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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 …

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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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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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 …

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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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Mixer: Car-go is now Car-slow

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Very little is moving at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, part of an enormous system of ports all up and down the west coast of the United States.
An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies at those ports has led to a extreme slowdown and ultimate suspension of unloading cargo ships.
There are as many as 27 ships waiting at anchor outside the two ports, with …

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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 …

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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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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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Mixer: The Haves and the Have Nots

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re just into 2015, and here we are, talking about the presidential candidates for 2016. In speech after speech, Republican and Democratic candidates are weighing in on income inequality and the wealth gap. Or, as Jeb Bush called it this week, the “opportunity gap.”
A new multimedia series for Capital & Main launched this week, in a cross-California analysis of poverty and an increasing income …

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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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California’s plastic bag ban facing two-pronged attack

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An Orange County lawmaker is pushing to dump California’s plastic bag ban – even while the law is on hold because of a pending voter referendum.
Costa Mesa Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper introduced two bills yesterday. One would reverse the plastic bag ban. The other would get rid of the 10 cent fee for paper bags that is part of the law.
Harper says the charge …

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Mixer: A progress report on California cops

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s a new poll that came out this week from the Public Policy Institute of California, that asked residents how they feel about Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, his budget proposal and also things like water use and higher education spending. All important topics, sure.
And then there was this nugget: the poll found that a solid majority of adults think their police departments are doing …

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Boy Scouts dodges release of secret ‘perversion’ files

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Paying a big legal settlement is sometimes a better alternative than going to trial – especially when trial means the release of lots of potentially damning details.
That appears to be what the Boy Scouts of America was thinking when it settled a lawsuit filed by a man who was abused by a Scout volunteer eight years ago, when he was 13-years-old.
The settlement came three …

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When superheroes behave badly on Hollywood Boulevard

Posted January 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Batgirl took a beating, and now Mr. Incredible is going to jail.
A Hollywood Boulevard superhero smackdown that was captured on video and became a YouTube hit has resulted in a battery conviction for 35-year-old man. It’s also led to fresh concerns that a proliferation of costumed, tip-seeking characters is getting out of hand in the epicenter of L.A. tourism.

Muhammet Bilik – who was dressed …

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Vast majority of newly insured qualifying for subsidies

Posted January 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Uncle Sam paid out more than $3 billion to Californians to subsidize their health insurance under Obamacare last year.
That money went to about 80,000 households – with an average annual subsidy of about $5,200, according to Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.
Folks getting subsidies paid about $1.1 billion in healthcare premiums themselves. That means that for every dollar they spent, the government spent …

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California gets high marks for animal welfare laws

Posted January 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Citing a “cascade of reform,” the Humane Society has once again named California the most animal-friendly state in the country.
It’s the sixth straight year California has held that title. Oregon placed second and Illinois was third.
The Humane Society says California has passed more laws to combat animal cruelty than any other state. Those include a law that took effect this month requiring that egg-laying …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Goodbye Tom Steyer: We hardly knew ye

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer says he won’t run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016. That could make things a little easier for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the one Democrat so far to commit to the race.
Steyer – a Bay Area businessman and climate change activist – says he seriously considered making a run for the Senate. But Steyer …

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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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Two-year colleges get ready to offer 4-year degrees

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …

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