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Goodbye Tom Steyer: We hardly knew ye

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Investor, philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer says he won’t run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016. That could make things a little easier for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the one Democrat so far to commit to the race.
Steyer – a Bay Area businessman and climate change activist – says he seriously considered making a run for the Senate. But Steyer …

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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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‘One girl can light a candle:’ Students use music to tell the story of Anne Frank

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A tech rehearsal for The Passion of Anne Frank at Grand Arts HS in downtown Los Angeles

For years, the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts downtown, nicknamed by those who know it as “Grand Arts,” has struggled to find and keep a principal and make its place in the community. The imposing futuristic structures that comprise this campus look like dramatic cousins to the Disney Concert Hall up the street.
Now, a new show called “The Passion of Anne Frank” will allow the …

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‘I had strong feelings for my Ralphs’: A supermarket love story

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I have a life-long affinity for markets. Before I was born and then when I was a small child, mom-and-pop grocery stores supported all my relatives. My paternal grandfather owned a small market in Chicago where his sons, my father and two uncles worked with him. My maternal grandfather owned Witmer Quality Market in Los Angeles where his two sons (more of my uncles) …

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Facing the opposition at the State of the Union, what can Obama learn from his predecessors?

Posted January 20, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The economy is improving, Obama’s approval rating has seen an uptick (most polls put it at 46 percent, but a Washington Post-ABC poll out Monday puts it at 50 percent), and Americans are feeling more optimistic than they have been. Things could be worse, but they could be better as Obama gets ready to face the most hostile Congress he’s seen. (Even back in 2009 when he was called a liar, …

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Two-year colleges get ready to offer 4-year degrees

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
AP SANTA MONICA COLLEGE GRADUATION A USA CA

 
Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …

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Mixer: Is California doing enough for the poor?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the budget debate continues over how to deal with the least among us in California, there are calls from the extreme left for Governor Brown, and the legislature, to devote more to those people and social programs that were hit hard in the state budget by the Great Recession, and they haven’t much recovered.
Here in Los Angeles, there are proposals to raise the …

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Deja-blue: Another year without the Dodgers on TV?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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L.A. baseball fans could be in for another blue bummer this year.
Far from being resolved in the offseason, the dispute that’s kept Dodgers games out of about 70 percent of the region’s homes has become increasingly tangled.
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter says there have been no new negotiations to end the pricing tiff between Time Warner Cable and other TV providers. Time Warner owns the …

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A new opera takes on immigration reform

Posted January 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Craig Colclough and Greta Baldwin as Paul and Roxanne Conti. Photo: Jennifer Babcock

President Obama’s recent executive action made it more likely that millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States will have a path to citizenship. But Republicans in Congress call the changes “executive overreach” and are pushing back.
Also this month, for the first time, undocumented immigrants in California will be able to get drivers’ licenses.
This weekend, the debate over immigration reform is moving to an …

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Pass the oak trees and the camellias and you’ll find art

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

A contemporary art gallery in the woods? That’s what you’ll find if you take a walk on one of the glorious paths at the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. The latest art show in this unique space fits it perfectly. It’s a colorful, playful group exhibition titled Elemental: Seeing the Light.
The history of the space is just as intriguing as the new show and …

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The bullet train is finally coming. Who are the winners and losers?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Spend anytime at all in Fresno and you’ll likely see and hear trains. That’s because the tracks of one of California’s busiest freight train lines cuts right through the center of Fresno.
But the railroad everyone is talking about doesn’t exist yet. However, construction of the $68 billion dollar system to run California’s high speed passenger rail, has finally started after years of discussion and planning.
Many in Fresno …

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More Mexican trucks rolling onto California roads

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The United States, Mexico and Canada negotiated the groundbreaking hemispheric trade agreement known as NAFTA 20 years ago. Now, a controversial and long-delayed part of that pact looks like it’s finally ready to be enacted – and it will have an impact on California drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation – will soon make a …

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Undocumented, and riding shotgun

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Jared eberhardt

Up until my early 20s, I rode shotgun. With my high school and college sweetheart, I flipped through the soft sleeves of our shared CD binder in search of the right music. I double-checked our drive-through orders for extra ketchup. I pointed out the sights only I caught in time.
In 1991, my family left the Philippines for California, where my aunt had been living …

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Bob Hope’s estate back on the market – at a discount!

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Bob Hope's House in Toluca Lake on Sale for $27,5 Million

Looking for someplace new to live in the New Year?
If so, you might be interested in a certain famous property in Toluca Lake The house that Bob and Dolores Hope lived in for decades is back on the market – and at a reduced price.
Granted, the Hope house isn’t for everyone. The eight bedroom, 5.2-acre estate is listed for $23 million. But hey, that’s …

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One year after his exit, Baca appears to be FBI target

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
INMATES TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL

So far, seven sheriff’s officials have been convicted of obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate beatings and corruption inside the huge L.A. jail system. None of those officials held high-ranking positions, however. And critics of the investigation say low-ranking officers and deputies are taking the blame for problems that stemmed from larger management failures.
But the probe isn’t over. The L.A. Times reports that at …

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‘Like bubbles in a glass of Champagne:’ Toasting an all-but-forgotten Hollywood star

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Were it not for the fairly recent restoration of the site known as the Annenberg Community Beach House, many of us might never have heard the name Marion Davies. Indeed, it’s easy to dismiss the long-ago movie star, who died in 1961, even when you visit the spectacular public space along the Pacific Coast Highway that was once her home: The structure here that bears her …

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Love birds: Secret tryst yields bouncing baby buzzard

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Endangered California condors are some of the most closely monitored creatures in the history of the animal kingdom.
Tens of millions of dollars and monumental human effort has gone into bringing the giant vultures back from the brink of extinction.
So it came as a huge surprise when biologists discovered that a pair of condors in the Big Sur flock sneaked off and mated – producing …

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Up against the wall: El Capitan climbers grip a dream

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you been keeping tabs on those two climbers trying to make it to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park?
Well, things are going pretty well for one of the men – but not so hot for the other.
Kevin Jorgeson, a 30-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, a 36-year-old from Colorado, started their ascent nearly two weeks ago. They’re trying …

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Photos: Breaking ground for California’s bullet train in Fresno

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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After decades of talking about it and years of planning and preparation, California officials gathered in Fresno this week for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the state’s $68 billion bullet train project.
When finished in 2029 (or so it’s hoped) the train will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, whisking passengers from one city to another in 2 hours and 40 minutes. The first 29 mile-long …

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