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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

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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

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


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


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

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


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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Furious Ridley-Thomas says newspaper got it wrong


L.A. County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas is lashing out at an L.A. Times report that work done at his home by county crews went beyond permissible security improvements. In his first public comments on the controversy, Ridley-Thomas told KCRW’s Warren Olney that allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are untrue. The Supervisor acknowledged that some of the work at …

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Sheriff’s Department scrutiny. Is density destiny? And DWP gets a contract

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On this week’s Mixer, we covered several stories included on our newsroom’s whiteboard.
There’s an ongoing FBI investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that’s already led to the indictment of 18 former and current deputies for misconduct in county jails.
We learned today that the feds are seeking to expand their investigation by convincing deputies to provide evidence against colleagues and the department brass.
Also, this week …

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Majority of California voters favor legalizing marijuana


Californians’ attitudes about marijuana use are mellowing out. A new Field Poll finds that fir the first time, a majority of California voters – 55 percent – favor legalization of recreational pot. Younger voters are far more likely to approve of legalization than those over 65. And political affiliations were also important in the poll: Two-thirds of Democrats and independent voters favor legalization, while …

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What happened to the grand vision for Grand Avenue?

Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Ave. Photo via Flickr by dibaer/ Creative Commons

For decades, local leaders have dreamed of transforming downtown L.A.’s Grand Avenue into a cultural mecca. Plans for the street have included a park, fancy condos, hotels and a shopping district. While some of it has come to fruition like the Civic Park between the Music Center and City Hall, most remains unrealized. Why?
On October 2nd, KCRW’s Warren Olney and Frances Anderton will host …

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State high court holds fate of undocumented lawyer; Councilmen pursue fracking ban; Cudahy corruption


Immigrant lawyer. Sergio Garcia is not a legal U.S. resident. But the Chico man graduated from a California high school, a California college and a California law school.
The question of whether Garcia will be allowed to practice law in this state goes before the California Supreme Court today.
Garcia’s bid to obtain his law license is supported by the state bar association and Attorney General …

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Race on to shore up overwhelmed foster care system; Rim Fire progress; Perez vows no more early releases


Foster care. The head of L.A. County’s child welfare agency says his department was caught off-guard by the state’s threat to impose fines over problems in the foster care system.
County officials have faced a huge increase in the number of children entering protective care this summer. That’s led some children to be kept for extended periods in so-called “holding rooms,” where they wait until …

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Filner could step down today in deal with City Council; Vin Scully Will return for 65th season; Feuer talks pot


Filner scandal. Several new organizations are reporting that embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign today amid allegations of sexual harassment of women.
Filner’s apparent decision to step down comes after three days of closed-door negotiations with city officials. In exchange for his resignation, unnamed sources say the city will pay for some, if not all, of Filner’s legal fees. The city could also …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre


Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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Is your empathy colorblind? Studies say, no.

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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Today’s News: Newport fire ring fight moves to AQMD; Garcetti taps Perry for Economic post; Exide reprieve


Ring of fire. If you’re headed to Newport Beach for the 4th of July holiday, go ahead and light a bonfire…It could be your last chance.
Yes, Newport Beach officials sent a letter to the California Coastal Commission yesterday nixing the city’s application to remove about five dozen fire rings from city beaches. But the bonfire battle is far from over. The decision had more …

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Today’s News: Same-sex marriages just weeks away; AEG will manage Convention Center; Owens Lake dust


Prop. 8 Ruling. It’ll be a few weeks before the wedding bells ring once again for same-sex couples in California – but there was a big engagement party of sorts last night in West Hollywood.
Hundreds of revelers, many donning red, white and blue, celebrated the Supreme Court decision that will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California.
Before same-sex marriages can resume, a federals appeals …

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Today’s News: Full plate of labor issues awaits Garcetti; Valley was critical in mayor’s race; Missing Newport art

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti talks to the press the day after his election

Garcetti’s challenge. L.A. Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will meet today with the man he’ll be taking over from on July 1st. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls Garcetti “a true leader”and says he trusts him to guide the city into a bright future.”
Garcetti is going to have some sensitive issues to deal with when he moves into the mayor’s office. At the top of the list, salaries …

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Friday ‘House’ Mixer: So what are we being asked to vote for anyway?

L to R: Warren Olney, Saul Gonzalez and Steve Chiotakis

Just a few more days before you go to the polls.  Let’s review, shall we?
We’re in the final stretch, so here’s some information you need to know about the candidates and propositions before you punch, pull or bubble-in that ballot.
KCRW’s Warren Olney, host of Which Way, LA? and To The Point joined us, as did KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez, who’s been covering some of the campaigns …

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Today’s News: Trutanich, Feuer battle to the wire; Federal oversight ends for LAPD; Powerball fever


Top prosecutor. The city attorney’s race came to “Which Way, L.A.?” last night as KCRW’s Warren Olney conducted separate interviews with the candidates in Tuesday’s run-off election. The incumbent, Carmen Trutanich – or “Nuch” as he’s commonly known – finds himself in an uphill battle to keep the job that he won in a surprise victory four years ago.
After pledging not to run for another …

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