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SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Lieu pens bill to boost arts funding

February 15, 2014

A state program aimed at supporting the arts will see its budget multiplied by five if State Sen. Ted Lieu (DSanta Monica) gets his newest bill passed.

The California Arts Council was thriving fiscally until the early aughts when its budget was cut steadily from $32 million in 2001 down to $5 million last year.

SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT: Santa Monica Launches Seismic Retrofit Program

February 18, 2014

By Daniel Larios
Special to the Lookout

February 18, 2014 -- In California, where earthquakes are a fact of life, preventing the damage they cause is a number one priority.

The City of Santa Monica will be launching the first phase of a comprehensive seismic safety program to address vulnerabilities within the city, officials announced Thursday. This initial phase will focus on identifying buildings that may require seismic retrofitting.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Lieu urges big budget hike to $25 million for state arts grants

February 12, 2014
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By Mike Boehm
State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said Wednesday that he would submit a bill that would commit at least $25 million a year from state tax coffers to California’s government arts grant making agency, the California Arts Council.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: State's creative jobs paying well but less plentiful, report says

February 07, 2014

By Mike Boehm
February 7, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

Mamas, do let your babies grow up to be creative types -- preferably with skills that would appeal to an Internet company or a software publisher, since, on average, people who design video games and online apps and the like make more money than people who take bows on stages, play roles on screens or write the lines actors deliver.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Human trafficking targeted

February 10, 2014

By Laura Olson
SACRAMENTO -- Prosecutors would get more tools to crack down on the people who buy and sell children and teenagers for sex if a package of legislation reaches the governor's desk.

The changes would expand upon protections approved in 2012's Proposition 35, which increased fines and penalties for human traffickers.

Lawmakers and advocates at a Thursday news conference on the legislation said state officials need to do more to protect victims from buyers.

KFBK RADIO: Bill would target johns instead of prostitutes

February 07, 2014


A series of bills targeting sex crimes are being introduced at the State Capitol.  One, in particular, is taking a new approach:

A bi-partisan effort, led by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu, aims to protect children from sexual exploitation and slavery by targeting those who BUY the sex.

"People who solicit the prostitutes, who engage in the sex, we wanna flip the paradigm and go after them and therefore decrease economic incentive to do so," said Lieu.

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.

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