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Does L.A.’s 2024 Olympics plan rely on fuzzy math?

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Let the budget games begin.
The committee responsible for deciding if L.A. will make a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games is holding its first meeting today. And there will be a lot to consider. A new report from the city’s top budget officials sites a number of potential problems, including possible cost overruns building housing for athletes.
The report from City Administrative Officer …

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Making LA: Education

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Clotee Allochuku

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has a massive school system. There are more than 900 schools in the L.A. Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students. Los Angeles also has more charter schools than any district in the country. Some say that’s a threat to the public school system, while others argue that charters offer a crucial alternative.
Press Play’s Madeleine Brand talked with Joshua Pechthalt, President …

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Body cams? Yes, but the public wants to see the video

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Police body cameras are coming to a city near you.
For starters, the LAPD plans to roll out more than 800 of the devices next week as part of a larger plan to equip almost the entire force. The department will eventually deploy 7,000 body cameras.
The cameras have the support of police chiefs and civil libertarians alike. They can increase transparency and provide a more …

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The Los Angeles homes of the future

Posted August 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The concept of the densifying Los Angeles isn’t a new one. We’ve reported before on “building up,” in the city that established itself as ground zero for sprawl.
But neighborhoods are running out of ground, which has designers and architects considering new and untried ways for the people of LA to live in the years to come.
Some of those ideas are being presented at a …

Arts & Culture, News »

Announcing the winners of KCRW’s 2015 Radio Race

Posted August 25, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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We are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Radio Race. The quality and creativity that revealed itself in just 24-hours was inspiring! Thank you to all who participated.
This year’s top racers represent the reach and impact of great radio storytelling. We have winners from Mexico, Australia and Kansas City, MO. Congratulations!
1st Place:
Fountain City Frequency for The Time Travelers Ark

Produced by: Esther …

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Young Californians being shut out of housing market

Posted August 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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If you’re having a hard time scraping money together to buy a house, you might take solace in the fact that you’ve got a lot of company. Or, perhaps not.
As it stands, two-thirds of the single-family homes and condos in the state are priced higher than a typical family can afford, according to a new report from the California Association of Realtors.
The median household …

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Subsidence is giving Gov. Brown that sinking feeling

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …

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Auto fanatics descend on Pebble Beach

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A 1938 Phantom Corsair at The 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This past weekend there was a big car show along the north central coast of California: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The show featured some 200 classic cars on display, along with racing and golf and hobnobbing with some heavy hitters.
Tod Mesirow was there. He’s a TV producer with credits including Monster Garage, Overhaulin’ and Car Lot Rescue, and is a car reviewer for About.com.
He went to the exclusive …

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What’s next for the anti-vaccine movement?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Following the measles outbreak earlier this year that originated at Disneyland and infected 183 people and the passage of California’s tough new vaccination law, California has become ground zero for a national debate about vaccinations. At the center of the debate is whether mandatory inoculations should be required for all children before they start school, no matter what the personal beliefs of parents.
To better understand the issue …

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What’s to come in California if the drought persists?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …

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How the Inland Empire became home to massive warehouses

Posted August 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A constant flow of big rigs streams down Etiwanda Ave. in Jurupa Valley on the way from logistics facilities to any number of major freeways in the area.

Almost half of the country’s imports move through the Ports of LA and Long Beach. That massive volume of stuff has to go somewhere, and somewhere isn’t that far away – only about 40 miles east to the Inland Empire. The inland region is dotted with warehouses ranging from semi-automated fulfilment centers for Amazon to vast distribution centers for Restoration Hardware and Costco.

Sitting where …

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TOP TEN KCRW Radio Race finalists

Posted August 18, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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What a race! Teams from Mexico to Brooklyn to the UK picked up a microphone and, in only 24 hours, produced amazing radio stories. Ultimately, 118 pieces (!) were submitted as part of KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race. We judged them based on creativity, technical skill, and incorporation of the theme (“Time Change”).
The creativity, thought and production put into these pieces has been astounding. Listening …

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Difficult wait goes on for families in Grim Sleeper case

Posted August 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The long-delayed trial of the man believed to L.A.’s notorious Grim Sleeper killer has been postponed once again, much to the disappointment of the victims’ families.
Prosecutors asked for the most recent delay. During a contentious hearing yesterday, they accused the defense attorney for Lonnie Franklin Jr. of “gamesmanship,” saying he planned to ambush them by introducing new information during the trial about DNA evidence …

Education, Environment, News, Politics »

Critics of green energy measure: ‘Where are the jobs?’

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …

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Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

Arts & Culture, Environment, News, Politics »

Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

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Video: Watts ’65 in pop culture

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
From Wattstax. (L-R Schlitz Beer Rep, Jesse Jackson and Al Bell)

This week on Press Play, we’re using the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots to talk about what has changed in the South L.A. community, and what has stayed the same. 
The 1965 Watts Riots didn’t only influence politics and policy, its legacy seeped into pop culture.
In 1972, on the seventh anniversary of the uprising, the L.A. Coliseum hosted a daylong music festival called Wattstax. Referred to …

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A tour of LA history through restaurant menus

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a rich culinary history, due to the waves of immigrants who settled in Southern California and brought their food traditions with them. The restaurants they opened can tell us a lot about how people use food to shape their own identities of community, culture and class. A new book and exhibit of old LA restaurant menus reveals how the city has …

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Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

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Watts: Chief Parker’s legacy

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Los Angeles Police Chief William H. Parker mops his brow during the Watts riots. August 12, 1965. Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

This week on Press Play, we’re using the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots to talk about what has changed in the South L.A. community, and what has stayed the same. 
Chief William Parker is now seen as a relic; an old-school, hard-edged racist cop whose heavy-handed tactics help create fertile ground for the 1965 Watts riots.
But the reality is much more interesting.
According to John …

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