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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 | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]

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 …

Issues, News, Politics »

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

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Arts & Culture, News, Politics »

Browns moving on up to historic Sacramento mansion

Posted October 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

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

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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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 …

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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 …

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State is poised to act on long-delayed pollution rules

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Oil Pumps

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 …

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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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