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The Flood of Water Rights Lawsuits Begins07/03/15
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...
City Hall Takes on Homeless Encampments
LA's homeless population is on the increase, especially downtown and in Venice. As those neighborhoods gentrify, complaints about unsafe and unsightly homeless encampments are increasing, too. Now the City Council is making it easier to break up those...
The Ellis Act, Evictions and Affordable Housing
Yesterday, the State Supreme Court called California's affordable housing shortage a crisis "of epic proportions." At the same time, a state law allows landlords to evict long-term tenants when changes are made in rent-controlled units. Elderly, poor...
Legislature, Governor Not Seeing See Eye-to-Eye on Budget
If state legislators don't pass a budget by midnight tonight, they won't be paid until they get it done. Democrats who control both houses are ready, but Governor Brown insists there won't be enough revenue to cover their spending plans.
The Challenges of Making LA's Minimum Wage a Reality
On Saturday, Mayor Garcetti plans to sign a measure the City Council passed almost unanimously. It will make Los Angeles America?s biggest city to raise the minimum wage. Starting at $9 an hour, it will rise to $15 by the year 2020.Predictions of what...
Ezell Ford: Tensions High after Police Commission Ruling
LA's civilian police commission has overruled LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and its own Inspector General, finding one officer was wrong to pull the trigger in the shooting death of Ezell Ford 10 months ago. Despite the rebuke, any discipline is now up to...
California's High-Speed Rail and Its Fast Moving Opposition
For the first time in two years, opponents of California's bullet-train plan got a chance to unload their grievances today about routes they claim will disrupt their communities in Southern California. They're growing in numbers ? and in momentum. But...
Right-to-Die Clears State Senate
The State Senate has passed a measure much like a law in Oregon. It would allow people expected to die in six months or less to hasten the process with prescriptions ordered by doctors. The California Medical Association is the first group of its kind...
Can the Scourge of Veteran Homelessness Be Solved?
Mayor Garcetti and the Veterans' Administration have promised that LA's 2700 homeless veterans can all be housed by the end of this year -- even though they won't have final plans in place for another two weeks. We talk with VA Secretary McDonald,...
Policing Southern California's Muslim Community
In Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, the Obama Administration has launched a program to monitor the radicalization of young Muslims and prevent recruitment to ISIS and other terrorist groups. Does that constitute domestic spying? Has law...
Could the Supreme Court Remake California Politics
In 1964, the US Supreme Court?s "one person, one vote" ruling gave new political power to minorities and the young in urban centers ? especially Los Angeles. Now the Court may decide that a "person" should be defined as an "eligible voter," and that...
Motorcycles, Lane-Splitting and Your Daily Commute
When a motorcycle roars up between you and another car, it's called "lane splitting." In California, it's not yet mentioned in the vehicle code, but this is close to becoming the first state to make it legal. We hear that drivers and bikers have...
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