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Will New Taxes Solve California?s Water Shortage?10/30/14
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.
Will Superintendent John Deasy Pass or Fail?
LA Unified may be in for another leadership change? or maybe not. It all depends on the elected school board, which has drawn up a termination agreement just in case. The teachers? union wants John Deasy to go. The LA Times wants him to stay?if he and...
The GOP's Underdog for Governor
Governor Jerry Brown is so confident in his re-election that he?s running ads that don?t even mention his campaign or his opponent, Republican Neel Kashkari. He?s down in the polls and in dollars. We?ll ask the GOP candidate why he?s running and...
Doctors and Lawyers on the November Ballot
The so-called ?Patient Safety Initiative? would affect not just patients, but their doctors?and the lawyers who might or might not sue them for malpractice. Issues include medical privacy, insurance rates, attorneys? fees and drug testing for...
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Competing Concert Promoters
The Greek Theater in LA?s Los Feliz neighborhood is a historic icon that makes big money for the City of Los Angeles. August was its busiest month in more than a decade. Now, two entertainment behemoths are battling for the contract to run it. What?s...
Cleaning Up the Snake-pit in LA County Jail
?Dimly lit, vermin invested, noisy, unsanitary, cramped and crowded.? That?s how the federal Justice Department describes America?s largest mental institution?also known as the Los Angeles County jail. Do mentally ill inmates have to be held in jail?...
Health Insurance Rates: Who's The Decider?
It?s lawyers versus insurance companies on the November ballot?with Obamacare in the background. That?s according to TV commercials for and against Proposition 45. We?ll go behind the slogans and catchwords with supporters and opponents of a measure...
Your License, Your Registration, Your Iris Scan?
It used to be just your driver?s license, then your fingerprint. Now LA Sheriff?s deputies are prepared to record your picture, the shape of your eyeball and, possibly, the sound of your voice. Why is there no public debate about the potential...
Will the Drought Force Farmers to Change Their Ways?
It?s harvest time in California? but the drought has cut deeply into crops available for both consumption and export. A big part of the state?s economy is suffering. Are farmers compounding the problem by wasting water? Is it time to regulate how...
Downtown LA Gentrifies? But What About the Homeless?
For decades, Skid Row has been a haven for thousands of homeless people who have no other place to go. One city councilman says Los Angeles should have a bona fide Czar to work on behalf of the homeless, but what would that job entail?
It?s a Bird? It?s a Plane? It?s a Hollywood Movie!
Hollywood filmmakers won?t have to go overseas to use drones any more. The FAA has given six companies permission to get aerial shots with small, unmanned aircraft for productions here in the US. There will be conditions. Will they allow sweeping...
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