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The war in Gaza hits home in LA

People hold signs at an anti-Israel protest on July 20, 2014. (Photo: Benjamin Gottlieb)

Hani Jamah is dentist based in San Jose. His  parents are from Gaza and Jamah still has family in the region. He’s been following the war closely, but while recently watching Al Jazeera America, he learned that members of his family had become casualties of the war. On Which Way, LA?  Warren talked to him about the news.
Here’s an edited excerpt from the interview:
I  woke up …

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Meet LA County Supervisor-Elect Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis talks to Warren Olney at KCRW. (Photo: Benjamin Gottlieb)

With 70 percent of the votes, Hilda Solis easily won the 1st district seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors earlier this month’s election. Essentially unchallenged, she ran a quiet campaign. But the job is a massive one. When she takes over for Gloria Molina, who is termed out, she’ll oversee a constituency of nearly 2 million people and join a board responsible for a …

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Where are you watching the World Cup?

Photo: Saul Gonzalez

The World Cup starts tomorrow! Along with PRI, we want to map the best places to watch your team win. So fill out the form below and help us make a World Cup bar map! Cheers!


California Elections, Featured »

Listen: What you need to know before you vote


In 2012, the “top-two primary” system was implemented in California, meaning that the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will make it to the ballot in November.
Today on Press Play, Madeleine Brand got the election rundown with Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.

33rd Congressional District Seat to replace Henry Waxman
“It’s the first time a seat has opened up in a long time,” says …

California Elections, Featured »

What to know about the Secretary of State and State Controller candidates

Sacramento Capitol Building at night. Photo via Flickr by Michael Dunn / Creative Commons

Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU LA, Raphe Sonenshein joined Warren to talk about two upcoming races. There’s the Secretary of State, and the Controller. “These are stepping stone offices and if you want to stay in the game in California, it certainly pays to hold one of these offices for a while you’re checking to see what opens …

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Remembering Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Maya Angelou reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning", at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993

“I  learn a lot from the writers, from those I’ve met and those I’ve never met. I’ve learned a lot from those who’ve died before I came a long and those who are alive.” — Maya Angelou talking to KCRW’s Bookworm

Poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou has died at age 86. She appeared on KCRW’s Bookworm several times, most recently in 2005, when she …

California Elections, Education, Featured »

State Superintendent’s race: Teachers’ Unions vs. Reformers

By Bruno Girin, Flickr

On the June 3 ballot, you’ll see candidates for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The superintendent is elected to head the state Education Department, but also serves as executive director of the Board of Education, which is appointed by the Governor. The current incumbent is former teacher and state Assemblyman Tom Torlackson.
Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff joined Warren to talk about this race and …

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Listen to the LA County Supervisors Debate


On Tuesday’s Which Way, LA? Warren sat down with four of the eight candidates to fill Zev Yaroslavky’s seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
With 2 million residents, the 3rd supervisorial district runs from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica and from Westlake Village to Hollywood.  The Supervisors manage a $26 billion budget—spending more than all but a few states.  There are …

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The wacky race for Henry Waxman’s seat


President Obama was in town recently doing what Democrats from all over the country do in Los Angeles: raise money. Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine talked to Warren about how the LA is a Democrat’s ATM.  His recent New York Times article, The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills, talks about the random nature of the race to succeed retiring Democrat …

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Are you ready to vote in the California Primary?


Are you ready to vote in California’s June 3rd Primary? Here’s what you need to know beyond the ballot.
When To Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, June 3rd
Where To Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
What’s on the Ballot?
Up for reelection are the Governor and Lt. Governor. Democratic governor  Jerry Brown has been in office since 2011 and is up for …

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NBA bans Donald Sterling for life


Speaking to the press, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league will ban Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for life from attending games and from any association with the team. Sterling will also be fined the maximum amount of $2.5 million. Confirming that the voice on the recording was that of Donald Sterling, the commissioner said Sterling’s words were “deeply offensive and harmful” and contrary …

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On Donald Sterling: ‘This has been a problem for a long time’:


The allegations of racism against LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling are nothing new. The release of audio that reportedly captured Sterling spouting racist comments is just the most recent example of discrimination. USC professor and author of  “Basketball Jones: America Above The Rim,” Todd Boyd talked to Which Way, LA? about how no one paid attention until now.

TODD BOYD:  Well Donald Sterling was actually sued …

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Who is Raymond ‘Shrimpboy’ Chow?


Today’s must-watch is this “Gangland” documentary about Raymond Chow, the Chinatown gangster who was arrested yesterday as part of a major FBI operation that also included State Sen. Leland Yee.
Here’s more from the San Jose Mercury News:
The notorious Chinatown criminal known as “Shrimp Boy” spent nearly a decade carefully crafting his “redemption story,” inspiring kids to defy lives of crime and reaping proclamations from …

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Twitter reacts to the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee


State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today on corruption charges. He was also a candidate for Secretary of State, but this likely ruins his chances at that office. His arrest was part of a major FBI operation in the Bay Area, which included the arrest of a Chinatown gangster. From the San Jose Mercury News:  
Federal law enforcement officials have been chasing Raymond “Shrimp …

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What should be in your earthquake kit


Many were jolted awake this morning as a 4.4 quake shook Los Angeles. The temblor was the largest since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008.
Writing on KCRW’s Facebook page, Licia Owolo, says, “My 10yr olds screamed thru the whole thing, her closet doors and bed were shaking like crazy, here in West Hills. Good drill for us to be more calm and prepared for something …

Arts & Culture, Oscars2014 »

What’s on the 2014 Oscar menu?


Good Food got the rundown on this Sunday’s Oscar menu, and it sounds pretty good! From Good Food:
Per tradition, the 86th annual Academy Awards will be catered by none other than Wolfgang Puck. The chef and restauranteur, a celebrity himself, has been catering the affair for the past twenty years.
Although the atmosphere may have become more casual, putting together the after-party is no small feat. …

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Look for ‘stunningly conventional’ gowns at Sunday’s Oscars


This comes from our friends over at DnA:
The Oscars are this Sunday. And you can expect the usual breathless media coverage of the red carpet arrivals. But just how thrilling will they be? Not very, says Simon Doonan, who cautions that we shouldn’t expect any fashion surprises like Bjork showing up in a swan dress  or Cher in a diaphanous Bob Mackie outfit, as in yesteryear’s Academy …

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most talented actors of his generation died Saturday from an apparent heroin overdose. The 46-year old actor appeared in more than 50 films over the course of his career, and won an Oscar for “Capote.”  As The Atlantic writes, “He could puff himself up and play larger than life, but his specialty was to find the quiet dignity …

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Interview with LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott

Orange County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff
John Scott

Orange County’s Undersheriff John Scott will replace Lee Baca, who retires from office Thursday amid an FBI probe into corruption and allegations of abuse in the jails. Before moving to Orange County, Scott spent 36 years in the department he’s about to lead. He’ll serve until June–if one candidate gets a majority in the primary election–or until November if there’s a runoff. Warren talked …

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