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Citizens United case tests power of state lawmakers

Posted October 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Occupy the Courts

Should state voters should be able to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision?
That answer to that question lies in a thorny legal issue that the California Supreme Court is taking up today. That is whether state Legislatures have the power to put advisory measures before voters at all.
Proposition 49 would allow voters to say whether they believe Citizens United …

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California closes elephant-sized loophole in ivory law

Posted October 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

California will be doing its small part to protect endangered elephants by tightening restrictions on the sale of ivory here.
A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown closes a loophole that critics say had made the state’s previous regulations all-but-impossible to enforce.
The old law banned the sale or purchase of ivory that was imported after 1977. But it’s hard to determine how old ivory …

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Mixer: Remembering the OJ trial and verdict

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.

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It’s been 20 years since OJ Simpson was found not guilty. A new doc looks back

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
O.J. Simpson in 1990 with a group of servicemen to watch a Thanksgiving Day football game. Simpson is visiting U.S. troops who are in the region for Operation Desert Shield. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The OJ Simpson trial has been billed as the most publicized criminal trial in American history – the first reality TV show for the courtroom voyeur (“if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”) and Saturday marks 20 years since that acquittal, when Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of his estranged wife and her alleged boyfriend.
Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner, …

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How a 1965 immigration law shaped today’s Los Angeles

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What does Lyndon Johnson have to do with the creation of L.A.’s Koreatown?
Give a listen to KCRW’s broadcast story here.
The lasting effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 were apparent at a recent swearing in ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 6,000 people from 140 countries sat in neat rows before a stage and a giant American flag. Some of the largest numbers of people came from …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

How does one house use 11.8 million gallons of water?

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s time for a little drought shaming, but anonymous drought shaming.
Now it stands to reason that the wealthiest among us would use more water – they have bigger properties, swimming pools and lots of cars to wash.
But a new report by the Web site Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some of the most affluent residents of the state are …

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My Health LA: A model for affordable healthcare

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Last year, Los Angeles County rolled out a new $61 million health care program for undocumented immigrants. It’s called My Health LA, and it’s designed to provide free, ongoing primary care, prescription medicines, labs, and tests.
In a departure from previous county programs, patients now choose only one clinic from about 200 community clinics and stick with it. The clinic is called a medical home, …

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When one foodie door closes, another opens

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s some good foodie news, and some bad foodie news.
The bad news is a couple well loved restaurants closed their doors these past couple weeks. We said farewell to Sojourner Cafe and Arch Rock Fish. You’ll be missed.
But, the good news is some new ones are opening up, and others are gaining well-deserved notoriety.
To fill us in on it all, Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast stopped …

Environment, Issues, News »

State pitching in to buy key piece of L.A. River ‘puzzle’

Posted September 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River are getting a boost from the state of California.
Senate leader Kevin de Leon says the state will contribute $25 million to buy part of an old rail yard in Cypress Park that Mayor Eric Garcetti has called a “crown jewel” of the restoration plan. De Leon announced the funding yesterday at an annual Garden Party held by …

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State is poised to act on long-delayed pollution rules

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Oil Pumps

State Air regulators today are expected to restore a climate change program that would require a 10 percent reduction in pollution from gas and diesel fuel emissions over the next five years.
The rule was first adopted years ago, but it’s been on hold amid a lengthy legal challenge by oil industry groups.
Environmentalists and some business groups have hailed the low carbon fuel standard as …

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From Sophie to Serra: Pope Francis’ California ties

Posted September 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A 5-year-old girl from South Gate is getting international attention after she sneaked through a barricade yesterday and delivered a personal message about immigration to Pope Francis.
Sophie Cruz – an American citizen whose parents are undocumented immigrants – was initially held back by security as the Pope’s motorcade rolled through Washington, D.C. But Francis summoned the girl to the Popemobile, kissing her cheek and …

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On the edge of LA’s tallest skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or just driving by, it’s easy to spot the construction of the Wilshire Grand Tower as it rises ever higher into the sky. When it’s done, the Wilshire Grand, at 1,1100 feet high,will be the tallest building in L.A. and the tallest west of the Mississippi.
I recently got an opportunity to visit this skyscraper-in-the-making. A ride inside a cage-like construction …

Environment, Issues, News »

Impact of air pollution rules coming into clearer focus

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Have you been breathing a little easier?
A new study by state air regulators says that risk of getting cancer because of toxic air in California dropped by 76 percent over a span of more than two decades.
The authors of the report say the decrease in pollution is due to stringent regulations on everything from trucks and gasoline vapors to emissions from dry cleaning businesses.
Air …

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State GOP lashes out at Trump’s immigration rhetoric

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Perhaps the most notable policy pronouncement in the GOP presidential race so far is Donald Trump’s vow to build a new border wall and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
The Republican Party in California, however, is not having it.
In a direct rebuke to Trump – as well as a bid to stay relevant in a state with a Latino majority – the California GOP has …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

Sainthood for Junipero Serra, California’s controversial founding father

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

One of the acts on Pope Francis’ agenda important act on his agenda while he’s here is to bestow sainthood on Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded California’s mission system in the 18th Century.
Orange County’s Mission San Juan Capistrano is a reminder of the time of Juniper Serra. The ten acre site includes manicured gardens, gracious stone arcades, and atmospheric 18th Century chapels (ancient by Southern …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: the state of our soil

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, donned in her Fermentation Festival pickle suit, she spoke with Alison Hensley of Los Olivos Roots Organic Farm about the state of our soil.

Alison’s tips for nutrient rich soil:

Cover your crops. Bare soil dries up and loses nutrients. For home gardeners, Alison recommends …

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Outside the GOP Debate, anti-Trump, pro-immigration demonstrators rallied

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

While GOP presidential hopefuls were straightening their red and blue ties getting ready for last night’s debate, about 200 people gathered down the hill from the Ronald Reagan Library to protest what they see as the “anti-immigrant” undertone of the GOP primary race.
“We’re looked at as contaminants to the American society,” said Eric Jimenez, a resident of Rosemead in L.A. County. “We are looked at as people that are …

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No damage this time around, but tsunami risk is real

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

We got off easy this time. There are no reports of damage or flooding from a tsunami that rolled into Southern California this morning following a huge, magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chile.
But the tsunami has affected tides and currents, and officials are asking boaters, swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water for several hours until things calm down.
The tsunami hit San Diego …

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U.S., Chinese leaders take on climate at L.A. summit

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Can local government leaders in the U.S. and China take the lead on fighting climate change?
We could find out over the next couple of days.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering the keynote speech and Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance as officials from the U.S. and China open a two-day climate summit in Los Angeles today.
The goal of the summit is …

Environment, News, Water and the Drought »

Giant sequoias in the path of fast-moving wildfire

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The largest wildfire of the year in California is now threatening one of the state’s natural treasures.
Flames from the stubborn Rough Fire have reversed course and are now closing in on Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, The now-evacuated grove is named for the towering General Grant tree, which stands more than 260 feet tall and is the second largest tree in the …

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