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Racial Identity and Real Estate07/24/15
The gentrification debate has taken a new turn in one historic Los Angeles neighborhood. View Park has been called the "Black Beverly Hills." It's nearly 84 percent African American now, but an effort to place View Park on the National Register of...
LA County Votes to Increase Minimum Wage
LA Supervisors were inundated with public comment today ? for and against a measure that would increase the minimum wage. Over the next five years, it would go from $9 an hour to $15 in unincorporated areas. The City of LA took similar action last...
New Battlegrounds in the War against Smoking
A package of anti-smoking bills passed the State Senate this year, but it appeared they'd been killed by Assembly members who've taken large amounts of tobacco money. Now the measures are alive again -- in a special, legislative session to address...
LAPD Begins Retraining Officers
Twenty-two people have been shot by the LAPD in the first half of this year. Eleven of them have died ? most recently Jason Davis, a homeless man shot in Venice on Monday. Police say there's no "epidemic," but retraining in the use of force has begun...
Will You Ever Afford a Home in Los Angeles?
Is it really possible that a house with half a bathroom and no kitchen at all could be worth $1.2 million? That?s the asking price of a cottage in Venice.
California Farmers Fight for Migrant Worker Permits
Drought isn't the only crisis for California farmers. Adding to the shortage of water, there's a shortage of legal labor for the summer harvest that's already under way. Farmers want permits so undocumented workers can be safe in the fields but, with...
Body Camera Footage Disputes LAPD Account of Fatal Shooting
On Skid Row early this year, an unarmed black man was shot to death by the LAPD. Chief Charlie Beck defended the killing because officers claimed the man had grabbed one of their pistols. But an investigative reporter says police body cams and...
Realignment and California's Jail-Building Boom
There's a construction boom in California. News stories show local officials posing with shovels as counties break ground for new jails. But those aren't the images that were expected. New money was supposed to be split between jails and cheaper...
A Killing in a Sanctuary City Unleashes a Political Fire...
The killing of a woman by an undocumented Mexican immigrant has injected San Francisco into the presidential campaign. Details of the incident are undetermined and the legal circumstances are controversial ? all creating a perfect political storm....
Private Utilities are Raising Rates for Lowest Users
State regulators have changed the game for electricity users in California. Households that use the most electricity from Southern California Edison are about to get lower rates, while those who use less will see their bills going up. With consumers...
LAUSD Balks on High-Demand Mandarin Immersion Program
Parental demand caused a Chinese language immersion program to outgrow its campus in Venice on LA's Westside. Plans were made to expand it in nearby Mar Vista. Residents there said the program was okay, but didn't want the traffic and other...
The Flood of Water Rights Lawsuits Begins
Water rights granted more than 100 years ago are part of today's water wars, created by a drought that's getting worse than ever. State officials want to re-allocate dwindling resources according to need, but they may be over-ruled by history.
SCOTUS Ruling Could Trigger Executions in California
It's been nine years since the death penalty was carried out in California; death row is packed with 750 inmates. A ruling this week by the US Supreme Court may pave the way to restoring the practice, although advocates accuse the state of "dragging...
Mayor Garcetti Reflects on Two Years in Office
After two years as Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti claims a list of concrete accomplishments when it comes to the details of city services and the use of data to measure success. What he hasn?t done is paint a Big Picture of what he wants...
LA's First Korean-American City Council Member
David Ryu was sworn in yesterday as LA's first Korean-American City Councilman and the only the second member of Asian descent. Ryu defeated an establishment favorite, and raised high expectations among supporters with his promise to be an "outsider."...
CA Assembly Strikes Down Personal Choice Exemption for...
The State Legislature took one more step today toward requiring that all children be vaccinated before they enter kindergarten. The Assembly joined the Senate in approving a measure that would deny moral, personal or religious exemptions. But,...
Popular LAUSD Teacher's Suspension Sparks Outcry
Rafe Esquith has been called "the most famous teacher in the world." Why has LAUSD pulled him out of the classroom? Esquith says he made a joke that was misunderstood. The District will only say there are "more serious issues." Is it over-reaction...
Charleston Killings Hit a Nerve in Los Angeles
The violent racism that appears to have spurred a gunman to attack Emmanuel First AME Church has Americans trying to come to terms with what it means for race relations in 2015. Share your thoughts on a live broadcast of WWLA?.Call 877-600-5279...
Can Cap-and-Trade Survive a Papal Denunciation?
In his lengthy encyclical on climate change, Pope Francis denounced the cap-and-trade system that allows companies to go on polluting as long as they pay for it. Was he talking about California? Defenders say regulations make it effective and that...
Is Los Angeles Still a 'City of Quartz?'
In 1990, Mike Davis wrote City of Quartz, insisting that Los Angeles was not a west coast utopia, but a dystopia instead. Two years later, the Rodney King riots seemed to make him a prophet. His book is still used as a text for understanding LA...
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