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Will LA crackdown on Airbnb?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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 | ]
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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 | ]
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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 | ]
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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 | ]
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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

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

Posted January 22, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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?

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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

Posted September 4, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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

Posted August 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted August 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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