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Are you ready for Tuesday’s election?

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tuesday, March 3 is an election day – polls are open from 7am-8pm.
First things first, check out SmartVoter.org and find out where your polling place is, and who is on your local ballot.
Then, use this handy League of Women’s Voters guide (pdf) to learn more about the candidates.
Voters will be deciding on:

City Charter Amendments 1 & 2, which will determine if the election date should change for …

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Mixer: Who’s on the ballot, and what’s up for grabs?

Posted February 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Voters in Los Angeles County will head to the polls on Tuesday.
They’re set to cast ballots for City Council, School Board and Community College District Board members.
And then there are also a couple of charter amendments that would change when we hold local elections, with the goal of boosting voter turnout.
Only 23 percent of voters turned out for the last mayoral election.
Dave Zahniser covers city …

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State’s fracking wells have alarming levels of benzene

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Waste liquid from fracking operations contains levels of benzene that can be far higher than state and federal agencies consider safe, according to a new analysis.
That liquid – known as flowback fluid – is often reinjected into groundwater. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
The state passed a fracking law two years ago that requires oil companies to test wells for a variety of toxins. The …

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Mixer: The Haves and the Have Nots

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re just into 2015, and here we are, talking about the presidential candidates for 2016. In speech after speech, Republican and Democratic candidates are weighing in on income inequality and the wealth gap. Or, as Jeb Bush called it this week, the “opportunity gap.”
A new multimedia series for Capital & Main launched this week, in a cross-California analysis of poverty and an increasing income …

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Tributes for Rick Orlov, ‘the dean of City Hall reporters’

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is a huge, complex city with a government whose machinations are often opaque and always perplexing. Nobody was better at cutting through the bureaucratic haze and back-room dealing at City Hall than Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov.
Orlov’s death yesterday at age 66 leaves a huge hole in L.A. government journalism. He was mentor to many young reporters and gave his …

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Mixer: A progress report on California cops

Posted January 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s a new poll that came out this week from the Public Policy Institute of California, that asked residents how they feel about Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, his budget proposal and also things like water use and higher education spending. All important topics, sure.
And then there was this nugget: the poll found that a solid majority of adults think their police departments are doing …

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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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Live video: President Obama’s State of the Union address

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union address at 6 p.m PT / 9 p.m. ET.

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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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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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Does pretending to be homeless make a politician better?

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

In the mythology of ancient Greece, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, disguises himself as a beggar to gain an advantage over his enemies. In Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” a relative masquerading as a vagabond helps shift the monarch’s sympathies toward the disadvantaged.
The past year marked a new trend in the electoral cycle: politicians “going native,” spending the night in homeless shelters or sleeping on the streets …

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Mixer: Budget is more of the same, and not much more

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown today released a record $113 billion state spending plan.
Under the proposal, the general fund will increase about 5 percent from the current fiscal year… something the governor says reflects California’s economic momentum.
The governor, however, did not propose many new programs but instead focused on covering growing costs to existing ones.
John Myers is at the California Politics Desk at KQED in San Francisco, and …

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Gov. Brown: ‘Keep California ever golden and creative’

Posted January 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Can we forget Jerry Brown — during his first cycle as governor — produced the best magazine cover ever? pic.twitter.com/doVB8hOgWO
— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) January 5, 2015

Beginning an unprecedented fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown called on the past to inform the future in his inaugural address, which also served as his annual state of the state speech. “The challenge is to build for the future, not …

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Mixer: The year of the microscope…on police

Posted January 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case of the LAX shooter.
24-year old Paul Ciancia is accused of opening fire inside Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport back on November 1, 2013.
That rampage left 39-year old Transportation Security Administration agent Gerardo Hernandez dead, and several other TSA agents and a traveler injured.
That case also highlighted a big lack of communication at LAX between …

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President Obama reflects, looks ahead in NPR interview

Posted December 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barak Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, December 17, 2014. Photo: Kainaz Amaria/NPR

The president sat down with NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep to talk about issues affecting Americans across the country, and to reflect on what he’s accomplished and what to expect in the final two years of his presidency on issues like immigration and the economy.
Responding to the ongoing tension between police departments and black communities across the country following the death of Eric Garner in New …

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Mixer: Attack on Hollywood; what’s next?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …

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Watch live: President Obama’s year-end press conference

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., en route to the White House following a trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is expected to deliver his year-end press conference at 10:30 am PT. He is expected to take questions on a wide range of issues affecting us all: Cuba, the Sony hack and threats from North Korea, immigration reform, ISIS, and Obamacare.
The president last faced reporters the day after the mid-term elections, after Democrats faced a series of losses.
Watch here:

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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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California gets ready to license undocumented drivers

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In January, California will begin to offer driver’s licenses to an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants, living and driving in the state illegally.
One of those unlicensed and undocumented drivers is Mexican-born single mother and retirement home worker Evangelina Ramirez. She’s been driving without a license in California for 20 years. “I am driving because it is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” says Ramirez. “I have …

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Schwarzenegger deal continues to haunt Jerry Brown

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you ever made a deal to buy something, only to have the seller tell you that it’s not actually for sale, after all?
That’s what a group of Texas and Irvine investors say happened to them – and the seller was the state of California.
A trial begins today in San Francisco that will determine whether California has to sell off 11 properties that Gov. …

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