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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Big boost for Arts Council

June 18, 2014

If governor OKs it, grant-making agency will see state funding rise by $4 million
By Mike Boehm: Entertainment Desk

It isn't all that the state Legislature's arts allies had hoped for, but the 2014-15 budget recently passed by the Senate and Assembly includes $5 million for the California Arts Council -- the first increase in taxpayer funds the agency has had in 11 years.

SANTA MONICA MIRROR: Santa Monica's ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance Named ‘Business Of The Year’

June 17, 2014
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State Senator Ted Lieu on Monday honored ISU Bob Gabriel Co. Insurance owner Susan Gabriel Potter with the 2014 Business of the Year Award for his Senate district as part of the annual California Small Business Day.

“Since 1962, ISU Bob Gabriel Company Insurance has been a shining example of the dedication that small businesses have in serving their communities,” Lieu said. “Susan’s commitment to community involvement serves as an inspiration to all Californians.”

SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Lawmakers seek to reform for-profit colleges

April 30, 2014

By Allen Young

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would seek to improve the regulatory structure around private nonprofit and for-profit colleges.

For decades, for-profit colleges have struggled under allegations of poor quality and weak regulation. The ongoing argument is that the sector takes a disproportionate amount of federal financial aid dollars and produces more than its share of students who default on those loans.

In 2009, lawmakers approved the most recent iteration of a regulatory platform for private colleges operating in California.

ABC-TV 10 SAN DIEGO:Team 10 examines number of criminals monitored by GPS

April 15, 2014

By: Melissa Mecija 

SAN DIEGO - With Orange County detectives looking at two sex offenders in connection with four murders, Team 10 looked into the number of criminals in San Diego County currently monitored by GPS tracking devices.

There are currently several men listed on the California Department of Corrections website that have failed to register with the GPS monitoring program. Their offenses range from indecent exposure to child molestation.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Child Sex trafficking - Ads to alert public to crime’s growing threat

April 12, 2014

By Christina Villacorte

“Buying a teen for sex is child abuse. Turning a blind eye is neglect.”

That’s one of the messages being posted on billboards throughout Los Angeles County starting this weekend, as part of a new public-awareness campaign to combat the worsening problem of child sex trafficking in the region.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: SoCal ROC inroads made

April 13, 2014

By Rob Kuznia

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has scored an incremental legislative victory in his attempt to save the Southern California Regional Occupation Center — a hub of vocational education in Torrance.

At his urging, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted last week to establish career technical education as a priority in California’s high schools, and, more to the point, to ensure that the funding stream will continue for regional occupational centers and programs beyond the 2014-15 year.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: County officials, state lawmakers launch anti-sex trafficking push

April 11, 2014

By Abby Sewell

Elected officials in Los Angeles County and the California Legislature are launching a new push to crack down on pimps who sell underage girls and boys for sex and the customers who purchase their services.

County officials announced Friday that signs would go up around the region over the next few months -- on public buses and trains and at rail stations and bus stops, as well as on 20 billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor -- bearing messages like, "Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes. They're rape victims."

INSURANCE JOURNAL: California Legislator Calls for Investigation into Worker Safety At LAX

April 07, 2014

California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, has called for a state investigation into possibly unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Council votes to chip away SMO

March 27, 2014

CITY HALL City officials got the green light to start planning a potential downsize of Santa Monica Airport.

City Council voted unanimously, 6 to 0, Tuesday to study a series of options for the future of the controversial airport.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O'Day left the meeting before the final vote.He had a family emergency.

Some of the most severe options include closing a 20-acre parcel on the west end of the airport and restricting or prohibiting the sale of aviation fuel.

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