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Crossing Borders: Inside L.A.’s Bicultural Bakery Chain

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 9 Comments | ]

In Los Angeles’ immigrant neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon for the grand opening of a store or restaurant to be accompanied by a live mariachi group. That happened recently at the opening of La Monarca bakery and café in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. It was the seventh store to open in a growing Los Angeles-area chain specializing in traditional Mexican baked goods and sweets like pan …

News, Santa Barbara »

Understaffed services discourage veterans from getting help

Posted November 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today is the day we honor our veterans. One of the ways we honor them is to make sure they get the support they need after serving.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been criticized lately for lacking the staff needed to properly serve our vets. Last year, at least 40 U.S. Armed Forces veterans died while waiting for care at a VA facility …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

High art hidden in casino carpets

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Usually, when you walk into the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, you see this:
A collection of marble Greco-Roman sculptures surrounding a large-scale loutrophoros, a ceremonial water vase used in ancient Greece.
But, for the next four months, you’ll see this:
Reds pop and greens glow. Patterns spin and collide. Take off your shoes and every step has a different sensation. You’ll float through velvet and sink down in plush …

Issues, News, Politics »

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 …

Environment, Issues, News »

Floating a plan for California’s first offshore wind farm

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Is California the next frontier for offshore wind energy?
A Seattle company is proposing to build the state’s first ocean wind farm off of Morro Bay on the Central Coast. Trident Energy has filed early paperwork with the city of Morro Bay prior to seeking approval of the project, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Trident wants to build 100 floating turbines, some rising more than …

News, The Mixer »

Mixer: A Mayoral Endorsement Flap

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton.

Sports »

Talented Clippers gunning for first NBA championship

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers franchise have high hopes for the season. Photo: Keith Allison/CC

The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a hot start this season.
It’s only been a year since the Clippers were put in an unflattering spotlight because of racially-charged comments made by former owner Donald Sterling and it’s been about six months since the team’s spectacular playoff collapse against the Houston Rockets.
But all that seems far in the past.
Sterling is gone — billionaire Steve Ballmer now owns …

Issues, News, Politics »

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 …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: the final four

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

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 visited the Fair Hills Apple Farm stand and spoke with Korina Matyas about the final four varieties of this season’s harvest.

Here’s Korina’s favorite apple pie recipe, courtesy of the Minimalist Baker. She likes to mix the Pink Lady and Granny …

Education, News, Warren Olney »

Is outside spending good for local journalism?

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As news organizations across the country struggle to make ends meet, so-called “sponsored content” has become one of several tempting alternatives to traditional advertising, but not without drawbacks.
Recently, the Los Angeles Times became the focus of headlines for becoming the latest outlet to launch a separate side business that creates custom content for corporate clients.
As Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly notes, the Los …

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