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How a 1965 immigration law shaped today’s Los Angeles

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What does Lyndon Johnson have to do with the creation of L.A.’s Koreatown?

The lasting effects of the Immigration Act of 1965 were apparent at a recent swearing in ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Over 6,000 people from 140 countries sat in neat rows before a stage and a giant American flag. Some of the largest numbers of people came from countries like the Philippines, China, Armenia and …

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On the edge of LA’s tallest skyscraper, the Wilshire Grand

Posted September 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or just driving by, it’s easy to spot the construction of the Wilshire Grand Tower as it rises ever higher into the sky. When it’s done, the Wilshire Grand, at 1,1100 feet high,will be the tallest building in L.A. and the tallest west of the Mississippi.
I recently got an opportunity to visit this skyscraper-in-the-making. A ride inside a cage-like construction …

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Sainthood for Junipero Serra, California’s controversial founding father

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

One of the acts on Pope Francis’ agenda important act on his agenda while he’s here is to bestow sainthood on Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded California’s mission system in the 18th Century.
Orange County’s Mission San Juan Capistrano is a reminder of the time of Juniper Serra. The ten acre site includes manicured gardens, gracious stone arcades, and atmospheric 18th Century chapels (ancient by Southern …

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Mixer: Climate change legislation melting

Posted September 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change has suffered two major defeats this week.
On Wednesday, Brown and Democratic leaders eliminated a key portion of a climate change bill that would have required California to cut its petroleum consumption in half in the next 15 years.
And yesterday, the bill by state Senator Fran Pavley of Simi Valley to reducing …

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Mixer: LAPD focuses on South LA

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence.
August saw a big rise in homocides in the city, with about half of the 39 killings taking place in the neighborhoods there.
Police Chief Charlie Beck blamed a lot of the violence on an increase in gang crime.
This week alone …

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Why is the LAUSD building affordable housing?

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you look around Los Angeles, you’ll see lots of new housing being built, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods like downtown and Hollywood. But most of that housing, whether rental units or condominiums, are luxury units and far too expensive for hundreds of thousands of working L.A. residents to ever live in. And if it needs saying, that’s bad.
Recent studies show that the average renter in …

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Mixer: Quick ‘meetings’ for money in Compton

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says Compton’s mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes last only about a minute.
In some cases, officials have been paid whether or not they attended the meetings at all.
Mayor Aja Brown was allegedly paid an extra $4,000 a month on top of her authorized monthly …

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What’s next for the anti-vaccine movement?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]

Following the measles outbreak earlier this year that originated at Disneyland and infected 183 people and the passage of California’s tough new vaccination law, California has become ground zero for a national debate about vaccinations. At the center of the debate is whether mandatory inoculations should be required for all children before they start school, no matter what the personal beliefs of parents.
To better understand the issue …

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Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

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A walk through today’s Watts

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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“Six days of rioting in a Negro section of Los Angeles left behind scenes reminiscent of war torn cities, more than a hundred square blocks were decimated by fires and looters and few buildings were left intact.”
That’s how one news broadcast reported the immediate aftermath of the Watts Riots in August of 1965. The unrest was sparked by the stop of a black motorist …

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Gentrification comes to the L.A. River

Posted August 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

For decades, the Los Angeles River was a kind of civic embarrassment to L.A., the butt of jokes and the waterway that many Angelenos forgot even existed. If people wanted to see a great and beloved urban river, they’d go to Paris for the Seine or to London to gawk at the Thames.
But the L.A. River’s reputation and fortunes are turning around. Looking long …

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Mixer: For creatives, LA is great if you can afford it

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA.
There’s even the comparison of LA with other, denser cities like New York and San Francisco in how comparatively inexpensive …

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Making LA: Government

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …

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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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California’s new production tax program aims to keep and create jobs

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

A big budget movie called “San Andreas” is coming out just in time for the summer blockbuster season. It’s a film with a very California storyline: Monster earthquakes strike the state, flattening both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
California may play a starring role in San Andreas, but most of the movie wasn’t shot in Golden State. It was shot an ocean away in Queensland, Australia. That’s because the …

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Police blasted over Venice shooting

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]

Police and city officials met Thursday night with residents and activists in a standing-room-only town hall, two days after police fatally shot an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk.
Emotions were running high in the Westminster Elementary School auditorium. Voices were high too. Several times, audience members shouted down the officials who were trying to make introductory remarks.
City Councilman Mike Bonin said the fatal shooting …

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iPhone-wielding gawkers blinded by whiteout on Sunset

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Locals have long called the scary-looking dilapidated structure at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Bates Ave. the Bates Motel, though that’s not really its name. It just reminds people of the iconic motel in Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The former Sunset Pacific Hotel has been long-abandoned. Back when he was a City Councilman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called this one of the most troublesome properties in the city. …

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California farmers struggle during the drought

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

“Last year our holding pond dried up for the first time,” said Dawn Birch farmer in 3 rivers California, “and we went for eight weeks without a drop of water.” She said that they had to take out a bunch of their apple trees, because they drink so much water. She now buries their drip lines, so the water goes directly to the roots. “I think …

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Nepal earthquake: How to help

Posted April 26, 2015 by | 8 Comments | ]
IFRC/Carl Whetham, Kathmandu, Nepal

Updated: May 12, 2015
Another earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just three weeks after the massive 7.8 quake that killed more than 8,000 people. Tuesday’s 7.3 temblor already caused a rising number of deaths, and flattened some buildings, which had withstood the previous earthquake.
Below is the original post with a list of relief organizations working to help Nepal.
Google has launched a People Finder tool to connect victims with relatives …

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Mixer: The word “genocide,” and its importance to Armenians

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From Kim Kardashian to the Pope, the cause to recognize the Armenian genocide has gotten vocal support in recent weeks, leading up to today’s centennial anniversary.
Armenians point to solid evidence from historians that genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, indeed took place. But Turkey claims it was not genocide, only killings that took place during turmoil amid a relocation effort. The United States, a …

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