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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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Meet at the market: local food distributor loads up

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers and chefs at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Micah Elconin of Harvest Santa Barbara, a wholesale distributor that connects local farmers to restaurants, schools and businesses that can’t make it to the market themselves.
Here’s what Harvest’s Jason Steward picked up at the market for C’est Cheese and Soho …

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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 …

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The grout-bearing stork, or, when your “baby” is your art

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Unless you happen to dwell in the 1% stratosphere of mega-superstars, you know the eternal artistic struggle: how to make enough money to pay the bills, and still leave time for projects of passion. Artist and educator Katrina Alexy came up with a solution: She calls it an art-ernity leave. She got her boss at The Pilgrim School to give her an unpaid year off from her job as an art teacher, figuring …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara, Water and the Drought »

Santa Barbara landscape architect offers drought busting tips

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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With water rates climbing along the South Coast and California’s drought in its fourth year, many Californians are considering making landscaping changes at home. Among other cities, Santa Barbara offers cash incentives to make the switch to drought-friendly yards.
Billy Goodnick was the city of Santa Barbara’s landscape architect for more than 20 years. Now he writes and consults on low-water landscaping. He stopped by our …

Education, News »

New LAUSD girls schools to target math, science gaps

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The first two all girls schools in LAUSD history are on schedule to open next fall after getting the unanimous support of the L.A. Board of Education.
In approving the all-girls schools, Board members cited studies showing that test scores for girls in math and science drop off dramatically in middle school and high school. Fewer girls than boys also take advanced math, science and …

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 …

Arts & Culture, News, Tijuana Resurgent »

A new art scene flourishes in old Tijuana

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tijuana is in the midst of a burst of artistic and entrepreneurial creativity as new surprising riffs are rising out of the Tijuana of old.
Velvet painting was once Tijuana’s only connection to art; the work of velvet painters planted the seeds for what is now a large and experimental modern-art scene. A town once known for cantinas and strip clubs is home to microbreweries …

Arts & Culture, News, Tijuana Resurgent »

Meet the artists changing Tijuana’s Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After years of drug violence, Tijuana’s corridors were seedy places, home to drug addicts, and stinking with urine and rotting ceilings.
But after the violence subsided, things started to change. Businesses found a new clientele – not the rowdy American tourists, but locals looking for local culture.
A grassroots effort brought artists and shop-owners together to bring new life to Tijuana’s main drag, Avenida Revolución. Murals were painted, boutiques and book stores were …

Arts & Culture, economy, News, Tijuana Resurgent »

The murals of Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In April, 2010, a group of a dozen artists and bohemians arrived at a darkened corridor named Pasaje Rodriguez.
The corridor, running between Avenida Revolucion, the city’s tourist strip, and Avenida Constitucion, a main transportation hub, had years before been packed with souvenir shops catering to American tourists.
The artists instead found the place dark, stinking of urine, littered with trash, windows broken and ceilings crumbling.
Drug …

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Earthquakes, fracking and LA

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Did you feel the earthquake last night? There were actually two of them, a magnitude 3.5 quake, centered two miles north of Inglewood, and that one followed a 2.5 magnitude quake a few hours earlier near Baldwin Hills. The shaking rattled some homes and some nerves. Twitter and Facebook feeds lit up, with some of folks asking if the quake was a result of …

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State doesn’t want to pay for inmate’s gender change

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The state of California will appeal an order to provide gender reassignment surgery to a convicted murderer serving a life term.
A judge on the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled earlier this month that denying the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy would violate her constitutional rights. Judge Jon Tigar said Norsworthy suffers from gender dysphoria – or dissatisfaction with her life …

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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 …

Food, Interviews, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: Santa Ynez sourdough pizza maker shops for toppings

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week at the Santa Barbara farmer’s market, our new market host Katie Hershfelt from Cultivate Events met up with a local pizza maker, Rachel Greenspan, as she shopped for this week’s toppings. When Rachel and her boyfriend, Brendan, moved to the Santa Barbara area from Brooklyn they brought with them a craving for pizza, and the willingness to share. They started Autostrada last year, with a …

Issues, News, Politics »

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 …

Arts & Culture, Food, News »

Going to Coachella? Here’s where to eat in Palm Springs while you’re there

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Homemade pasta from Birba. Photo via Birba's Facebook page.

Thousands are hitting the road for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival this weekend. And the Palm Springs food scene has started to catch up with this hipper, younger clientele.

KCET food editor Katherine Spiers gave Press Play a list of the best of a new crop of Palm Springs restaurants.
 
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340 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Birba
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cheeky’s …

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 …

News, Sports »

It’s no day in the park for tailgating Dodgers fans

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Dodgers season got off on the right foot as they staged a late comeback to beat the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. But the experience wasn’t so pleasing for some fans who complained of a heavy-handed police presence during traditional Open Day tailgating parties in Elysian Park and extended waiting at the turnstiles.
The club and the LAPD have put extra security measures …

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