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Doing the Crime... But Not the Time08/27/14
Since the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding made California prisons too dangerous, lower-level convicts have been sent to local jails. But the jails often don?t have any room?and county sheriffs end up deciding that some go in while others stay...
The Sharing Economy Meets Politics as Usual
Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are ridesharing companies based on smartphone apps nobody ever heard of 5 years ago. But new technologies can?t escape old ways of doing business. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are learning: to succeed in business, you?ve got to...
Despite Long Odds, a Consensus on New Rules for the Coastal Mountains
After decades of combat in court and sometimes at gunpoint, landowners, environmentalists and agricultural interests have finally agreed on how to preserve and develop 80 square miles of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Police Killings and the Public's Right to Know
In Ferguson, Missouri, police have released the name of the cop who shot Michael Brown ? but in LA it?s a different story. The LAPD and the Sheriff?s department are withholding the names of officers in two controversial killings. Should they be public...
Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Starting this week, LAUSD is decriminalizing minor student infractions like vandalism or getting caught with cigarettes. The new policies are aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. How will beleaguered school administrators handle the new cases?
Police Say an Alleged Plot Has Been Interrupted
According to Police in South Pasadena, two teenagers said they were willing to die in a shootout after killing as ?many people as possible.? They?re under arrest, but no guns have been found. We?ll talk with the Mayor and ask a specialist about how to...
Water and Whales in California
A water bond for $7.5 billion: that?s the price of a compromise after years of dispute in Sacramento. It won?t end the drought, so what does it do? Also, Sea World in San Diego plans to double the size of its tanks for killer whales. Is the critical...
High Speed Internet Service and a Low Turnout Election
The LA Unified School Board held a mid-summer special election this week and, as many predicted, almost nobody came. We?ll hear how education reformers, the Teachers Union, and local politicians are preparing for the next campaign.
A "Cruel Irony" for California's "Green" Economy
Tesla builds one of the world?s cleanest cars in California, but now state officials are negotiating to relax environmental restrictions so Tesla can start building a massive new battery plant. Will California become less ?green? to keep a ?green?...
Leadership in Los Angeles: The Old and the New
Charlie Beck will be Chief of the LAPD for another 5 years? but the Commission?s vote today was not unanimous. We?ll ask Chief Beck how he plans to deal with evidence that the violent crime rate is greater than the LAPD has reported.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Crime Rates in Los Angeles
Tomorrow, the LA Police Commission will decide if Charlie Beck has earned a second 5-year term as Chief of the LAPD. Meantime, the LA Times is reporting that aggravated assault is 14% higher than the Department?s been saying.
Battle for "The Heart" of Silver Lake
The latest dispute over greater density in Los Angeles is focused on Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards meet in Silver Lake. Some residents complain that a new apartment building will destroy a treasured neighborhood. It?s a...
LA Unified: Back in Session
LA?s public schools open next week for another term.Do they have enough choice for their kids?or too much?Are magnet schools, charters and special programs creating a new kind of segregation?Also, what?s next for civilian oversight of the...
The Politics of Education in South LA
Teacher evaluations, pay raises, charter schools and a controversial superintendent will all be affected by next Tuesday?s special election to a vacancy on the LA Unified School Board.We?ll hear from both candidates.
The 7 Debates That Will Make Headlines from Sacramento This Month
Congress may be off for its August recess but, as the weather heats up in Sacramento, Democrats and Republicans are gathering for another 4 weeks of high-stakes debate on long-running issues, from gun control to political scandal.
Outdoor Recreation is Drying Up in California
White-water rafting, fly-fishing and boating are out of business in many lakes and rivers. Restaurants in Catalina aren?t serving water, and rationing is on the way. We?ll hear what drought means for the $85 billion outdoor tourism industry.
Is the City of LA Going to Run Out of Money?
Plans for restoring city services cut by the recession have depended in part on reducing employee retirement cost, but this week pension reforms were overturned by an appellate board. What?s in store for street and sidewalk repair ? and workers who...
Is California?s Department of Education Leaving 20,000 Children Behind?
English is a new language for 1.5 million California school children, but at least 20,000 are not getting any of the services required by federal law and the State Constitution. We?ll hear what?s at stake for kids, teachers and school districts...
The Dodgers "Blackout" Continues? Will the FCC intervene?
After a three-game sweep this weekend in San Francisco, the Dodgers are back in first place? but only Time-Warner subscribers have been able to watch.
The University of California Acts Like a Private School
Faced with a cash crunch, UC campuses are cutting back on new students from California. Out-of-state newcomers have to pay more, so they?re on the increase. The ?Crown Jewel of the Golden State? now depends on tuition ? and California parents are...
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