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Monica Luhar
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Monica Luhar is the site editor for "SoCal Connected" and reports for KCET's new government and policy blog, Agenda. Her work has been featured in NBC Asian America, The Aerogram, Southern California Public Radio, and various other weekly, national, and hyperlocal publications.
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    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez revisits the story of Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless musician he befriended in Skid Row a few years back.
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    The California Science Center is in the process of launching a permanent exhibit dedicated to Endeavour, one of NASA's newest orbiters. A few years ago, the space shuttle made its 12-mile journey from LAX to the center, a soon-to-be retirement home.
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    Esteemed radio host Art Laboe has spent decades taking song dedications and creating a space for inclusion and diversity. With his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 89-year-old Armenian American radio personality has no plans to retire anytime soon.
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    Farmer Jay Ruskey is the owner of Good Land Organics, a farm in Santa Barbara County that supplies rare fruits and ships them to various local farmers markets and restaurants around the country.
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    Proposition 1 would authorize $7.5 billion in general bonds to fund the overhaul of the state's water system with the construction of dams and groundwater storage, watershed protection and restoration, improvements to groundwater and surface water quality, and flood protection.
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    Proposition 45 would require health insurance companies to justify proposed health insurance rate increases, and give the California Insurance Commissioner the authority to veto them. It applies only to so-called individual and employer small group plans, those covering 50 or fewer people; larger groups would be exempt.