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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.

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.

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.

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.

HERMOSA BEACH EASY READER: Hermosa Beach to receive $200,000 in grants for environmental projects

January 31, 2014

By Chelsea Sektnan

Hermosa Beach city staff have been relentless in their pursuit of grants, and this week the effort paid off as it was announced the city will receive $200,000 from two different programs. The funds are intended improve the city’s environmental quality of life and monitor the impacts of climate change.

THE BAY AREA REPORTER: Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

January 29, 2014

California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of the court had previously upheld the law, Senate Bill 1172.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Court upholds California ban on ‘sexual-orientation change’ therapy

January 29, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

A federal appellate court Wednesday let stand a first-in-the-nation California law that prohibits licensed therapists from offering “change” therapy for children who are struggling with same-sex attractions.

A lawyer for the therapists and others suing to overturn the law, SB 1172, said they would seek review from the Supreme Court.