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How green car subsidies help the wealthy and miss those who could use them most

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tesla, an EV for those who can afford it.

This is a tale of two zip codes.
First there’s 94582: San Ramon, California. Since 2010, the roughly 38,000 citizens and businesses of this prosperous Bay Area suburb, where the median household income is $140,444, have purchased 463 zero emissions vehicles. Such vehicles receive major state subsidies; nearly $1 million of these subsidies went to vehicle purchasers in San Ramon. But San Ramon doesn’t need the …

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Rethinking the ‘death industry’ in America

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory"

No one likes to talk about death. Well, almost no one.
It’s creepy, right? Scary, disturbing, uncomfortable. But one mortician and writer says it doesn’t have to be those things.
Caitlin Doughty is on a crusade to get us to look mortality straight in the eye.
She’s a licensed mortician and funeral director here in Los Angeles.
She joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about her new book, …

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Arms race: Local police agencies snap up military gear

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The rapidly increasing militarization of the nation’s local police agencies has been a hot topic in the wake of the deadly shooting of African-American teenager by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the 13 years since the 9-11 attacks, hundreds of millions of dollars in military gear has made its way from the Pentagon to police forces as part of new government programs. That includes …

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Death penalty foes make gains, but still in the minority

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years. But a new Field Poll says that more than half of California voters – 56 percent – still want to keep it.
Approval levels for capital punishment in California topped 80 percent in the 1980’s and 90’s. And just three years ago, a Field Poll said 69 percent of …

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It’s on: Anaheim cops to be equipped with body-cams

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Anaheim City Council has unanimously agreed to spend more than $1 million to buy 250 so-called body cams for the city’s police force – and officials say they expect every officer to be wearing a device by next spring.
Anaheim would become the first city in Orange County to require the body-mounted cameras.
Police Chief Raul Quesada supports the move. He says the department has …

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Nursing homes want easier path to prescribing meds

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A trade group that represents California nursing homes is considering whether to push for a new policy that would allow doctors to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to residents without their consent, or the consent of their families.
Some members of the group argue that at times patients are so incapacitated that they can’t make effective decisions for themselves – and that family members are often not …

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L.A. teachers are due for a pay raise: But how big?

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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So how do L.A. teachers fare compared to their counterparts statewide when it comes to pay?
Not so well, according to an analysis by the L.A. Daily News.
LAUSD teachers brought home $67,475 on average in 2013. That’s about three percent less than the statewide public school average, which was $69,623.
The L.A. district does offer better benefits – including premium-free health insurance to its teachers. But …

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Making the case for saving the Salton Sea

Posted September 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Failure to stop the Salton Sea from drying up would cost the state tens of billions of dollars in lost jobs, sliding property values and damage to public health, according to a new report.
The Pacific Institute’s “Hazard’s Toll: The Cost of Inaction at the Salton Sea,” warns of “catastrophic” environmental changes. Among other things, it says allowing the sea to dry up would release 100 …

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Surge in unvaccinated children alarms health officials

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Used to be that vaccinations were considered to be a normal part of childhood. But for a lot of kids, that’s no longer the case.
State law says parents must vaccinate their children against measles, whooping cough, polio, chicken pox and a host of other diseases. But parents who object because of their personal beliefs can get exemptions. And those exemptions are soaring.
An analysis by …

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Are Californians beginning to sour on President Obama?

Posted September 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to a record low in California.
The Golden State has been a consistent source of support for Obama ever since he first ran for the first White House. But a new Field Poll finds that only 45 percent of voters in the state hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance right now. That’s a five percent drop …

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A boat race along the Los Angeles River

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles River often evokes the image of a concrete channel, with perhaps a trickle of water running through it.
The river was paved with concrete in the 1930s to prevent flooding.
It’s been a popular Hollywood backdrop, from John Travolta’s drag-racing scene in “Grease” to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcycle chase in “Terminator 2.”
So the news that outdoor enthusiasts are holding the first-ever boat race there …

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on film and TV tax credits

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Governor Jerry Brown has signaled that he will sign off on a deal that would more than triple the tax breaks for movies and TV shows filmed in California.
The bill would boost the tax credits to $330 million a year over the next five years.
While the legislation would significantly increase the incentive pool from $100 million, it’s still well shy of the $450 million …

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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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Interview with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on pausing the $1 billion iPad program

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
The iPad program at LAUSD has been halted following criticism of the bidding process.

The LAUSD’s iPad project has been criticized since the beginning: students could hack them, there wasn’t ample Wifi technology in the classrooms, and teachers didn’t have proper training.
But it’s only now, after reports that school district officials were a little too cozy with Apple and Pearson in the bidding process for the $1 billion project, that LAUSD is pausing the program. ($61 million has been spent …

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Half-built Target project could face the wrecking ball

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
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A half-built Target store and shopping center going up in Hollywood will be staying in its current, unfinished state for the foreseeable future.
L.A. officials have reluctantly ordered Target to halt work on the project at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The order follows a court ruling that found that city officials improperly approved the project. The issue is height: Community groups sued …

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Napa quake gives warning system an early test

Posted August 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The temblor that rocked California’s wine country this weekend gave researchers at U.C. Berkeley a chance to gauge the effectiveness of an experimental earthquake alert system. They say it worked.
Ten seconds before Napa and surrounding areas began to shake, an alarm started squawking inside a Berkeley lab.
The system is not yet available to the public. State officials say it should be ready in the …

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Mixer: Water levels, down; water shaming, way up

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …

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Summer jobs from the strange to the wonderful

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Summer is supposed to be the season for rest and relaxation, a time to leave the cares and pressures of our jobs behind. But, of course, lots of work gets done over the summer, interesting and important work that’s often tied to the rhythms of the season. KCRW met an eclectic group of people who hold down some unusual jobs during the summer. In …

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What happens when the ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ lives next door

Posted August 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
One of the signs that have been up in the Antelope Valley showing an archival photo of Christopher Hubbart and demanding that he leave. In the 1970s and 80s, Hubbart raped women across California. He was also the first person admitted to California's sexually violent predator program. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

In Southern California’s Antelope Valley, where suburban sprawl gives way to a high desert landscape of scrub brush and Joshua Trees, there’s a home. The dwelling, which dates to the 1950s, is small, white and unadorned. Its curtains are tightly drawn and wood planks cover some of the windows. The house is thoroughly unremarkable, but inside lives a man who is one of the most …

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Lobbyists trying to sack statewide plastic bag ban

Posted August 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Plastic bag manufacturers are making a last-ditch effort to block a proposed law that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide.
The bill passed an Assembly Committee last week and appeared to be headed for passage. But opponents have managed to delay a key vote, which could set up a renewed battle over the proposed ban.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the bag industry has spent …

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