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Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

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“Smokejumper” finds satisfaction in heated job

Posted July 21, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a big jump from fighting peer pressure among young friends in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, to fighting fires.
In Jason Ramos’s own words: “I had no plans after high school. College wasn’t an option; my grades sucked. Law enforcement was out since, in my world, ‘cop’ meant ‘narc’.”
Ramos jumped from looking for purpose and a cure for boredom and jumped into taking risks every …

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Film chronicles Stanford Prison Experiment

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study done close to 44 years ago, that examined the psychological effects on students acting as prisoners and guards in a mock prison.
The experiment was funded by the U.S. Navy.
A professor at the Palo Alto campus, Dr. Philip Zimbardo supervised the experiment that involved about two-dozen students.
It was supposed to go one to two weeks, but instead was …

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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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Mixer: Is LA making homelessness a crime?

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …

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Mixer: Bradley legacy one of coalition and change

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tom Bradley was Barack Obama before “Yes We Can” and predominantly white Los Angeles was forbearer to a nation that would eventually elect its first black leader.
Bradley moved west with his family, early in his life, settling in LA. After public school, he attended UCLA and later went to work in the Los Angeles Police Department, promoted as far as Lieutenant.
He won election to the …

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Mixer: A groundbreaking study; but was it a fraud?

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour published a study in Science magazine last December, suggesting that people who opposed or were on the fence about same-sex marriage can be convinced – cajoled, coerced – to change their minds after having a conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser.
And, the research suggested, those changed opinions lasted, and spread.
Here’s the scenario: Someone shows up at your door, …

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Mixer: Cue LA’s on-screen destruction

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Whether or not a movie is made in this company town, Hollywood seems to really like one thing: destroying Los Angeles.
Some examples include the movies The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Escape from LA (1996), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Earthquake (1974), This is the End (2013), and Independence Day (1996).
Maybe your plans include the latest iteration of imagination and conflagration on the big screen: San Andreas.
That …

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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

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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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Mixer: What other cities can teach LA about the minimum wage

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward on a plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.
Labor leaders call it a major step forward for lifting workers out of poverty.
But some business leaders – particularly restaurant owners – are pushing back. They want an exemption for workers who earn tips.
The issue of raising the minimum …

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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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Mixer: The force in law enforcement

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s no doubt, police officers are in a dangerous business.
Their lives can be put in peril when they hit the streets of cities and towns across America.
But, given some very high profile – and videoed – altercations that have taken place in the last few months between police and civilians, the issue of using lethal force and other types of brutality and has hit a fevered pitch.
Protests continue …

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Mixer: Will California’s economy dry up?

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 19 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown has ordered cities throughout California to cut their water use by 25 percent – or more – as the state struggles with a fourth year of an historic drought.
Meanwhile, state residents cut their water use by less than three percent in February. It’s the lowest reduction since last July.
Are people getting the message, or do they not care? And can California’s economy continue …

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Mixer: Dodger Blues

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening at 6:10 PST, when they’ll play the Angels in a Spring Training ‘freeway’ matchup.
They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres.
And they’ll be looking to advance further into the playoffs than they did last year, when they came up short.
But most fans who want to see …

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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 33 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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Mixer: LA’s decelerating car culture?

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 17 Comments | ]
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Gas prices have been on a roller coaster ride in Southern California the past few weeks.

From rock-bottom lows at the start of the year because of an abundant global supply, to a quick rise of a dollar or more per gallon because of a new summer gasoline blend that’s being produced and a refinery explosion in Torrance. There’s no shortage of complaints. And, of …

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Do you remember ‘We Are the World’?

Posted March 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On March 7, 1985, singers and songwriters heeded a certain call, and released a monumental song.
‘We Are the World’ – written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian – was recorded for an organization called USA for Africa (USA standing for United Support of Artists).
The studio tracks were laid down over the course of several days 30 years ago at two …

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Mixer: Who’s on the ballot, and what’s up for grabs?

Posted February 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Voters in Los Angeles County will head to the polls on Tuesday.
They’re set to cast ballots for City Council, School Board and Community College District Board members.
And then there are also a couple of charter amendments that would change when we hold local elections, with the goal of boosting voter turnout.
Only 23 percent of voters turned out for the last mayoral election.
Dave Zahniser covers city …

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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 30 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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