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Mixer: Sheriff’s parachute, rideshare apps, and the mayor of Portlandia

Posted September 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The end of the week means we have analysis of LA stories and politics. Welcome to the Mixer.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times. They joined us to dissect the big stories of the week.
If someone points a finger at you, go ahead and retire. A new report finds that none of the top managers at the LA …

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Mixer: The Legislature adjourns: a Sacto Roundup

Posted September 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We would advise you to stick a fork in Sacramento, but that wouldn’t be nice.
On today’s Mixer, we’ll just say the California Legislature is toast. Over. Fin.
Lawmakers in the state and assembly have passed hundreds of bills this week. Legislation that’s now piling up on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Nannette Miranda from KABC-TV/Channel 7, and Patrick McGreevy from the LA Times joined us to discuss.

A bill that would allow …

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Mixer: Murals, Millennium, Prisons and Porn

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend. But the news knows no days off. So, we talk about the long week in LA on today’s Mixer.
Thanks to Dennis Romero from LA Weekly and Claudia Peschiutta from KNX Newsradio for our robust roundtable.
The LA City Council took a first step this week toward lifting a decade-long ban on murals on privately owned buildings. The measure must still come back for …

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The Mixer: DWP contracts, street repairs and the Sheriff’s race

Posted August 23, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]
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On our Mixer this week,  Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA joined us.
The LA City Council today told city staff to finalize a new agreement between the city and the union that represents about 9 in 10 workers at the Department of Water and Power.
The deal will – over the course of 30 years – save ratepayers …

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Mixer: Mayor Garcetti mixes things up, and suddenly a sheriff’s race

Posted August 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauled the Department of Water and Power commission. The mayor said in a statement the new panel will help him shake up the status quo at the DWP to save money for ratepayers.
The four new members to the panel that oversees the Department of Water and Power are former Congressman Mel Levine, foundation director Michael Fleming (who is also KCRW’s …

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Mixer: Broken boulevards of broken meters

Posted August 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We know there’s debt at City Hall. Apparently, there’s also debt on the way to City Hall.
Our guests this week on the Mixer are David Zahniser from the Los Angeles Times and Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News.

After months of campaigning for the city’s top job, the candidates leave behind a trail of IOUs. Eric Garcetti ultimately won that fight, but his main …

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The Mixer: Hollywood grows up, DWP employees sit out (with pay)

Posted July 26, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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This week, the Mixer searched low and high to get to the truth. We went to the depths of a city utility, where some people took advantage of a disability rule to take extra paid sick time. We went high in the sky, as in skyscraper, to talk about density, and whether Hollywood needs to be taller for its current role.
Hillel Aron joined us …

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Kevin Roderick: Hollywood went Garcetti, now Garcetti goes Hollywood

Posted July 8, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Kevin Roderick of the LA Observed talks with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about how candidate Eric Garcetti courted Hollywood, and how Mayor Garcetti now plans to fight to keep film and television production in Hollywood.

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Garcetti takes office as LA’s 42nd mayor

Posted July 1, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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During his inauguration party at Grand Park yesterday, techno musician Moby introduced Eric Garcetti as the “coolest mayor in the history of Los Angeles.”
History might suggest otherwise, and Garcetti himself took a decidedly low-key approach during his inauguration last night on the steps of City Hall. In a symbolic gesture that echoed the new mayor’s campaign theme of being “a man of the people,” …

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The Mixer: Bye, Mayor V.; Hello, Mayor G.

Posted June 28, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tests a toy guitar at a Mexican crafts stand on Olvera Street on Friday, June 28. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent most of his remaining hours as the city’s chief executive on a bus, touring areas where he campaigned in his quest for the job in the first place. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy rode along with the mayor, asking him to remember the places he’s seen and people he’s talked to over the years.
So we asked this week’s Mixer guests, Gene Maddaus …

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The battle for Compton’s next mayor

Posted June 3, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
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Compton voters will elect a new mayor this Tuesday. They have a stark choice between a veteran politician who says he has the savvy to solve the city’s problems, and a fresh face who promises to bring new energy and solutions to what ails the community. But first, a little recent Compton history.
In the 1980s and 90s, Compton had a reputation for having some …

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The Mixer: Stick a fork in it

Posted May 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Ladies and gentlemen, Los Angeles has a new mayor. If you’ve been under a rock, or refusing to follow the news for some reason, Eric Garcetti will succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The burning question in our LA election post-mortem centers on whether Mayor-elect Garcetti has the political chops to walk into City Hall and make it his show. The still-Councilman Garcetti – who represents Hollywood, Echo Park …

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How Republicans and women helped sway the LA mayor’s race

Posted May 22, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Wendy Greuel, speaking at her campaign headquarters in Van Nuys, on May 22, 2013. Photo by Avishay Artsy

City Councilman Eric Garcetti is the next mayor of Los Angeles, beating City Controller Wendy Greuel by 54 percent to 46 percent.
That’s pretty much exactly how the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University called it last night at 8 pm, just as polls closed. Among their findings – Garcetti won 63 percent of the Latino vote, and 54 percent …

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The business behind political mail

Posted May 20, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
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Has your mailbox been overflowing in recent weeks with political mailers touting candidates for tomorrow’s election? Mine has. At some point, I started to wonder: Who makes these things? How does the business work? And what do they really do? I recently spoke to two slate mail producers — one Democrat, one Republican — to get some answers.
The mailers I examined are simple advertising …

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Friday ‘House’ Mixer: So what are we being asked to vote for anyway?

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Just a few more days before you go to the polls.  Let’s review, shall we?
We’re in the final stretch, so here’s some information you need to know about the candidates and propositions before you punch, pull or bubble-in that ballot.
KCRW’s Warren Olney, host of Which Way, LA? and To The Point joined us, as did KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez, who’s been covering some of the campaigns …

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Voter Guide: May 21st elections

Posted May 17, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]
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Did you know that L.A. has more than 2 million eligible voters, but that 1.6 million of them are expected to skip the election on Tuesday? This means that you, dear voter, have a lot of responsibility.
When to Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, May 21st.
Where to Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
Wendy Greuel vs. Eric Garcetti:
Angelenos will finally …

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Why Los Angeles residents don’t vote

Posted May 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Los Angeles voter Amanda Sutton casts a ballot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the next mayor of Los Angeles and several other key offices. But will there be a flood of ballots, or merely a trickle?
Used to be, a lot more votes were cast in L.A. during big city elections. Here we are on the cusp of selecting a new mayor for the second most populous …

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Friday Mixer: Polls, schools and optics

Posted May 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On today’s Mixer, we welcomed Gene Maddaus from the LA Weekly and Howard Blume, the education reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
There are a couple of new polls that came out this week. One comes from the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, showing 46% of likely voters backing Wendy Greuel and 45% who back Eric Garcetti.
Nine percent are still undecided.
The Cal State survey shows Greuel polls …

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What you need to know about Prop. F and Prop. D, L.A.’s battling marijuana propositions

Posted May 6, 2013 by | 56 Comments | ]
Medical marijuana clinics are allowed to operate in California because voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996. The initiative allowed the establishment of marijuana collectives in the state for people using cannabis as a way to relieve pain  Since then, California cities, like Los Angeles, have struggled to regulate the marijuana dispensary industry.

Earlier this morning, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that communities have the right to ban medical marijuana clinics from operating in their city limits using local zoning and land use ordinances. Currently, about 200 California communities maintain such bans using their zoning authority. Los Angeles, where cannabis clubs are as common as Starbucks, isn’t one of the places with a …

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Warren Olney is hosting a mayoral debate and you should come!

Posted April 26, 2013 by | 19 Comments | ]
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Who will be the next LA mayor? Do you have questions you still want answered?
With just a few weeks left until Election Day, it’s time to get beyond the campaign rhetoric and 30-second commercials in the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti visit Zócalo for a live debate. They’ll take questions—and follow-ups—from Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.?”
It’s a chance to demand specifics …

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