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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."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Sen. Ted Lieu wants Fox News host to resign over 'xenophobic' remarks

July 12, 2014

By Javier Panzar

Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance called on Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign Saturday after he said on the air Thursday that "Chinamen" are the single biggest threat to national security.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: California Supreme Court Clears Ban On Therapy Turning Gay Minors Straight

June 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.