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Can the LA River Solve the Affordable Housing...04/28/15
The concrete flood-control ditch known as the LA River is being called "The Next Frontier" by an influential business group, supported by Mayor Garcetti. Along its banks, "some of the worst environmental conditions in California" could be reversed, it...
Will Minimum Wage Kill LA's Small Theater Scene?
The National Council of Actors' Equity has overruled a two-to one vote by its own union members here in Los Angeles. Most theaters with less than 100 seats will have to pay $9 an hour?even if the actors themselves want to volunteer. Will ending a...
Tough Vaccine Bill Advances in Sacramento
A State Senate bill would force parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations to home-school their children. Opponents have compared its author to Hitler, threatened physical violence, and packed a hearing room for the second time in a week. We hear how...
Water Districts Struggle to Adapt to Water Restrictions
Since Governor Brown imposed a 25 % reduction in water use some cities have complained, and regulators have made adjustments. Is the entire process in jeopardy after yesterday?s court ruling on water pricing?
LACMA's Future and the Zumthor Building
LACMA's 50th anniversary gala on Saturday revealed $675 million of new art and a crowd that included Hollywood celebrities. We talk with Director Michael Govan about changes he's made and his vision of LACMA's future, including a controversial new...
Is Greywater the Future of Water Conservation in Los...
When you drain your bathtub or finish washing your clothes, the water goes down the drain and out to the ocean. It might as well water your garden. Instead, you irrigate with water you could use for drinking or cooking. Continuing drought makes that a...
Cable TV, Broadband and Media Monopolies
The PUC says it has the authority to block a $45 billion telecom merger in California. Why should Southland customers care which company has the cable TV monopoly? Would it weaken their signals if the PUC killed the merger here but federal regulators...
Lawsuit Could Stop Water Pricing Aimed at Conservation
The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies about half Southern California's water, has announced a 15% reduction AND promises "stiff surcharges" on 26 cities or local agencies that go over their limits. We talk to the MWD's General Manager about...
Traffic Court and the Poverty Trap
Ferguson, Missouri isn't the only place where traffic courts drive poor people deeper into poverty. In California, more than 4 million people have had their drivers' licenses suspended after traffic fines they couldn't afford were increased by...
Cell Towers, Radiation and Public Safety
In a major disaster in LA County, cops and firefighters in 88 cities should be able to talk to each other. But the federal government has suspended funding for a single communications system to replace 40 separate networks. It's all about claims that...
Political Warfare over the Sharing Economy
At Los Angeles City Hall, it?s the Short Term Rental Alliance against Keep Neighborhoods First ? vaguely named coalitions of homeowners for and against the vastly successful startup Airbnb. Both sides want legal protection, but out-of-date city...
Controversy over the Canonization of Father Junípero Serra
On his visit to Washington in September, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junípero Serra, who founded the California missions. Some Native Americans are outraged, because their ancestors were brutalized by Spanish Catholics in the enclaves Serra...
Drought and Our Love Affair with Lawns
Climate change and a shortage of water will change California in many ways ? including the way it looks. Now that Governor Brown has ordered 25% cutbacks in urban areas, one imminent casualty is the green, grassy lawn.
LA's Pro-Labor Board of Supervisors Flexes Its Muscles
LA County's Board of Supervisors has joined the LA City Council in a vote to consider raising the minimum wage. That's giving a major boost to a controversial campaign. Business organizations say companies will be driven away, but two new Board...
Angelenos React to HBO Documentary on Scientology
HBO is airing a two-hour documentary full of horror stories by former members of Scientology. Celebrity members Tom Cruise and John Travolta are depicted as partners in an abusive cult worth billions, but declared a tax-exempt religion by the IRS....
LA Prepares for Pacific Coast Headache
Traffic that regularly brings the Westside to a halt is about get a lot worse for a long time. Projects to repair a sewer on PCH, replace the California Incline and bring light rail into the heart of Santa Monica all will be in full swing ?...
Jessica's Law and the Civil Rights of Sex Offenders
Voters passed Jessica's Law nine years ago with the goal of protecting potential victims of repeat sex offenders. It turns out that fewer than 2% ever do it again, but the measure limits where all convicts can live for the rest of their lives. Many...
Asian-Americans and the Ballot Box in Los Angeles
Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Koreatown are just three of the Asian-American neighborhoods with long histories in Los Angeles and immigration continues. But, despite their numbers, their cultural and economic importance, Asian-Americans have been all...
California Pot Growers Come Above Ground
Marijuana may already be California?s biggest cash crop, and the likely legalization of recreational use ? as soon as next year -- will mean even more billions of dollars. Generations of local pot farmers are worried about outside competition,...
Can LA Fix Its Trash Problem?
The City of Los Angeles is not the dirtiest place on Earth, but its "international image is threatened" by the "constant state of uncleanliness" in some neighborhoods. That's according to City Hall's top insider, who's trying to locate the worst...
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