Garcetti in Mexico, nursing home closures, 'water witching' and more

Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is in Mexico City this week meeting with business leaders and state and local officials. Garcetti and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa announced an agreement yesterday that aims to promote new projects in clean energy, biomedicine and business creation.
SoCal Ukrainians

SoCal Ukrainians divided over future of home country

In the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Angeles, Mary Billey sang Catholic hymns with dozens of other immigrants in their native Ukrainian tongue.
Today President Obama releases his budget plan. It features tax cuts for the middle-class and more funding for anti-poverty programs.
The ethos behind President Obama's budget hinges on the idea, "Opportunity for all." It's a future that tackles income inequality, and where the economic playing field is leveled. But what if LA was given its own blank check? One that could be used to make any kind of future it wanted?
California Drought Water Witches
California did get a bit of rain recently, but drought remains a persistent problem. And while no one can make it rain, farmers can try to look for more water underground. To do that, many have been relying on a practice known as "dowsing" or "water witching."
Filipino Art exhibit

Using art to reinforce identity and ties to the Philippines

Los Angeles is home to the biggest Filipino population in the mainland U.S. However, they have limited access to art from their home country. A new exhibit at USC's Fisher Art Museum gives these residents a rare chance to reconnect with the breadth of Filipino creativity.
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we have new albums from Regina Carter, Linda Perhacs, La Santa Cecilia and 3BallMTY.
Facing a backlog of hundreds of health and safety complaints about nursing homes, Los Angeles County public health officials told inspectors to close cases without fully investigating them, according to internal documents and interviews.
Juvenile Probation Damien

New legislation reconsiders juvenile sentencing and placement

New legislation working its way through Sacramento could ease penalties for some juvenile offenders, including those who commit murder.
Millions of adults who grew up speaking a language other than English are still held back by their language skills.

Is your second language a 'secret' language?

Here's a scenario: You're out at a coffee shop, and people at the next table start talking in a foreign language...about you. Maybe you can only tell based on how they look at you. Or maybe you caught them because you know the language.
Zero Water Preschool Garden - 9

Tips for teaching toddlers water conservation

Although the state was just hit by a storm, it was not enough. With all the talks of saving water, KPCC’s Deepa Fernandes wonders how that message is being taught to children.
Warren Fletcher (left)
The union's current president, Warren Fletcher, vowed to file federal and state age discrimination complaints over the disciplinary system

Some are enrolling in college just to get student loans

Student loans have been a problem for a long time. The amount of loans is now at $1.1 trillion dollars, but the problem may be getting even worse. Some believe that a growing number of people are enrolling in college, not to get a degree or training, but just to get a student loan.
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