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Joining Forces? Public Safety Costs Are Rising—and Coachella Valley's Nine Cities Are Looking for Ways to Keep Up

Joining Forces? Public Safety Costs Are Rising—and Coachella Valley's Nine Cities Are Looking for Ways to Keep Up

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

A recent review of the budgets of all nine Coachella Valley cities confirms what multiple sources have mentioned over the last several months: The costs of providing police and fire protection have been rising every year—and could soon become a worrisome financial burden.

“About 50 percent of our gen...

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Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

Cannabis in the CV: Jeff Sessions' Dangerous Views on Marijuana Could Lead to Disaster

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Sean Planck

After the November election, 28 states have now legalized marijuana in one way or another. Public opinion has never been stronger in favor of legalization—and this even includes a vast majority of police, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. (More on this in a bit.)

Unfortunately, presumpti...

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Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Trumping Science: California Experts Worry the President-Elect Will Take the Planet Beyond the Climate-Change Point of No Return

Thursday, January 12, 2017  |  Nick Miller

If you conduct an online search of news stories with the keywords “Trump” and “climate change,” the results might give you reason to bury your head in the (tar) sand during the next four years:

“How the Trump Administration Could Gut NASA’s Climate Change Research,” read one Newsweek headline.

“What Doe...

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January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

January Astronomy: Venus Dominates Evenings, While in the Mornings, Jupiter is the (Figurative) Star

Friday, December 30, 2016  |  Robert Victor

In January, Venus dominates the evenings! Find it in the southwest to west-southwest, with Mars to its upper left. In the west to west-northwest, find the Summer Triangle of Vega , Altair and Deneb . Vega is its brightest member, and Altair is the first to depart, around mid-month, if mountains don’t block yo...

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A Family Home Environment: Sanctuary Palm Springs Will Soon Offer Much-Needed Aid to LGBT Kids Who Age out of the Foster-Care System

A Family Home Environment: Sanctuary Palm Springs Will Soon Offer Much-Needed Aid to LGBT Kids Who Age out of the Foster-Care System

Thursday, December 22, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

When children turn 18 and age out of the foster-care system, they face a difficult transition into adulthood: Not only do some of these young people lack a family; they also lack the skills to live on their own.

For LGBT youth in foster care, it’s even harder. That’s where Sanctuary Palm Springs come...

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Cannabis in the CV: Indian Wells Cracks Down on Marijuana-Growing—While the Feds Just Say No to CBD

Cannabis in the CV: Indian Wells Cracks Down on Marijuana-Growing—While the Feds Just Say No to CBD

Wednesday, December 21, 2016  |  Sean Planck

The different reactions to marijuana legalization by Coachella Valley’s cities have been varied … to say the least.

Palm Springs has always been forward-thinking where cannabis is concerned, and Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City and Coachella are now wisely looking to cash in on the green rush. Mean...

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29 Oct 2012

The Media on Prop 37: Six Articles to Enlighten

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Unless you’ve been living under rock (and if you’ve been living under a rock, well, you’re probably not reading this brand-new local-news website), you know that Proposition 37 is Big News, both here in the Coachella Valley and around the country.

In summary: Prop 37, on the Nov. 6 ballot, would require that any food using genetically engineered ingredients be labeled as such (save meats, dairy products and booze). Proponents say that consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies; opponents say that such labels are unnecessary and would cause unneeded concern, since many scientists say genetically engineered foods are perfectly safe.

We at the Independent believe that more information is always better, so we think Prop 37 has more pluses and minuses. But there are minuses.

For your enlightenment and/or entertainment (and/or horrification), are some links to some links to Prop 37 stories, from news sources around the country, that cover those pluses and minuses.

This is a helpful Q&A if you’re just confused as heck, and you want the basics.

This piece points out that the American Association for the Advancement of Science—the folks behind Science magazine—thinks that labeling would "mislead and falsely alarm consumers."

This interesting, but flawed (see the intro editor’s note and the comments) points out how some science is hinting that there could be dangers lurking in genetically engineered eats.

Populist Jim Hightower, who’s a big fan of Prop 37, points out how some organic-food companies—who like Prop 37—have been exposing the fact that they’ve been bought out big food companies—who are decidedly against Prop 37.

This is a nice, recent primer on how much dough is being spent on the campaign, and by whom.

This article, despite some serious hyperbole, discusses some of the legal issues regarding the proposition.

So, there you go … a little light reading on an important topic.

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