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DWP General Manager Apologizes for Criticizing Audit05/07/15
First, an audit revealed uncontrolled spending of ratepayers' money by two mysterious "institutes" run jointly by the DWP and its major union. Now, it turns out the "institutes" will be paid millions more. So far, Mayor Garcetti's administration has...
Density, Development and the Battle for Hollywood
Two skyscrapers won't be towering over the Capitol Records building any time soon. A local judge has sided with community groups and Caltrans, ruling that a $1 billion project will have to go through another round of environmental review.
Tesla's Battery: Luxury Item or Energy Storage Game...
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced the company's latest product. Powerwall is a series of lithium ion batteries that he says can store enough kilowatts to supply a typical home's needs for up to 10 hours, allowing consumers to grab energy when...
Turning the Cameras Back on the Police
The LAPD is close to becoming the nation's largest police force with body cams on all officers, but the vast majority of videos won't be made public. So civil rights groups have launched a new smartphone app for users to simultaneously upload cell...
Echoes of History ? in Washington and Los Angeles
As the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress today, Shinzo Abe offered condolences for Americans killed in World War II?but not for wartime atrocities in Korea, China and elsewhere. He was applauded in Washington, but...
LA Police Commission Approves a Plan for Cop Cameras
The LAPD has taken another step toward being the nation's largest law enforcement agency to put body cameras on officers, but it didn't happen without an argument. The Police Commission says they'll provide clarity in controversial incidents and...
Can the LA River Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis?
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...
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