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

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 0 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 | 0 Comments | ]
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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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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Freedom of screech: Measure endorses death for gays

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Huntington Beach attorney is trying to make a point about the First Amendment, but it seems unlikely that Matt McLaughlin could have found a more offensive way to do it.
Hard to believe, but McLaughlin has proposed a ballot measure that calls for the killing of gays and lesbians. And it appears that he will be allowed to proceed to the signature-gathering stage.
It will …

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Fast food ban isn’t shrinking waist bands in South LA

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A novel attempt to improve health in South Los Angeles by banning the opening of new fast-food restaurants isn’t working. In fact, obesity has actually increased in in the area since the ban went into effect, according to a new study by RAND Corp.
The L.A. law was unanimously approved by the City Council seven years ago. It marked the first time a big American …

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Blue Shield facing tax hit after losing ‘exempt’ status

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When is a non-profit organization actually a for-profit company?
That line can be blurry, but the California Franchise Tax Board says that Blue Shield has crossed it.
The Board has revoked the tax-exempt status of Blue Shield of California – judging the health insurer to be run more like a for-profit corporation than a non-profit. The move could leave the insurer on the hook for tens …

Environment, Issues, News »

Rescuers overwhelmed by number of sick sea lions

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An unprecedented epidemic of stranded sea lion pups is straining the resources of California marine rescue agencies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says at least 1,650 sickly sea lion pups were rescued from California beaches between the start of this year and March 8th. That’s 250 more than were saved during all of 2013, the last time this happened in large numbers.
Scientists say the …

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Mixer: LA’s decelerating car culture?

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.

From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …

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Disney decides to snuff out depictions of smoking

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Walt Disney Co. generated headlines yesterday when it announced a sequel to the blockbuster hit “Frozen.”
But the entertainment giant also made another announcement that didn’t get as much attention.
CEO Bob Iger says Disney will no longer show people smoking in any of its films with a PG-13 rating or below. The one exception, Iger said, will be depictions of historical characters who smoked.
Disney …

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Latinos and Asians lead California growth projections

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California will continue along the path of slow population growth in the coming decades – but the number of folks calling the state home is still expected to surpass 51 million by 2060.
That’s according to the state Department of Finance, which has updated its demographic projections.
There are currently about 39 million people living in California. Population growth has stayed around one percent in the …

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Chances of really ‘Big One’ in California have increased

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The odds have just gone up that a major earthquake – we’re talking magnitude 8 – will strike California in the next three decades.
The U.S. Geological Survey has updated its quake risk assessment for California. The federal agency now says there’s a 7 percent chance that California will be hit with a magnitude 8 earthquake in the next 30 years, up from 4.7 percent.
A …

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EPA tests for toxic air near South Bay Superfund sites

Posted March 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Environmental Protection Agency has begun testing the air inside dozens of South Bay homes. The houses sit near former industrial properties that have been designated as “Superfund” sites because of high levels of toxic pollution.
The tests will reveal whether dangerous vapors are seeping into the homes from polluted groundwater in a process called vapor intrusion. The tests come decades after the discovery of …

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Courts order thousands of immigrant kids deported

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than 7,000 immigrant children who missed court hearings have been ordered deported by the federal government in recent months – and that’s raising alarms from immigration activists.
The minors were part of a wave of undocumented children from Central America who illegally crossed the border in 2013 and 2014.
The government has filed more than 60,000 deportation cases against minors in the past 18 months, …

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Threat to drinking water is the pits in Central Valley

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A dozen oil and gas wells in the Central Valley have been ordered to shut down over concerns that they could contaminate underground drinking water.
The operators of 10 of the wells voluntarily flipped the switch, but state officials issued cease-and-desist orders for two others.
The orders came just as California’s Environmental Protection Agency issued a report saying that lax oversight and years of confusion among overlapping …

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Do you remember California’s last measles outbreak?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When it comes to diseases, we never seem to worry until they capture the attention of the media or affect us personally. Today, as new cases of measles turn up in California, I feel a sense of dread—and déjà vu.
Between January 1988 and December 1990, Southern California saw 12,434 cases of measles. Los Angeles County was the first to report its problem in what …

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Can you eat healthfully on food stamps?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Could you eat healthfully on $6.46 a day? That’s what a person receives on the government food stamps program called CalFresh in California. And last month, Santa Barbara County Food Bank CEO Erik Talkin tried it. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes caught up with Eric while he was grocery shopping in Santa Barbara a couple weeks ago, halfway through his challenge.

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Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Do humans have a role in the California drought?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A new measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack will be made today, and the results are not expected to be encouraging.
The state’s first two surveys of the season indicated that water content in the snowpack was less than 20 percent of where it should have been. The news is not anticipated to be much better in survey No. 3.
Officials with the Department of Water …

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