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Los Angeles is America’s chronic homelessness capital

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

How bad is homelessness in the Golden State?
Consider new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. It says that more than one third of the country’s chronically homeless people live in California.
L.A. City and County have more long-term homelessness than any region in the state, which is not news to anyone who has seen tent cities mushrooming on sidewalks, under freeway overpasses …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: a farm to family feast

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she asked shoppers to share their favorite market-inspired Thanksgiving dishes.
Mouths watered hearing about Chris Heimlich’s Grilled Heritage Turkey, Kirsten Soria’s Cornbread Stuffing, Sam Edelman’s Baked Quince, Shaun Belway’s Apple Cider Buttered Rum and Elizabeth Colling’s Cinderella Pumpkin Cake.

Chris Heimlich’s Turkey Brine:

1 cup brown sugar
1 …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, News »

BACKSTAGE: A Curtain Raiser for LA

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater. Here’s the ‘curtain raiser’ speech I long to hear in every theater in Los Angeles.]
Good evening!
Hi, I’m the artistic director. Thank you all for making it out tonight. 
Your presence makes what we do possible. Without you — it’s just a rehearsal. You, the audience, make theater possible. And not just the theater but the community. We …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Kronos Quartet takes a musical journey through genocide

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Kronos Quartet isn’t your average classical music ensemble. Though you’ll see a cello, viola and violins, the concerts aren’t filled with pieces by Beethoven or Mozart. Instead, they look to the future of music – and they take risks. Sometimes these risks are political or reference charged historical events, like when composer Steve Reich commissioned a piece for them called “Different Trains,” which is …

Issues, News »

Case adds some clarity to murky world of fertility law

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In a decision with far-reaching implications in the murky world of fertility law, a San Francisco judge has ruled that a Bay Area woman cannot implant frozen embryos that were preserved before she and her husband divorced.
It’s the first court ruling of its kind in California involving embryos from a couple that split up.
Dr. Mimi Lee – a 46-year-old anesthesiologist and musician – gave …

Education, Warren Olney »

UC president says schools nationwide must confront systemic racism

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism. Photo: KOMUnews via Flickr

Protests at the University of Missouri and the resulting resignation of the school’s president have brought national attention to race relations at colleges and universities across the country.
The students demanded, among other things, the school increase the amount of black faculty by 10 percent and compose a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students.    
But the events in Missouri are just …

News »

LA residents mourn lives lost in Paris attacks

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Steve Chiotakis

Since Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, well-wishers have been bringing flowers and gestures of sympathy to the French Consulate near Century City, in West Los Angeles. Similar scenes have been taking place at French embassies and consulates around the world in Washington, Tokyo, Istanbul, Moscow and Prague, among many others.


Issues, News, Politics »

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, …

Environment, Food, News, Santa Barbara »

Toxic algae bloom grinds crab industry to a halt

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scientists say they’ve discovered one of the largest toxic algae blooms ever recorded. It extends from the Santa Barbara Channel all the way up to Oregon and it is taking a financial toll on the California crab industry.
Down at the Santa Barbara Harbor, it was quiet this week. Crabbing boats are docked in their slips. Crab fisherman Mark Brubaker sat aboard his boat, working …

Sports, Warren Olney »

2 daily fantasy sports sites call audible on opponents   

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As New York moves to ban daily fantasy sports, the fate of the online practice in California – which ranks second behind the Empire State in the number of players – is still very much in the air.
Two of the industry’s leaders, FanDuel and DraftKings, on Friday sent emails to its players in California urging them to speak out against a push from state …

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