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Mixer: Watching the Watchers

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State regulators have been under intense scrutiny in recent history — overseeing utilities that are shutting down or shoring up nuclear power plants, dealing with an environmental disaster that’s displaced thousands, and even trying to coordinate the cleanup of a now-shuttered, lead-leaking battery plant.
So this week in Sacramento, has come a push to do something about those agencies that are responsible for regulating and …

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Mixer: Which Way, LA?

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney moderated KCRW’s Which Way LA? for 23 years before wrapping up the program on January 28.
But he’s not going away.
He will continue to host To the Point, weekdays at 1. And, beginning next week, a new, regular segment called Olney in L.A.
And while Warren is staying put, so too are the issues he spent countless hours trying to make sense of on his …

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If at first you don’t secede, Yes California you try again

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Here in California, we never seem to be completely happy with the status quo. Almost 170 years after joining the union, there are still debates about the form the state should take. There have been all kinds of campaigns over the years to split up California. And now an ESL teacher near San Diego,  Louis Marinelli, is taking it even further. He is head of …

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Mixer: Build it, but who will pay?

Posted January 15, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The National Football League makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St. Louis, Mo., to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood.
Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today at Inglewood’s Forum to introduce himself to Southland fans. That city will host the team, eventually, when a stadium is finished at the site of the old …

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LAPD rank-and-file rankled by Chief Beck’s candor

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck is defending his decision to recommend criminal charges against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
Since going public earlier this week, Beck has been taking a lot of heat from the union that represents rank-and-file officers. The Los Angeles Police Protective League says it’s lost confidence in Beck’s ability to run the …

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Scarlet logos? Requiring lawmakers to wear donor ID’s

Posted January 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Picture this: California lawmakers plastered head-to-toe with NASCAR-style logos.
It may seem silly, but a California businessman is funding a ballot initiative that would require members of the state legislators to wear the logos and emblems of their biggest donors on their clothing – just like race car drivers.
John Cox has been traveling the state to push his disclosure measure. This week, he was cleared …

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Lots of unfinished business as Legislature returns

Posted January 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Legislature is getting back to work today with a long to-do list, including some pressing unfinished business from last year. Plugging a billion-dollar hole in the state’s health care program for the poor and fixing the state’s deteriorating roads are at the top of the agenda.
Gov. Jerry Brown called special sessions of the Legislature last year to address the shortfall in the …

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Mixer: Ooh That Smell

Posted January 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Weeks have turned into months of a sulfuric stench in Porter Ranch, a pretty idyllic part of the northern San Fernando Valley.
A gas leak in the region – emanating from the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Field – started small, with a few residents complaining.
Now, hundreds of homeowners – and thousands of school children – have been relocated out of …

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A drop in oil won’t put Santa Barbara in the red

Posted December 21, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Santa Barbara County has a complicated – and at times, turbulent– relationship with oil. In May, the Refugio oil spill resulted in roughly 140,000 gallons of crude gushing over state beaches. Environmentalists rallied and called for an end to oil production in the region.  At the same time, these corporations remain among the top tax payers in the county – which raises the question: how …

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Mixer: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted December 18, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District closed all of its campuses and facilities this week because of an emailed terror threat.
It claimed bombs, nerve gas and automatic weapons were stashed at several schools and an attack – the threat said – was imminent.

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One Thing in Santa Barbara: Politics

Posted December 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From food and nightlife to the environment and philanthropy, what were the most important stories and trends of the year in Santa Barbara? Five of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.

According to California political writer Jerry Roberts, the top story in local politics this year was the announcement of Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps‘ retirement. Currently in her ninth term, Capps succeeded her …

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Governor Brown: On His Way to Paris for Climate Change Summit

Posted December 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, Governor Jerry Brown heads to Paris for the United Nations summit on climate change. As the representative of the eighth largest economy in the world, he will likely be greeted more as a de facto head of state than just a governor.
Still there are limits to what a California delegation can do. In an interview on Which Way LA? with Warren Olney, …

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Mixer: Campus Activism Roils the Southland

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …

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Gov. Brown won’t close the door on Syrian refugees

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than half of the country’s governors now say they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their states because of the Paris terror attacks. But California Gov. Jerry Brown is not among them.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Brown said California will work closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that any refugees coming to California are “fully vetted.”
Like many other governors, …

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Push begins to end statute of limitations for rape

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A state lawmaker is proposing a major change to rape laws in California.
Connie Leyva, a Democratic State Senator from Chino, says that when the legislature reconvenes in January she’ll introduce a bill to end the 10-year statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes.
“A sexual predator should not be able to evade legal consequences in California for no other reason than the time …

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Hunger strikes spreading at U.S. immigration lockups

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A growing hunger strike by detained immigrants has reached a holding facility in the high desert city of Adelanto, California.
Immigrant advocates say that hundreds of men – perhaps more than 300 – stopped eating on October 30th to protest conditions at the center. Another group of men reportedly joined the hunger strike this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t say if a hunger strike is …

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L.A. City leaders push ahead with gun control agenda

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you live in Los Angeles and you own a handgun, you could soon have to lock it up or disable it.
The L.A. City Council is scheduled to vote today on a law that aims to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of children, all too often with devastating consequences. The measure would require handgun owners to store their firearms under lock and key, …

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Mixer: Violence in Mideast, Ripples in LA

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Over the past three weeks, the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict has seen yet another uptick in violence.
At least 40 Palestinians and nine Israelis have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
And protests and deadly clashes have, once again, become the daily norm.
At the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said about the violence: “We need to keep the situation from escalating into …

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Browns moving on up to historic Sacramento mansion

Posted October 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s out of the loft and into to the mansion for Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown.
California’s first couple have announced that they will leave the modern, downtown Sacramento digs they’ve occupied for the past five years to live in the California Governor’s Mansion. The Browns’ dogs, Sutter and Colusa, will also make the move.
It’ll be the first time in almost …

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The dying Salton Sea and the plan to save it

Posted October 15, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
Floyd Hollinger as the Salton Sea Santa. “Santa Ski-In” started by Helen Burns, property owner at Salton Sea Beach, about 1960. (Photo courtesy of the Salton Sea History Museum)

The Salton Sea was once an oasis for the Hollywood elite. Today, California’s largest lake is not only an environmental hazard, it is also drying up.
“It was a playground for the rich and the famous, the Hollywood crowd used to go out there and cavort and water ski and fish,” said Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, who has …

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