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Moving LA toward Water Independence01/23/15
The history of Los Angeles is the history of water, and that?s likely the future, too. The prospect of ongoing drought has Mayor Eric Garcetti serious about projects rejected or ignored by past city leaders.
Santa Barbara Divided over How to Talk about Immigrants
Since the Santa Barbara News Press used the term "illegals" to describe immigrants newly able to obtain drivers? licenses, the city has been seething with charges and counter-charges of "racism" and "political correctness."
Southern California Gripped By Measles Outbreak
A San Diego urgent-care clinic closed yesterday after five people arrived with symptoms of measles. Were they at Disneyland the week before Christmas? It's safe now, but that was the scene of the latest outbreak of a disease the US eradicated 15 years...
The LAPD Prepares to Wear Body Cameras
Next time a Los Angeles police officer talks to you, you might be on camera. By next year, 7,000 LA cops are expected to hit the streets with body cams.
Possible Oil Drilling Project Divides Hermosa Beach
Do Hermosa Beach voters want 34 new oil wells 150 feet from surf shops and beach-side homes? They have less than two months to make up their minds. It could be expensive to say "no. " A "yes" vote might be lucrative, but it could also endanger public...
Governor Brown Snubs UC in Budget Proposal
President Janet Napolitano warns that the UC will lose its status as one of the world's great institutions without more state money or increased tuition. Governor Brown's latest budget says "No" to both options.
Senator Barbara Boxer to Retire
After 30 years in Washington, US Senator Barbara Boxer says it's time to come home, and she won't run for re-election next year.
LA Crime Is Up? or Is It?
Anybody who's watched crime dramas knows that crime statistics can be deceiving ? and politicized. The LAPD's "Compstat" system may not be as good as advertised. The latest numbers show an increase in violent crime last year. Is that because crimes in...
Can the Bullet Train Get Back on Track?
Governor Brown and other officials gave California's High-Speed Rail project a morale boost today with a groundbreaking in Fresno. Critics say there's no way it'll ever reach expectations: a two-hour 40-minute ride from LA to San Francisco by 2028 at...
Governor Brown Sworn in for Unprecedented Fourth Term
Beginning his fourth term as California?s Governor today, Jerry Brown touched on familiar issues ? also making a big new commitment to renewable energy. His extended family crowded the balcony of the Assembly Chamber as he recalled seeing his father...
Hollywood and Silicon Valley's Unhappy Marriage
More and more consumers want entertainment over the Internet, and Silicon Valley's tech companies are happy to oblige. But it's Hollywood that produces quality content. Can they co-exist or are they on a collision course?
Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented
California has more than 23 million motorists, but one and a half million of them are here illegally. On the first day of next year, a new state law will let them apply for drivers' licenses ? with the goal of safer streets and more drivers covered by...
Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?
Three years into the worst drought in California history, Santa Barbara is looking for water. From importing supplies to re-opening its desalination plant -- what are the costs? And what's the environmental impact?
Which Waze LA?
The smartphone app called Waze has been helping more and more LA commuters find alternatives to grinding along at a snail's pace on busy freeways. That sounds great unless you live in a formerly quiet neighborhood of narrow streets now crowded with...
White Liberal Hypocrisy in Hollywood
Scripts, salaries and entire pictures have been released by Internet hackers who penetrated Sony Pictures, but the biggest damage to the studio?s image may come from e-mails featuring co-chair Amy Pascal. Tweeters, commentators and columnists say they...
LA, SF District Attorneys File against Uber's Safety Claims
Uber has reached a value of $40 billion in just five years, but there have been ?growing pains.? The DA?s of LA and San Francisco have jointly filed suit, claiming that ride sharing is misleading the public about safety.
Medical Marijuana, from LA City Hall to Capitol Hill
About 135 medical marijuana clinics are legal in Los Angeles, but 945 are registered to pay taxes. That means big revenue for the city -- from illegal businesses. We hear why some council members want that to end, even though the city always needs...
New LA Earthquake Plan Announced
Mayor Eric Garcetti admits that he and other Los Angeles leaders have long ignored the potential devastation from a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. We talk with him and seismologist Lucy Jones about new plans for retrofitting wooden and...
Sheriff's Department May Get Civilian Oversight
After years of abuse at LA County jails, the Board of Supervisors appointed an Inspector General. Now, they may have the votes to create a Commission for civilian oversight.
High-Tech Meets Hollywood in Playa Vista
Move over Facebook, Microsoft and Snapchat. Google is coming to Playa Vista on 900,000 acres next to the ?Spruce Goose? hangar, a relic of innovation past. Google's arrival is expected to combine technology and entertainment and create a new...
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