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Redevelopment funds ruling may cost OC Great Park Funding

Posted May 31, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

The Great Park in the City of Irvine was supposed to rival Griffith Park in Los Angeles and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Today a judge ruled that Irvine can’t have $1.4 billion. It’s all about Governor Brown’s abolition of redevelopment agencies to pay for public schools. Does that mean the Great Park won’t be so great? What about projects in other cities? …

Arts & Culture, Education, News »

Get onboard the Mobile Pinhole Project

Posted May 31, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Lots of people have digital cameras and smartphones that can take pictures – including kids.
But one Los Angeles artist believes young people can still learn a lot about their neighborhoods by taking pictures.
She’s even turned her van into a pinhole camera that kids can climb into.
Artist and photographer Jonas “Nina” Becker runs the traveling workshop, called the Mobile Pinhole Project.

Becker starts the lesson by …

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The DA’s race and the challenges ahead

Posted May 31, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is considered the favorite heading into next week’s primary election for LA county DA, but he could be vulnerable.  Five other candidates are vying for the job, including top Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy DA Danette Meyers. If no candidate can muster 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will be held in November. This is …

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Sizing up candidates in the DA race

Posted May 30, 2012 by | 9 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles County District Attorney runs the largest agency of its kind in the nation, with 60,000 felony prosecutions each year. The best-known candidate is LA’s controversial City Attorney, who once promised not to run for the higher office. But when Steve Cooley announced he’d step down, Carmen Trutanich jumped into the race. With more money and more endorsements than the other five …

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Competing medical marijuana bans move forward

Posted May 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

It’s been 16 years since California voters approved medical marijuana, creating a nightmare for cities all over the state. Any form of the drug is illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration has surprised them all with a selective crackdown.  We hear about LA’s latest effort to reconcile the risk of legal action with patient demand. Also, the “other five” candidates for Los …

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Berman vs. Sherman: What you need to know

Posted May 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

One of the most closely watched congressional primaries in the nation is taking place in the San Fernando Valley. Veteran Democrats Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are going head to head because of redistricting, and the race has become heated. Both men are vying for a place on the general election ballot in November. Tuesday’s vote could be just a preview of what’s to …

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Judging candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court

Posted May 29, 2012 by | 11 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

There are three superior judges up for re-election next week in Los Angeles County and three open seats on the bench. Most voters have no idea who’s qualified and who’s not. We hear how endorsements are made and where to find other information. Why should voters have to decide? Also, another story about cutbacks in public schools — and it could be worse. There’s …

California Elections, economy, Politics »

Prop 29: What you need to know

Posted May 29, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
By kristin_a via Flickr

Proposition 29: This measure would raise the state’s cigarette tax by one dollar, from 87 cents to $1.87. Proposition 29 would raise an estimated 800 million annually, with virtually all of the money going to cancer research and to programs to prevent people from smoking and to help them quit. KCRW explains:

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Prop 28: What you need to know

Posted May 29, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
By League of Women Voters via Flickr

Californian’s primary election is next Tuesday and voters are being asked to weigh in on everything from cigarette taxes to a U.S. Senate race. June 5th also marks California’s first experiment with a “top two” primary system, in which the two candidates with the most votes, regardless of political party, will survive to face off in November. All this week KCRW is examining some of …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, Summer »

Summer reading recommendations from indie bookstore owners

Posted May 29, 2012 by | 10 Comments | ]
By jm3 via Flickr

School’s out, the sun is shining, and you need that perfect book to take to the beach. KCRW talked to indie bookstore owners around Los Angeles about some of their favorites for this summer. If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit one of the stores, which we’ve mapped for you below.
Alison Reede of Diesel Books recommended “A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless …

economy, Interviews, News, Politics »

Performances and parades celebrate LA’s Skid Row

Posted May 28, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Los Angeles Poverty Department presents "Walk The Talk." Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles has a reputation. Homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and crime.
But those who live and work in the neighborhood want people to see it as just that – a neighborhood.
On this three-day memorial weekend, parades and outdoor performances brought to life the people that make Skid Row a thriving community.

Arts & Culture, Video »

Los Angeles Ballet at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage

Posted May 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Los Angeles Ballet wraps up its latest show, “NextWave LA,” with three performances at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica this weekend. NextWave includes new pieces by four Southern California choreographers — Kitty McNamee, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey and Josie Walsh — and the company has posted nifty videos of each choreographer discussing her work. Here’s Tookey:

You can see all the videos on …

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Politics Friday: 5 stories you may have missed this week

Posted May 25, 2012 by and | 10 Comments | ]

Happy Memorial Day! While you were out buying a bigger, better barbeque, Mitt Romney was raising money and pollsters were calling. Here are five stories you may have missed this week.

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Earth moves at MOCA this weekend

Posted May 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Can’t wait till the end of June for the unveiling of Michael Heizer’s much-ballyhooed Rock at LACMA? Craving nature, but not able to get out of the city this weekend? Head to MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo on Sunday for the opening of Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974.
This show, years in the making, celebrates a movement in the sixties and …

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SETI and the woman looking for E.T.

Posted May 25, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

There are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. And in the last year, scientists have discovered thousands (yes, thousands!) of planets beyond our solar system orbiting many of those stars. So is it reasonable to assume some of those worlds support intelligent life –  intelligent life that’s trying to find company in the cosmos? That’s what scientist Jill Tarter hopes. She’s the …

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Carmen Trutanich and the race for District Attorney

Posted May 24, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

When he ran for LA City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich promised he’d serve two terms. He said, if he ran for District Attorney, he’d take out a full-page ad in the LA Times saying, “I’m a Liar.” Well, there’s been no such ad, but Trutanich is running for DA, even though he hasn’t finished his first term as City Attorney. Name-recognition, his campaign war-chest and …

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Update: Subway to tunnel under Beverly Hills High

Posted May 24, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

Update: LA metro has approved plans to dig a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School to accommodate an extension of the Purple Line subway Westward to Century City and Westwood. Beverly Hills High parents and officials had opposed the plan, saying it posed a danger for students. (You can see dueling videos on the extension below).
Transportation authorities want to extend L.A.’s growing subway system …

economy, Politics »

California Public Pension Funds Take on Walmart

Posted May 23, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

CalPERS and CalSTRS, the two largest U.S. public pension funds in the country, have announced they’ll withhold their support for Walmart directors in an upcoming shareholder meeting. 
The two pension funds represent California’s public employees and state teachers. The move comes in response to allegations of widespread corruption and bribery at the company’s Mexico operations.
Five New York City pension funds earlier this month said they …

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No appointment necessary: Star stylists at the Santa Monica College Salon

Posted May 23, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]
The winning entry

Santa Monica College cosmetology student Inga Jargalsaikhan says she didn’t enter the Junior Style Stars hair competition to win.  She just wanted to see what she could do.  Each of the 315 entrants in the national contest received a mannequin and then had to dye, cut, and style the hair, as well as accessorize, along a bridal theme.  A panel of 17 judges handed …

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Rep. Brad Sherman’s mom missing from some political mailers

Posted May 23, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]

Rep. Brad Sherman decided to get creative with Photoshop. The candidate sent mailers to Jewish voters that feature his mother standing behind him and his wife and kids, while those sent to non-Jewish voters don’t have mom in the picture. His campaign has provided the media with conflicting messages for why Sherman’s mother was edited out of the advertisement. The Jewish Journal has more …

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