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Today’s News: Dodgers open with high hopes; Candidates’ speak; Pixomondo quits features

Posted April 1, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Play ball! It’s Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers will take on the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at 1:10 this afternoon. The Dodgers are upping the ante in a big way this year: Their $230 million payroll is the highest in Major League history. Fans today will also get a look at a $100 million renovation of Dodger Stadium, completed just …

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Today’s News: AEG’s Farmers Field in flux; Broad eyes Tribune; Marathon weekend

Posted March 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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No sale. First AEG was for sale…now it’s not, but influential CEO Tim Leiweke is heading out the door. So what does it all for the company’s proposed downtown football stadium and a return of the NFL to Los Angeles? One NFL source tells the L.A. Times that Leiweke’s exit all but kills the Farmers Field plan. But Councilwoman Jan Perry, a major backer …

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L.A. Mayor’s Race: The last man and woman standing

Posted March 7, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, left, and Wendy Greuel

Who are Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, and why do they want to be mayor of Los Angeles? After a primary election that saw less than 20 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Greuel cashed in their front-runner status for invitations to the May 21st primary.
Both candidates are liberal Democrats but, beyond that, few Angelenos know much about …

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Today’s News: Garcetti and Greuel in run-off; Feuer outpaces Trutanich; Voters reject sales tax hike

Posted March 6, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mayor’s race. It’ll be either Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel sitting in the mayor’s chair come July. With all precincts reporting, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Greuel easily outpaced their opponents to clinch a spot in the May run-off election. Garcetti captured 32.9 percent of the vote to Greuel’s 29.2 percent yesterday. Businessman Kevin James, the sole Republican contender, finished third with 16.4 …

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Primary election primer for Los Angeles voters

Posted March 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Voters in the city of Los Angeles are going to the polls today to whittle down the field of candidates vying for some of the city’s top elected spots.
But turnout is expected to be super-low. Which means a select few Angelenos will have big reigns over a primary that will choose the city’s next mayor, several city council members, city attorney and controller.
Joining KCRW’s …

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Today’s News: Election Day arrives in L.A.; County-USC expansion?; Cell phone giveaway

Posted March 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Vote. Municipal elections are underway around Southern California this morning, including the high-profile mayor’s race in the city of Los Angeles. None of the eight candidates for mayor of L.A. is expected to win an outright majority. The big spenders, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel are the favorites to reach a March run-off. But City Councilwoman Jan Perry, businessman Kevin …

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LA Observed: LA’s next mayor and the ‘vision’ thing

Posted March 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Tomorrow is the primary election for Los Angeles’ mayor and several district races. While the candidates have discussed lots of topics, like pension reform and fixing broken sidewalks, there’s another issue that hasn’t gotten much attention: what should the city look like in the future? You know, that “vision thing.”
A critic’s notebook this weekend by the LA Times’ Christopher Hawthorne looked at several areas …

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Today’s News: Garcetti, Greuel in the lead; Brulte heads GOP; Kings best sports story

Posted March 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Home stretch. On the eve of the L.A. mayor’s race, a new poll finds City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel in a virtual tie for the lead. None of the five major candidates appears to be in a position to capture more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid a run-off. The survey finds that 27 percent of voters favor …

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Friday Mixer: The last hurrah before Tuesday’s primary

Posted March 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s the final days of the L.A. mayoral primary campaign, with the five major candidates vying for the city’s top spot.
An infusion of money in the race, more attacks between the top two candidates, and a new campaign video that digs deep into the core of politics – all among the things discussed in our Friday Mixer.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis is joined by Gene Maddaus …

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Candidates for L.A. City Attorney debate on Warren Olney’s WWLA

Posted February 26, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles City Attorney defends the city against civil lawsuits and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses.  He or she provides legal counsel to the mayor, the city council and departments and drafts all new laws and ordinances.  Three candidates joined Warren in the studio Monday night:  the incumbent Carmen Trutanich, Mike Feuer, who was termed out of the state assembly last year, and private attorney …

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Today’s News: Bell trial nears end; Dorner firing probe; Pricey School Board races

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Bell corruption. Closing arguments are expected to begin today in a corruption trial for the former mayor of Bell and five former city councilmembers. They’re accused of giving themselves six-figure salaries in a rip-off that prosecutors say put the small city on the edge of bankruptcy. The defendants say they didn’t know they were doing anything legal because they were kept in the dark …

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Today’s News: Jerry Buss dies; Mayoral endorsements; WGA picks ‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Posted February 18, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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King of hoops. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center following a battle with cancer. Buss, who was either 79 or 80 (there’s some dispute about his birth date), earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and made a fortune in real estate before buying the Lakers and Los Angeles Kings for $67 million in 1979 from Jack Kent Cooke. …

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Friday Mixer: IBEW, Riordan, and Latinos

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles mayoral primary is two weeks from Tuesday, and the campaigns of the five main candidates are reaching for as many votes as they can. Vying to replace Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s termed out of office.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, and Mary Melton is editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine. They join KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis for our weekly Friday Mixer.
They discussed IBEW Local …

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Today’s News: Dorner’s body ID’d; Campaign corruption; Blacklisted screenwriter

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Dorner case. Burned human remains found in a San Bernardino Mountain cabin after a wild shootout have been positively identified as those of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, but the investigation into his alleged murder spree continues. Court documents suggest Dorner gathered information on his first two victims – Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence – before he shot them to death in Irvine last week. …

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A long look at Wendy Greuel

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Wendy Greuel makes the cover of the LA Weekly

Mayoral candidate and City Controller Wendy Greuel makes the front cover of the LA Weekly this week. The story by Gene Maddaus, a regular on our Friday mixer segment, talks about Greuel’s connection to some of the city’s most powerful unions and how that might come back to bite her on March 5. Greuel is one of the leading candidates for mayor, along with …

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LA Observed: Getty House, Greuel’s Police Plan, and More from the Mayor’s Race

Posted February 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

The five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates met for a debate on Sunday morning in Hancock Park. Moderating the town hall debate was none other than Kevin Roderick, editor of LA Observed, who joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis with the latest on the campaign.
One question Kevin asked, and that got picked up today in the L.A. Times, was about their plans for Getty House — …

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Friday mixer: Running for mayor of Los Angeles

Posted February 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The primary election in the race for mayor is a month away – but the campaign isn’t getting much traction with voters. Is it the candidates? Is it the issues – or lack thereof? And what’s next for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis sat down with city reporters Gene Maddaus and Dakota Smith to get some answers.
 
Steve Chiotakis: All right, happy Friday to you …

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Today’s News: SEIU weighs mayoral endorsement; Push to expand Medicaid; Counting the homeless

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Healthcare evolution. Assembly Speaker John Perez has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid by more than a million people. It’s the first move as the state Legislature holds a special session dedicated to tackling healthcare reform. The money to pay for the expansion would come from the federal government under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The bill would provide coverage for …

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Today’s News: Mahony hid abuse cases; High-speed rail safety; Martian milestone

Posted January 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Church secrets. Former Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony and a top adviser sought to conceal molestation of children by Catholic priests from law enforcement, according to internal Church records released by the L.A. Times. The revelations relate to memos written more than two decades ago by Mahony and Monsignor Thomas Curry, then the L.A. Archdiocese’s advisor on sex abuse cases. In the notes, Curry …

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Today’s News: School shooting; Budget reaction; Chinese Theatre renamed

Posted January 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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School Shooting. Taft Union High School in Kern County is closed this morning, one day after a 16-year-old opened fire with a shotgun in a classroom and critically injured a peer. Authorities he’ll be charged with attempted murder. The teen allegedly targeted two boys who he claimed bullied him. One of those boys – a football player – is the injured student. He’s expected …

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