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Mixer: The G-word, and its importance to Armenians

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From Kim Kardashian to the Pope, the cause to recognize the Armenian genocide has gotten vocal support in recent weeks, leading up to today’s centennial anniversary.
Armenians point to solid evidence from historians that genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, indeed took place in a brutally systematic way.
But Turkey claims it was NOT genocide, only killings that took place during turmoil amid a relocation …

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Failed cable merger may keep Dodger fans in the dark

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially called off their planned $45 billion merger this morning in the face of skepticism from U.S. media regulators.
The question now in Southern California is how that decision will affect the long-running impasse over the Dodgers TV channel.
Dodger officials had said that the merger of the cable giants would smooth the way to a solution to the TV mess, …

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Foes targeting transgender rights law, once again

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If at first you don’t succeed…Opponents of a two-year-old law that allows transgender students in California to choose which school bathrooms they use and the gender of the sports teams they join are trying once again to take their fight to voters.
Activists with a group called Privacy for All are collecting signatures for what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act: a proposition proposed …

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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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Mixer: The force in law enforcement

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s no doubt, police officers are in a dangerous business.
Their lives can be put in peril when they hit the streets of cities and towns across America.
But, given some very high profile – and videoed – altercations that have taken place in the last few months between police and civilians, the issue of using lethal force and other types of brutality and has hit a fevered pitch.
Protests continue …

Education, Issues, News »

Ay yi iPad: SEC is latest to investigate LAUSD program

Posted April 17, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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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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There’s a new twist in drama over L.A.’s Greek Theatre

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long fight between rival concert promoters for control of the Greek Theatre still hasn’t been resolved – and now the city of L.A. might just operate the venerable venue on its own.
The Board of Recreation and Parks has backed a plan for the city to do just that for two years – until the competition between long-time Greek operator Nederlander and upstart Live …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Issues, News »

How one artist is cleaning up the beach 20 minutes at a time

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Artist and writer Sara Bayles didn’t know the act of grabbing a bag before going on a beach walk in March 2009 was going to change her life.
It was mid-week and she had some spare time. Sara had wanted to join Surfrider Foundation for one of their beach clean-ups but she always had scheduling conflicts. “The idea hit me. Why am I waiting for …

Issues, News, Politics »

Light rail could be the new Orange (Line) in SF Valley

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A rail boom is taking place in L.A, County. But the San Fernando Valley – home to 20 percent of the county’s population – has been left out of the mix.
That could change.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors will consider a proposal this week to transform the popular Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley into a light rail line.
The Orange Line …

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Mixer: Will California’s economy dry up?

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown has ordered cities throughout California to cut their water use by 25 percent – or more – as the state struggles with a fourth year of an historic drought.
Meanwhile, state residents cut their water use by less than three percent in February. It’s the lowest reduction since last July.
Are people getting the message, or do they not care? And can California’s economy continue …

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Traffic fines and court fees seen as a civil rights issue

Posted April 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A bill just introduced in the state Senate would make it easier for some people who have lost their driver’s licenses to get them back.
Senator Bob Hertzberg says California cities and counties have been piling on fees for minor traffic violations to make up for revenue that was lost during the recession. And he says that’s having a devastating effect on many Californians who …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Water guzzling cities looking at mandatory 35% cuts

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What’s the most equitable way to decide how much water California cities must conserve? The state Water Resources Control Board says it’s by looking at the recent water use history of those cities.
Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use – but getting to that target won’t mean uniform cuts across the state.
For example, folks in Los Angeles are …

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Brown defends decision to give farmers a water break

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking some heat since he announced California’s first mandatory water restrictions last week. That’s because he let farmers largely off the hook – focusing the cutbacks in urban areas.
Critics say that California’s efforts to conserve water will be ineffective without major contributions from agriculture.
But the governor isn’t suffering the criticism silently. During an interview with the ABC news program …

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Mixer: Dodger Blues

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening at 6:10 PST, when they’ll play the Angels in a Spring Training ‘freeway’ matchup.
They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres.
And they’ll be looking to advance further into the playoffs than they did last year, when they came up short.
But most fans who want to see …

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Putting the “n-word” on trial

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In American language, there are few words as controversial and divisive as the “n-word.”
A word that rhymes with trigger, and – how apropos – because that’s indeed what it does. It triggers a response – mostly racial, but also societal.
There’s no good to it outside of historical context. Educated people have learned that the word is awful. And hurtful.
History and context, however, is what TV producer Kyle Bowser has …

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California’s Death Row has just about run out of room

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 7 Comments | ]
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More than 750 inmates in California have been condemned to death.
But no one in this state has been executed in nearly a decade – and with new inmates arriving every month, Death Row has just about run out of space.
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the Legislature for more than $3 million to open 100 new cells for condemned men at San Quentin Prison. The …

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Israel a model for California in desalination

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
These pipes filter sea water, separating the clean water from the extra-salty brine, which is then sent back into the ocean.

California Governor Jerry Brown today approved a plan to spend $1 billion on addressing the state’s historic drought. That includes funding for flood protection, water-recycling projects and programs expanding drinking water supplies in small and poor cities.
Another option for increasing the state’s water supply is desalination – the process of turning salt water into drinking water – and it’s making a comeback. Santa Barbara …

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Bid to loosen concealed weapons law hits a roadblock

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A legal ruling with the potential to greatly increase the number of Californians permitted to carry concealed weapons is going to get another review from a federal appeals court.
The 9th Circuit court of Appeals says that 11 justices will consider the case. Last year, a three-judge panel from the court struck down the San Diego Sheriff Department’s concealed permit policy.
The panel ruled 2-1 that …

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L.A. heeds pleas to slow spread of McMansions

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is finally getting serious about McMansions – large houses built on small lots that are out of step with the traditional character of neighborhoods.
The City Council has slapped a temporary ban on the construction of McMansions in 20 upscale neighborhoods while it considers a broader response to the problem.
In five of those neighborhoods, the city also temporarily banned the issuance …

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Loving L.A.: $$ signs point to return of NFL in 2016

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The much-discussed return of professional football to Los Angeles continues to pick up steam. NFL owners are holding their annual meeting this week in Phoenix, and several are saying that the league will probably kick off games here in 2016.
NFL owners are considering three stadium proposals as they meet in the Arizona desert. The one generating the most buzz is a plan by St. …

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