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Voter’s Guide to the 2014 Midterms

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Note: We will be updating this post as with KCRW’s election coverage in the lead-up to the election.
When is the election?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If you have a mail-in ballot, it must be received by election day. Ballots can be returned to county election offices or to any polling place within the voter’s county on Election Day. Here’s …

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How do we put fewer Californians in prison? Other states are finding alternatives

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Rennet Stowe/ CC/Flicrk

In 2009, overcrowding in California’s prisons had gotten so bad—140,000 inmates crammed into prisons built to house just 80,000—that federal judges ruled it violated prisoners’ civil rights. Under order to reduce the state’s prison population, Governor Brown introduced realignment in 2011, a plan to send nonviolent inmates to county jails and probation departments rather than prison.
This year, a federal court gave California two more …

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Grocery workers struggling to put food on own table

Posted June 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Grocery negotiations deadline passes

One in three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance, according to a new survey. And 20 percent say they are rationing food to avoid having to go hungry. The study was done by University of California researchers and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council labor union. It says average wages for the state’s unionized …

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Does Neel Kashkari have a shot to upset Gov. Brown?

Posted June 5, 2014 by | 23 Comments | ]
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Neel Kashkari isn’t taking much time to savor his victory. The moderate Republican beat Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in this week’s gubernatorial primary. Now Kashkari is setting his sights on the general election this fall. But he starts out as a huge underdog in his bid to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.
Yesterday Kashkari called for unity in the Republican Party. And he tried to …

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Races head to run-offs after scant turnout in primary

Posted June 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Turnout was expected to be low for yesterday’s election – but the actual numbers may be even more dismal than anticipated. Preliminary results for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder show that barely 13 percent of us took the time to vote: 13.19 percent, to be exact.  About 4.8 million county residents are registered, but just 636,000 people cast ballots in the primary. More than a …

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California voters head to polls for Primary Election

Posted June 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Nearly 18 million California voters are registered to vote in today’s primary election, more than ever before. How many of those folks will actually go to the polls or send-in ballots remains to be seen. With no presidential race and no high-profile ballot measures, some poll watchers are predicting dismal turnout. But those who do vote have a lot to consider today. From Washington …

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Listen: What you need to know before you vote

Posted June 2, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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In 2012, the “top-two primary” system was implemented in California, meaning that the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will make it to the ballot in November.
Today on Press Play, Madeleine Brand got the election rundown with Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson.

33rd Congressional District Seat to replace Henry Waxman
“It’s the first time a seat has opened up in a long time,” says …

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Clipper ball bounces to billionaire Ballmer’s court

Posted May 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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The sale of the L.A. Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer for $2 billion is a done deal…unless it’s not. Shelly Sterling and the former Microsoft executive insist they’ve reached an agreement., but so far there’s no word from Donald. The reported $2 billion price tag is nearly four times higher than the previous record sale of an NBA franchise. The Dodgers – at $2.1 …

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State Superintendent’s race: Teachers’ Unions vs. Reformers

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
By Bruno Girin, Flickr

On the June 3 ballot, you’ll see candidates for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The superintendent is elected to head the state Education Department, but also serves as executive director of the Board of Education, which is appointed by the Governor. The current incumbent is former teacher and state Assemblyman Tom Torlackson.
Associated Press reporter Lisa Leff joined Warren to talk about this race and …

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Human rights activists targeting Beverly Hills Hotel

Posted May 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Organizers of a women’s rights event have dropped the Beverly Hills Hotel as the location for their upcoming awards gala because of the hotel’s ties to the Sultan of Brunei. The hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, which is owned by a company controlled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, leader of the Southeast Asian nation. Last year, the sultan announced plans for a revised …

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Pact would end battle over firing problem teachers

Posted April 15, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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After three years of bitter disputes, a deal appears to have been reached in the state legislature that would make it easier for school districts in California to fire teachers accused of abusing students. Democratic Assembly member Joan Buchanan hammered out the agreement with the California Teachers Association and an education reform group called “EdVoice.” Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill by Buchanan …

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Bus crash survivors speaking to investigators today

Posted April 14, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Investigators looking into that deadly Northern California bus crash involving L.A. high school students have received conflicting reports about whether the Fed-Ex truck that hit the bus was on fire before impact. But they say there’s no physical evidence that there was anything wrong with the truck. National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be in Los Angeles today to interview some of the 44 …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders

Posted April 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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Donuts for votes, and other ways to get people to go to the polls

Posted December 3, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Donut shop via Flickr by navets/ CreativeCommons

Until a change in the city charter 20 years ago, voters in some parts of Los Angeles were able to take stubs from their ballot, present them to local independent donut shops and receive a free dozen donuts, paid for by local Democrats.
Is it time to bring back donuts for votes? Certainly, the city is full of ideas in the wake of this year’s …

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Palmdale ordered to start over with city elections

Posted December 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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An L.A. judge has thrown out the results of Palmdale’s City Council elections and ordered the city to hold a new vote. L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney says Palmdale must elect its four council members from defined districts, instead of using an at-large voting system, in which office holders are elected citywide. Mooney ruled earlier this year that Palmdale’s at-large system discriminated against …

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Coliseum torch lit in memory of President Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The Olympic torch at LA Memorial Coliseum was lit just after midnight this morning to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The 35th president spoke there in the summer of 1960, when he accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. President Barack Obama has proclaimed today a national day of remembrance for Kennedy, ordering flags …

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California on track for driest year in recorded history

Posted November 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Just how dry is it in California? During the first 10 months of 2013, The Golden State had its lowest recorded rainfall in 164 years of record keeping, according to government meteorologists. Because of that, 84 percent of the state is considered to be in severe drought. And several counties, including Kern and Santa Barbara, are in extreme drought, which is even worse. State …

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So Cal has close encounter with a meteor

Posted November 7, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Did you see it? A meteor streaked over California, momentarily lighting up night skies from Fresno to the Mexican border. Skygazers were hoping to catch a glimpse as meteor shower known as the South Taurids made its annual flyby. But few were expecting to see the huge fireball and a flash in the southern sky that hit around 8:15. Sightings were reported as far …

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SMC graduation to double as memorial; Governor prevails in budget battle; Killer gets ‘death’

Posted June 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Mourning. College graduation is a joyous event. But today’s ceremony at Santa Monica College will be tinged with sadness as the commencement doubles as a memorial to victims of last Friday’s shooting rampage.
A vigil was held on the campus last night. Shortly before 6 pm, people began assembling outside the college library. That’s where the shooter, John Zawahri, ended his killing spree. A makeshift …

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Today’s News: Rams great Deacon Jones dies at 74; Compton vote; Ex-congressman ending prison term

Posted June 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mr. Jones. Deacon Jones – considered by many to be the greatest player ever to suit up for the Los Angeles Rams football team – had died of natural causes at home in Anaheim Hills. He was 74.
 The Hall-of-Famer played for the Rams from 1961 to 1971 and later for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. He was twice named the NFL’s top …

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