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Are Green Cars Toys for the Rich in California?09/18/14
Subsidies and tax breaks have made California the nation?s leader in zero emission vehicles. But electric cars are concentrated in the wealthiest places?with the cleanest air. Would a new law get working people in polluted neighborhoods in on the...
Will a New Law Make Drivers Bicycle-Friendly?
Riding a bike in metropolitan traffic can be taking your life in your hands. But a new rule for the roads of California went into effect this week: Motorists have to give cyclists a three-foot buffer zone. But how will it be measured? How will the law...
Small Business Does the Math on the Minimum Wage
Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing hard to raise the minimum wage for the City of Los Angeles. But there are 87 other cities in Los Angeles County. What?s to keep them from keeping wages low and stealing the small businesses so crucial to the local...
TMZ Does It Again
Mel Gibson, Tiger Woods and other celebrities have had their careers interrupted by TMZ, a 10-year-old gossip website, TV and radio show based in Los Angeles that has caused the sale of an NBA franchise and exposed NFL policies on domestic abuse. Is...
West Nile Virus: Mosquitos and Other ?Pests?
Three people have died this year in the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus in Orange County history. Why is it so vulnerable to infestation? Widespread spraying for mosquitos is planned for densely populated Santa Ana, and landowners who refuse...
Is Parental Choice a Threat to Public Health?
Vaccines have largely eliminated measles, whooping cough and other diseases?and a growing number of California parents believe that?s made the world safe enough that their kids don?t need to be immunized. Even advocates for choice admit it?s not good...
"No Means No" Becomes "Yes Means Yes"
Under California?s proposed new standard for sexual consent, an accused aggressor can no longer defend himself by saying, ?she didn?t resist.? He can?t blame the victim for being drunk, either. Will the change constrain sexual violence on college and...
When Is ?Distracted Driving? Illegal? When Is It OK?
An LA Sheriff?s Deputy was working on his mobile computer while he was driving. He struck and killed a man on a bicycle?but the DA won?t prosecute. Cyclists are saying it must be ?open season? on them, despite a new law requiring a three foot ?buffer...
LA's Mayor Makes a High Bet on Low-Income Workers
Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 an hour. We?ll ask him about small business predictions about lost jobs. Also: Does LA need a Housing Czar? Does Garcetti really like being Mayor of a city that can?t pave...
Sausage Making in Sacramento
In Sacramento, there?s lobbying and log-rolling in the crowded halls of the Capitol. Now it?s all coming to a head in the chambers of the Assembly and Senate as another legislative session moves toward adjournment at the end of this week.
Doing the Crime... But Not the Time
Since the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding made California prisons too dangerous, lower-level convicts have been sent to local jails. But the jails often don?t have any room?and county sheriffs end up deciding that some go in while others stay...
The Sharing Economy Meets Politics as Usual
Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are ridesharing companies based on smartphone apps nobody ever heard of 5 years ago. But new technologies can?t escape old ways of doing business. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are learning: to succeed in business, you?ve got to...
Despite Long Odds, a Consensus on New Rules for the Coastal Mountains
After decades of combat in court and sometimes at gunpoint, landowners, environmentalists and agricultural interests have finally agreed on how to preserve and develop 80 square miles of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Police Killings and the Public's Right to Know
In Ferguson, Missouri, police have released the name of the cop who shot Michael Brown ? but in LA it?s a different story. The LAPD and the Sheriff?s department are withholding the names of officers in two controversial killings. Should they be public...
Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Starting this week, LAUSD is decriminalizing minor student infractions like vandalism or getting caught with cigarettes. The new policies are aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. How will beleaguered school administrators handle the new cases?
Police Say an Alleged Plot Has Been Interrupted
According to Police in South Pasadena, two teenagers said they were willing to die in a shootout after killing as ?many people as possible.? They?re under arrest, but no guns have been found. We?ll talk with the Mayor and ask a specialist about how to...
Water and Whales in California
A water bond for $7.5 billion: that?s the price of a compromise after years of dispute in Sacramento. It won?t end the drought, so what does it do? Also, Sea World in San Diego plans to double the size of its tanks for killer whales. Is the critical...
High Speed Internet Service and a Low Turnout Election
The LA Unified School Board held a mid-summer special election this week and, as many predicted, almost nobody came. We?ll hear how education reformers, the Teachers Union, and local politicians are preparing for the next campaign.
A "Cruel Irony" for California's "Green" Economy
Tesla builds one of the world?s cleanest cars in California, but now state officials are negotiating to relax environmental restrictions so Tesla can start building a massive new battery plant. Will California become less ?green? to keep a ?green?...
Leadership in Los Angeles: The Old and the New
Charlie Beck will be Chief of the LAPD for another 5 years? but the Commission?s vote today was not unanimous. We?ll ask Chief Beck how he plans to deal with evidence that the violent crime rate is greater than the LAPD has reported.
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