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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 | ]
Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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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Today’s News: Rolling roses; Sales taxes up; USC down

Posted January 1, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]
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Petal power. The Rose Parade is rolling. Thousands of people braved chilly weather to spend the night along Pasadena streets in anticipation of the 124th running of the Tournament of Roses. They’re being treated to a glorious, sunny day. Police say 21 people were arrested overnight, all but one for public drunkenness. The theme of this year’s Tournament of Roses is “Oh, the Places …

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Today’s News: Reports rips California stem cell agency; LA gets first Poet Laureate; Suffering ski resorts

Posted December 7, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]

Hands on. An independent panel says conflicts of interest abound at California’s $3 billion stem cell institute, with many board members standing to benefit financially from decisions the agency makes. Authors of the review say the agency needs to be thoroughly restructured. The study was undertaken on behalf of the national Institute of Medicine. It didn’t cite specific incidents but instead focused on structural …

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Today’s News: Baca backs off deportation holds; Fight for control of First AME; Youth movement for Grammys

Posted December 6, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]

No holds. L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says his department will no longer honor federal requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes. Baca’s change of heart comes one day after California Attorney General Kamela Harris said state law enforcement agencies were not obligated to comply with the Secure Communities program. Baca follows LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who announced in October that …

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Today’s News: Riordan drops pension measure, San Bernardino cuts deep; LAUSD loses ‘Race to Top’

Posted November 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Retiring type. Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan says his team simply didn’t have the time it needed to collect the nearly 300,000 signatures required to qualify a pension reform measure for the May ballot. Riordan has abandoned the effort. His measure would have scaled back benefits for current city workers and required new hires to accept a 410(k)-style retirement plan instead of a guaranteed …

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An annihilated California GOP looks to Latinos for help

Posted November 13, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In 1994, Republican Governor Pete Wilson won re-election with Proposition 187, which denied almost all state services to illegal immigrants. It was finally thrown out by the courts, but Latinos have never forgotten. Now they’re the fastest-growing part of a very different electorate. And yet, this year’s GOP platform sounds exactly like Prop 187, “We call for the termination of all… state benefits to …

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Today’s News: L.A. mulls tax hike; Dawn of ‘Cap and Trade’; Phil Jackson responds

Posted November 13, 2012 by | 11 Comments | ]

CSU fees. Cal State University trustees will apparently put off a scheduled vote on a set of proposed fee hikes. A student group had planned to ask the university to postpone the move. The fees would apply to students who already have enough credits to graduate, repeat courses, or take more than a full-time load. The idea is to free up space for incoming …

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Today’s News: Deasy wants more school, New regs for runoff, B backers urge statewide condom law

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

School days. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy says he’ll ask the school board to restore five days that were removed from the school year because of budget cuts. In addition Deasy says he’ll ask the board to restore five additional furlough days for district employees. Deasy’s move follows the passage of Prop. 30 this week. The measure eliminated the threat of billions of additional cuts …

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Republican Party in California: Where does it go from here?

Posted November 8, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Brown and the Democrats’ legislative majority balanced this year’s budget on the assumption that Proposition 30 would pass. It did — with 54 percent of the vote statewide and 60 percent in Los Angeles. He reminded doubters that he’d run for governor on the pledge that there would be no taxes unless people voted for them, and said he looked forward to being able to …

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Today’s News: Prop. 30 fight brewing; IDs for undocumented immigrants; ‘Twilight’ camp

Posted November 8, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Lost days. The passage of Proposition 30 is undeniably good news for LAUSD, but it’s already sparked a dispute about how the additional funding should be used. Deasy says the district could salvage some of the five days of instruction lost this year because of earlier budget cuts. But members of the teachers union want all of those days restored, in addition to five …

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Jackie Lacey makes history

Posted November 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Jackie Lacey addresses a crowd at Union Station on Election Night. Photo by: Raghu Manavalan

History was made Tuesday night when Jackie Lacey became the first African-American and first female chief prosecutor of Los Angeles County. Armed with support from her boss, outgoing District Attorney Steve Cooley, Lacey garnered over 55 percent of the vote.
When asked by KCRW’s Warren Olney how it felt to have made history she said the vote proved that her qualifications mattered to voters more …

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Today’s News: Big Win for Brown, Prop. 30; Dems eye supermajority; Lacey takes D.A.’s race; Death penalty stands

Posted November 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Super close. California Assembly Speaker John Perez says Democrats have won two-thirds of the seats in that that house of the Legislature, and he expects his party will get the same majority in the state Senate. If so, Democrats would achieve a coveted supermajority, meaning they could pass tax increases without relying on Republican votes. Sacramento Bee
Prop. 30 win. California public school students and …

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California election results: Prop. 30 passes, Prop. 37 loses

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Good morning! Californians woke up to the passage of Gov. Brown’s Prop. 30, which raises taxes to fund education. Passing with 53.9 percent of the vote, the proposition means that California won’t face automatic $6 billion in trigger cuts.
Voters also rejected proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of GMOs in food, with a 53.1 percent no vote. The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin writes …

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