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Making LA: Government

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …

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Tough choices for transgender kids

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Dr. Jo Olson and Wes review paperwork at a support group group for parents and caregivers with gender non-conforming and transgender children, teens and young adults. Photo credit: Aydin Kennedy

The profile of transgender Americans is rising. Transgender characters are on television in both “Transparent,” and “Orange is the New Black.” California now allows transgender public school students to use the bathroom they want and join the sports team of their choice.
More people are identifying themselves as transgender, and at younger ages. This presents tough decisions for kids and their families.
Within the medical community, there are differing approaches to …

Education, News »

Teenage fathers get help finding their way

Posted August 20, 2013 by | 84 Comments | ]
A group session at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles' LA Fathers program

California’s rate of teenage births is at a 20-year low, but in 2011 there were still 28 babies born for every 1,000 teenage girls.  Programs to help young moms handle motherhood have been around for some time, but it takes two to tango, as they say. What about the young dads?
Studies show that young men in their teens or early twenties that become fathers …

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The Classic Car Rally: Over 8,000 miles from Peking to Paris!

Posted April 29, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]
Stanley Gold's Porsche.

The first Peking to Paris rally was run in 1907. Despite two thousand applicants, only 5 cars actually arrived at the dock in Beijing and the winner was an Italian prince named Scipione Borghese, who drove a 45 horsepower Italia. Apparently, he didn’t endear himself to his fellow competitors when, upon arriving at the first hotel in Mongolia and discovering that it had 5 …

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LA Galaxy kicks off a new season

Posted March 1, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

Los Angeles Galaxy, the two-time defending Major League Soccer champions have their first game of the 2013 season this Sunday at home against the Chicago Fire.
With Beckham gone and Landon Donovan on a two-month soul-searching sabbatical that will keep him out of the team until late April, the captain’s armband has been handed to Irish international Robbie Keane, the team’s top scorer last season. …

Issues, News, Politics »

President Barack Obama’s second term

Posted January 22, 2013 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Obama Sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts - Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

President Barack Obama stood on the capitol steps, overlooking hundreds of thousands of spectators packed into the National Mall, and delivered his second inaugural address. It was Monday, Martin Luther King Day, and the world was watching.
KCRW carried live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony and speech, and then began the work of figuring out what it all meant.
To the Point had analysis of the …

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UPDATED: Why is there a strike at the Port of LA?

Posted November 29, 2012 by and | 72 Comments | ]
Port of LA. Photo by Green Fire Productions/Flickr

Monday UPDATE: On tonight’s “Which Way L.A.?” guest host Alex Chadwick asks union spokesperson Craig Merrilees why the workers are striking, shutting down most of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The union accuses employers of outsourcing these good local jobs overseas to Costa Rica, Taiwan, and elsewhere. But Steve Getzug, a spokesperson for the Harbor Employers Association, says there’s no outsourcing. He told …

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The LA Galaxy make it into the Western Conference finals

Posted November 8, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Robbie Keane celebrates one of his goals. Photo:

Last year the LA Galaxy turned away all challengers, becoming Major League Soccer Champs. This year has been a struggle. Captain Landon Donovan has complained of motivation problems. And the team posted a losing record well into the season.
Nevertheless, as the 4th seed, the Galaxy reached the playoffs again after winning a knockout game against 5th seeded Vancouver last week.
But in the Western Conference …

California Elections, News »

Measure B: Debating the use of condoms in pornography

Posted October 25, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]

One of the down-ballot local measures that LA County residents will vote on come November 6 is Measure B. The measure would require all male porn performers to wear condoms on set to protect their partners and themselves from the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
In order to pay for County health workers to traverse the Valley spot checking porn sets and enforcing the new …

California Elections, economy, Environment, Interviews, Issues, News, Politics, Warren Olney »

Measure J: Should the county’s transportation tax get a 30-year extension?

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]

In 2008, Measure R appeared on the ballot for LA County voters. The measure raised LA County’s sales tax one half cent — from 8.25 cents on the dollar to 8.75 cents — for 30 years, until 2039, to pay for rail, bus, and roadway projects across the county.
Because it was a tax increase, the measure had to be approved by at least two-thirds …

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Can private funding save public institutions?

Posted June 25, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Brannan Island was scheduled for closure, but will be operated by a private company

Last week it was announced that California State Parks would contract out the running of three of its 278 parks to a private Utah company. The state budget squeeze has 70 of the state’s parks slated for closing, but at least 30 of them will now remain open due to a mix of private and non-profit funding that’s replacing money cut from the state’s …

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LA Kings and Ice Hockey culture in Southern California

Posted May 11, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
By Colin Fraser via

After sneaking into the National Hockey League playoffs as the number eight seed in the Western Conference, the Kings have dispatched the number one seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games, and then swept the second seeded St Louis Blues. Only the Phoenix Coyotes now stand between the Kings and a place in the Stanley Cup finals.
This Sunday (May 13, at 5pm Pacific Time) the …

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