- Newsmaker: Legislators Seek to Save Coastal Commission
Legislators are lining up to rescue the California Coastal Commission, which has been ruled in violation of the State Constitution by an appellate court because it gave the Legislature too much authority over what was created as an independent body. Democratic Assemblywoman Hanna-Beth Jackson, who represents Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, reports on the plan to save the 30 year-old commission.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Rent Increase Could Force Leimert Park Businesses to Close
Since the 1980-s, shop owners have turned Leimert Park Village into a vital center for African-American music, theater, poetry readings and art. Now, a new landlord has doubled the rents on one stretch of Crenshaw-area storefronts. One artist who-s moving out says, -It-s like something is dying.- Clint Rosemond, executive director of the World Stage Performance Gallery, explains the efforts underway to save the cultural treasure.
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