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Two bills passed with two weeks left

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As California’s legislative session nears its three month hiatus, a local senator is celebrating some big wins. Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, whose district incorporates Santa Barbara County and a portion of Ventura, had two bills pass off the Senate floor last week and now sit on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. One hopes to close the income inequality gap between men and women in the …

economy, Environment, Issues, News, Politics, Water and the Drought »

Subsidence is giving Gov. Brown that sinking feeling

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …

California Elections, economy, Issues, LA Noir, Politics »

Mixer: Quick ‘meetings’ for money in Compton

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says Compton’s mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes last only about a minute.
In some cases, officials have been paid whether or not they attended the meetings at all.
Mayor Aja Brown was allegedly paid an extra $4,000 a month on top of her authorized monthly …

Education, Environment, News, Politics »

Critics of green energy measure: ‘Where are the jobs?’

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …

economy, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, Sports, The New Mayor, Warren Olney »

Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

Arts & Culture, Environment, News, Politics »

Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Drum beat gets louder for new restrictions on drones

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Forget the War on Drugs, California officials are launching a War on Drones.
Up in Fresno, authorities say a privately operated drone just missed colliding with a medical helicopter that was flying a snake bite victim to a hospital yesterday. The pilot encountered the drone while flying at about 1,000 feet. He maneuvered away from the device, reportedly missing it by just 20 feet or …

economy, News, Politics, Sports, Summer »

L.A. back in play as host of 2024 Summer Olympics

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is getting ready for another Olympics, or at least an Olympic bid.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says L.A. is nearing a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be this country’s candidate for the 2024 Summer Games. Unlike Boston – which recently dropped out of the bidding – Garcetti says L.A. would be willing to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns …

Health Care, Issues, News, Politics »

Mixer: Dropping the A-bomb, 70 years ago

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week marks 70 years since the United States dropped two atomic bombs – within three days of each other – on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The heat and radiation from those bombs incinerated both cities, and caused untold thousands of others to develop cancer and other diseases.
Japan surrendered, and World War II ended.
The American government and military explanation has always been that …

economy, Health Care, Issues, Politics, Santa Barbara »

Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

Issues, News, Politics »

Christian war memorial will remain atop Mt. Soledad

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Brown goes to Rome to talk climate with Pope Francis

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …

economy, Issues, LA Noir, Leaving LA, Politics, The Minimum Wage »

Mixer: For creatives, LA is great if you can afford it

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA.
There’s even the comparison of LA with other, denser cities like New York and San Francisco in how comparatively inexpensive …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics, Summer »

Residents sue L.A. in Hollywood sign tourist tussle

Posted July 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On must summer days, cars filled with tourists make their way up and down Beachwood Drive – looking for that perfect place to stop and snap a picture of the Hollywood sign.
Needless to say, the locals don’t like it very much.
But are the tourists just a nuisance – or an actual safety hazard?
A new lawsuit could help answer that question.
Hollywood Hills homeowners have sued …

economy, News, Politics, Press Play: Making LA »

Making LA: Government

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …

Issues, News, Politics »

Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

California Elections, Issues, News, Politics »

Supreme Court endorses bids to end gerrymandering

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that allowed that state’s Congressional districts to be draw by an independent commission – instead of the state Legislature.
The 5-4 decision has major implications in California, which has its own independent commission for drawing up Congressional boundaries.
State voters approved a ballot measure four years ago to take that job away from the state Legislature to discourage …

economy, Issues, LA Noir, News, Politics, The New Mayor »

Mixer: Is LA making homelessness a crime?

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …

Arts & Culture, economy, Issues, News, Politics »

Disneyland makes growth contingent on tax breaks

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Disneyland is asking for an expansion of the happiest tax break on earth.
Okay, maybe not THE happiest, but still a pretty nifty deal for the Mouse House.
The Walt Disney Company has proposed a $1 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort, with new rides, attractions and a massive parking structure. But here’s the rub: Disney is all-but demanding a 30-year extension of an existing 30-year …

economy, Food, Issues, News, Politics »

L.A. is taking a harder line on illegal street vending

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you bought a bacon-wrapped hot dog or a bag of cherries recently from one of the thousands of vendors who ply L.A. streets, parks and beaches?
Vending carts are a staple of L.A.’s underground economy – and a source of income for newly arrived immigrants and others with few other job prospects. But they are also illegal.
This week the L.A. City Council voted to …

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