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Supreme Court win is sweet sanction for raisin farmer

Posted June 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can call it sour grapes, and plenty of people have, but the Supreme Court has now endorsed a lawsuit filed by a California farming couple over the confiscation of their raisins.
The high court ruled that a program that allows state officials to take raisins from farmers to help reduce supply and boost prices is unconstitutional.
The ruling is a victory for farmers Marvin and …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

An artist and father explores the idea of sharing

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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How do you teach your child to share? It’s a challenge that every parent confronts. After all, the word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and children see their toys as extensions of themselves.
The artist Joel Tauber has been wrestling with this issue. He and his wife Alison have two kids: Zeke, who’s 5, and Ozzie, …

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Meet at the market: School’s out, but lunch is not

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Misha Karbelnig, the development manager at the Santa Barbara County Food Bank. She and her team kicked off their fifth annual Picnic in the Park program this week. Just because school is out, she says, doesn’t mean kids …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

As Solstice counts down, crunch time revs up

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s coming.
In two days, sci-fi inspired floats and performers will parade down State Street for thousands to see.
For the past two months, the Community Art Workshop, on the corner of Garden and Ortega Street, has been the dedicated spot for creation and construction. Now, it’s crunch time. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes threw on her closed toed shoes and took a peek at the hustle.

Apart from the months …

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L.A. is taking a harder line on illegal street vending

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you bought a bacon-wrapped hot dog or a bag of cherries recently from one of the thousands of vendors who ply L.A. streets, parks and beaches?
Vending carts are a staple of L.A.’s underground economy – and a source of income for newly arrived immigrants and others with few other job prospects. But they are also illegal.
This week the L.A. City Council voted to …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Boyle Heights students honor their school’s namesake

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Students Kimberly Espinoza and Ashley Lopez are among the contributors to the book

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights is a living history lesson for the kids who attend it. Students learn about the Mendez family in Orange County, and their successful 1946 challenge to end segregation after their children were refused the right to attend their neighborhood school because of the color of their skin. The Mendez case set the stage for the more familiar landmark Brown vs Board of Education, …

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Making LA: The built environment

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Is Los Angeles a world-class city? If not, what will make it become one? Those questions are at the heart of a new series on Press Play called “Making LA.”
Over the last century, Los Angeles become a giant. But even with the rapid growth, it has a bit of an inferiority complex, constantly questioning its own identity.
Over the next few weeks, Madeleine Brand’s Press Play will …

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That time San Diego hired a rainmaker – and it poured

Posted June 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A 1922 photo of Charles Hatfield making his chemical formula for rain. (Courtesy of San Diego Public Library)

Rain is water, and water is life. And, boy, do we not have enough water in California these days. Rain is also political. And prayer-worthy.
Four years ago, Governor Rick Perry in the state of Texas, famously asked the lord for rain.
One hundred years ago, in dehydrated San Diego, the city council approached someone less omnipotent for the wet stuff – sewing machine salesman and self-proclaimed …

Arts & Culture, News »

The LA Zoo wants to raise its prices, again

Posted June 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s been steadily getting more expensive to visit the lions, tigers and bears, etc. at the Los Angeles Zoo – and city officials may not be done with price hikes.
For the third straight year, The LA City Council will consider hiking the price of a ticket by $1 to the Griffith park attraction today.
The new prices would be $20 for people over 13, $15 …

Health Care, News »

Training for the medical trauma of war in LA

Posted June 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Trainees work on a dummy body. (Photo: Evan George)

Everyday, some 500 people pass through the emergency room doors of LA County + USC Hospital. If you’re one of those patients, you may unknowingly be helping the Navy prepare for war.
For the last 13 years, the service has operated a monthly boot camp called the Navy Trauma Training Center. It puts Navy medics – or “corpsmen” as they’re called in the Navy – as well as …

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