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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO/KPCC: Report draws picture of California's 'creative economy'

February 06, 2014

California’s creative culture is often linked with Hollywood movies, and the music business. Or Silicon Valley, and its social networks.  

But a new report released today shows that California's creative jobs stem from a wide range of industries, and together, contributed $155 billion to the state's economy in 2012.

CAPITOL ALERT: The business of art

February 07, 2014

With support from the California Arts Council, Otis College of Art and Design has completed an analysis of the state's "creative economy," examining the impact of sectors such as the entertainment industry and nonprofit organizations. The report, an expansion of the school's annual assessment of the Los Angeles region, will be released today at 3:30 p.m. at a reception in Santa Monica. State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, plans to hold a hearing on the report next Wednesday.

HERMOSA BEACH EASY READER: Hermosa Beach to receive $200,000 in grants for environmental projects

January 31, 2014

By Chelsea Sektnan

Hermosa Beach city staff have been relentless in their pursuit of grants, and this week the effort paid off as it was announced the city will receive $200,000 from two different programs. The funds are intended improve the city’s environmental quality of life and monitor the impacts of climate change.

MAIL ONLINE (UK): Trampoline "jump gym" craze sweeping th U.S. is putting people at risk of broken bones, paralysis and even DEATH

August 12, 2013

By Michelle Price

Stephen Merrill was finishing his freshman year of college two years ago when he and a group of friends went to an indoor trampoline park in Utah for a day of flipping, jumping and bouncing. At one point, Merrill leaped from a platform into a pit full of foam blocks, and he shot right through them and landed on his head. He broke a vertebra in his neck, and was left paralysed from the neck down.

THE BAY AREA REPORTER: Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

January 29, 2014

California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of the court had previously upheld the law, Senate Bill 1172.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Court upholds California ban on ‘sexual-orientation change’ therapy

January 29, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

A federal appellate court Wednesday let stand a first-in-the-nation California law that prohibits licensed therapists from offering “change” therapy for children who are struggling with same-sex attractions.

A lawyer for the therapists and others suing to overturn the law, SB 1172, said they would seek review from the Supreme Court.


January 16, 2014

By Cristian Vasquez

Due to the repeated admission by federal administrators that there has been a widespread effort to spy on American citizens who are innocent of any wrongdoing, Senators Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson introduced a bill seeking to ban state agencies, officials and corporations that currently provide a service to the state from assisting the federal government in its effort to spy and collect certain data on Californians

CAPITOL WEEKLY: State Lawmekers Eye NSA's Conduct

January 06, 2014

By John Howard

The intensifying debate over privacy and the National Security Agency has reached the floor of the California Legislature.

BEVERLY PRESS: Bipartisan NSA bill introduced

January 09, 2014

In response to repeated federal admissions of widespread spying on innocent American citizens, Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) on Jan. 6 introduced a sweeping bill that would ban state agencies, officials and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting or assisting the federal government to spy or collect certain data on Californians.

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