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State Of Affairs, Tenancy-In-Common Housing, SoCal Orange Groves




California's citrus plants could be in trouble if a disease known as
California's citrus plants could be in trouble if a disease known as "citrus greening" spreads.
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We take a look at what happened this week in California politics. And, find out why Tenancy-In-Common housing is increasing in popularity in Los Angeles. Plus, the history of SoCal orange groves.

State of Affairs

A bill working its way through the legislature could reclassify independent contractors as employees. Its impact on the state could be huge, so why is Governor Newsom silent? Meanwhile, a Republican victory in the Valley could hold some valuable lessons for the state's waning party.

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Joshua Trees and the Endangered Species Act

The federal government announced that California's iconic Joshua trees do not qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. We talk about what this means for local environmental activism.

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Joshua trees in bloom at Joshua Tree National Park on April 6, 2013.
Joshua trees in bloom at Joshua Tree National Park on April 6, 2013.
Dave Bezaire/Flickr Creative Commons

Tenancy-In-Common Housing

TICs, or Tenancy-in-Common housing, is a somewhat new and affordable way of buying property in Los Angeles. But it may have some negative effects on the SoCal housing market.

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SoCal Orange Grove History

The L.A. City Council is considering preserving the last orange ranch in the San Fernando Valley as a Historic-Cultural Monument. L.A. was once the hub of California's thriving citrus business that got its start back before the gold rush and grew until land prices led to the orchards being turned into developments.

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The famous California navel orange, image from The Orange and the Dream of California by David Boulé.
The famous California navel orange, image from The Orange and the Dream of California by David Boulé.
Courtesy of Angel City Press

Meals on Wheels

An Anaheim Meals on Wheels provider is wrapping up a pilot for an app to track the health and well being of older adults who can't get out of the home easily. They believe it's making a difference for the health of the people getting deliveries.

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Weekend Preview

The best things to do for the weekend in Southern California.

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Central Perk Pop-ups

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the show "Friends," two Coffee Bean & Tea Leafs in L.A. will become a selfie-friendly version of Central Perk Cafe.