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UC Board of Regents Approve Tuition Hike11/21/14
The University of California?s full Board of Regents voted today to increase tuition, despite a ?no? vote from the Governor. Fees could rise from $12,000 to $15,000 a year, making the total cost as much as 32,000. We hear why one Regent voted ?yes,?...
UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike
The new President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, has said she doesn?t want a ?shoot out? with Governor Brown, but they do have ?different visions.? Today, those visions were in stark conflict as a committee of UC regents voted to...
The OC Register's Hard Times: What that Means for Orange County
The Orange County Register has killed attempts to expand into Long Beach and Los Angeles, laid off staff and asked reporters to deliver the Sunday paper. The LA Times has canceled set vacations and sick days.
Smog Is Back with a Vengeance Thanks to the Drought
Years of drought are slowing California?s progress against air pollution. Increased heat creates more ozone and, without rain, particulates just hang in the air. It?s reduced visibility in the Los Angeles Basin. It?s bad news for people with asthma...
Retailers and agricultural interests are warning about a possible West Coast shipping strike or a lockout that could cost the economy billions. They?ve asked the President to step in.We hear from dockworkers and shippers about a slowdown that?s...
LA Is Learning Tough on Crime Is Tough to Undo
This midterm, California voters made a strong statement by approving Proposition 47. The new law reforms sentences for non-violent and drug-related crimes, and means early release for thousands of convicts. But city and county agencies are concerned...
Therapy for the Mind and Body of Our Local Veterans
Since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hundreds of thousands of members of the US military have sustained traumatic brain or bodily injuries. Veterans in Los Angeles are traveling a path to recovery with long term physical therapy and...
Dreamers on Both Sides of the Border
President Obama has been called ?the deporter in chief,? but he holds a special place for the ?Dreamers.? They?re the children brought to this country by undocumented parents -- educated here and imbued with American culture ? but not qualified for...
Very Few Voters Make Lots of Big Decisions
Yesterday?s Republican tide did not sweep into California ? although the Democrats? supermajority in Sacramento has come to an end. What will that mean for tax increases? In a battle of Big Money, the teachers? unions defeated education reformers....
High Stakes? Low Interest?
California voters may not care enough to go to the polls tomorrow. A very low turnout?s expected. But outside interests have cared enough to spend tens of millions of dollars.
Will New Taxes Solve California's Water Shortage?
Governor Brown is pushing hard for Proposition 1 on Tuesday?s ballot ? $7.5 billion for water projects, including new dams and reservoirs. It won?t help with the current drought. What would it mean when things get back to normal ? if they ever do?
A Dogfight over the Santa Monica Airport
The City Council wants to shut down Santa Monica?s historic airport because increased jet traffic has increased noise, air pollution and fears of possible crashes. Private pilots and aviation interests want to keep it open. That?s led to competing...
Open Spaces and Closed Door Politics
Few people deny the need for new parks in Los Angeles County or that existing parks need maintenance and improvement. Proposition P would do all of that. But its provision are controversial? and so is the way it was put on next week?s ballot by a...
Is It Time to Re-Visit the ?Crackdown on Crime??
Twenty years after ?Three Strikes and You?re Out,? there?s evidence that California voters think too much is being spent on prisons that don?t reduce crime. We look at Prop 47 on next week's ballot.
National Notoriety and Local Politics
Three days of insults from Rush Limbaugh made Sandra Fluke a household name two years ago. Now she?s running for the California State Senate. Both she and her opponent Ben Allen call themselves ?progressive? Democrats. We?ll hear where the money?s...
Turning the Spotlight on Education
A surprise for California voters: the hottest race in next month?s statewide election is for Superintendent of Public Instruction, a nonpartisan office with limited powers. Incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck embody both sides of the...
California's Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose?
One of the powerful statewide elected officers many voters have never heard of is the State Controller?who pays the bills and has the authority to audit other state departments. Democrat John Chiang is termed out and we?ll hear from the candidates to...
John Deasy Steps Down from LA Unified
John Deasy and the elected school board agree that academic achievement rose during his tenure as Superintendent of LA Unifed. So, did he really resign today? or was he pushed out of the second largest public school district in the United States?
Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver Debate the Future of Los Angeles County
It?s a rare moment when two seats open up on the 5-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and, this year, two members have been termed out. Either Sheila Kuehl or Bobby Shriver will replace Zev Yaroslavsky to represent almost 2 million people....
Governor Jerry Brown's Non-Campaign for Reelection
Jerry Brown wants to be the only 4-term Governor in California history, but you?d hardly know he?s campaigning for re-election next month. We?ll compare the pragmatist he is now with the reformer he was when he first was elected four decades ago.
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