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Listen: What you need to know before you vote


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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Are you ready to vote in the California Primary?


Are you ready to vote in California’s June 3rd Primary? Here’s what you need to know beyond the ballot.
When To Vote:
Polls are open from 7AM – 8PM on Tuesday, June 3rd
Where To Vote:
Find your polling place and a sample ballot here.
What’s on the Ballot?
Up for reelection are the Governor and Lt. Governor. Democratic governor  Jerry Brown has been in office since 2011 and is up for …

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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 …

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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: The Legislature adjourns: a Sacto Roundup

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We would advise you to stick a fork in Sacramento, but that wouldn’t be nice.
On today’s Mixer, we’ll just say the California Legislature is toast. Over. Fin.
Lawmakers in the state and assembly have passed hundreds of bills this week. Legislation that’s now piling up on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Nannette Miranda from KABC-TV/Channel 7, and Patrick McGreevy from the LA Times joined us to discuss.

A bill that would allow …

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Mixer: Murals, Millennium, Prisons and Porn

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There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend. But the news knows no days off. So, we talk about the long week in LA on today’s Mixer.
Thanks to Dennis Romero from LA Weekly and Claudia Peschiutta from KNX Newsradio for our robust roundtable.
The LA City Council took a first step this week toward lifting a decade-long ban on murals on privately owned buildings. The measure must still come back for …

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A showdown over prison population reduction; LAX gets a makeover


It’s been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  Governor Brown says he’s done all he can, and today he said he’ll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land. This comes after last week’s scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat …

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A new way of predicting California’s water supply

The Sierras near Mammoth Lakes. Photo credit: Brian Calvert

“We live next to the ocean, but we also live on the edge of the desert. And without water, the dust will rise up and cover us as though we never existed.” – Chinatown
Gold made California boom. But water kept it going. That’s especially true for Los Angeles, whose never-ending quest for water is a deep part of its history. Much of LA’s water comes …

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Today’s News: LAPD still on guard; Officer funeral; Grammy shenanigans


Dorner. The LAPD will continue providing protection to dozens of families thought to be under threat by Christopher Dorner until the body found in a burned-out San Bernardino Mountain cabin can be positively identified. San Bernardino County authorities have said they are all but certain the body is Dorner, but L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigsa told KCRW this morning that the city is willing to …

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Brown promises money and tough love for Community Colleges


After passage of Proposition 30, which raised taxes last year, Governor Brown said he’d use some new money to help the state’s 112-campus system of community colleges. His new budget proposes some $200 million in new funding, along with reforms designed to speed students through a process in which many get lost. We hear more from Kathy Baron, who reports for EdSource, an online …

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California health insurers request big rate increases

Warren Olney

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California want to raise health insurance rates by 20 to 26%–despite the promises of the President’s Affordable Care Act.  Should the insurance commissioner Dave Jones have the power to deny the increases—as regulators in other states can?

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Today’s News: Lakers don’t get their Phil, Stolen veteran plaques stir outrage, Toll lanes on the 110

Lakers leader. If the Lakers are to win a championship this year, they’ll have to do it without Phil Jackson. Speculation was rampant that the man known as the “Zen Master” would return for a third stint with the team. But the Lakers have hired former Phoenix Sun and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni instead. The L.A. Times reports that the team was …

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Today’s News: Big Win for Brown, Prop. 30; Dems eye supermajority; Lacey takes D.A.’s race; Death penalty stands

Super close. California Assembly Speaker John Perez says Democrats have won two-thirds of the seats in that that house of the Legislature, and he expects his party will get the same majority in the state Senate. If so, Democrats would achieve a coveted supermajority, meaning they could pass tax increases without relying on Republican votes. Sacramento Bee
Prop. 30 win. California public school students and …

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Props 30 and 38: A high-stakes election for public education

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Education is the subject of two propositions on next week’s ballot. Proposition 30 is supported by Governor Brown. Yesterday, he delivered a campaign speech in support of his “temporary tax for education” at Town Hall Los Angeles in the Biltmore Hotel. “It’s either money into the schools, or money out.  And we’re asking those who have been most blessed, who are most successful, to help us out …

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Brown Signs bill allowing driver’s licenses for some undocumented

Warren Olney

Governor Brown has signed legislation to allow some illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, but he’s vetoed new protections for farm workers and a prohibition on County Sheriffs from working closely with federal immigration officials. Is he still the leader Latinos have counted on? Also, LA Sheriff Lee Baca stands accused of allowing brutal violence in county jails. Can the Board of Supervisors …

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Prison populations and realignment

Warren Olney

The US Supreme Court has ruled that California’s overcrowded prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment. To reduce the population, Governor Brown and the legislature enacted “realignment,” which provides that non-serious, non-violent, non-child abuse convicts be sentenced to county jails. That’s where parole violators are going now, too. But the state prisons are still not emptying out fast enough, and three appellate court judges are …

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Gov. Brown’s massive water project

Warren Olney

In 1982, then-Governor Jerry Brown proposed a canal to divert Northern California water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and bring it to Southern California—irrigating the nation’s bread-basket along the way.  Voters turned it down, but Brown’s back again, backed by the Obama Administration with a new plan worth 24 billion dollars.  Even some Democrats think it’s a bad idea, and there’s no guarantee it …

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Gov. Brown signs high-speed rail bill at Union Station


 An audience of construction workers and state and local government officials gathered at Union Station to watch Gov. Jerry Brown sign a bill that will enable the state to break ground on a $68 billion high-speed rail line. The train would be the first one like it in the nation, connecting the Southland with San Francisco, with construction beginning in the Central Valley. The …

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Judging candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court

Warren Olney

There are three superior judges up for re-election next week in Los Angeles County and three open seats on the bench. Most voters have no idea who’s qualified and who’s not. We hear how endorsements are made and where to find other information. Why should voters have to decide? Also, another story about cutbacks in public schools — and it could be worse. There’s …

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