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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

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Attack spurs call for tougher animal cruelty penalties

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tougher penalties could be imposed on people who act cruelly to animals in California. And the push to do that stems from a disturbing incident that occurred in Orange County just last month.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would add a possible $5000 “restitution” fine for people convicted of animal cruelty. That’s on top of the current $20,000 maximum …

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Tenants can stay put at controversial Hollywood tower

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Several dozen tenants of a newly built Hollywood high rise have won a last-minute reprieve.
Today was supposed to be moving day for denizens of the 22-story building on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. It’s the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory. A judge sided with a neighborhood group earlier this year that developer CIM Group improperly demolished the building – and that the …

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California doctors won’t fight assisted suicide bill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the country to drop opposition to what has been widely known as “physician assisted suicide.”
The medical group made the decision in response to a bill in the state Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs to some terminally ill patients. The group is now neutral on the bill, …

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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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Long-term forecast is for more very hot days in L.A.

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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If you think Southern California has a lot of hot days now, just wait.
That’s the upshot of a new report from climate experts at the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
The report, published in the Journal of Climate, says that if nothing is done to control greenhouse gas emissions, the number of extreme heat days – over 95 degrees – could triple or …

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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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Mixer: Police go on the defense in Venice

Posted May 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Emotions ran high at a town hall meeting inside a Venice elementary school auditorium Thursday.
Those gathered were concerned, and in many cases, irate, about this week’s killing of an unarmed homeless man by an LAPD officer near the Venice Boardwalk.
City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice, said what happened to 29-year-old Brendon Glenn highlights problems with how LAPD interacts with panhandlers and people living on …

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Police blasted over Venice shooting

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Police and city officials met Thursday night with residents and activists in a standing-room-only town hall, two days after police fatally shot an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk.
Emotions were running high in the Westminster Elementary School auditorium. Voices were high too. Several times, audience members shouted down the officials who were trying to make introductory remarks.
City Councilman Mike Bonin said the fatal shooting …

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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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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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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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Mixer: The word “genocide,” 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. But Turkey claims it was not genocide, only killings that took place during turmoil amid a relocation effort. The United States, a …

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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 …

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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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