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Can 'Yes Means Yes' End Sexual Assault on Campus?08/27/15
At California's colleges and universities, incoming freshmen go to orientation sessions that deal with potential hazards, including earthquakes, fires and gunmen on the loose. This year, a new state law requires instruction about another peril of...
American Apparel Struggling to Survive
Dov Charney demonstrated that clothes "Made in America" could be hip and trendy at the same time making big money. His largely immigrant workforce worked in "no-sweatshop conditions" in downtown LA. When the magic ended is a matter of legal dispute,...
California's Sinking Central Valley
Farmers in the Central Valley are pumping so much underground water that roads and canals are cracking and bridges may be in danger. Beneath the surface, natural reservoirs are collapsing, and there'll be no way to restore them, even if the drought...
New Vaccine Law Looms as California Children Go Back to...
Parents who don't want to vaccinate their children admit that can end relationships. But many still want California voters to overturn a new law requiring childhood vaccinations in the interests of public health. We hear from them and update their...
The Sharing Economy Disrupts Los Angeles City Hall
All you need to call Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing companies is an app on a smartphone. But that doesn?t mean they can pick you up at LA?s International Airport. It?s been the exclusive preserve of traditional taxi-cabs, and they?re not going to...
Can Massive Warehouses Save the Inland Empire?
Forty percent of the nation?s imports arrive at the Ports of LA and Los Angeles. Goods are then trucked out to the Inland Empire, to be stored in massive warehouses the size of hundreds of football fields. Local officials have spent public money...
Who's Looking at You?
LA County Sheriff?s deputies have smartphones to take photographs that can be checked against mug shot databases using facial recognition technology. But there?s no state law protecting civil rights or privacy. Will pictures be limited only to people...
Will the Car Capital of the World Make Way for Bikes and...
There's going to be more congestion during the evening rush hour ? especially on the Westside ? but that didn't stop the LA City Council from endorsing what's called "Mobility Plan 2035." That's the year when hundreds of miles of new bike and bus...
Watts 50 Years after the Riots
When the Watts Riots broke out 50 years ago, the neighborhood was a black ghetto. There was too much poverty, too little education and pervasive police brutality. The Riots are also called the Rebellion. We talk with two people who were on the scene....
Another Olympics in LA's Future?
Now that Boston has dropped out, Los Angeles is in the running to host the summer Olympics in 2024. Mayor Garcetti says the city can benefit economically ? just like it did in 1984. He's even willing to cover cost overruns, something former Mayor Tom...
Frank Gehry?and the Los Angeles River?
Architect Frank Gehry's buildings are stand-alone landmarks all over the world. Mayor Garcetti says he's the right man to make 51 miles of the Los Angeles River "something special."
Increased Minimum Wage: A Workplace Reality or Political...
Local politicians are being congratulated for raising the minimum wage. Some 700,000 workers will be entitled to $10.50 an hour next year and $15 by the year 2020. But that doesn't mean they'll get it.
Will Federal Pressure Bring Improvement to LA County Jails?
After decades of excessive force by jailers, abuse of mentally ill inmates and prisoner suicides, LA County has agreed to institute sweeping changes. A federal court will monitor progress to make sure that promised reforms really happen. We?ll ask...
Building Along LA River Spurs Gentrification Fears
The move to restore the Los Angeles River is living up to the best of expectations ? with camp-outs, pop-up picnics and performances of live music. But when that kind of cultural energy appears, developers are never far behind and, sure enough, there...
Desalination Plant in Carlsbad to Open in November
San Diego, Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach aren't waiting for El Niño. They're opting to take the salt out of ocean water, despite increased cost to ratepayers and the environment. Will the trade-offs be worth it, or should California focus on...
Can LA Politicians Reduce Gun Violence?
Mass shooters often use guns equipped with high-capacity magazines, so they don't have to stop and re-load. This week, the LA City Council voted unanimously to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It's not really gun control, but advocates see...
LA May Get Another Shot at Olympic Gold
Boston was the US Olympic Committee?s first choice to host the summer games in 2024. Los Angeles was number two. Now that Boston?s dropped out, is LA ready to bid again? We hear the pros and the cons.
Murky Link between SoLA Violence and Social Media Chatter
Threats that used to be spray-painted on the sides of buildings are now turning up on line. They might come from anywhere ? but they're creating fears in some neighborhoods.
The Much Needed Repairs of LA Roads and California Freeways
When it comes to the worst roads in the country, the LA Metropolitan area is second only to San Francisco, with San Diego not far behind. Altogether, the state needs $59 billion for freeway maintenance and repair. The gasoline tax might be going up,...
Racial Identity and Real Estate
The gentrification debate has taken a new turn in one historic Los Angeles neighborhood. View Park has been called the "Black Beverly Hills." It's nearly 84 percent African American now, but an effort to place View Park on the National Register of...
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