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Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Beautiful Boxes: The City of Desert Hot Springs Commissions Artists to Paint Traffic-Control Cases

Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

It’s windy and quite hot out on Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. But Yudit Ecsedy doesn’t mind, as the artist paints a traffic-signal control box as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

The idea is to turn the ugly green roadside utility boxes into works of art, painted over by local ...

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Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Coachella Valley Water District Officials Make the Case for Hefty Rate Increases—but Not All Customers Are Buying the Arguments

Friday, May 20, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since March 24, the Coachella Valley Water District management team has been conducting a series of public presentations billed as “Water Rate Workshops.”

The managers’ goal of these presentations: Cnvince wary customers to go along with a proposed four years of considerable water-rate increases, sla...

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Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Cannabis in the CV: If the U.S. Government Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Marijuana, Canada May Get a Leg Up on Investment, Science

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

Cannabis legalization is sweeping the nation quickly by American standards, and industry growth has been rapid in states where cannabis has been legally accepted in one way or another.

The cannabis industry is projected to reach $44 billion per year in revenue by 2025. State budgets are being balance...

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Party-Line Pollution: High-Profile Firings at State Agencies Tilt the Scales Toward Business Interests

Party-Line Pollution: High-Profile Firings at State Agencies Tilt the Scales Toward Business Interests

Friday, May 13, 2016  |  Lyndsey Gilpin

For 62 years, Teresa Flores lived in a small house across from a railyard in San Bernardino. The smell of diesel fuel permeated the neighborhood, and dust coated cars and driveways. Her neighbors suffered from skin rashes, asthma, cancer and maladies no one could seem to identify.

Flores finally move...

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Trump, Cruz and Kasich, Oh My! Scenes From the 2016 California GOP Convention

Trump, Cruz and Kasich, Oh My! Scenes From the 2016 California GOP Convention

Wednesday, May 11, 2016  |  David Schmalz

In the beginning, it isn’t clear if Donald Trump will even make it inside.

It’s around 10 a.m., April 29, on Burlingame’s Old Bayshore Highway—just south of the San Francisco International Airport—and protesters have just finished forming the second of two human fences that they hope will block acces...

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The Drought Goes On: As Lake Mead Sinks, States Agree to More Drastic Water Cuts

The Drought Goes On: As Lake Mead Sinks, States Agree to More Drastic Water Cuts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  Sarah Tory

Three years ago, state hydrologists in the Colorado River Basin began to do some modeling to see what the future of Lake Mead—the West’s largest reservoir—might look like. If the dry conditions continued, hydrologists believed, elevations in Lake Mead—which is fed by the Colorado River—could drop mu...

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Monday, 29 October 2012 13:21

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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