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Runaway production: Inside the ‘Poacher’s Convention’

Utah's booth at the Association of Film Commissioners International conference at the Hyatt Regency in Century City.

Hollywood is no longer the go-to place for shooting feature films and TV shows.
Just eight percent of big budget Hollywood films were made in LA in 2013, down from 65 percent in 1997.
And from 2005 to 2013, California’s share of one-hour TV series dropped from 64 percent to 28 percent.
Why the big exodus? States like Georgia, New York and Louisiana, and countries like the …

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Imperial Valley slaughterhouse closure worries locals


Imperial County in Southern California produces food for much of the country. The economy there depends on agriculture and cattle.  Reporter Caitlin Esch has more on why the planned shutdown of a local beef processing plant is threatening to upset an entire region.

Cattleman Bill Brandenburg walks around a feedlot in Heber, California, a small town just a few miles north of the Mexico border. …

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That’s Amazing! The legacy of Huell Howser


It’s been more than a year since we lost Huell Howser. The folksy, twangy, host of KCET’s California’s Gold traveled all across our state – to every nook and cranny – looking for the stories of everyday people.
Starting next week, there’ll be an exhibit to celebrate his public TV travelogues and his love for all kinds of out-of-the-way places.
The exhibit will be called — …

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Israel and California leaders sign pro-business agreement

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks off stage after signing a pact to strengthen economic and research ties between California and Israel at the Computer History Museum on March 5, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the day in Silicon Valley meeting with high-tech leaders.
He also signed an agreement with Governor Jerry Brown to promote trade, research and economic development.
California and Israel have had such pro-business agreements dating back decades.
Brown’s office said today’s deal will connect Israeli venture capitalists with California technology researchers.
The agreement also lays the foundation for California to work with Israel …

News, Politics »

Race to Replace Waxman: An interview with Ted Lieu


Since the surprise announcement that longtime Los Angeles democrat Henry Waxman would retire from Congress after this year, local candidates have been lining up for a shot at the previously untouchable 33rd congressional district seat.
There’s still one month left for prospective candidates to file for the state’s June primary. But in the early running, two Democrats have emerged as the likely favorites: State Senator …

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Low-income Californians getting squeezed by rising rents

for rent

If you’ve gone apartment or house hunting in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed how much is being charged to rent or buy.
Of course, it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. But one thing is certain. Housing costs are on the rise, and government is doing less and less to help people who aren’t able to afford it.
Median rents in California have risen more than 20 …

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A first look at Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget

Governor Jerry Brown, explaining his revised budget for California. Photo by Andrew Nixon.

A copy of Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal has been leaked. Brown is proposing a $106.8-billion general fund and is calling for “fiscal restraint,” including a plan to cut the state’s long-term debt by more than $11 billion.
The Sacramento Bee posted a copy of the 271-page budget summary. Brown now plans to unveil his proposed budget on Thursday morning, rather than Friday, as …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s office chicanery and shysters

friday mixer square

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca admits that mistakes were made in the hiring of dozens of officers with histories of misconduct. And a convicted sex offender has sued hundreds of Southland businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LA Times reporter Robert Faturechi, and Hillel Aron, who writes for the LA Weekly, join us for this week’s Mixer.

An LA Times investigation reports the LA County …

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Are you still wondering what Obamacare means for you?

stethoscope doctor

The Affordable Care Act –AKA Obamacare — takes effect on October 1st. For many, it is still unclear how they will be affected. On KCRW next week, we’ll be trying to get your questions answered, but first we need to know what they are. Please take a few minutes to tell us what questions you still have about Obamacare. Thanks!

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What California can learn from Yasiel Puig: Don’t hold down the young

Yasiel Puig at bat. Photo by kla4067/ Creative Commons/ Flickr

There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.
Last year, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim kept their best player, then-20-year-old Mike Trout, in the minor leagues for the first month of the Major League Baseball season. This year, the L.A. Dodgers held down their most talented player, 21-year-old Yasiel Puig, for the first two months. Both …

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Why the NSA is bad for California business


California and its businesses have a problem. It’s called the National Security Agency.
That may sound provincial. The debate over the massive NSA surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden is a national and global matter, not just a California concern.
But the disclosures – and the U.S. government’s reaction to them – hit at the heart of California’s economic life. The problem for California is not …

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Rush for marriage licenses as gay couples tie the knot

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

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Updated Monday, July 1: Same-sex couples rush to get married in Southern California today. 
More than 500 gay and lesbian couples have applied online to the L.A. County Clerk’s office for marriage licenses since Friday afternoon, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order allowing same-sex weddings to resume in California. Long lines are expected as people try …

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LA City Council deems Tuna Canyon historic-cultural monument

View of Tuna Canyon, c. 1934. Courtesy of Little Landers Historical Society at Bolton Hall Museum

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to designate a former World War II-era internment camp in the San Fernando Valley as an historic-cultural monument. That overturns an earlier decision by the Cultural Heritage Commission.
The former site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. More than 2,500 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans – along with Japanese-Peruvians, Germans and Italians …

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California at the crossroads

California freeway by Ken Lund/ Flickr/ Creative Commons

Today is a rare day when it feels like California, and Southern California in particular, is the crossroads of all things in the news.
Google, Apple and Facebook – all California companies – are at the heart of the Internet surveillance story that broke yesterday and will inevitably continue to develop in the week ahead. Coincidentally, President Barack Obama is in Silicon Valley today, where …

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California and China team up on combating climate change

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left rear, witnesses a memorandum of understanding between U.S. and China during a Trade and Investment reception at the U.S. Embassy on April 10, 2013 in Beijing. Photo by Andy Wong/Getty Images

California Governor Brown is in the midst of a week-long visit to China, where he hopes to drum up trade and investment.
In Beijing, he talked to students, academics and energy officials about collaborating in a greener future.
Reporter Jocelyn Ford tagged along to see what kind of traction the governor’s clean ‘n green ideas are getting in the capital of the world’s most polluted country.
Governor …

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Gov. Jerry Brown heads to China to boost trade and investment

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is greeted by California Governor Jerry Brown as Commerce Secretary John Bryson looks on at the JW Marriott hotel before attending the 2012 US-China Economy and Trade Cooperation Forum in Los Angeles. Photo by Robert Gauthier/LA Times.

Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to China this week to promote California to Chinese investors and expand our economic ties.
On the agenda for the six-day trip is the opening of a California trade and investment office in Shanghai, the first since the state closed its two Chinese trade offices a decade ago.
Brown and his entourage will also visit electric car-maker BYD in the southern …

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Leftists, weirdies, and the political roots of the Renaissance Faire

Photo via Flickr by:quinn.anya

The “Renaissance Faire” as we know it began in 1963—in California. It couldn’t have come from anyplace else.
Contemporary Renaissance faires like The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, which begins in Irwindale this weekend, aim to portray aspects of 14th to 17th century Europe, and many visitors and workers have told me what they relish most about the experience is being taken out of the time …

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The California Republican Party at the crossroads

2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at CPAC 2013

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference is underway in Washington DC. Ron Nehring, a Republican strategist and former chairman of the California Republican Party, spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis from the annual gathering of conservative activists.
Also joining us is Democratic strategist Garry South, who was invited to the California Republican Party retreat in Ontario this weekend to assess the state of the GOP and …

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Los Angeles to see a ‘homegrown revolution’ of native Californians

The City of Los Angeles will mark a historic demographic shift sometime this year. A population expert at USC says L.A.’s current majority of transplants will give way to a populace made up predominately of native Californians.
Los Angeles has been a city of immigrants for more than a century. But immigration numbers have dropped. Latino population growth is also leveling off and the City …

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What can help curb school violence, more guns or more guidance counselors?

While officials in Washington debate gun legislation, cities and counties are debating how they can make schools safer in the wake of the Newtown massacre. One question that arises is: should local school districts invest in armed guards or in services that may prevent violence in the first place?

Last month the small city of Fontana, in San Bernardino County, received a shipment of semi-automatic …

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