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THE ARGONAUT (Los Angeles County): Tracking the creative economy

February 19, 2014

New ideas are the true engine of prosperity in L.A., Otis College study finds

By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki

In his 2002 book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” economist Richard Florida argued that the United States had transitioned out of its prior manufacturing -and services-based economies to an economy fueled by innovation.

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.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: More states likely to ban sexual-orientation change therapy

February 16, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

The push to ban sexual-orientation “change” therapy for children is growing as lawmakers in at least eight states have introduced bills to outlaw the practice and gay-rights advocates expect at least a few to become law this year.

In Maryland, Delegate Jon S. Cardin, a Democrat who is running for state attorney general, has filed legislation that would ban such therapy. He said leading medical and psychological organizations have declared that “being gay is not a disease or a choice.”

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.

FILAM STAR: Lieu out to stimulate CA ‘creative economy’

February 14, 2014

In response to decades of budget cuts to one of California’s most dynamic industries, Sen. Ted Lieu announced plans to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to levels not seen in more than a decade.

“California is home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in support of the role the ‘creative economy’ plays in the Golden State. “Artistic services and intellectual capital are essential to the 21st Century economy, which is dynamic, knowledge-based and increasingly global.”

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: No more copper paint for Marina del Rey boat owners

February 13, 2014

By Gary Walker
Los Angeles County officials and local boaters must take steps to drastically reduce high levels of copper pollution in Marina del Rey harbor, a state agency ruled Thursday.

The decision by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will likely force the thousands of boat owners who use the marina to strip copper-based paint from boat hulls sometime over the next 10 years.

It could also prompt dredging to remove polluted sediment from the bottom of the harbor.

HERMOSA BEACH EASY READER: “Senior Scam Stopper”

February 13, 2014

Senator Ted Lieu ’s office is hosting a free seminar next Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joslyn Center for seniors, their families and caregivers. Experts will present information about various types of fraud relating to home repair, finances, insurance, mail, foreign lotteries, auto repair, identity theft, Medicare and more. For more information or to RSVP, contact Senator Lieu’s office at 310-318-6994.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Climate change a factor in Ballona restoration effort

February 12, 2014

A visit by the EPA focuses on how wetlands can help reverse global warming

By Gary Walker
With state officials saying they may need another six months or more to draw up already overdue plans for restoring the Ballona Wetlands, the ecological reserve is drawing attention from the federal government over global warming’s threat to coastal wetlands and how wetlands can be used to fight climate change.

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.

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.