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Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented12/18/14
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...
More Business but Fewer Jobs at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
Big changes have come to local ports since the Great Recession. Traffic moves faster, the competition is stiffer and cargo ships are massively bigger. It's all leading in the direction of automation -- and that means fewer jobs. As part of KCRW's...
Will California Pay to Insure Its Undocumented?
California no longer takes the hard line on illegal immigrants passed by the voters in 1994, and that could be good news for more than a million people covered by President Obama's recent executive action.
Could the Creative Class Be Priced Out of LA?
From Santa Monica to Venice to Highland Park ? and now the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles ? the painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers who made those and other neighborhoods centers of artistic creativity can?t afford to live or work there...
Is Thanksgiving Becoming Black Thursday?
Would you rather spend Thanksgiving Day with the family or look for discounts at retailers? You?ll have more choices this year as more and more chains are opening on the holiday. But others are striking back, staying closed and boasting that they?re...
Injustice in the Justice System
Michael Hanline set a record yesterday when he was released in Ventura after 36 years in state prison. That?s the longest anyone has served in California for a wrongful conviction. We hear why he?s still not entirely free, and talk with a Bakersfield...
LAUSD Agrees to $139 Million Settlement in Sex Abuse Scandal
Years of sexual abuse at Miramonte Elementary School will cost LA Unified $169 million. Is that what it took to protect dozens of children from re-living sexual abuse in a lengthy trial, or is it being paid to protect the District? Would testimony...
UC Board of Regents Approve Tuition Hike
The University of California?s full Board of Regents voted today to increase tuition, despite a ?no? vote from the Governor. Fees could rise from $12,000 to $15,000 a year, making the total cost as much as 32,000. We hear why one Regent voted ?yes,?...
UC Committee Moves Forward with Tuition Hike
The new President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, has said she doesn?t want a ?shoot out? with Governor Brown, but they do have ?different visions.? Today, those visions were in stark conflict as a committee of UC regents voted to...
The OC Register's Hard Times: What that Means for Orange County
The Orange County Register has killed attempts to expand into Long Beach and Los Angeles, laid off staff and asked reporters to deliver the Sunday paper. The LA Times has canceled set vacations and sick days.
Smog Is Back with a Vengeance Thanks to the Drought
Years of drought are slowing California?s progress against air pollution. Increased heat creates more ozone and, without rain, particulates just hang in the air. It?s reduced visibility in the Los Angeles Basin. It?s bad news for people with asthma...
Retailers and agricultural interests are warning about a possible West Coast shipping strike or a lockout that could cost the economy billions. They?ve asked the President to step in.We hear from dockworkers and shippers about a slowdown that?s...
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