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

Posted January 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]
Warren Olney

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 | ]

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 | 2 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 | ]
Photo by Vox Efx via Flickr

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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Voting hiccups in Los Angeles

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

When I finally reached the front of the line at my polling place this morning, the woman behind the table looked up at me and frowned. “It looks like you already voted,” she said. “By Mail. I can’t let you vote twice.”
The problem: I didn’t.
“Well,” the woman said when I told her, “I don’t know what to do. It says here that we received …

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Who voted? We asked Twitter!

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

VOTE! Send your “I voted” selfie pics to @kcrw for a RT! Let’s show twitter that KCRW listeners are voters! We’ll have live election coverage all night!
— KCRW (@kcrw) November 6, 2012
We asked you to play along with us on Twitter! Here are some of the results!

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Why aren’t you voting today?

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

The number of registered voters in California is at a record high. Even among those who are registered, many choose not to vote.  KCRW asked why:
For Paul Corning, a 27-year-old actor who moved from L.A. to New York a couple years ago, today is just another day. Well, he’s starting a new job, and he’ll be preparing a monologue for an audition on Thursday. …

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Comedians laugh, cry and drink on Election Day

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
By seeingimonkey via Flickr

To many of us, this election feels it’s gone on forever. Voters (and their children) can’t wait for the attack ads and campaign rhetoric to be over. But there were some moments of levity these past few weeks (remember Big Bird, binders full of women, and horses and bayonets). And comedy always helps us weather the relentless politicking. So we asked some of our favorite comedians how …

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Props 30 and 38: Still undecided?

Posted November 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
By Bruno Girin, Flickr

We’ve talked at length about propositions 30 and 38, which generate funding for California’s struggling schools. Both propositions will generate billions of dollars to benefit California’s struggling schools. At the same time, they both attempt to protect the middle class from new taxes. But they don’t have much else in common.
The differences are numerous and account for why this fight between Gov. Brown and …

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Election Day: County by county

Posted November 5, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

I know. I know. Like seeing a double rainbow, it doesn’t seem quite believable at first, but after all the speeches, debates, fundraisers, attack ads and geysers of speculation by television political pundits, Tuesday, November 6th, otherwise known as Election Day 2012, is almost here. Trust me on this, I’m a journalist and know these things.
To get some practical election day help and information, …

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California Propositions: Prop 40 – Deciding the fate of new state Senate districts

Posted November 2, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]

If Proposition 39 is complex, then Proposition 40 – a measure that’s been abandoned by the people who put it on the ballot – is downright confounding.
Prop. 40 is a referendum on new state Senate districts drawn up last year by a citizen’s commission. A “Yes” vote upholds the new districts. A “No” vote rejects them and places control of the redistricting process in …

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