BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 31, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual violence that may potentially be triggering for survivors of sexual assault.
A 15-year-old girl was found last week in Northern California's Lake County. She was a runaway from Los Angeles. It is believed that she was living on the streets in Hollywood when she encountered 30-year-old Ryan Alan Balletto and 25-year-old Patrick Steven Pearmain, her kidnappers.
Balletto and Pearmain, pictured above, ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Mar 18, 2013
After the discrimination we’ve been hearing about in Colorado, it’s refreshing to hear about a new bill in California that expands transgender students’ rights. AB1266 will allow students to join sports teams and use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Executive director of the Transgender Law Service Masen Davis stated that "Transgender boys are boys, and transgender girls are girls, and this bill ensures they ... Read More
In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.” Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired. Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon ... Read More
LA band Bleached has debuted a new video for their single “Next Stop”. Shot in black and white, the video is composed of shots featuring the girls of Bleached partying it up, straddling motorcycles, and dancing beneath clouds of glitter. Everyone in this video looks like they’re having a genuinely good time—how often do you see someone laughing his ass off while being covered with strategically-placed Pringles in a music ... Read More
BY Intern Ariana
on Jul 05, 2012
Talk about creepy: one California councilman has been charged with sexual assault of not one, but seven women working with him. According to prosecutors, while managing the Orange County Public Works, Carlos Bustamante asked female employees into his office under the guise of talking about business. Once inside, he would kiss, grab, and masturbate in front of them. There are at least 12 other cases in which Bustamante can’t be charged due to limitations, but ... Read More
We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I've heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee's chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment?
23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line. The ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
in Music Stuff
on Feb 13, 2012
I’ve been trying to listen to more "multitasking music" lately: that's my term for those artists and bands that provide interesting background music that isn’t abrasive or distracting while I’m writing or reading, but are also just as satisfying to listen to closely. This is the kind of music Sourpatch makes. A four-piece from San Jose, California, comprised of two ladies on guitars and vocals and two dudes on bass and drums, Sourpatch is of the ... Read More
Wonderful news (for me and, I think, humanity)! Proposition 8, the human-rights violation of a California law that tried to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. That court's decision came after it spent a whole year hearing arguments from both sides. It now looks like Prop 8 may be on its way to the Supreme Court.
Prop 8, which made marriage in the state legal only between a man and a woman, was ... Read More
on Jan 31, 2012
Remember your do-or-die New Year’s resolution to ditch your soul sucking dead-end job? It’s now February and you’re still selling out -- spending all your after-work hours sobbing bitterly into pints of Guinness (or salted-caramel ice cream). Craftcation Indie Business & DIY Conference on March 22-25, 2012 in Ventura, California is coming to the rescue! This three-day indie business conference, sponsored by BUST Magazine, focuses on starting ... Read More
BY Erina Davidson
on Aug 25, 2011
As the fall approaches, you don't have to say goodbye to the fruits and flowers that colored your summer. Artist Claire Nereim captures the garden in her vibrant and graphic posters. They're sure to add a little California to any room in the house, whatever your ZIP code may be.
Even in winter, her "Seasonal Vegetables of California" (above) screenprint will have you thinking 'endless-bounty-and-sunshine', not 'impending-blizzard-of-doom'. (Oh, the joy of ... Read More