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California Propositions: Prop. 35 – Tougher penalties for human traffickers

At first glance, Proposition 35 seems like an easy choice.
A “Yes” vote is a nod in favor longer prison sentences and higher fines – up to a million dollars – for human traffickers. Prop. 35 would also require human traffickers to register as sex offenders, and it demands that registered sex offenders disclose all of their Internet identities.
“In my 23 years as a prosecutor, …

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Taking no Prisoners: Berman versus Sherman

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One of this year’s nastiest and most expensive campaigns for Congress is taking place in the West San Fernando Valley. Veteran Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman have been forced to compete for the newly drawn 30th District. They’ve spent more than $10 million, exchanged insults, and, in a now-infamous televised moment, almost come almost to blows. As Berman and Sherman struggle down to the wire, Eric Bauman, …

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California Propositions: Prop. 34 – a bid to end the death penalty

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Proposition 34 aims to repeal the death penalty in California and replace it with life in prison without parole.
This isn’t the first time California has wrestled with the death penalty. Back in 1972, the state Supreme Court declared the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment. It was reinstated through a voter approved ballot measure six years later.
This time backers of Prop. 34 are pointing …

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California Propositions: Prop. 33

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If Proposition 33 sounds familiar, it should. The measure is almost identical to a statewide proposition that was narrowly defeated two years ago. And just as in 2010, the Yes campaign is funded almost entirely by George Joseph, the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance.
Joseph wants to give California drivers the right to retain “loyalty discounts” when they renew their auto insurance, even if …

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Measure B: Debating the use of condoms in pornography

One of the down-ballot local measures that LA County residents will vote on come November 6 is Measure B. The measure would require all male porn performers to wear condoms on set to protect their partners and themselves from the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
In order to pay for County health workers to traverse the Valley spot checking porn sets and enforcing the new …

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California Propositions: Prop. 32

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In the lead up to the election we’re delving into the statewide measures on the November ballot. Today, KCRW looks at the ins and outs of Proposition 32.
If you’ve turned on the TV over the past month or so, chances are you’ve heard ads for and against Prop 32.  Ads that say things like:  Corporations and unions give politicians millions in contributions.  They get …

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Prop. 36 and Prop. 34: Debating the death penalty and ‘Three Strikes’

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Part I: In 1994, Californians cracked down on so-called “career criminals” by passing a law called Three Strikes and You’re Out. If a defendant has prior convictions for two “serious” or “violent” crimes, it provides that any third felony conviction will mean a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Proposition 36 on next month’s ballot would change that. Michael Romano, director of the Three Strikes Project at Stanford …

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Prop 36 and how California’s ‘Three Strikes’ law came to be

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Back in 1994, California voters overwhelmingly voted to pass a ballot measure that promised to “keep career criminals, who rape women, molest innocent children and commit murder, behind bars where they belong.” It became the state’s “Three Strikes” law, under which a person convicted of a felony who has two or more prior convictions for serious or violent felonies is sentenced to 25 years …

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California’s fourth branch of government: Is it out of control?

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California voters are faced with 11 initiatives on next month’s ballot–four supported by lone millionaires with their own ideas and interests.  Critics say the initiative process is not direct democracy any more but a system to make laws for those who can afford it.
But polls show Californians are not ready to give up their ballot initiative process, even if they have more doubts than …

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California Propositions: Prop. 31

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KCRW is taking a up-close look at one of the statewide initiatives on the November ballot.  Today, we tackle Prop 31, which deals with how that budget is drawn up—and more.
Proposition 31 is not one of those ballot measures that lends itself to short, catchy phrases.  But if you had to boil it down to fit inside a fortune cookie—or perhaps on a billboard–one …

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California Propositions: Prop. 38

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We continue our series on state propositions with Prop. 38, a measure that aims to reverse the damage of a half-decade of budget slashing by raising $10 billion a year for California schools.
If Governor Jerry Brown is staking his political legacy on Proposition 30, then L.A. civil rights attorney Molly Munger is staking a large chunk of her personal fortune on Proposition 38. Two …

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California’s Propositions: Prop. 30

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It’s enough to make a diligent citizen’s head spin. Californians are being asked to vote up or down on 11 statewide ballot measures next month. It’s a dizzying array of issues ranging from school funding and genetically modified foods to the death penalty and campaign finance reform, and KCRW will be trying to help listeners make sense of it all. The most hotly contested measure on the …

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Monday’s the last day to register to vote

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Monday’s the last day to register to vote in the November 6th presidential election. And Los Angeles County registrar workers will be staffing registration tables at more than a dozen locations to encourage people to sign up.
State and county officials say with the launch of online registration, there’s no excuse not to register to vote. But there are a lot of folks who haven’t. …

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Measure J: Should the county’s transportation tax get a 30-year extension?

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In 2008, Measure R appeared on the ballot for LA County voters. The measure raised LA County’s sales tax one half cent — from 8.25 cents on the dollar to 8.75 cents — for 30 years, until 2039, to pay for rail, bus, and roadway projects across the county.
Because it was a tax increase, the measure had to be approved by at least two-thirds …

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The perils of voting in California

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This November election, California voters going to the polls will again confront a ballot stuffed full of proposition asking them to help decide a bewildering array of big issues. Should we increase taxes on the state’s wealthiest to help fund public education? Is it time to abolish the death penalty? Should we label the genetically modified food we buy in our markets? And these …

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California Elections: Voter Guide

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Are you ready to vote? Here’s what you need to know beyond the ballot.
When to Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, November 6th
Where to Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
What are all these propositions?

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In Today’s News: Noguez arrested, ‘Gangnam Style’ lifeguards re-hired

Stories we’re following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Noguez Arrested. Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is due in court later today or tomorrow for arraignment on bribery and corruption charges. The embattled elected official was arrested this morning at his home in Huntington Park. Noguez has denied wrongdoing throughout a year-long investigation into influence peddling in his office. He’s been on a paid leave …

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Props 30, 38: What happens to public education if they fail?

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Two measures on next month’s statewide ballot would provide new money for public schools. Proposition 38 is sponsored by LA attorney Molly Munger and backed by the State PTA.  It would increase income taxes on all but the poorest Californians to raise $10 billion a year for K through 12 education. It would also impact higher education in California. Governor Brown’sProposition 30 would raise everybody’s sales taxes and …

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Brown Signs bill allowing driver’s licenses for some undocumented

Warren Olney

Governor Brown has signed legislation to allow some illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, but he’s vetoed new protections for farm workers and a prohibition on County Sheriffs from working closely with federal immigration officials. Is he still the leader Latinos have counted on? Also, LA Sheriff Lee Baca stands accused of allowing brutal violence in county jails. Can the Board of Supervisors …

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Governor Brown, Molly Munger and the future of public education

Warren Olney

Between now and election day in November, we’ll be hearing a lot about the fate of public education in California. Two ballot measures are competing to increase taxes and distribute the new revenues in different ways. There is no question that the proposals are serious or that the stakes are high. Proposition 30 was placed on the ballot by Governor Jerry Brown. Prop 38 is the creation of …

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