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Can the Wild West of Water be Tamed?07/22/14
While homeowners face fines for keeping their lawns green or flushing the toilet too often, Big Agriculture pumps all the groundwater it wants to. Is it being wasted? Is this time of drought finally the moment for new rules?
The War in Gaza Hits Home
With so many Jewish and Arab residents, greater Los Angeles is deeply connected to events in the Middle East. Is the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement an effective tool of justice for Palestinians or a one-sided attack on Israel?
Who Benefits from Higher Education - Students or For-Profit Colleges?
Federal and state probes of for-profit colleges have come to a head in Santa Ana, the headquarters of Corinthian Colleges. Amid charges of misrepresentations to low income students, Washington has cut off the pipeline of education loans that keeps the...
The Drought Matters, After All
Calls for water conservation are being taken seriously in most of the state, but Southern Californians can?t see the drought through the fountain spray and the over-watered foliage. Good water management has produced a false sense of security, which...
A Proposal for Leveling LACMA Is Making Waves
Plans for ?transforming? LA County?s Museum of Art include a one-story, blob-like structure inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits. Mayor Garcetti?s behind it, but experts on art and architecture are divided.
Do Insurance Customers Get What They Think They're Paying For?
As they draw up new policies under Obamacare, California insurance companies are cutting premiums by cutting back on the number of doctors and hospitals available to consumers. But are Anthem Blue-Cross and other companies deceiving their customers?
Is it Time for Local Golf Courses to Just Dry Up?
With drought into its third year, California farmers are pulling up orchards and fields are lying fallow. But, when President Obama came West to talk about water, he played golf in the desert of Coachella Valley?home to 124 well-watered courses. Does...
LA Wants Out of Immigration Enforcement
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says local cops should not do the work of federal immigration authorities, so he?s ordered the LAPD to stop most so-called ?immigration holds? on inmates ready to be released from jail. Now LA County might do the same thing....
Can the Southland Make Do with One Less Airport?
The City of Santa Monica wants to close its airport next year. The Federal Aviation Administration is saying, ?no way??and a legal battle is raging. Does the airport matter to the regional economy, or is it public property for the exclusive use of...
Who Should Police LA's Deputy Sheriffs?
Abuse of force, misuse of weapons and criminal convictions have brought LA Sheriff?s Deputies unwelcome attention. The Board of Supervisors has created an Inspector General, but there is still demand for citizen oversight free of political influence...
It?s LA?s Biggest Beach Weekend ? But Is It Safe To Swim?
With July 4th falling on a Friday and temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s, hordes of Angelenos and tourists will hit the beaches this weekend. But they might want to think twice before jumping in the ocean.
Has California Broken Its Higher Education Promise?
California college students are taking longer to graduate, going well-beyond the traditional two- and four-year benchmarks to earn degrees in the Community College and Cal State University systems.
California Increases Its Minimum Wage; What About LA?
Today the minimum wage in California went from $8 to $9 - the first increase in 5 years. Should LA follow progressive bastions like San Francisco and Seattle in pushing an even higher wage? Or would that break the bank?
Border Crisis Comes to CA?
Immigrants from Central America are pouring over the U.S.-Mexico border at an unprecedented rate, while Congress is at a standstill on comprehensive immigration reform. Today President Obama said he?d had enough, and is taking executive action where...
Should LA Build Mass Transit to LAX?
Today, Metro officials proposed a so-called ?people mover? that runs from a new light-rail station to LAX.
How Do Hotel Subsidies Benefit City Taxpayers?
The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward with nearly $180 million in tax subsidies for two major hotel projects. Can LA afford it when City Hall already struggles to fill potholes or respond quickly to fires?
Will Tax Breaks Save Hollywood?
What price are we willing to pay to keep Hollywood in Hollywood?
Getting to Know Hilda Solis
Hilda Solis may be the most powerful figure in LA politics with a low profile; she sits in conversation with Warren Olney.
New Clout for California in Congress
Kevin McCarthy was chosen today by fellow Republicans as Majority Leader in Congress, the one who decides what legislation actually gets to the floor.
Oil Trains are Coming to Southern California
Right now, just 1% of the crude oil refined in California gets here by rail. In two years it?ll be 25%--On trains that haul 100 tank cars at a time. There are refineries in Wilmington, Torrance and El Segundo, and new oil terminals will be...
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