economy, Politics, The Minimum Wage »

Putting LA’s new minimum wage in context

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
fastfood workers

The nearly unanimous vote was 14 to 1 Tuesday in the LA City Council in favor of raising the minimum wage.  Mike Bonin, who represents most of the Westside, said raising the wage to $15 was “the least we can do. It is the very least we can do.”
Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Dakota Smith explained that this makes Los Angeles becomes the largest city in the …

News, The Minimum Wage »

Wage theft and the minimum wage

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As Los Angeles considers a minimum wage increase, the question of wage theft remains.
Garment workers, restaurant workers, nail salon workers all receive minimum wage. And, sometimes even less. In fact, one study says one third of all workers earn below the state’s $9 minimum wage. Among these workers, women, undocumented workers, and minority workers get the worst of it. And, without more enforcement, the problem …

Education, The Minimum Wage »

Which California cities are raising the minimum wage?

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. city council has voted to proceed with a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer workers) will have until 2021 to raise their wage.
The City Attorney’s Office will now draft an ordinance that will return to the council for a final vote.
This will put Los Angeles (the city, not the county) in …

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Will LA raise the minimum wage?

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via < ahref="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ineffablepulchritude/">Sarah/Flickr/CC

The city of L.A. is getting closer to raising the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour. A city council committee approved the increase on Wednesday, and the full city council is expected to vote on it next week.
“For the restaurant business, it’s going to be detrimental,” George Abou-Daoud, owner of Bowery Street Enterprises told Press Play. He said restaurants in LA support a …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Food, News »

How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

Water and the Drought »

Does a cemetery have to be green?

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of Glenwood Cemetery by < a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanhoustonian/15465704809/in/photolist-adaqj8-a4329Z-a45QAb-a45HoS-dssBhN-dsjEKJ-bTMex8-p6DVat-bK9tpH-bwepCG-fErUSi-gWkVhU-gWkV1m-gWkZjT-gWkXg4-fND9j4-dryUAd-p6GTQZ-9JtWXp-p15QQa-ryFCEk-pdEhS6-96Us1p-gTvngB-oCbyHj-qLtXMs-gWkX65-gWm1WF-gTtXQU-gTtRMQ-gTtRJJ-gTtXmY-gTu1iP-gTtXND-6w9eHu-7sLCd-7BkHYF-qWdnx2-rP8xUa-axjdVk-dssq7e-pqoZ7s-qk6QX9-pyDMdV-drkt3W-pgwHij-hpzPJu-bZr9mA-6vYZo8-cTqhXA">urban.houstonian/CC/Flickr

We’re looking at how the drought is affecting the way we think about our burial rituals and we want your help!

economy, The Minimum Wage »

Whose responsibility is it to guarantee a minimum wage?

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by The All-Nite Images/CC/Flickr

Share your insights on a fair minimum wage…

Arts & Culture, Warren Olney »

Warren Olney tells his “Only in LA” story at The Moth

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story doesn’t take place in LA, but it appeared on television in LA. And so, here’s Warren’s “Only in LA” story as told as part of the Moth a few years ago. It has to do with some cute ducks, and a TV assignment…
Take a listen and tell us, what’s your “Only in LA” story?

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Can Bernie Sanders take on Hillary Clinton?

Posted April 30, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
Senator Bernie Sanders (2007)

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent and self-described socialist from Vermont, finally made it public: he’s running for president.
But that takes a lot of money – especially if he wants to have a voice against the likes of Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, he told To the Point that he’s adamant about getting money out of politics and remaining independent. “I don’t want my own …

Environment, Water and the Drought »

California farmers struggle during the drought

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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“Last year our holding pond dried up for the first time,” said Dawn Birch farmer in 3 rivers California, “and we went for eight weeks without a drop of water.” She said that they had to take out a bunch of their apple trees, because they drink so much water. She now buries their drip lines, so the water goes directly to the roots. “I think …

Environment »

Nepal earthquake: How to help

Posted April 26, 2015 by | 8 Comments | ]
IFRC/Carl Whetham, Kathmandu, Nepal

Updated: May 12, 2015
Another earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, just three weeks after the massive 7.8 quake that killed more than 8,000 people. Tuesday’s 7.3 temblor already caused a rising number of deaths, and flattened some buildings, which had withstood the previous earthquake.
Below is the original post with a list of relief organizations working to help Nepal.
Google has launched a People Finder tool to connect victims with relatives …

Arts & Culture »

Listen to KCRW’s Murrow Award winners!

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tristen J. Winger, 27, of South L.A. and Jordan McCovey, 22, of Victorville rehearse their lines.

KCRW won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards today, one for a series on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and a second for a piece on the casting call for “Straight Outta Compton,” an upcoming film about the founding of NWA.

You can hear the Straight Outta Compton story and see photos, here. 

And you can listen to Cargoland, which tells the stories of life at …

Arts & Culture, News, Tijuana Resurgent »

Meet the artists changing Tijuana’s Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After years of drug violence, Tijuana’s corridors were seedy places, home to drug addicts, and stinking with urine and rotting ceilings.
But after the violence subsided, things started to change. Businesses found a new clientele – not the rowdy American tourists, but locals looking for local culture.
A grassroots effort brought artists and shop-owners together to bring new life to Tijuana’s main drag, Avenida Revolución. Murals were painted, boutiques and book stores were …

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Barney Frank on coming out in Congress

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Barney Frank at KCRW. Photo: Gari Askew

In his new book, “”Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage” Barney Frank tells his story of navigating Congressional politics as a gay man. “We gay and lesbian people don’t discuss our sexuality any more than straight people do,” he told Warren on “To the Point.” It’s just that when we do it, it’s called ‘coming out.’ When straight people do …

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Angelina Jolie on trying to prevent cancer and other stories we’re following

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Angelina Jolie by Gage Skidmore/CC/Flickr

Trash talks!
We’re talking about a new plan to cleanup L.A. on today’s Which Way, LA? And we want to hear from you.
Tweet us photos of the litter or abandoned furniture on your street. @kcrw or @wwla
Below are the stories that have us talking.
Angelina Jolie opens up about having surgery to remove her ovaries
The actress and activist has written before about having a double mastectomy …

News, Today's News »

Get ready for Ted Cruz

Posted March 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sen. Ted Cruz has announced a 2016 presidential run.

A new report is calling for the LA to figure out a better way to deal with all the trash that doesn’t make into the garbage can.
Tell us: Is there a lot of trash on your street?
From presidential politics to Buddhism gone awry, here are the stories we’re reading today.
Ted Cruz eyes 2016
Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) is the first Republican to announce his candidacy. “I believe in …

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Is there too much trash in your neighborhood?

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Garbage in an alley. (Photo: Evan George)

A new report is calling for the LA to figure out a better way to deal with all the trash that doesn’t make into the garbage can.
Tell us: Is there a lot of trash on your street?
And here are some of the stories we’ve been talking about this week that you may have missed.
The virtual reality college tour
Some colleges are embracing VR to get students to come …

Environment, News »

Can we conserve our way out of the drought?

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/docentjoyce

As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, the state is getting serious about water conservation. Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers revealed a $1 billion drought relief plan Thursday. The package includes money for water recycling, water efficiency measures, and food assistance for communities impacted by the drought. (The LA Times breaks down the funding, here).
In a press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown said that the …

economy, Leaving LA »

Stacey Kenyon: ‘I just felt like it was time to breathe’

Posted March 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Stacey on Main Street with the downtown skyline  in the background. And some snow.

Stacey Kenyon
Kansas City, Missouri
“I just felt like it was time to breathe.”
It has been said that Los Angeles is becoming a city of renters. The California dream of owning a house with a backyard and an orange tree is almost out of reach for a middle class family. If you’re a single 40-year-old woman with a good job in construction management like Stacey …

Leaving LA »

Michele Mandle: ‘I don’t honk anymore’

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Michele and her son in front of their home, which they could never have afforded in Los Angeles.

Michele Mandle
Wilmington, North Carolina.
“I got a Dodger’s cap as a birthday present that I asked for. I’m totally a California person.”
Michele Mandle had spent a total of 24 years in L.A. County before finally settling in Wilmington North Carolina.
“We moved for a lot of reasons, but I think the biggest reason is that we felt like we couldn’t have a home that was …

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