Five SoCal Must-Reads: Occupy the Rose Parade?

  • 3.7 million Californians have limited access to healthy food, and in Southern California's Imperial County, "the bitter irony of hunger is that it's the home of a $1.5 billion agriculture industry," says California Watch.
  • What does the economy, budget cuts at the city level and the Occupy Wall Street movement have to do with the Rose Parade? The New York Times explains (h/t LA Observed)
  • The Whittier City Council is expected to debate a proposal to drill for oil in the Whittier Hills at tonight's meeting, according to the Whittier Daily News.
  • The San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego will soon have a special new lane that should speed up border crossings, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The so-called Ready Lane, which is already installed at the Otay Mesa crossing, will allow travelers with radio frequency identification technology (RFID) embedded in documents get through the crossing faster than with normal lanes.
  • Meanwhile, High Country News on L.A. Times columnist Hector Tobar's book that was published in September: "Clear-sighted and compassionate, The Barbarian Nurseries should be required reading for anyone willing to consider the human side of the immigration controversy.

    The above photo is by Flickr user cyan79, via KCET's Southern California Flickr pool.

  • About the Author

    Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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