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Mixer: Gov. Jerry Brown flexes his green thumb

Posted October 9, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s been a busy week for the Governor, and his pen.
Jerry Brown signed a number of contentious bills in to law—from climate change, to equal pay and medical-aid-in-dying.

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New law aims to keep kids in the right math class

Posted October 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/Aaron Escobar

Gov. Jerry Brown has until this Sunday to decide whether to sign hundreds of bills into law or veto them. One of the bills he signed Monday deals with something called math misplacement. Math misplacement is a term that’s used when a 9th grader is held back from advancing to the next level of math, even when they’ve scored well on the tests.
The new bill puts …

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Citizens United case tests power of state lawmakers

Posted October 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Occupy the Courts

Should state voters should be able to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision?
That answer to that question lies in a thorny legal issue that the California Supreme Court is taking up today. That is whether state Legislatures have the power to put advisory measures before voters at all.
Proposition 49 would allow voters to say whether they believe Citizens United …

Issues, News, Politics »

California closes elephant-sized loophole in ivory law

Posted October 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

California will be doing its small part to protect endangered elephants by tightening restrictions on the sale of ivory here.
A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown closes a loophole that critics say had made the state’s previous regulations all-but-impossible to enforce.
The old law banned the sale or purchase of ivory that was imported after 1977. But it’s hard to determine how old ivory …

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Mixer: Remembering the OJ trial and verdict

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since a jury acquitted Heisman Trophy-winning-football player-turned-TV-and-movie star O.J. Simpson of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman, at their Brentwood home.

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How a 1965 immigration law shaped today’s Los Angeles

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What does Lyndon Johnson have to do with the creation of L.A.’s Koreatown?

The lasting effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 were apparent at a recent swearing in ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 6,000 people from 140 countries sat in neat rows before a stage and a giant American flag. Some of the largest numbers of people came from countries like the Philippines, China, Armenia and …

Politics, Santa Barbara »

Further localized local politics

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Next week, City Council election ballots will be sent out to residents living in the Eastside, Westside, and Mesa districts. This is the first time in almost 50 years that Santa Barbara will select their city council members by district rather than a citywide election. To talk about this change, KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian sat down with two political commentators ingrained in the issue, journalists …

Education, Health Care, Issues, Politics »

Foes of new vaccination law want voters to decide

Posted September 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you thought the fight over mandatory vaccines for California school children was over, think again.
Opponents of a new law that eliminates the state’s personal belief exemption for vaccines have submitted signatures for a ballot measure to overturn it.
They needed to turn in 365,000 signatures by midnight last night to get on the November, 2016 ballot. It’s not clear how many signatures were …

economy, Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

State is poised to act on long-delayed pollution rules

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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State Air regulators today are expected to restore a climate change program that would require a 10 percent reduction in pollution from gas and diesel fuel emissions over the next five years.
The rule was first adopted years ago, but it’s been on hold amid a lengthy legal challenge by oil industry groups.
Environmentalists and some business groups have hailed the low carbon fuel standard as …

Issues, News, Politics »

State GOP lashes out at Trump’s immigration rhetoric

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Perhaps the most notable policy pronouncement in the GOP presidential race so far is Donald Trump’s vow to build a new border wall and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
The Republican Party in California, however, is not having it.
In a direct rebuke to Trump – as well as a bid to stay relevant in a state with a Latino majority – the California GOP has …

Issues, Politics, Santa Barbara »

Short term rentals, long term consequences

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Few issues have elicited such polarizing responses in Santa Barbara as that of short-term housing. Defined as rentals under 30 days, short-term rentals have become a more affordable, and often roomier alternative to traditional hotels. Companies like AirBNB and V.R.B.O, which facilitate these rentals, are now commonly used when vacationers plan their next trip.
As the trend grew, more and more short term rentals opened up in …

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

U.S., Chinese leaders take on climate at L.A. summit

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Can local government leaders in the U.S. and China take the lead on fighting climate change?
We could find out over the next couple of days.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering the keynote speech and Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance as officials from the U.S. and China open a two-day climate summit in Los Angeles today.
The goal of the summit is …

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Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change has suffered two major defeats this week.
On Wednesday, Brown and Democratic leaders eliminated a key portion of a climate change bill that would have required California to cut its petroleum consumption in half in the next 15 years.
And yesterday, the bill by state Senator Fran Pavley of Simi Valley to reducing …

economy, Environment, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics »

Brown’s climate change agenda hits Capitol roadblock

Posted September 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s been a hectic and eventful week at the State Capitol.
With lawmakers facing a deadline tomorrow to pass bills in the current legislative session, a slew of important measures have been considered, some making it to the governor, and others getting shot down.
One of the biggest stories to come out of the session is the setback delivered to a key component of Gov. Jerry …

economy, Issues, News, Politics »

Fixing a gaping hole in California’s road repair budget

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

How much will take to fix California’s crumbling roads and transportation infrastructure?
About $3.5 billion a year, indefinitely, according to Gov. Jerry Brown.
To pay for that, Brown is proposing an annual $65 fee on drivers, as well as increases in taxes on gas and diesel, a crackdown on polluters, and savings from a more efficient Caltrans.
The proposal comes two months after the governor called a …

economy, Education, News, Politics »

Why is the LAUSD building affordable housing?

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you look around Los Angeles, you’ll see lots of new housing being built, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods like downtown and Hollywood. But most of that housing, whether rental units or condominiums, are luxury units and far too expensive for hundreds of thousands of working L.A. residents to ever live in. And if it needs saying, that’s bad.
Recent studies show that the average renter in …

Interviews, Politics »

Persians in LA react to the Iran nuclear deal

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Raymond Khaneshan, owner of Shaherzad Restaurant on Westwood Boulevard. Photo by Shara Morris.

Nowhere is the Iran nuclear program debate more relevant that Los Angeles’s Westwood neighborhood – also known as Tehrangeles.
It’s home to the largest Persian community outside of Iran. Shara Morris stopped by two small businesses in the neighborhood, and got two very different views on the deal.

Politics, Santa Barbara »

Two bills passed with two weeks left

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 | ]

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 …

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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 …

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