We speak with a Newport Beach high school student government president about how local schools are responding after some students attended a party involving swastikas. Plus, we look at how California's data privacy legislation is evolving. And we speak with Brian Fies, who lost his home in the Tubbs fire in 2017 and has penned the new graphic memoir, A Fire Story.
Anti-semitism on the rise
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Tuesday, in Orange County where an anti-Semitic act... has a community on edge. More than 500 people packed the Newport Harbor High School auditorium last night to respond to a photograph featuring several local high schoolers doing a Nazi salute around a swastika formed... with Red Solo Cups. The picture surfaced on social media Sunday. The kids were not at school at the time. The meeting comes on the same day as another anti-Semitic act was discovered - this one at a Los Angeles park near the Museum of the Holocaust. Police found two swastikas there, drawn in blood. These two come at a time when other incidents like this have been on the rise across the country. So what's behind it… and what can we do to stop them?
- AC Thompson, staff reporter for ProPublica
California's data privacy fight
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Last June, the state passed what was described as a "sweeping consumer privacy law" that aimed to give consumers more control over their personal data. But it came with a caveat: Lawmakers and lobbyists were given an extra year to amend the law before it took effect. And they've been taking full advantage of the additional time.
- Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters
The Michelin Guide comes back to LA
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It's baaaack. The famed Michelin Guide will begin rating Los Angeles restaurants again after almost a decade. By summer, the prestigious star ratings will begin gracing L.A.'s top dining spots in Michelin's first California guide.
- Andrea Chang, deputy food editor for the Los Angeles Times
Palos Verdes School District Needs More Students
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One of Southern California's best performing school districts, in Palos Verdes, will start accepting students who don't live in the area as long as they are the grandchildren of residents. Like many school districts in California, Palos Verdes has experienced declining enrollment and, as a result, declining funding. It has 500 fewer students than five years ago, and is receiving $12 million less in funding.
- Alex Cherniss, Palos Verdes school district superintendent
A Fire Story
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Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures and were destroyed. Author Brian Fies experienced this firsthand and writes about it in a new graphic novel that first published online in the days immediately after those blazes burned through Napa and Sonoma Counties.
- Brian Fies, creator of A Fire Story, a graphic memoir