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The perils of voting in California

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By kristin_a via Flickr

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

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 61 Comments | ]


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

Posted October 17, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

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?

Posted October 5, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

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

Posted October 1, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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

Posted September 13, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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Zócalo: An education budget with no class

Posted September 13, 2012 by | 17 Comments | ]
Photo by Chris Campbell

As summer vacation wanes, I begin printing out blank calendar pages, August through June—one set for my sophomore English honors classes, another set for my print and broadcast journalism classes. I fill in the squares with cryptic reminder notes: “grading policy,” “writing a thesis,” “reading log,” “public speaking,” etc. But I no longer need to write up detailed daily lesson plans. With 23 years …

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LA Sheriff Lee Baca and violence in county jails

Posted September 10, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Reports of frequent brutality by Sheriff’s deputies against inmates in LA County jails led the Board of Supervisors to a blue-ribbon commission. Last week, the commission’s investigators published their findings after interviewing some 150 people and reviewing 15,000 pages of documents. They found that, “harsh force is used as the default position, not as the last resort.” They said Under Sheriff Paul Tanaka “promoted a culture …

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California delegates at the Democratic National Convention

Posted September 3, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Speaker of the California Assembly John Pérez

The Democratic National Convention formally kicks off tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina, but state delegations are already busy holding meetings.
California is fielding the largest delegation, but because it’s a reliably Blue State many wonder what role California will have in determining the winner of the general election.
KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez is in Charlotte and talked to Congressman Xavier Becerra about the Golden State’s clout this …

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Republican National Convention wrap with Warren Olney

Posted August 31, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney and a round table of guests at the RNC

KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked to Warren about what it was like to be in Tampa for the Republican National Convention and the role of Republicans in California. “They have a huge challenge ahead,” said Warren,”How do they raise funds to have a vital party that is really challenging the democrats?”
Next up? Charlotte for the Democratic Republican Convention. Find KCRW’s RNC and DNC coverage here.

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Why is Mayor Villaraigosa crashing the RNC?

Posted August 28, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

LA Mayor Villaraigosa is in Tampa this week to make an appearance at this week’s Republican National Convention. “It’s important that we compare and contrast the candidates and their records,” the mayor tells Warren. He offers his critique of the circus and of GOP nominee Mitt Romney and tells Warren that the Republican won’t get very much of the Latino vote. Listen to the …

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells CA delegates: ‘There is hope’

Posted August 27, 2012 by and | 1 Comment | ]
California Delegate, Emily Sanford from Huntington Beach, CA

“I hear California’s blue, but it’s no bluer than New Jersey is,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told the California delegation in Tampa, today. “We’ve gotta use 2012 to reassert our role in the national debate, and to reassert our role in the individual state to say, we can make a difference.” Addressing a cheering audience, the New Jersey Governor talked about taking on …

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How do you become a delegate and what do you do?

Posted August 24, 2012 by | Comments Off | ]

Conventions don’t really nominate presidential candidates any more; that happens in state primaries and caucuses. Many people believe all that goes on is the TV show. But there’s more to being a delegate than just being in the audience for political speeches. Warren talks to two California delegates.
Julie Biggs is an attorney in Redlands and she’ll be representing California’s new, 31st Congressional District at …

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Should test scores count in teacher evaluations?

Posted August 20, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

To meet a court order and possibly get $40 million in federal dollars, the LAUSD has to prove it’s using standardized tests to evaluate teachers. But the teachers union is telling its members not even to volunteer for such a thing. We hear from Teachers Union President Warren Fletcher and Superintendent John Deasy. Also, the Berman-Sherman race in the San Fernando Valley. Two Democrats …

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As funding is cut, can CA schools compete?

Posted August 17, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
By Bruno Girin, Flickr

Funding for K through 12 public education has been cut by 25 percent over the past five years here in California. The cutbacks have had big implications for the LA Unified School District–the biggest district in the state. But California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says LA Unified isn’t alone. He’s hearing from schools up and down the state that are struggling due to California’s …

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Genetically modified food and ethical cycling

Posted August 17, 2012 by | 19 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Monsanto has just dumped $4.2 million into the campaign to defeat Prop 37 on November’s ballot. It would require the labeling of all genetically modified food. Do California consumers really need to know? We hear from both sides. Also, even though it’s illegal, is it ethical for cyclists to run red lights and stop signs? When we asked that question on Facebook, we got …

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Prison populations and realignment

Posted August 16, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

The US Supreme Court has ruled that California’s overcrowded prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment. To reduce the population, Governor Brown and the legislature enacted “realignment,” which provides that non-serious, non-violent, non-child abuse convicts be sentenced to county jails. That’s where parole violators are going now, too. But the state prisons are still not emptying out fast enough, and three appellate court judges are …

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Highlights from the LA District Attorney debate

Posted August 8, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, contenders to be the next LA County District Attorney

Warren moderated a debate between District Attorney candidates Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson in downtown Los Angeles last night. Lacey, a Democrat, is Chief Deputy District Attorney and Jackson, a Republican, currently serves as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office. The race is non-partisan.
Warren talked to Jon Regardie of Los Angeles Downtown News about the race and the debate.
Here are some highlights …

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Who is responsible for cleaning up LA’s foreclosed homes?

Posted July 17, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
By Jeffery Turner via Flickr

Who should be held responsible for cleaning up abandoned, foreclosed homes that have fallen into disrepair? That’s the question at the heart of a new lawsuit filed by Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. In it, Trutanich essentially accuses U.S. Bank of being a slumlord for failing to maintain hundreds of properties it has foreclosed on. But the case is complicated by the tangled …

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