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Are California legislators really ready to go bipartisan on the budget process?

Are California legislators really ready to go bipartisan on the budget process?

The California State Assembly has apparently put their partisanship behind them to introduce a new package of reforms to help the Golden State move forward. The package includes measures that would amend the state constitution to call for a simple majority vote to pass a budget, among other provisions to stabilize state finances. There will [...]

Academy exhibits classic movie posters

Academy exhibits classic movie posters

For this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expanded the list of best picture nominees from five to 10 films. But this had been done before- for eight consecutive years from 1936-1943, the Academy also had named 10 films for the top award. The diverse movie art of the 80 films [...]

AirTalk Overtime Q&A: Reforming immigration, transforming California?

AirTalk Overtime Q&A: Reforming immigration, transforming California?

Audience members at AirTalk's Town Hall on comprehensive immigration reform asked additional questions of the panelists, including, what approach would Ira Mehlman take to fixing the United States' illegal labor problem? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Growing Greener Schools

Growing Greener Schools

Going green has become a trend as 21st century society begins to grow an environmental conscience. Now schools, public and private, have stepped into the “going green” arena. The new documentary “Growing Greener Schools” premiering April 18th on KCET, goes inside the new movement at several schools in both affluent and inner-city areas. Could greening [...]

Reforming immigration, transforming California?

Reforming immigration, transforming California?

As soon as healthcare reform was signed into law, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a legislative outline for immigration reform. Soon after that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was moving full steam ahead with a strategy to pass comprehensive immigration reform this summer. But Reid said Tuesday that [...]

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke takes on clean energy and job growth in a recovering economy

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke takes on clean energy and job growth in a recovering economy

While the economy is beginning to recover, unemployment rates are still high – a challenge to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. One of his jobs is to foster growth, specifically by growing a green workforce and transitioning the nation to a low carbon economy. With these goals in mind, he’s participating today with Canadian [...]

Ring Festival L.A. presents Wagner’s epic opera

Ring Festival L.A. presents Wagner’s epic opera

This summer, the L.A. Opera will give the first-ever presentation in Los Angeles of Richard Wagner's four-part, 17-hour epic "The Ring of the Nibelung." Accompanying the ambitious $32 million production is Ring Festival LA, featuring a variety of "Ring"-related programming involving 115 cultural organizations throughout Southern California. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Let’s talk taxes!

Let’s talk taxes!

It’s that time again – tax-time. It’s coming down to hours until April 15, and if you haven’t gotten your tax house in order, it may be too late for 2009. However, we’ve wrangled a pro to help you plan for next year. The taxman cometh with tips, pointers and pitfalls that could save you [...]

Faith, Interrupted: losing your religion

Faith, Interrupted: losing your religion

As the son of an Episcopal priest, faith played an important role in writer Eric Lax's life growing up. During the Vietnam War, Lax's beliefs even moved him to become a conscientious objector. But over the years he slowly drifted away from those religious convictions, and he struggled to understand why. In his memoir Faith, [...]

Jules Feiffer’s life: Backing into Forward

Jules Feiffer’s life:  Backing into Forward

From a “smart –ass kid into an enraged satirist,” Jules Feiffer traces his personal history from the Bronx, where he grew up in the1930s, through his years of drawing the Pulitzer prize-winning comic strip that ran in the Village voice and 100 other publications for 42 years. In his usual self-deprecating humor, he narrates stops [...]