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One Thing: Homelessness

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]

From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
John Kelly grew up in Los Angeles and lived on Skid Row for years but now works with the homeless as an advocate at the LA Mission. He says homelessness …

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Mixer: Corruption and Corrosion that stink

Posted February 12, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Former L-A County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty this week to lying to federal investigators about their ongoing probe of corruption at the department.
Did the buck stop there?

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Olney in LA: Former Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty

Posted February 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faces a possible six months in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to one count of making false statements to the FBI. Baca led the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years, but rather than seeking a fifth term, he retired two years ago in the midst of a federal investigation into corruption and the …

Environment, Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: infected citrus, affected bees

Posted February 10, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

There’s a pest attacking California’s citrus. The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a tiny, flying insect that transmits a bacterial disease called huanglongbing, or HLB. It’s also known as citrus greening disease, and it’s fatal for citrus trees.
To protect against these insects and avoid the mass citrus die-off Florida has experienced, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has begun implementing a statewide treatment program. …

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Mixer: Watching the Watchers

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

State regulators have been under intense scrutiny in recent history — overseeing utilities that are shutting down or shoring up nuclear power plants, dealing with an environmental disaster that’s displaced thousands, and even trying to coordinate the cleanup of a now-shuttered, lead-leaking battery plant.
So this week in Sacramento, has come a push to do something about those agencies that are responsible for regulating and …

Education, News »

Marinello becomes a beauty school dropout

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

With the government cutting the cord on student aid, a longtime fixture on the Southern California cosmetology scene is calling it quits.
The Marinello Schools of Beauty will close all 56 of its campuses, including dozens of schools in California.
The closures will leave more than four thousand students in the lurch, and 800 employees stand to lose their jobs.
The closures follow the U.S. Department of …

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University Park residents fear oil drilling site

Posted February 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
Youth activist Ashley Lazaro, 14, at the shuttered drilling site in University Park. (Photos by Alexandra Garreton)

The streets of South LA’s University Park neighborhood are lined with old Victorians, palm trees and bougainvillea. Close to several houses, large apartment buildings, day care centers and schools, including a high school for developmentally disabled children, stands a tall, beige gate.
“If anybody was walking by they’ll see a normal building,” said Ashley Lazaro, 14, who grew up nearby. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, maybe it’s …

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Mixer: Which Way, LA?

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

KCRW’s Warren Olney moderated KCRW’s Which Way LA? for 23 years before wrapping up the program on January 28.
But he’s not going away.
He will continue to host To the Point, weekdays at 1. And, beginning next week, a new, regular segment called Olney in L.A.
And while Warren is staying put, so too are the issues he spent countless hours trying to make sense of on his …

Commentary, News »

Car Talk: The Parlance of Cars

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

In the aftermath of the Second World War, California’s population grew by roughly 500,000 people a year.
By 1963 it passed New York as the country’s most populous state.
And no place had higher levels of growth than Los Angeles. The city added 500,000 between 1940 and 1950. By 1960, the population was almost 2.5 million. By 1980 nearly 3 million.

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L.A. hones its bid for the 2024 Olympics

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

We’re still 18 months away from a decision on the 2024 Olympics, but there’s no time to spare for the local officials trying to secure the summer sports extravaganza for L.A. for a third time.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
This week, the local organizing committee – LA-24 – announced plans to house athletes on the UCLA campus instead of building …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, News »

BACKSTAGE: “The Room” that might not exist . . .

Posted January 28, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
If you don’t already have plans or tickets to see the Wooster Group’s latest show in Los Angeles next week, you might want to act quickly. It’s turning out to be a hot ticket surrounded by scandal (or maybe just incompetence, but more on that in a bit).
The New York-based Wooster Group has …

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California, on cutting edge, gets an official state lichen

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
Lace lichen. (Photo by Shelly Benson)

Among new state laws taking effect at the beginning of 2016 was one designating lace lichen as the official lichen of California. The organism joins a list of more 30 officially designated state symbols, including the redwood tree, California poppy, purple needlegrass and of course, the California dog-faced butterfly.
State Assemblyman Marc Levine, who sponsored the lace lichen legislation, said, “They are biological indicators of both air …

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Zika virus makes its first appearance in L.A. County

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]

A teenage girl who traveled to Central America is the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in Los Angeles County.
The mosquito-borne virus has been raising alarms among health officials, who say it appears to be linked to serious birth defects in Brazil.
Confirmation of the infection in L.A. County came one day after the World Health Organization warned that Zika cases will likely soon …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

What happened to Spanish-language films in Santa Barbara?

Posted January 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater isn’t known for playing movies. Most of its audience comes to see operas, ballets and symphony orchestras.
But, on occasional Sunday afternoons Latino families and friends sprinkle into the foyer to watch classic Mexican films, as part of the Granada’s new Epoca de Oro Mexican Film Series.

On one such Sunday in December, Raul Gill grabs popcorn for himself and his five friends. They’re excited to …

Interviews, News, Politics »

If at first you don’t secede, Yes California you try again

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments | ]

Here in California, we never seem to be completely happy with the status quo. Almost 170 years after joining the union, there are still debates about the form the state should take. There have been all kinds of campaigns over the years to split up California. And now an ESL teacher near San Diego,  Louis Marinelli, is taking it even further. He is head of …

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Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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Where’s El Niño? Dry January doesn’t fit the forecast

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Have you noticed that the last few weeks have been rather dry in Southern California?
El Niño hasn’t delivered yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming.
Mark Jackson of the National Weather Service says that January has delivered less rain than most meteorologists expected, but he says the months ahead should have plenty of wet weather in store.

Jackson says Jan. 6 and 7 provided a preview …

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Los Angeles likely to be a two-team NFL town once again

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles may be a Rams town once again, having snatched back the team from St. Louis after a 21-year absence, but that’s not the whole picture of pro football’s future in L.A.
The deal that’s bringing the Rams home gives the San Diego Chargers a one-year window to decide if they want to join the Rams in a new stadium in Inglewood.
If the Chargers …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, LA Noir, News »

Remembering The Eagles’ Glenn Frey (1948-2016)

Posted January 18, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]

There’s another heartbreaking loss for an entertainment industry that’s lost a few people over the last couple of weeks.
The co-founder of the Los Angeles band, ‘The Eagles’, has died. Glenn Frey had been stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. He was 67.
The band’s website announced his death today.
The guitarist joined with drummer Don Henley and, in Los Angeles, formed one of history’s most successful songwriting …

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St. Louis is seething over loss of Rams to Inglewood

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

In St. Louis, the Blues isn’t just the name of the local hockey club.
It’s also the prevailing civic mood since the NFL earlier this week granted the Rams’ wish to pack up its footballs and helmets and move to Inglewood.
The decision to relocate the Rams has been met with joy and relief by Los Angeles football fans who’ve weathered more than 20 years of …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary, News »

BACKSTAGE: A friend in the theater

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
Last week, I had you check your three favorite intimate theater websites to see what was playing through July. Chances are, you came up mostly empty. Maybe you could find the next play but probably not a season, right?
So why is this a problem?
It’s not nurturing an audience and it’s out of step …

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