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Who Is Making All the Decisions in LA Elections?03/05/15
Predictions of a low turnout were exceeded by reality in yesterday's LA elections. Between 8 and 9% of eligible voters bothered to go to the polls.
Skid Row Shooting Death and a Video Gone Viral
The homeless, black man killed by the LAPD Sunday on Skid Row was identified today as a bank robber who did 15 years in prison. Was he shot because he was reaching for an officer?s pistol? Cell phone video that went viral is not definitive. Protesters...
Handicapping LA's Off-Cycle Election
Tomorrow's voters could change 100 years of political history in the Los Angeles. They could make future elections coincide with those at the state and federal levels, increasing voter turnout with a major impact on political power and money. The City...
Is Prop 47 Having Unintended Consequences?
Sixty-percent of the voters agreed to reduce six felony crimes to misdemeanors, and that's reduced overcrowding in local jails. But some cops claim Prop 47 has also led to an increase in property crimes. Others say it's too soon to draw any...
How Silicon Beach Can Attract and Keep Women in Tech
In Silicon Valley this week, Hillary Clinton scolded the tech industry for its notorious failure to make women part of the action. Men outnumber women 4 to 1 at Google, Facebook and Apple. Will Silicon Beach entrepreneurs in Southern California be...
What?s the Future of Digital Learning in LA?
There won't be an iPad for everyone after all, and School Board incumbents running for re-election are being asked to explain a massive debacle. But, in this economy, digital education is mandatory to take proficiency tests, apply for college...
Talk of NFL's Possible Return to LA Heats Up
Since the Rams and the Raiders left LA 20 years ago, multiple promises of a return by the NFL have been broken. Recent prospects for downtown LA and the City of Industry have been fading. Now, those cities are suddenly being upstaged by Carson and...
Hard-headed Cyclists Resist Helmet Bill
Kids in California have been required to wear bicycle helmets for 21 years. In Sacramento, the Senate is considering the first state law in the nation to mandate helmets for adults who cycle, too. Despite studies showing "substantial protection" from...
Are Psychiatric Meds Over-Prescribed to LA Foster Kids?
Congress has ordered the states to improve their oversight of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs being given to kids when they're in foster care or the justice system. Nobody denies the challenge is daunting for a system that can't ever be perfect.
Long-term Impact of Shutdown at Long Beach, LA Ports
West Coast ports, including LA and Long Beach, opened again today, but a nine-month impasse has yet to be broken and goods are moving slowly. Is it all about the fate of a single arbitrator? Will dire predictions about the impact on the nation's...
Do Californians Have the Right to Die?
Five states allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients who want to end their own suffering. Support is growing for a bill in the State Senate to permit that in California. But opponents warn of a slippery slope that could lead to doctors...
Mixing Environmentalism and Business at the Port of LA
AltaSea is a project to transform a 100-year-old pier at the Port of Los Angeles into something new and different. Supporters promise the world's only "ocean-based ideas and innovation center" for an ultimate cost of $500 million. Today, 500 people...
Medical Marijuana and a Tale of Two Cities
Anaheim and Santa Ana exemplify what headline writers call a "disjointed" state policy on medical marijuana. Anaheim has banned sales altogether. Neighboring Santa Ana has gone the other way; it held a lottery last week for dispensary licenses, and...
LAUSD School Board, District Five Seat Up for Grabs
Four of seven LAUSD board members are up for election next month. We hear from 5th District incumbent Bennett Kayser and his challengers.
The Future of Snow in California
Mammoth and Lake Tahoe have been hurting for three years because of the drought. Climate change means late winters, early springs and mountain slopes that used to be covered with white powder still brown under rising snowlines. Does snow itself have a...
Should California Prosecutors Be Put on Trial?
Federal appeals court judges are mad as hell, and they won?t take it any more. They say there?s an ?epidemic? of misconduct by prosecutors in California courts. Worse yet, district attorneys who lie and present false evidence are tolerated by state...
Can Angelenos be Lured to the Voting Booth?
Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor of LA by 6% of the people who live in the city. That?s because so few people register and so few of those who register actually vote. Would simultaneous elections increase the turnout?or make local jobs seem less...
A Precious Asset: The State Park System
There are 1.6 million acres of beaches, forests and historic sites in California?s State Park system?threatened by years of budget cuts, scandal, and mismanagement. Now a blue-ribbon commission has proposed major change in hope the next generation...
A Promise That Homeless Veterans Will Be Housed in LA
The Veterans? Administration has finally agreed that homeless military veterans will be housed on 400 acres in West LA?land dedicated to them more than 100 years ago. An exit strategy for commercial properties that have been leasing the land will be...
Inglewood Stadium Likely Up for a Vote in June
Inglewood voters may decide whether an NFL stadium should be built in their city as soon as this June. Despite complaints about noise, traffic and the environment, it took just three weeks to gather more than twice the signatures needed to qualify for...
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