Santa Monica

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
What Bergamot could look like, as rendered by 26th Street TOD

What the heck is going on over at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station arts complex? Since a huge parcel on the arts community’s western edge was seized by eminent domain to make way for the coming Expo line, nothing concrete just yet. However, the project has stirred up a whole lot of dissent and fear that’s divided the community. And, could potentially drive out one of Bergamot’s key …

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Garcetti works blue as Kings celebrate Stanley Cup

Posted June 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Victory Parade

Thousands of fans poured into downtown Los Angeles for a parade and rally to salute the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings. The hockey players drew the biggest cheers, but L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti generated the most buzz when he let an “F-bomb” fly during the celebration. Garcetti’s expletive got a roar from the crowd and some Kings players. But not everyone was thrilled with …

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A drought in paradise as Santa Barbara struggles with a very dry year

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
In response to its dwindling supply of water, Santa Barbara City's Council has declared a Stage Two drought alert, requiring a 20% or more reduction in residential and commercial water use. That means the watering of gardens is limited to the early morning and evening hours, the washing or hosing down of pavement is generally prohibited,cars must be washed at commercial facilities instead of homes, and drought notices are required at hotels and restaurants. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Communities across California are  implementing emergency conservation measures to save water during what has become one of the state’s worst droughts.
One of the places most affected by the drought is also one of the state’s richest communities: Santa Barbara.
For decades, Santa Barbara has sold itself as a kind of seaside Shangri-La. It’s a place of beautiful beaches, gorgeous Spanish-inspired architecture and lush gardens. But …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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Would $23 cap on L.A. parking tickets be just fine?

Posted June 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The rising cost of parking tickets is a sore subject for many Angelenos. Now a group of citizens is taking their beef with the city’s parking enforcement policies to City Hall. A group calling itself the Parking Freedom Initiative is scheduled to meet with members of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff today to discuss the high cost of tickets in L.A. The cheapest parking …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
HOTELWORKER

Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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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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Grocery workers struggling to put food on own table

Posted June 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Grocery negotiations deadline passes

One in three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance, according to a new survey. And 20 percent say they are rationing food to avoid having to go hungry. The study was done by University of California researchers and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council labor union. It says average wages for the state’s unionized …

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