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 …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: the challenge of the month

Posted October 2, 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.
Starting in October, you may see some people walking around town wearing pins that say “Eat Drink Local Challenge.” Katie met up with Krista Harris, editor of Edible Santa Barbara and the founder of the challenge. Plus, she found a challenge “newbie.”

Krista’s tips …

Environment, Water and the Drought »

The drought is killing off Lake Balboa’s cherry trees

Posted October 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Lake Balboa – in the middle of San Fernando Valley – once featured more than 900 cherry trees, delighting park-goers with their annual pink and white blossoms.
But more than half of those trees have died in the past five years, according to the L.A. Daily News, falling victim to too little rain, warm winters and drainage issues in the Sepulveda Basin. Most of the …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

A charged, buzzing border

Posted October 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The U.S.-Mexican border is a highly charged area. One Santa Barbara artist is taking that charge to a more literal level. In her most recent installation, called Border Control, Yara El-Sherbini uses a classic game called Buzz wire to wrestle with physical, social and political border issues. KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian stopped by the Museum of Contemporary Art to speak with El-Sherbini about her playful take …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Spoiler alerts abound in the social media age

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Be warned: spoiler alerts ahead.
Yes, this interview may include references to movies or TV shows or books you may or may not be watching or reading. Or even care about.
Either way, you may hear something related to something in pop culture that you may not be ready to hear.
It seems we’re living in a social media age where spoilers abound. And – not to …

Food, News, Santa Barbara »

When one foodie door closes, another opens

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s some good foodie news, and some bad foodie news.
The bad news is a couple well loved restaurants closed their doors these past couple weeks. We said farewell to Sojourner Cafe and Arch Rock Fish. You’ll be missed.
But, the good news is some new ones are opening up, and others are gaining well-deserved notoriety.
To fill us in on it all, Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast stopped …

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 …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

A well rooted roots trio

Posted September 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

He has won 14 Grammys, racked up numerous Country Music Awards and was the youngest artist to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry back in 1982. Over his 50 year career, Ricky Skaggs has stayed true to his bluegrass roots while pushing musical boundaries. He performs tonight at the Granada Theater alongside his wife, Sharon White and another Americana legend, Ry Cooder.
KCRW’s Larry Perel …

Environment, Issues, News »

State pitching in to buy key piece of L.A. River ‘puzzle’

Posted September 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River are getting a boost from the state of California.
Senate leader Kevin de Leon says the state will contribute $25 million to buy part of an old rail yard in Cypress Park that Mayor Eric Garcetti has called a “crown jewel” of the restoration plan. De Leon announced the funding yesterday at an annual Garden Party held by …

economy, Environment »

How the Prius became a cultural icon

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Toyota just unveiled the new Prius, a third generation of a car that revolutionized the hybrid car market. Chances are you’re next to, or within eyesight of, a Prius at this very moment in the greater Los Angeles area. The Prius is more than a car – it’s become a cultural touchstone.
And for the even bigger enviro-car crowd, Toyota is about to announce a new hydrogen …

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