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SANTA MONICA MIRROR: State Sen. Ted Lieu Calls On Fox TV Host Bob Beckel To Resign After Racist Remarks

July 12, 2014

State Senator Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and much of the South Bay, today called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements the Fox TV host made about Chinese people.

“We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News Host Bob Beckel," Lieu said. "His comments have no place in America and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately."

CABINET REPORT: Arts education in schools could grow under LCFF

July 09, 2014

By Kimberly Beltran

(Calif.) A program that brings painters, dancers, poets and other teaching artists into a number of schools across the state is likely to expand thanks to a one-time $5 million boost to the California Arts Council’s budget – a gift Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled late last month.

But even more than that, say art industry leaders, the state’s new school funding system, with its accompanying educational priorities, appears to be signaling renewed and widespread interest in integrating arts education into core curriculum.

WEST HOLLYWOOD NEWS: WeHo's, and America's gay rights piñata has burst

July 07, 2014

By Ryan Gierach

To us in West Hollywood, where so much of this began, it look as though the gay movement’s piñata has finally broken.

It was 1985 when John Heilman introduced the first domestic partner registry in the nation, a simple form that made “official before the city’s eyes” a same-sex couple’s commitment to one another. Its import was soon tested during the crucible of AIDS and the deaths of so many partners.

SALINAS CALIFORNIAN: Corinthian: Plans to sell Heald under way

July 08, 2014

By Roberto M. Robledo

Heald College in Salinas is on track to be sold, a spokesman for the parent company confirmed Tuesday. But students at the private, for-profit business school have been assured that they will be able to complete their coursework.

“All 12 of our Heald campuses, including Salinas, are being sold,” said Kent Jenkins Jr., vice president, Public Affairs Communications for Corinthian Colleges Inc. in Washington, D.C.

LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: A judicial 'no' on gay conversion therapy

July 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a California law authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu banning the use of so-call gay conversion therapy on minors.

By Times Editorial Board

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California acts to speed up quake fault mapping

July 01, 2014

By Rosanna Xia

With Gov. Jerry Brown's approval, California officials are reviving an ambitous plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

The California Geological Survey began Tuesday to zone the Santa Monica fault, which runs through highly populated areas of the Westside and is among 2,000 miles of faulting across the state that still needs to be mapped.

PARK LA BREA NEWS/BEVERLY PRESS: Citizens United bill passes Senate

June 12, 2014

A measure to send a message to Congress that the rulings of Citizens United must be overturned passed off the Senate Floor at the end of May.

SB 1272 by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would add an advisory question to the Nov. 4 2014 General Election ballot asking voters whether Congress should propose an amendment to the Constitution overturning Citizens United.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Audit faults lack of consent for California inmate sterilizations

June 19, 2014

By David Siders

More than one-quarter of inmate sterilizations performed in California from mid-2005 to mid-2013 followed deficient consent procedures, including 18 cases in which the waiting period between consent and surgery was potentially violated, the state auditor said Thursday.

State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report that of 144 inmates sterilized using bilateral tubal ligation, 39 inmates were sterilized “following deficiencies in the informed consent process.”

SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL: California's leaders shrug off Toyota move

April 30, 2014

Occidental Petroleum. Raytheon. Legalzoom. Waste Connections. Daegis and Revionics. And, this week, Toyota Motor Sales.

The list of major companies that have left California recently, or are planning on leaving soon and taking their jobs with them, is getting uncomfortably long. Toyota announced Monday it was moving 3,000 white-collar jobs from its sprawling campus in Torrance to a new, consolidated headquarters in Plano, Texas.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Grow jobs by increasing California's export trade: Guest commentary

July 01, 2014

By Billie Greer

Given ramped-up competition from within the United States and around the world, can California continue to be a leader when it comes to exporting goods, which supports nearly 1.4 million jobs in our state?

As the gateway to the Pacific Rim, will California be ready to take full advantage of the exporting opportunities that will occur as huge numbers of new middle-class consumers emerge from the growing economies of China, South Korea and India?

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