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UC president says schools nationwide must confront systemic racism

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism. Photo: KOMUnews via Flickr

Protests at the University of Missouri and the resulting resignation of the school’s president have brought national attention to race relations at colleges and universities across the country.
The students demanded, among other things, the school increase the amount of black faculty by 10 percent and compose a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students.    
But the events in Missouri are just …

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2 daily fantasy sports sites call audible on opponents   

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As New York moves to ban daily fantasy sports, the fate of the online practice in California – which ranks second behind the Empire State in the number of players – is still very much in the air.
Two of the industry’s leaders, FanDuel and DraftKings, on Friday sent emails to its players in California urging them to speak out against a push from state …

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Is outside spending good for local journalism?

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As news organizations across the country struggle to make ends meet, so-called “sponsored content” has become one of several tempting alternatives to traditional advertising, but not without drawbacks.
Recently, the Los Angeles Times became the focus of headlines for becoming the latest outlet to launch a separate side business that creates custom content for corporate clients.
As Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly notes, the Los …

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Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

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 …

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Warren Olney tells his “Only in LA” story at The Moth

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

This story doesn’t take place in LA, but it appeared on television in LA. And so, here’s Warren’s “Only in LA” story as told as part of the Moth a few years ago. It has to do with some cute ducks, and a TV assignment…
Take a listen and tell us, what’s your “Only in LA” story?

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‘Kony 2012′ backer shuts down

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo via Flickr by tian2992/ Creative Commons

On tonight’s Which Way, LA? We talk about the end of Invisible Children, the San Diego organization behind the viral campaign to stop Joseph Kony, the warlord behind the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.
You might remember the video:

Earlier this week, Invisible Children announced it was closing its doors due to a lack of funding and many are asking if the whole effort was futile.
From the Washington …

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Feeling Ferguson’s rage on the streets of Los Angeles

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Protests in solidarity with Ferguson have stretched into a third day in Los Angeles since the announcement of the “non-indictment” of Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. On Wednesday morning, protesters shut down the 101 in both directions and police arrested several people, according to the LA Times.
On Monday night, when the news out of Wilson’s freedom was announced, protesters shut down an …

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Will LA crackdown on Airbnb?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Pictured: Joel Mandelkorn and Mandee Johnson's living room in their Del Rey apartment. The couple rents their second bedroom out on AirBnB.

Vacationing in Los Angeles can be pricey. Hotel rooms can cost hundreds of dollars, and living conditions at hostels — long the dominion of young backpackers– don’t appeal to all travelers.
Airbnb seems to offer a solution. The social networking site, which connects vacationers with short-term rentals, has exploded in popularity. There are 14,000 listings currently available in LA, up from 4,000 just two years ago.
But current laws governing the hospitality business are …

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Interview with Democratic Candidate for State Controller Betty Yee

Posted October 20, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer for the state of California, and is tasked with accounting for every dollar spent. Current Controller John Chiang is termed out this November, having served in the post since 2007, and Betty Yee is the Democratic Candidate for his position. She sat down with Warren Olney to talk about her campaign.
Yee claims that her more than …

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Interview with Neel Kashkari

Posted October 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Neel Kashkari in the KCRW studio with Warren Olney.

Republican candidate for Governor Neel Kashkari says he feels good about his chances. That, despite being behind in the polls (Gov. Brown is leading 57-36 percent) and having a lot less money than the incumbent ($680 thousand to Brown’s $20 million).
Below, he speaks to Warren Olney on Which Way LA? and tells him,  “We’re focused on getting our message out, more voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction …

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Stressed out? Unhealthy? Can your city government improve your quality of life?

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Skeptics around the world shook their heads this week at news that the city of Santa Monica is about to get underway with a planned $1 million study of well-being. The city beat out 300 others last year in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to create a “well-being project.” What does that mean?
Julie Rusk, the project’s assistant director, says just as Santa Monica has been at the …

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California Highway Patrol beating: How will the department respond?

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
Screenshot of a CHP officer beating Marleen Pinnock on the 10 Freeway last week.

When thinking of police brutality in Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is not usually top of mind.
But after a video showing a CHP officer beating an unarmed woman on the eastbound side of Interstate 10 near La Brea Avenue went viral this weekend, local civil rights leaders say they’re concerned about a pattern of abusive behavior within the department.

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Meet LA County Supervisor-Elect Hilda Solis

Posted June 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Hilda Solis talks to Warren Olney at KCRW. (Photo: Benjamin Gottlieb)

With 70 percent of the votes, Hilda Solis easily won the 1st district seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors earlier this month’s election. Essentially unchallenged, she ran a quiet campaign. But the job is a massive one. When she takes over for Gloria Molina, who is termed out, she’ll oversee a constituency of nearly 2 million people and join a board responsible for a …

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A rare race for LA Sheriff

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

Los Angeles County voters have a rare opportunity this primary election: bringing a new sheriff to town.
There’s almost never been a race for LA Sheriff without an incumbent on the ballot. And no sitting sheriff has ever been defeated in an election— not even the late Sherman Block, who was re-elected even after he died during his 1998 campaign.
Out of seven candidates running to …

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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered an immediate stop to the recruitment of firefighters in the city’s department.
He called the hiring process “fatally flawed” and he’s enlisted Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation to study the process.
That means a scheduled fire academy class with about 70 cadets will no longer be held, and no more firefighters will be hired from the current …

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Warren Olney hosts debate between LA County Supervisor candidates

Posted March 13, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

On Thursday, March 20th Warren Olney will be hosting a debate between the candidates running to replace Zev Yaroslavsky as Los Angeles County Supervisor, and you are welcome to join!
Third District County Supervisorial candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich will take part in a debate jointly sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists/Greater Los Angeles Chapter, KCRW 89.9 and their …

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L.A. banks billions of gallons of water in San Gabriels

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

About six billion gallons of water poured into San Gabriel Mountain reservoirs during last week’s storm, according to the L.A. County Public Works. That was the largest single deposit of water into local storage facilities in more than two years. It’s enough water to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. Some of the county’s dams are now mostly filled, and water from …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Interview with LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Orange County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff
John Scott

Orange County’s Undersheriff John Scott will replace Lee Baca, who retires from office Thursday amid an FBI probe into corruption and allegations of abuse in the jails. Before moving to Orange County, Scott spent 36 years in the department he’s about to lead. He’ll serve until June–if one candidate gets a majority in the primary election–or until November if there’s a runoff. Warren talked …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]

Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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