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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup efforts …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

In light of IV: “A light in everyone’s window…”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
To end our series, we headed back to Isla Vista to see how students are using art and light to both reconnect with the past and to move forward.

Most UCSB classes take place on campus, in classrooms. IV Open Labs does not. Art …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: A strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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Is raising the minimum wage really the best policy?

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, LA city council voted almost unanimously to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For labor activists, this was a big win. And for politicians, it signaled a commitment to getting workers out of poverty. Business owners disagreed. But surprisingly, some labor economists disagreed as well.
Is it possible that raising the minimum wage isn’t actually the best path toward …

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Attack spurs call for tougher animal cruelty penalties

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tougher penalties could be imposed on people who act cruelly to animals in California. And the push to do that stems from a disturbing incident that occurred in Orange County just last month.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would add a possible $5000 “restitution” fine for people convicted of animal cruelty. That’s on top of the current $20,000 maximum …

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In light of IV: “We have to balance safety with individual civil liberties.”

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
In our interview with Richard Martinez, who lost his son Christopher in last year’s rampage, he mentioned one piece of legislation, AB 1014, that would take guns away from individuals who are deemed mentally unstable by police or family members. Would that have stopped …

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Tenants can stay put at controversial Hollywood tower

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Several dozen tenants of a newly built Hollywood high rise have won a last-minute reprieve.
Today was supposed to be moving day for denizens of the 22-story building on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. It’s the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory. A judge sided with a neighborhood group earlier this year that developer CIM Group improperly demolished the building – and that the …

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How will restaurants fare with the higher minimum wage?

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Hassan Del Campo owner of Manifesto Cafe

With minutes to go before the first diners arrive, the small kitchen of The Larchmont is busy. Wild leeks are being chopped while pans heat up on the stove. It may seem like business is good, but Tuesday’s decision to raise Los Angeles’ minimum wage has got some in this kitchen worried that increased labor costs will hit them hard.
“It’s an industry with a …

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California doctors won’t fight assisted suicide bill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the country to drop opposition to what has been widely known as “physician assisted suicide.”
The medical group made the decision in response to a bill in the state Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs to some terminally ill patients. The group is now neutral on the bill, …

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The battle to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Update: The LA City Council has voted 14-1 in favor of drafting a plan to raise the minimum wage.

At a recent event at Los Angeles’ City Hall to honor L.A.’s small business owners, Mayor Eric Garcetti trumpeted the city’s economic achievements during his time in office.
The audience, business owners listening to Garcetti, sat politely; but just under the surface there was anger and anxiety about proposals …

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Wage theft and the minimum wage

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As Los Angeles considers a minimum wage increase, the question of wage theft remains.
Garment workers, restaurant workers, nail salon workers all receive minimum wage. And, sometimes even less. In fact, one study says one third of all workers earn below the state’s $9 minimum wage. Among these workers, women, undocumented workers, and minority workers get the worst of it. And, without more enforcement, the problem …

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In light of IV: “People will look at this park differently.”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
On May 23rd, 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a rampage, stabbing three people to death before shooting and killing three more, injuring fourteen and taking his own life.
We’re starting our series where the tragedy itself began, in IV. Near the newly planted memorial garden in People’s Park, residents take …

News, Politics, Sports »

New soccer club makes a pitch for Sports Arena site

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Football Club won’t field a team until 2018 – but today the fledgling soccer team is announcing plans for a $250 million, 22,000-seat stadium that would replace the L.A. Sports Arena.
The complex would include a conference center, restaurants and a soccer museum, and it would be the country’s most expensive privately funded soccer stadium.
Construction would be financed by the team’s celebrity-heavy …

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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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Will LA raise the minimum wage?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is getting closer to raising the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. A city council committee approved the increase on Wednesday, and the full city council is expected to vote on it next week.
“For the restaurant business, it’s going to be detrimental,” George Abou-Daoud, owner of Bowery Street Enterprises told Press Play. He said restaurants in LA support a …

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Long-term forecast is for more very hot days in L.A.

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
The sun rises over electric power lines in Encinitas, California.

If you think Southern California has a lot of hot days now, just wait.
That’s the upshot of a new report from climate experts at the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
The report, published in the Journal of Climate, says that if nothing is done to control greenhouse gas emissions, the number of extreme heat days – over 95 degrees – could triple or …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News »

How women were the unsung heroes of the Mexican Revolution

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soldadera: Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, the year before her death at age 127

The artist Nao Bustamante was already working on a show about soldaderas, the women who fought with and ably assisted the troops in the Mexican Revolution, when she learned about Leandra Becerra Lumbreras–said to be the oldest survivor of the conflict that began in 1910.
She arranged to take her crew to Mexico to interview this woman who said she had fought the war “with her tortillas,” …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Food, News »

How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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Santa Monica rolls out an unwelcome mat for Airbnb

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Santa Monica City Council has enacted tough restrictions on short-term rentals – cutting off a source of income for homeowners who’ve been using online sites like Airbnb to rent their properties to tourists.
Santa Monica will now ban rentals of entire homes or apartment units for less than 30 days. People can still rent out rooms or so-called “mother-in-law” units, but they’ll have to …

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California’s new production tax program aims to keep and create jobs

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A big budget movie called “San Andreas” is coming out just in time for the summer blockbuster season. It’s a film with a very California storyline: Monster earthquakes strike the state, flattening both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
California may play a starring role in San Andreas, but most of the movie wasn’t shot in Golden State. It was shot an ocean away in Queensland, Australia. That’s because the …

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