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Bid to loosen concealed weapons law hits a roadblock

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A legal ruling with the potential to greatly increase the number of Californians permitted to carry concealed weapons is going to get another review from a federal appeals court.
The 9th Circuit court of Appeals says that 11 justices will consider the case. Last year, a three-judge panel from the court struck down the San Diego Sheriff Department’s concealed permit policy.
The panel ruled 2-1 that …

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Photos: Rock ‘n’ roll billboards of the Sunset Strip

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Sunset Strip has long been a destination for bands who play LA. Think the Whiskey, the Roxy or the Riot Hyatt.
But the journey down the strip has also been a mecca for those bands – on billboards.
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and many others.
Usually the billboards come and go with little fanfare. But one photographer decided to capture …

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L.A. heeds pleas to slow spread of McMansions

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is finally getting serious about McMansions – large houses built on small lots that are out of step with the traditional character of neighborhoods.
The City Council has slapped a temporary ban on the construction of McMansions in 20 upscale neighborhoods while it considers a broader response to the problem.
In five of those neighborhoods, the city also temporarily banned the issuance …

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The 101 widens in Santa Barbara

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Construction on Highway 101 is taking place in Carpinteria.

If you drive Highway 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria, check out Santa Barbara County’s first car pool lanes. This completes the second of four scheduled phases within the Highway 101 widening project. City Council member Gregg Hart is the spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, which is overseeing the project. He hopes that, with support from the city and financial contributions at the state level, they’ll raise the …

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The woman who’s bringing LA to the world’s most influential art fair

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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More evidence of the influence and importance of Los Angeles as far as the fine art world: Meet the Venice (California)-based Elizabeta Betinski, known affectionately to some artists around town as “Boom Boom.”  She’s the force behind an upcoming show, featuring the work of 20 LA-based artists, that’ll hang adjacent to the Venice (Italy) Biennale. This is just one of three exhibitions that have been chosen as …

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Lotusland: A public garden, with a private reputation

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Lotusland is not your typical garden. Ever since it opened in 1993, this eclectic garden in the foothills of Montecito has garnered a reputation of being more private than public.

This property was owned from 1941-1984 by Gana Walska, a polish opera singer, socialite, and funky lady. She married six times and procured quite a wealth. Her dramatic nature ran through both her life and her garden. …

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Downtown L.A. warehouse is hyperloop headquarters

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Downtown L.A. is in the loop – the hyperloop, that is.
A nondescript warehouse downtown is the incubator for a fledgling technology that proponents say has the power to whisk travelers between L.A. and San Francisco in about half an hour.
Hyperloop Technologies Inc. has leased the bulk of a 6,500-square-foot warehouse and is ramping up staffing there. That company and others housed in the building …

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Loving L.A.: $$ signs point to return of NFL in 2016

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The much-discussed return of professional football to Los Angeles continues to pick up steam. NFL owners are holding their annual meeting this week in Phoenix, and several are saying that the league will probably kick off games here in 2016.
NFL owners are considering three stadium proposals as they meet in the Arizona desert. The one generating the most buzz is a plan by St. …

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Angelina Jolie on trying to prevent cancer and other stories we’re following

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Angelina Jolie by Gage Skidmore/CC/Flickr

Trash talks!
We’re talking about a new plan to cleanup L.A. on today’s Which Way, LA? And we want to hear from you.
Tweet us photos of the litter or abandoned furniture on your street. @kcrw or @wwla
Below are the stories that have us talking.
Angelina Jolie opens up about having surgery to remove her ovaries
The actress and activist has written before about having a double mastectomy …

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Get ready for Ted Cruz

Posted March 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sen. Ted Cruz has announced a 2016 presidential run.

A new report is calling for the LA to figure out a better way to deal with all the trash that doesn’t make into the garbage can.
Tell us: Is there a lot of trash on your street?
From presidential politics to Buddhism gone awry, here are the stories we’re reading today.
Ted Cruz eyes 2016
Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) is the first Republican to announce his candidacy. “I believe in …

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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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Interactive iPhone app debuts at “CicLAvia the Valley”

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
CicLAvia offers cyclists and pedestrians a chance to experience a car-free Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

CicLAvia – the festival that lets bicyclists and pedestrians take over city streets – will be held in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
CicLAvia opens up parts of the city for people to experience without cars. Since 2010 it’s been held in downtown LA, South LA, Boyle Heights, along Wilshire Boulevard and other areas, but Sunday will be the first time …

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Is there too much trash in your neighborhood?

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Garbage in an alley. (Photo: Evan George)

A new report is calling for the LA to figure out a better way to deal with all the trash that doesn’t make into the garbage can.
Tell us: Is there a lot of trash on your street?
And here are some of the stories we’ve been talking about this week that you may have missed.
The virtual reality college tour
Some colleges are embracing VR to get students to come …

News, Politics, Santa Barbara, Water and the Drought »

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider’s State of the City speech

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A few hundred people attended Friday’s public State of the City breakfast, at the Fess Parker Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara.  With two large screens on either side of the stage, displaying complementary info-graphics, photos and videos, Mayor Helene Schneider began her speech by celebrating partnership projects underway.
“The level of civic involvement here in Santa Barbara is unparalleled, and together we’ve built an incredible community through a …

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Freedom of screech: Measure endorses death for gays

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Huntington Beach attorney is trying to make a point about the First Amendment, but it seems unlikely that Matt McLaughlin could have found a more offensive way to do it.
Hard to believe, but McLaughlin has proposed a ballot measure that calls for the killing of gays and lesbians. And it appears that he will be allowed to proceed to the signature-gathering stage.
It will …

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Can we conserve our way out of the drought?

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, the state is getting serious about water conservation. Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers revealed a $1 billion drought relief plan Thursday. The package includes money for water recycling, water efficiency measures, and food assistance for communities impacted by the drought. (The LA Times breaks down the funding, here).
In a press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown said that the …

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Fast food ban isn’t shrinking waist bands in South LA

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A novel attempt to improve health in South Los Angeles by banning the opening of new fast-food restaurants isn’t working. In fact, obesity has actually increased in in the area since the ban went into effect, according to a new study by RAND Corp.
The L.A. law was unanimously approved by the City Council seven years ago. It marked the first time a big American …

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Blue Shield facing tax hit after losing ‘exempt’ status

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When is a non-profit organization actually a for-profit company?
That line can be blurry, but the California Franchise Tax Board says that Blue Shield has crossed it.
The Board has revoked the tax-exempt status of Blue Shield of California – judging the health insurer to be run more like a for-profit corporation than a non-profit. The move could leave the insurer on the hook for tens …

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Santa Barbara’s new giraffe baby has valuable DNA

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A little before midnight last Friday, before going to bed, Santa Barbara Zookeeper Cassie Taylor decided to check on the giraffes via a camera monitoring system set up in their barn. She saw hooves.
“We were in there within 20 minutes of [Betty Lou] going into labor,” said Wendy Anderson, Senior Mammal Keeper at the Santa Barbara Zoo. At 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Asha (her name means “Life” in Swahili) was …

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Rescuers overwhelmed by number of sick sea lions

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Malnourished sea lion pups recover at the Marine Mammal Care Center

An unprecedented epidemic of stranded sea lion pups is straining the resources of California marine rescue agencies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says at least 1,650 sickly sea lion pups were rescued from California beaches between the start of this year and March 8th. That’s 250 more than were saved during all of 2013, the last time this happened in large numbers.
Scientists say the …

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