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Is your empathy colorblind? Studies say, no.

Posted July 24, 2013 by | 149 Comments | ]
Demonstrators gather outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles last weekend for a vigil in memory of Trayvon Martin. Photo by Avishay Artsy

The awareness, sensitivity, and understanding that lets us feel others’ pain — in a word, “empathy” — is a hard thing to force.
But it may also be a hard thing to forego. Social science researchers have increasingly homed in on empathy, or the lack thereof, as one explanation for problems as complex as the racial disparities in health and justice. What’s been termed “the …

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, on day two, looks ahead

Posted July 2, 2013 by | 24 Comments | ]

Yesterday, Eric Garcetti spent his first day as Mayor of Los Angeles “listening” to lots of people. Tonight, we ask him how soon he’ll get his administration up and running, how he plans to deal with a city council that’s very different from the one he just left, and what about public transit, city parks, potholes and the Department of Water and Power? Also, …

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A showdown over prison population reduction; LAX gets a makeover

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 38 Comments | ]

It’s been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  Governor Brown says he’s done all he can, and today he said he’ll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land. This comes after last week’s scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat …

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LA Grows Up: The ‘Manhattanization’ of Los Angeles?

Posted May 15, 2013 by | 55 Comments | ]
View of Los Angeles' downtown skyline, including the planned Wilshire Grand tower (3rd L). Courtesy AC Martin

Los Angeles is historically horizontal, but it’s becoming increasingly vertical with a host of new projects going up from downtown to Santa Monica.  Many large building projects, on hold since the Great Recession, are not just back on the drawing boards but under construction.
So-called “smart growth” dictates that high-rise work space and housing is the best ways to accommodate increased growth within the region. A …

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Stand-off between the courts; governor on prison overcrowding

Posted April 25, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]
n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

In 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding in California’s prisons was “cruel and unusual punishment” with suicidal inmates held in cages without toilets and with treatment unavailable to the one-third who are mentally ill. The population was 200 percent larger than the prisons were designed for, and the court gave Governor Brown two years to reduce that to 137.5 percent. He created …

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What does Fisker’s failure mean for California’s green car industry?

Posted April 24, 2013 by | 76 Comments | ]
© REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - Nicholas Whitcombe (L-R), supervisory senior investment officer for the DOE, Fisker Automotive founder Henrik Fisker and co-founder Bernhard Koehler are sworn-in to testify during a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to grant Fisker Automotive a $529 million loan in 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington April 24, 2013.

Electric-car maker Fisker is headquartered in Anaheim… if it can stay in business.  CODA was lured from Santa Monica to Los Angeles—but it, too, may be on the edge of collapse.  We’ll hear about what looks likes the failed promise of a new “clean” industry subsidized by local and federal taxpayers. Also, a battery recycler in Vernon is shut down after accusations of risks …

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Fire season comes early

Posted April 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Banner image: Edward Vielmetti

Southern California’s received 5.14 inches of rain so far this year compared to the normal 14. It was just enough for grass to spring up, providing fuel for what could be an epic fire season. We hear what’s in store and what it’s like to fight fast-moving blazes on steep hills where the last resort is a portable tent compared to tin foil on …

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Out-of-State admissions at UC continue to rise

Posted April 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

UCLA, UC Berkeley and the rest of the university system have been a boon to California’s economy. For decades, admission was guaranteed for qualified state high-school graduates—at an affordable price. Not any more. Tuition and fees have gone through the roof—and so have admissions of students from out of state, who pay even more. Are in-state students are being pushed aside?  What about the …

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CicLAvia and biking in LA

Posted April 18, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

This coming Sunday, Venice Boulevard Westbound will be free of cars from downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. It’s another CicLAvia, designed to encourage commuting by bicycle in the car capital of the world. We visit a city that really makes way for pedal power by physically separating bicycle traffic from cars, trucks and …

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Villaraigosa’s final State of the City

Posted April 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
David Starkopf/Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Last night, Antonio Villaraigosa made his last State-of-the-City address as Mayor of Los Angeles. He took credit for declining crime, reduced air pollution, new light rail lines and paved bikeways. He also took aim at the campaigns of Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, one of whom will replace him in June. Today, he’s making more news by saying that city workers should contribute 20 percent of their salaries …

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Governor Brown goes to China

Posted April 9, 2013 by | 28 Comments | ]
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) with Governor Jerry Brown (2nd R) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) on the Vice President's visit to Los Angeles, February 16, 2012. Photo: David Starkopf/Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Jerry Brown probably could’ve picked a better time to head across the Pacific for meetings in China, given the roiling political showdown underway on the Korean peninsula. Nevertheless he and a cohort of 90 business and policy leaders are in Beijing on a mission to increase trade ties between China and the Golden State. The California Governor will spend six days traveling across China in …

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Will Powerball ‘inspire’ new gamblers in California?

Posted April 8, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]

Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne sold 8000 tickets in its first five hours of business today, as California became the 43rd state in the Union to offer Powerball. The California Lotteryinvested big money to promote Powerball on radio and TV. “California Dreamin’” is the background music over pictures of people looking delighted as little white lottery balls drift from above, ending up with a red ball drifting …

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Stockton bankruptcy reality and UTLA confidence vote

Posted April 3, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
A local newspaper headline announces bankruptcy in Stockton, California June 27, 2012. Photo by Kevin Bartram/Reuters

Stockton may be showing other cities how to battle their way through bankruptcy. San Bernardino, Compton, San Jose and Watsonville are among those watching closely as Stockton residents cope with massive cuts in police and fire services with crime on the rise and resources on the decline. Will CalPERS, the state pension system, have to wait in line with other creditors? Also, the Los …

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Lancaster’s solar leadership

Posted April 2, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
Photo: Wayne National Forest

The city of Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley, basks in sun for a good portion of the year. Now it’s become the first city in the nation to mandate that homeowners take advantage of all that sun with solar roofing. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with the city’s mayor tonight and asks how he’s planning to make it affordable for residents. Also, more endorsements in the …

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LA Grows Up: Millennium Hollywood

Posted April 2, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Millennium Hollywood rendering.

At a major intersection in Hollywood, KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez talked with Adrian Glick Kudler, editor of Curbed LA, about Millennium Hollywood, a horizontal city going vertical. City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is opposed. So is the other Hollywood councilman, Tom LaBonge. But the city planning commission — to Mayor Villaraigosa’s applause — has approved more than one million square feet of offices, apartments, condos and retail …

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Dodgers reboot: New owners, record payroll and a renovated stadium

Posted March 28, 2013 by | 15 Comments | ]

The Major League Baseball season begins on Monday and the first exhibition game in newly renovated Dodger Stadium is getting under way tonight. We get a preview of the upcoming season and the new look at Dodger Stadium, renovated to emphasize fan comfort, Dodger Blue and Restroom Green.

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In the city of Compton, is it incompetence or corruption?

Posted March 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Council members in the City of Bell were recently convicted of crimes for inflating their salaries by taking money for work on city commissions that hardly ever met. Next door in the City of Compton, something similar has been going on. That’s according to a report tonight on KCET’s SoCal Connected.

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California’s Prop 8 at the Supreme Court

Posted March 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013. Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court, both viewed as potential swing votes on the right of gay couples to marry, raised doubts about California's gay marriage ban on Tuesday as they questioned a lawyer defending the ban. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Five years ago, voters passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in California.  A federal judge in San Francisco declared it unconstitutional, and his decision was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Tomorrow, the issue will be argued before US Supreme Court in Washington. We hear from an opponent and a gay male wife with two children. (We also hear from other supporters of same-sex …

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Will California’s Proposition 8 survive the US Supreme Court?

Posted March 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Much has changed since Proposition 8 passed in 2008 and polls show that if it were on the California ballot now, it would be likely to fail. Today, at the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decider between his four liberal and four conservative colleagues, acknowledged that Prop 8 has taken the court into “uncharted waters.” Liberal Justice Sonya Sotomayor posed the question, …

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Sheriff Lee Baca installs a reformer

Posted March 21, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]

Last fall a blue-ribbon commission blamed Sheriff Lee Baca for violence against inmates at LA County jails. The general counsel said, “If he doesn’t fix the jails, [Baca] should not be re-elected.” Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who ran the jails, has announced his retirement, and Baca has appointed an outsider to assume responsibility for nine facilities that house more than 18,000 inmates. Terri McDonald, formerly with the California Department …

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