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Mixer: Waxman out. So who’s next?

Posted January 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gene Maddaus reports for the LA Weekly and Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Longtime West LA Congressman and powerful Democrat Henry Waxman announced this week he will not seek another term, after serving 20 of them on Capitol Hill.
That’s 40 years in Washington.
And now the race is on here at home to succeed him, which is landing some familiar names on the ballot.
Officially, …

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Mixer: Building for Supervisor and Speaker

Posted January 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Paul Pringle writes for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeremy White reports for the Sacramento Bee.
Pringle’s story that work had been done by county workers on LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’s house caused the politician to lash out this week on Which Way LA?
The Times story reported that all the work went beyond permissible security improvements. Ridley-Thomas says allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are …

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Is it even possible to be an informed citizen?

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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To be an engaged, informed citizen in California is to be hopelessly behind in your reading.
We’re told that we need to follow the big issues in California, that we need to be informed about policy debates, and that policymakers want our feedback on major proposals.  It all sounds reasonable enough, until you see the homework. The governor stresses the importance of his budget, but …

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Mixer: Resignation and designation

Posted January 10, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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In the midst of growing criticism about his leadership at his department, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca announced this week he’s stepping down on January 31 from the post he’s held for more than 15 years.
Baca says he doesn’t want to be a distraction going forward.
Baca’s been under intense scrutiny for accusations of abuse at jails and, of course, the indictment of 18 former …

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Mixer: Our Year in Review

Posted December 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s office chicanery and shysters

Posted December 6, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca admits that mistakes were made in the hiring of dozens of officers with histories of misconduct. And a convicted sex offender has sued hundreds of Southland businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LA Times reporter Robert Faturechi, and Hillel Aron, who writes for the LA Weekly, join us for this week’s Mixer.

An LA Times investigation reports the LA County …

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Palmdale ordered to start over with city elections

Posted December 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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An L.A. judge has thrown out the results of Palmdale’s City Council elections and ordered the city to hold a new vote. L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney says Palmdale must elect its four council members from defined districts, instead of using an at-large voting system, in which office holders are elected citywide. Mooney ruled earlier this year that Palmdale’s at-large system discriminated against …

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Mixer: Burning a hole in your wallet and on the beach

Posted November 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tiffany Hsu from the Los Angeles Times and Gustavo Arellano from the OC Weekly joined us.
Yes it’s Black Friday. But we don’t care about the fights going on in the aisles of Walmart. There were gatherings outside, where a couple hundred protesters turned out in a steady rain.
Wal-Mart has long been a target of labor unions because it is a non-union operation. And the group …

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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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