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Homeless Crisis

This LA Weekly article & accompanying photo has sparked an interesting conversation across LA this week. I think the assumption is that the woman posing in front of the great Dallas Clayton mural intended to crop out the homeless person sleeping right there. Of course, if you live in LA, our massive homeless population is hard to miss at 4OK+ strong. What’s being done about it here? Not a whole lot, which is why I’m glad this photo seems to have opened up the conversation. Ignoring the problem obviously doesn’t make it go away.

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Pedal Power

Long Beach is gearing up (see what I did there?) to unveil its brand new bike share program, woot! It’s been a few years in the making, but North America’s “most bike-friendly city” finally gets a well-deserved and eagerly-awaited bike share system. Find out more via Asia Morris at LB Post.

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Orison

If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed I’m slightly obsessed with renewable energy. It seems like an obvious solution to some of the problems we’ve inflicted on our planet in the last 100 years or so. It’s been quite some time since I’ve managed to get enthusiastic about a new Kickstarter project, but here’s one that’s really exciting to me – Orison is a relatively affordable new battery for your home, a smaller modular alternative to the recent-ish Tesla Powerwall. This kind of energy storage allows you to buy energy from the grid when it’s at its cheapest, or sell it back to the grid when it’s at its highest, and you can store the energy from solar or wind power too. It’s exciting to think this kind of individual sustainable energy storage could be just around the corner as a mainstream solution.

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Gods II

Accomplished LA-based artist CRYPTIK has brought back the Gods II sticker pack, one last time. This edition of 200 packs includes 10 stickers – 6 of the Movement’s most iconic ‘GODS’: Buddha, Lord Shiva, Mahakala, the Bayon Buddha, Barong & Lord Ganesha in two sizes. 4 color silkscreen with gold foil. Go! Go! Go! #CRYPTIKMOVEMENT

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Blow One for Clarence

Blow One for Clarence is the newest project in the SHAOLIN JAZZ Tribute Series, paying tribute to Clarence Reid aka “Blowfly.” Reid, an accomplished musician, producer, and writer created material for, and was sampled by, notable acts from KC and the Sunshine Band to DMX, and his uninhibited alter ego “Blowfly” served as an influencer to a range of famed hip-hop artists, such as Snoop Dogg and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Stream it below or here.