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Blue breakthrough: Roberts hired as Dodgers’ skipper

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired the first minority manager in the baseball club’s 100-year-plus history.
Numerous media organizations are reporting that Dave Roberts – a former player for the team – has accepted the job. A formal announcement is expected today.
Roberts’ father is African American and his mother Japanese. He grew up in Japan and San Diego. His hiring comes almost 70 years after the …

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LA Auto Show: The concept of ‘concept’

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Kia's concept minivan features camouflage and a work space in the back

‘Tis the season to be thankful. For engines and motors and tires, oh my. And the freedom that cars afford us.
Southern California is freeway intense, of course. Those roads are packed with cars and trucks that are at the forefront of technology. Which is another way of saying they’re cars that got their start at shows like the Los Angeles International Auto Show as “concepts.”

That …

Arts & Culture, California Elections, Education, Interviews, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Campus Activism Roils the Southland

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …

Environment, News, Santa Barbara »

Southern California Prepares for El Niño

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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At a recent town hall meeting in the San Bernardino County community of Chino, residents packed an auditorium to hear from local, state and federal officials about the need to get ready for a very wet winter because of predicted El Niño storms.
“The bottom line is El Niño is here,” said Alex Tardy, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s record-breaking already. …

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Los Angeles is America’s chronic homelessness capital

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

How bad is homelessness in the Golden State?
Consider new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. It says that more than one third of the country’s chronically homeless people live in California.
L.A. City and County have more long-term homelessness than any region in the state, which is not news to anyone who has seen tent cities mushrooming on sidewalks, under freeway overpasses …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, News »

BACKSTAGE: A Curtain Raiser for LA

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater. Here’s the ‘curtain raiser’ speech I long to hear in every theater in Los Angeles.]
Good evening!
Hi, I’m the artistic director. Thank you all for making it out tonight. 
Your presence makes what we do possible. Without you — it’s just a rehearsal. You, the audience, make theater possible. And not just the theater but the community. We …

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Case adds some clarity to murky world of fertility law

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In a decision with far-reaching implications in the murky world of fertility law, a San Francisco judge has ruled that a Bay Area woman cannot implant frozen embryos that were preserved before she and her husband divorced.
It’s the first court ruling of its kind in California involving embryos from a couple that split up.
Dr. Mimi Lee – a 46-year-old anesthesiologist and musician – gave …

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LA residents mourn lives lost in Paris attacks

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Steve Chiotakis

Since Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, well-wishers have been bringing flowers and gestures of sympathy to the French Consulate near Century City, in West Los Angeles. Similar scenes have been taking place at French embassies and consulates around the world in Washington, Tokyo, Istanbul, Moscow and Prague, among many others.


Issues, News, Politics »

Gov. Brown won’t close the door on Syrian refugees

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

More than half of the country’s governors now say they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their states because of the Paris terror attacks. But California Gov. Jerry Brown is not among them.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Brown said California will work closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that any refugees coming to California are “fully vetted.”
Like many other governors, …

Environment, Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Toxic algae bloom grinds crab industry to a halt

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scientists say they’ve discovered one of the largest toxic algae blooms ever recorded. It extends from the Santa Barbara Channel all the way up to Oregon and it is taking a financial toll on the California crab industry.
Down at the Santa Barbara Harbor, it was quiet this week. Crabbing boats are docked in their slips. Crab fisherman Mark Brubaker sat aboard his boat, working …

News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: beyond the broth

Posted November 13, 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, she tagged along with Barbareño chef Julian Martinez, as he picked up produce for this weekend’s Ramen Fest. The friendly competition invites eight chefs from nine local restaurants to battle it out in the kitchen, serving up their own inventive version of one of today’s trendiest …

economy, News »

Crossing Borders: Inside L.A.’s Bicultural Bakery Chain

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 9 Comments | ]

In Los Angeles’ immigrant neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon for the grand opening of a store or restaurant to be accompanied by a live mariachi group. That happened recently at the opening of La Monarca bakery and café in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. It was the seventh store to open in a growing Los Angeles-area chain specializing in traditional Mexican baked goods and sweets like pan …

News, Santa Barbara »

Understaffed services discourage veterans from getting help

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today is the day we honor our veterans. One of the ways we honor them is to make sure they get the support they need after serving.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been criticized lately for lacking the staff needed to properly serve our vets. Last year, at least 40 U.S. Armed Forces veterans died while waiting for care at a VA facility …

Issues, News, Politics »

Push begins to end statute of limitations for rape

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A state lawmaker is proposing a major change to rape laws in California.
Connie Leyva, a Democratic State Senator from Chino, says that when the legislature reconvenes in January she’ll introduce a bill to end the 10-year statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes.
“A sexual predator should not be able to evade legal consequences in California for no other reason than the time …

Environment, Issues, News »

Floating a plan for California’s first offshore wind farm

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Is California the next frontier for offshore wind energy?
A Seattle company is proposing to build the state’s first ocean wind farm off of Morro Bay on the Central Coast. Trident Energy has filed early paperwork with the city of Morro Bay prior to seeking approval of the project, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Trident wants to build 100 floating turbines, some rising more than …

News, The Mixer »

Mixer: A Mayoral Endorsement Flap

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton.

Issues, News, Politics »

Hunger strikes spreading at U.S. immigration lockups

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A growing hunger strike by detained immigrants has reached a holding facility in the high desert city of Adelanto, California.
Immigrant advocates say that hundreds of men – perhaps more than 300 – stopped eating on October 30th to protest conditions at the center. Another group of men reportedly joined the hunger strike this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t say if a hunger strike is …

Education, News, Warren Olney »

Is outside spending good for local journalism?

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As news organizations across the country struggle to make ends meet, so-called “sponsored content” has become one of several tempting alternatives to traditional advertising, but not without drawbacks.
Recently, the Los Angeles Times became the focus of headlines for becoming the latest outlet to launch a separate side business that creates custom content for corporate clients.
As Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly notes, the Los …

Arts & Culture, Issues, News, Silicon Beach »

Twitter’s new heart

Posted November 3, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
twitter bird

Your friends on Twitter are either aglow or aghast, depending on whom you talk to, about the social app’s decision to get rid of its star, and exchange it with a heart. 

Issues, News »

Lots of green behind this recreational pot measure

Posted November 3, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo: Jennifer Martin/Creative Commons

The push for recreational marijuana in California has taken what backers say is a big step forward.
Yes, the latest initiative to be introduced is one of a dozen dealing with the issue that have been submitted for next fall’s ballot.
But this one could be different.
A couple of wealthy entrepreneurs – including Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker – are reportedly backing this …

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