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Tenants can stay put at controversial Hollywood tower

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Several dozen tenants of a newly built Hollywood high rise have won a last-minute reprieve.
Today was supposed to be moving day for denizens of the 22-story building on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. It’s the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory. A judge sided with a neighborhood group earlier this year that developer CIM Group improperly demolished the building – and that the …

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Echoes of 1969 in the Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Cleanup continues along the central California coast, after a broken crude oil pipeline Tuesday ruptured and spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.
Vessels have deployed three sets of floating booms to try to keep the two slicks from spreading, while other boats are skimming oil from the sea surface.
Officials say up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out, and about 21,000 …

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Oil spills in Santa Barbara

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As crews continue to clean up from Wednesday’s oil spill just north of Santa Barbara, an investigation is underway to find out why the leak occurred. Tyler Hayden of the Santa Barbara Independent has been covering the story, and gives us a debrief:

Update: According to officials at the responsible oil company, Plains All American Pipeline, as much as 105,000 gallons of crude oil may …

Food, News, The Minimum Wage »

How will restaurants fare with the higher minimum wage?

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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With minutes to go before the first diners arrive, the small kitchen of The Larchmont is busy. Wild leeks are being chopped while pans heat up on the stove. It may seem like business is good, but Tuesday’s decision to raise Los Angeles’ minimum wage has got some in this kitchen worried that increased labor costs will hit them hard.
“It’s an industry with a …

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In light of IV: “There’s not one single thing that’s going to stop gun violence”

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. Many people living in IV say they still don’t feel safe.
Richard Martinez lost his son, Christopher, in the tragedy last year. He has since become a vocal advocate for gun safety laws. You can hear his interview below:

Martinez said a few changes have come …

economy, Politics, The Minimum Wage »

Putting LA’s new minimum wage in context

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The nearly unanimous vote was 14 to 1 Tuesday in the LA City Council in favor of raising the minimum wage.  Mike Bonin, who represents most of the Westside, said raising the wage to $15 was “the least we can do. It is the very least we can do.”
Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Dakota Smith explained that this makes Los Angeles becomes the largest city in the …

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California doctors won’t fight assisted suicide bill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the country to drop opposition to what has been widely known as “physician assisted suicide.”
The medical group made the decision in response to a bill in the state Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs to some terminally ill patients. The group is now neutral on the bill, …

Arts & Culture »

Photographer Tyler Shields tackles race and media in “Historical Fiction”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Photographer Tyler Shields doesn’t claim to be making big political statements, but his recent series Historical Fiction puts America’s Civil Rights era in bright bold color.
The photos explore dark moments in history, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Martin Luther King Jr., with many of them honing in on moments that confront the country’s racist past.
Shields has taken heat in the past for some provocative photos of Hollywood starlets. His …

News, The Minimum Wage »

The battle to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Update: The LA City Council has voted 14-1 in favor of drafting a plan to raise the minimum wage.

At a recent event at Los Angeles’ City Hall to honor L.A.’s small business owners, Mayor Eric Garcetti trumpeted the city’s economic achievements during his time in office.
The audience, business owners listening to Garcetti, sat politely; but just under the surface there was anger and anxiety about proposals …

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Wage theft and the minimum wage

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As Los Angeles considers a minimum wage increase, the question of wage theft remains.
Garment workers, restaurant workers, nail salon workers all receive minimum wage. And, sometimes even less. In fact, one study says one third of all workers earn below the state’s $9 minimum wage. Among these workers, women, undocumented workers, and minority workers get the worst of it. And, without more enforcement, the problem …

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