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The price-tag for a 173-acre Port of Los Angeles freight terminal upgrade has doubled in just four years, from $245 million to $510 million. And the design changes that ballooned the cost were made without the knowledge of the LA City Council. Despite council concerns, members ratified the revised costs.
So the question is whether this represents a complete lack of accountability. Who is the person, or …
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Gene Maddaus from LA Weekly and Kate Linthicum from the Los Angeles Times joined us.
Taxpayers may have to dig into their pockets to sustain the LAUSD’s plan to equip teachers and students with iPads. It could take bond measures to keep the program going long-term.
The school district is using money from construction bonds to pay for the iPad rollout. The iPads are only guaranteed to …
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The federal ground stop at Los Angeles International Airport is over now, but trying to get flights and people in and out is proving slow and difficult.
That’s after a man walked into Terminal 3 this morning about 9:20, pulled out a high-powered, semi-automatic rifle from a duffle bag and began firing at TSA agents.
One agent was killed, though his name has not been released. …
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As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …
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After taking a couple of weeks off, we mixed it up again. Gene Maddaus, from the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta, from the LA Times, offered their insights.
LA City Councilman Jose Huizar has admitted to having an affair with a former aide, after she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
His former office employee Francine Godoy claims he waged a “campaign of retaliation” against her after she turned down requests for “sexual …
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Jack Dolan reports for the LA Times. Hillel Aron for LA Weekly. They both joined us for this week’s Friday Mixer.
LAUSD is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for iPads for every one of its students. Some kids who’ve been lucky enough to get early iPads have reportedly already got around restrictions and downloaded some unapproved apps. We also found out more recently that some people are allegedly stealing them.
Can’t we have nice things? …
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The end of the week means we have analysis of LA stories and politics. Welcome to the Mixer.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times. They joined us to dissect the big stories of the week.
If someone points a finger at you, go ahead and retire. A new report finds that none of the top managers at the LA …
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We would advise you to stick a fork in Sacramento, but that wouldn’t be nice.
On today’s Mixer, we’ll just say the California Legislature is toast. Over. Fin.
Lawmakers in the state and assembly have passed hundreds of bills this week. Legislation that’s now piling up on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Nannette Miranda from KABC-TV/Channel 7, and Patrick McGreevy from the LA Times joined us to discuss.
A bill that would allow …
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Today, the Mixer goes deep beneath the earth’s surface, where two members of the LA City Council want to stop energy companies from injecting chemicals to extract oil and natural gas.
The controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, gets no love from council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, who are calling for an outright ban.
The question to our panelists today, Gene Maddaus of the LA …
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There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend. But the news knows no days off. So, we talk about the long week in LA on today’s Mixer.
Thanks to Dennis Romero from LA Weekly and Claudia Peschiutta from KNX Newsradio for our robust roundtable.
The LA City Council took a first step this week toward lifting a decade-long ban on murals on privately owned buildings. The measure must still come back for …
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On our Mixer this week, Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA joined us.
The LA City Council today told city staff to finalize a new agreement between the city and the union that represents about 9 in 10 workers at the Department of Water and Power.
The deal will – over the course of 30 years – save ratepayers …
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New DWP pact includes pay and pension concessions; Echo Park gang injunction goes ahead; Fracking fracas
DWP deal. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A. City Council have reached agreement on a new-four deal with the union representing DWP workers. The proposed contract calls for significant concessions by employees of the city-owned utility.
The new labor pact covers about eight-thousand Department of Water and Power employees. It postpones a two-percent raise that was due to go into effect October 1st for …
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Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauled the Department of Water and Power commission. The mayor said in a statement the new panel will help him shake up the status quo at the DWP to save money for ratepayers.
The four new members to the panel that oversees the Department of Water and Power are former Congressman Mel Levine, foundation director Michael Fleming (who is also KCRW’s …
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We know there’s debt at City Hall. Apparently, there’s also debt on the way to City Hall.
Our guests this week on the Mixer are David Zahniser from the Los Angeles Times and Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News.
After months of campaigning for the city’s top job, the candidates leave behind a trail of IOUs. Eric Garcetti ultimately won that fight, but his main …
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This week, the Mixer searched low and high to get to the truth. We went to the depths of a city utility, where some people took advantage of a disability rule to take extra paid sick time. We went high in the sky, as in skyscraper, to talk about density, and whether Hollywood needs to be taller for its current role.
Hillel Aron joined us …
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On this week’s Mixer, a busy week of protests – and arrests – in and around LA in the wake of George Zimmerman’s manslaughter and murder acquittals last weekend.
The vast majority of rallies in Leimert Park and along Crenshaw were peaceful. But a handful of younger people in several splinter groups caused trouble. They jumped on cars, invaded a Walmart – unnerving some customers — and broke a few business …
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Today’s News: Garcetti, LAPD decry violent protestors; Court won’t halt same-sex weddings; Filner’s bad acts
Violent outburst. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says his department will start cracking down on violent demonstrators protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the racially charged Trayvon Martin case.
About 150 people broke off from a peaceful protest last night in Leimert Park and launched a violent spree of vandalism and assault that left several people injured and some store and car windows busted. More …
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KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday on his second Monday on the job at City Hall. Garcetti told department heads and other top officers in the city that they would need to reapply for their jobs.
The mayor gathered more than three dozen general managers and executive directors Monday morning – including the L.A. Fire Chief and the city’s Administrative …
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Kevin Roderick of the LA Observed talks with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about how candidate Eric Garcetti courted Hollywood, and how Mayor Garcetti now plans to fight to keep film and television production in Hollywood.
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Only hours after taking office Mayor Eric Garcetti has already extended an olive branch. But why?
In his first week in the captain’s chair, the newly sworn-in mayor appears eager to encourage camaraderie and kumbaya at City Hall.
Dakota Smith from the LA Daily News and Gene Maddaus from the LA Weekly say the honeymoon period for the new mayor is in full effect. But City Hall watchers are …