Okay, okay, I get it, California, you want me to move back. I’m in! I’m game! And even if I wasn’t, the “Mad Men” premiere would have convinced me. It did not escape my notice that everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Etc. Etc. Etc. is miserable except Pete Campbell, who has found a new zest for life after moving to Los Angeles. Seriously, I never thought I would say this, but California Pete is my spirit animal. “The city’s flat and ugly, and the air is brown, but I love the vibrations,” basically sums up the feelings coursing through me as I write this post from a hotel bed in Glendale. I’m also listening to Lana Del Rey’s new single, “West Coast,” which, if it wasn’t 45 years too late, would totally be Pete’s summer jam. Instead, it’s mine. Listen above!
Well, after nearly 13 years in New York City, I’ve started to get a serious itch to move back to my home state of California. Maybe it’s just this exhaustive winter, but I haven’t been able to stop daydreaming about 75 degree February days spent at the beach, transcendent sunsets on the palm-tree specked horizon, and tacos — lots of tacos. Until I find my way back west, I’m looking to add a little Cali-inspiration to my wardrobe. Here are some pieces that are speaking to my SoCal-bred soul.
Since Proposition 8 was struck down in the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. Unfortunately, just because something is legal doesn’t mean that people are suddenly more accepting and open-minded about it.
Ken Bencomo of Rancho Cucamonga taught at St. Lucy’s Priory, an all-girls Catholic school in Glendora, California, and was head of the English department. Bencomo is gay and for 10 of the 17 years he has worked at St. Lucy’s, school officials knew his sexual orientation and had even met his partner. Yet after all this time, Bencomo was fired from his position just days after he married his partner, Christopher Persky, according to The San Bernadino Sun. According to USA Today, the school justified their decision, saying that gay marriage goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Officials apparently did not have a problem with Bencomo being gay, they just had a problem with him getting married to the person that he loves. HUH? Keep reading »
I’ve lived in New York City for the last 12 years, but before arriving here in June 2001, I was a born-and-raised California girl. I grew up in San Diego and went to college in Santa Cruz — nearly 21 years of Golden State livin’. And even though I’ve earned the right to call myself a New Yorker, I will always be a California girl at heart. Here are 30 signs that California love runs through your veins. Keep reading »
We’re so used to politicians and bigwigs who refuse to take accountability for their behavior that when somebody does admit they did something wrong, it is kind of … weird.
Amidst allegations that he had groped numerous woman, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, released a public apology on Thursday admitting there was some truth to sexual harassment allegations against him. Admitting “I need help,” the 70-year-old confessed in a DVD provided to the media that “I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior.” However, the mayor vehemently maintains he is not guilty of sexual harassment.
Numerous women he has allegedly sexually harassed, including constituents and a former employee, tell a different story. Keep reading »
Almost 250 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized — some after being pressured by doctors — between 1997 and 2010, according to a a new report. The report conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting quoted women that had felt pestered into getting tubal ligations at both the California Institution for Women in Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women In Chowchilla. Keep reading »