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KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 1)—'Revenge porn' bill, protecting the gray wolf, CicLAvia tips, DWP docs, what makes someone Jewish?

People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles on July 9, 2012.
People enjoy the view from a lifeguard structure as the sun sets at Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles on July 9, 2012. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

1. 'Revenge porn' bill signed by Gov. Brown (KPCC)

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn" in California. It takes  effect immediately and is aimed at people who post nude pictures of their exes online after bitter breakups — an increasing problem in the age of social networks.

The law makes it a misdemeanor to post nude pictures of someone without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The ACLU had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights.

2. Santa Monica airport reopens; crash investigation stalls in government shutdown (KPCC)

Santa Monica Airport reopened for business Tuesday following a private jet crash that killed at least four people on Sunday.

Gregory Wain, general manager of Atlantic fixed base operations at Santa Monica Airport, confirmed the airport opened at 1 p.m., however, a spokeswoman for the NTSB earlier said that the investigation into the cause of the accident would be stalled due to the federal government shutdown.

3. Who can participate in the city's neighborhood councils? (KPCC)

The City of L.A. took another step Tuesday toward redefining who can participate in the city's 95 neighborhood councils. With a unanimous vote, City Council asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow anyone with a "substantial and ongoing" stake in a community to participate in a neighborhood council.

This would open membership behind a neighborhood's residents, but also limit participation by Angelenos who try to improperly influence councils.

4. CicLAvia: Where to ride, what to eat, and places to relax (KPCC)

CicLAvia is back, and this time it's taking place in the heart of L.A. The downtown event will  be the last of its kind in the city this year; it's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Never been? Not sure what to expect?

 For smooth sailing, so to speak, check out our list of tips and route maps and road closures.

5. What makes someone Jewish? (KPCC)

A new study from the Pew Research Center says one in five survey respondents who identify as Jewish say that they have no religion. They say they are connected to the Jewish community through culture and ancestry, not necessarily through a common belief in God.

About two-thirds of the 3,500 Jewish Americans surveyed think that you can still be Jewish without being religious.

6. New DWP commissioners are demanding documents (KPCC)

The newly appointed Board of Water and Power Commissioners told the Department of Water and Power's top brass Tuesday it wants to see a full accounting for two trusts funded by the utility.

The function and spending of the Joint Safety Institute and Joint Training Institute have been the subject of questions for years. The two trusts — which have tax-exempt status — have received $41 million from the DWP. The trusts are jointly run by the DWP and its labor union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18.

7. Protecting the Gray Wolf; status meeting set for Wednesday (KPCC)

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the  on the proposed "de-listing" of the Gray Wolf. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that after more than three decades of protection, the Gray Wolf has successfully recovered in the Great Lakes states and Northern Rockies.

However, de-listing the Gray Wolf could allow the predators to be killed by ranchers protecting livestock as well as hunters, and environmentalists wants continued federal protections for the animal.

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