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  • California rejects taxpayer-funded discrimination

    3 weeks ago

    Last year, activists forced a music festival in Spain to cancel a performance by Matisyahu. Part of a global movement to demonize and isolate Israel, the activists issued an ultimatum demanding that the reggae star denounce the Jewish State before he could perform. Of all the...

  • 50 reasons why L.A. is America’s coolest Jewish city

    By Jared Sichel

    January 13, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    Three years ago, I left swampy New Orleans, and rather than return to my Maryland hometown, I found myself lured to Los Angeles. I was hypnotized by Southern California, and I moved here for its beautiful beaches, mountains and people (OK … girls). 

    It was also where I had the...

  • Bill would bar state pensions from investing in firms that discriminate against Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    January 6, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    As promised, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has brought a bill to the California legislature that, if passed, would bar state pensions and trust funds from investing in companies that economically discriminate against Israel. It also would bar the state from entering...

  • Republican candidates talk tough on ‘radical Islam’ after California attack

    December 3, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Republican presidential candidates said on Thursday a mass shooting in California was a sign that Americans are at risk from homegrown radicals, creating a campaign talking point out of the country's deadliest massacre in three years before a motive had been firmly established.

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  • Obama says motive for California shooting not yet clear

    December 3, 2015 | 8:52 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that investigators do not yet know why two suspects killed 14 people and wounded 17 others in a mass shooting in Southern California, but vowed that the FBI and law enforcement would "get to the bottom of this."

    "It is possible that...

  • Two suspects dead after 14 killed in shooting rampage in California

    December 2, 2015 | 7:46 pm

    A man and a woman suspected of taking part in a shooting attack that killed 14 people and wounded 17 at a Southern California social services agency on Wednesday died in a shootout with police hours later, authorities said.

    One police officer was injured in the gunfight with the...

  • Shooting rampage at California social services agency leaves 14 dead, 17 wounded

    December 2, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Gunmen opened fire on a holiday party on Wednesday at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others, then fled the scene, triggering an intense manhunt and a shootout with police, authorities said.

    One suspect was struck by...

  • CA Assemblyman Travis Allen to introduce legislation to divest from pro-BDS companies

    By Julie Bien

    November 17, 2015 | 11:54 am

    According to an official press release from the office of California Assemblyman Travis Allen (Huntington Beach, R), Allen will be introducing legislation to encourage California to divest from companies that boycott Israel.

    The legislation will ask that CalPERS and CalSTRS...

  • Is your house ready for El Niño?

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 4, 2015 | 10:23 am

    The rain is coming. Rain — you remember what that is, right? After one of the longest stretches of drought in California’s recorded history, meteorologists are predicting a strong El Niño weather system this fall and winter, which, if it materializes, will batter us with storms....

  • Not in my backyard

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 14, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    There’s a corner house not far from where we live where the owner, an older African-American woman named Lillian, was often outside gardening or watering in the early evening. She never failed to stop her yard work and say hello to us when we were out, encouraging our son with...

  • Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race

    October 7, 2015 | 9:10 am

    An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

    With the deadline to win a $20 million...

  • California governor signs gender wage-gap bill

    October 6, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, a law that supporters say is among the strongest in the country.

    Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond at the Rosie...

  • California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

    October 5, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.

    The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows doctors to...

  • How Israel’s water solutions can save California

    By Jared Sichel

    September 30, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    On a 6-acre site north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant is set to begin operating this month. And on the plant’s grounds, amid the buzzing generators and whooshing sounds of water, there’s Hebrew in the air — lots of...

  • Celebrating Sukkot in a time of drought

    September 21, 2015 | 11:30 am

    While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one that celebrates the harvest and is filled with greenery and fruit,...

  • Beautiful Baltaire in Brentwood

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 15, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Stunning Steakhouse, Baltaire in Brentwood, gets top marks from Los Angeles diners: Sid Lipsey, Tracey Steinberg and Lisa Niver.

    The interior space is open and inviting and the team is phenomenal. I could see returning here over and over again for the atmosphere, ambience,...

  • Send California your anchor babies

    September 4, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    You better anchor me, baby.

    Because I find it impossible to write with restraint when politicians start using babies – babies using babies! – to prey on prejudice and misinform the public in the service of winning votes.

    That’s exactly what’s happening in the Republican...

  • Top California lawmakers vow to push aid-in-dying bill

    August 18, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    California lawmakers on Tuesday reintroduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide that had stalled amid opposition from the Catholic church and disability rights activists, as leaders among majority Democrats vowed to make its passage a priority.

    In a move that made clear that...

  • U.S. Western wildfires stretch resources thin

    August 17, 2015 | 11:38 am

    Dozens of large wildfires roared largely unchecked across several Western states on Monday, stretching resources thin for agencies struggling to contain the flames amid a heat wave gripping the drought-parched region.

    Among the areas hardest hit was northern Idaho, where an...

  • Let California pick the next president

    August 13, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    *This week's Connecting California column by Joe Mathews incorrectly identified Salinas as the Central Coast's most populous municipality. Oxnard, with a population of 203,000, is the most populous city in the six Central Coast counties.

    At the risk of sounding like Donald Trump,...

  • Emergency room: A city, in all its cruelty and kindness

    August 11, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    Mr. Twenty-Something is obviously in pain.  His face is contorted and his right shoulder doesn’t look like his left. He’s wearing a tank top, and the complex and colorful tattoos across his upper torso don’t conceal the deformity of the top of his right arm. Where the left shoulder...

  • Cesar Chavez gave Salinas a sense of its own power

    August 7, 2015 | 10:45 am

    In the new hit musical Hamilton, a frustrated Aaron Burr sings an anthem for all those who are shut out, denied a chance to shape their own destiny: “I want to be in the room where it happens.”

    For a brief time decades ago in the Salinas Valley, farmworkers were in the room where...

  • Diabetes in Salinas: Why won’t a city world-famous for agriculture eat its vegetables?

    August 5, 2015 | 10:58 am

    The Salinas Valley is world famous for producing healthful foods, but people here struggle with severe health challenges. As a physician seeing patients in exam rooms, I found it enormously difficult to help people—even those harvesting lettuce—to eat in healthy ways.

    I decided...

  • My city isn’t a tawdry reality TV show

    August 4, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Every few years, Salinas grabs national media headlines for the wrong reasons: Police killings of criminal suspects caught on camera. Or maybe a sensational courtroom drama like that of our local convicted murderer Jodi Arias. Each story draws the major corporate media outlets to...

  • Police reform isn’t always about confrontation

    August 3, 2015 | 11:00 am

    On May 20, 2014, two Salinas police officers shot and killed 44-year-old Carlos Mejia on Del Monte Avenue in the city’s east side. Within hours, a cell phone video was posted to YouTube that shows Mejia walking down the sidewalk and turning toward the police. You hear the sound of...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 29, 2015 | 11:25 am

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • Californians with disabilities want to work

    July 28, 2015 | 10:21 am

    It’s the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, historic landmark legislation meant to ensure the civil rights of people who have disabilities. Since the ADA was passed, architecture and infrastructure have improved, yet attitudes and opportunities have not. Today...

  • High-tech new water — next steps for sustainable water solutions in California

    July 27, 2015 | 6:38 pm

    On July 13, a working team was formed among 12 California water officials and practitioners (led by former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown and state bond counsel Robert Feyer) and more than 50 Israel experts who had designed Israel’s water solutions industry. There was a quiet hope...

  • If you care about California, then you should care about Salinas

    July 27, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Do you worry about the future of California?

    Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. 

    “Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With...

  • Will the nuclear deal impact California’s sanctions against Iran? It appears not

    By Jared Sichel

    July 22, 2015 | 11:11 am

    As Congress debates whether to approve the Obama administration’s agreement to lift many of the United States’ sanctions against Iran in return for a temporary curb on its nuclear program, one particular paragraph in the 159-page deal has activists and politicians in California...

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