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Voter’s Guide to the 2014 Midterms

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Note: We will be updating this post as with KCRW’s election coverage in the lead-up to the election.
When is the election?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If you have a mail-in ballot, it must be received by election day. Ballots can be returned to county election offices or to any polling place within the voter’s county on Election Day. Here’s …

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Mixer: Pulling lever or pulling teeth?

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Exercising is tough. Voting is (relatively) easy. So why don’t Americans work that out?
Judging by meager turnout, Americans aren’t the most engaged people when it comes to voting… especially in off-year elections.
For last year’s mayoral election in Los Angeles, only about 23 percent of voters turned out at the polls.
Americans over 18-years old and registered to vote, and who haven’t had that right taken away, have …

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How to get everyone to vote

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I did not receive the warmest welcome from my colleagues four years ago, at my very first meeting of the Falun Election Commission. In fact, most members of the authority in Falun, the Swedish city of 57,000 where I live, were surprised I had called a meeting at all.
“What is this all about?” a colleague asked me. “The next elections are in four years …

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What you need to know about the Nov. 4 ballot measures

Posted October 24, 2014 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about plans for summer vacation and weekends at the beach.  But now Columbus Day has come and gone; Halloween is a week away; and Election Day is just around the corner.  That means it’s time to take a closer look at some of the issues California voters will be weighing in on next …

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How politicians spend and fundraise in California

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
President Obama in Silicon Valley. Photo via Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson/ CC

Political spending in California is not as high as in states with more contentious races, but party leaders still see the state as a place for some serious fundraising.
In the lead-up to the November elections, an estimated $8.2 million has been spent on political ads in California. That’s not a lot compared to states facing more heated races. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania have …

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Interview with Democratic Candidate for State Controller Betty Yee

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer for the state of California, and is tasked with accounting for every dollar spent. Current Controller John Chiang is termed out this November, having served in the post since 2007, and Betty Yee is the Democratic Candidate for his position. She sat down with Warren Olney to talk about her campaign.
Yee claims that her more than …

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Interview with Republican Candidate for State Controller Ashley Swearengin

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Mayor Ashley Swearengin (Photo courtesy for the Fresno Mayor's Office).

In a state dominated by Democratic lawmakers, Fresno’s two-term Republican mayor Ashley Swearengin faces an uphill climb in her race for California State Controller.
A Field Poll from last month had her trailing her challenger, Democrat Betty Yee, nearly 2 to 1, and the share of registered voters in California strongly favors the Democratic Party — Republican voters make up just 28.4 percent of the electorate, while Democrats make up 43.4 percent.
Swearengin admits …

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Listen: LA County Supervisors Debate

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl face off in a debate on Which Way, LA?

The LA Supervisors are a powerful bunch, running a $26 billion budget for a county of 10 million people, and overseeing county employees in public safety, public health and social services. Two candidates on the November ballot are hoping to win a seat at that table: Santa Monica Mayor and councilman Bobby Shriver and former State Legislator Sheila Kuehl. They’re campaigning to represent L.A.s Third District, which stretches from the San Fernando …

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Mixer: Cashing in on political popularity

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …

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People died so I could vote

Posted October 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
African American children gather around a sign encouraging people to register to vote.
 
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It’s Hard Not to Go to the Polls When a Generation of African-Americans Risked—and Sometimes Lost—Their Lives to Get You There
When we were growing up in South Los Angeles, my siblings and I often heard my dad’s impromptu sermons about matters of importance: the value of education, the perils of purchasing on credit, the virtue of hard work, and the dire necessity of voting.
“People …

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Interview with Neel Kashkari

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Neel Kashkari in the KCRW studio with Warren Olney.

Republican candidate for Governor Neel Kashkari says he feels good about his chances. That, despite being behind in the polls (Gov. Brown is leading 57-36 percent) and having a lot less money than the incumbent ($680 thousand to Brown’s $20 million).
Below, he speaks to Warren Olney on Which Way LA? and tells him,  “We’re focused on getting our message out, more voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction …

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How do we put fewer Californians in prison? Other states are finding alternatives

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In 2009, overcrowding in California’s prisons had gotten so bad—140,000 inmates crammed into prisons built to house just 80,000—that federal judges ruled it violated prisoners’ civil rights. Under order to reduce the state’s prison population, Governor Brown introduced realignment in 2011, a plan to send nonviolent inmates to county jails and probation departments rather than prison.
This year, a federal court gave California two more …

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Mixer: Thread and bread, the cartel connection

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Hundreds of federal agents descended this week on downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, making arrests as part of what prosecutors say is a sophisticated operation to launder money for Mexican drug cartels.
Authorities took 9 people into custody, and seized more than $90 million.
Federal prosecutors are calling it “Operation Fashion Police”.
Joe Mathews, from Zocalo Public Square, and Joe Mozingo, who reports for the Los Angeles …

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Mixer: Tinseltown tax credits and jobs

Posted September 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this first Friday of the month, we got a jobs report from the Labor Department. A lackluster one, nationally, for sure.
But here in Los Angeles, there’s some optimism from city officials and state lawmakers about film and television production jobs sticking around instead of being exported to other parts of the country.
The California legislature passed a bill that gives $330 million in tax …

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Mixer: School’s in, iPads out

Posted August 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has scrapped the $1 (B) billion effort to provide all students and teachers with iPad tablets and laptops.
Embattled Superintendent John Deasy says he wants to gather new bids for future phases of the program.
Which is spin for this plan isn’t working.
The change comes in light of alleged improprieties in the awarding of the original contracts with Apple and …

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It’s not so easy to send a 5-year-old off to a California kindergarten

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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“Wait, Daddy,” you say.
You are 5, and you have your priorities. You are reassembling the wooden train tracks. You are building an airplane hangar out of MagnaTiles. You have a drawing you need to finish.
“Hurry up, Ben” I always say. Don’t you know that I have too many things to do? Don’t you know I need to put you to bed? Can’t you see …

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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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Mixer: LA County CEO headed out, so’s Hollywood production

Posted June 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Los Angeles County CEO Bill Fujioka will retire in November, after more than seven years as the county’s top official.
Abby Sewell reports for the Los Angeles Times.
She says the county CEO has purview over 100,000 county employees and budgets and whatnot, but gets little attention aside from political writers and journalists.
Citing frustration with “the pace of reform”, Los Angeles County Supervisors scaled back Fujioka’s …

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Mixer: Tripping on sidewalks and all those pot shops

Posted June 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Los Angeles City Council committee has voted to conduct a pilot program to replace some problem sidewalks, with a material that’s a bit more resilient and porous.
Those are things like rubber, crushed asphalt, or decomposed granite.
Adrian Glick-Kudler, senior editor at Curbed LA, says the idea is that the more porous the material, the more water that material will allow to seep into groundwater …

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Mixer: Smooth electric technology, bumpy LA roads

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Dave Zahniser reports for the Los Angeles Times. Alan Ohnsman is with the LA Bureau of Bloomberg News, who covers Tesla.
This week the LA City Council nixed their push for a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for more than 8,000 miles of much-needed street repairs.
City Council members Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino dropped their ballot measure proposal that would’ve raised the city sales tax rate to 9.5 …

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