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Wage stagnation afflicts middle-class Californians

Posted July 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is in the midst of an economic recovery – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the paychecks of middle-income workers: Wages are lower than they were four years ago, and buying power for middle earners continues to erode.
When you adjust for inflation, middle class incomes in Californians have fallen more than six percent since 2006 and the start of the recession. …

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Nicholas Winton dead at 106, saved hundreds of children during the Holocaust

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Nicholas Winton holds a child in a train station in Prague in 1939. Winton helped save more than 650 childen by getting them out of Czechoslovakia before the Nazis arrived.
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British humanitarian Nicholas Winton has died. He was 106 years old.
Winton was a British stock broker in the 1930s, who organized the rescue of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
It happened right as Allied forces were getting ready to fight in World War II.
One of those kids was the mother of KCRW’s Kim Masters, who interviewed Winton about 7 years ago in …

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Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

California Elections, Issues, News, Politics »

Supreme Court endorses bids to end gerrymandering

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that allowed that state’s Congressional districts to be draw by an independent commission – instead of the state Legislature.
The 5-4 decision has major implications in California, which has its own independent commission for drawing up Congressional boundaries.
State voters approved a ballot measure four years ago to take that job away from the state Legislature to discourage …

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Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage a constitutional right. Writing in his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, …

Health Care, News »

Big win for Obamacare

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing middle to low-income people to continue to receive federal subsidies even if their home state doesn’t have its own health care exchange.
Had the Supreme Court ruled the other way, up to 6 million people could have lost their coverage.
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said, “After nearly a …

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Making LA: Traffic

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation, but the solution may be more complicated than building more rail lines. In fact, we might have to wait for driverless cars.
Everyone has been stuck in brutal freeway traffic and Angelenos know the familiar feeling of not crossing the city for fear of never getting there. And it’s getting worse. Traffic dipped during the recession, but …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

Drought stricken trees are posing a huge fire risk

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Millions of trees have died during California’s four-year drought and millions more are in distress because of a lack of water. And all those dead and dying trees are increasing the state’s fire risk.
Now the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has taken the unprecedented step of recommending that landowners be able to cut and remove dead and dying trees of any size …

Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »

State isn’t sure who’s on board with new water rules

Posted June 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Californians continue to show a lack of urgency when it comes to new water restrictions.
Individually, we’ve repeatedly fallen short of the 25 percent reductions sought by Gov. Brown and state water officials.
And now, there’s word that more than two-thirds of the most senior water rights holders in the state haven’t even reported if they are complying with new restrictions on diverting water from river …

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Supreme Court win is sweet sanction for raisin farmer

Posted June 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can call it sour grapes, and plenty of people have, but the Supreme Court has now endorsed a lawsuit filed by a California farming couple over the confiscation of their raisins.
The high court ruled that a program that allows state officials to take raisins from farmers to help reduce supply and boost prices is unconstitutional.
The ruling is a victory for farmers Marvin and …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

An artist and father explores the idea of sharing

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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How do you teach your child to share? It’s a challenge that every parent confronts. After all, the word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and children see their toys as extensions of themselves.
The artist Joel Tauber has been wrestling with this issue. He and his wife Alison have two kids: Zeke, who’s 5, and Ozzie, …

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Boyle Heights students honor their school’s namesake

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights is a living history lesson for the kids who attend it. Students learn about the Mendez family in Orange County, and their successful 1946 challenge to end segregation after their children were refused the right to attend their neighborhood school because of the color of their skin. The Mendez case set the stage for the more familiar landmark Brown vs Board of Education, …

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Making LA: The built environment

Posted June 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Is Los Angeles a world-class city? If not, what will make it become one? Those questions are at the heart of a new series on Press Play called “Making LA.”
Over the last century, Los Angeles become a giant. But even with the rapid growth, it has a bit of an inferiority complex, constantly questioning its own identity.
Over the next few weeks, Madeleine Brand’s Press Play will …

Arts & Culture, News »

The LA Zoo wants to raise its prices, again

Posted June 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s been steadily getting more expensive to visit the lions, tigers and bears, etc. at the Los Angeles Zoo – and city officials may not be done with price hikes.
For the third straight year, The LA City Council will consider hiking the price of a ticket by $1 to the Griffith park attraction today.
The new prices would be $20 for people over 13, $15 …

Health Care, News »

Training for the medical trauma of war in LA

Posted June 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Trainees work on a dummy body. (Photo: Evan George)

Everyday, some 500 people pass through the emergency room doors of LA County + USC Hospital. If you’re one of those patients, you may unknowingly be helping the Navy prepare for war.
For the last 13 years, the service has operated a monthly boot camp called the Navy Trauma Training Center. It puts Navy medics – or “corpsmen” as they’re called in the Navy – as well as …

Environment, Issues, News, Power and Water »

DWP ready to drain water from Silver Lake Reservoir

Posted June 15, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Silver Lake residents will be looking at a dry reservoir for the next year or so.
The L.A. Department of Water and Power plans to start draining 400 million gallons of water from the reservoir late this month or early next month.
The DWP says it needs to remove all of the water to replace a huge water pipe that’s buried underneath the reservoir. Of course, …

Environment, Issues, News, Power and Water »

Los Angeles pulls the plug on Mojave solar plant

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Plans to build a large solar farm in the Mojave Desert appear to be on the ropes after the city of Los Angeles announced that it won’t buy electricity from the project over concerns that it could harm wildlife.
Bechtel Corp. is developing the 2,000-acre Soda Mountain Solar Project, east of Barstow near the Nevada border. The L.A. Department of Water and Power was expected …

Interviews, News, Politics »

Police violence and the case of Ezell Ford

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Commission is being criticized by both community activists and the police union, for its ruling yesterday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man.
In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated LAPD policy, the commission …

Education, Issues, News »

LAUSD gives itself an F for raising grad requirements

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles School leaders are backing away from requirements that were adopted in an effort to make all graduating students eligible for University of California and Cal State schools.
The Board of Education had previously approved a plan requiring all graduates – starting in 2017 – to get a C or better in classes that are needed for college admission.
But it turned out the new …

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Corinthian students get a break on debt

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s good news if you were a student at one of the schools run by now-shuttered Corinthian Colleges.
The nation’s top education official says the federal government will forgive loans taken out by tens of thousands of students who attended campuses owned by the for-profit college company.
The move announced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan comes just a few weeks after Santa Ana-based Corinthian declared bankruptcy …

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