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The bullet train is finally coming. Who are the winners and losers?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Spend anytime at all in Fresno and you’ll likely see and hear trains. That’s because the tracks of one of California’s busiest freight train lines cuts right through the center of Fresno.
But the railroad everyone is talking about doesn’t exist yet. However, construction of the $68 billion dollar system to run California’s high speed passenger rail, has finally started after years of discussion and planning.
Many in Fresno …

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What is the ‘California Dream’?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today’s California dream is not your grandfather’s California dream.
So why do we keep telling ourselves that we’re still seeking the same California dream? “California dream” has become a verbal tic in speeches, a graffiti we scrawl on signs and headlines without thinking about its meaning. Democrats and Republicans alike, as they assumed new offices this month, pledged to defend the supposedly enduring California dream. …

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Does pretending to be homeless make a politician better?

Posted January 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

In the mythology of ancient Greece, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, disguises himself as a beggar to gain an advantage over his enemies. In Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” a relative masquerading as a vagabond helps shift the monarch’s sympathies toward the disadvantaged.
The past year marked a new trend in the electoral cycle: politicians “going native,” spending the night in homeless shelters or sleeping on the streets …

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Photos: Breaking ground for California’s bullet train in Fresno

Posted January 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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After decades of talking about it and years of planning and preparation, California officials gathered in Fresno this week for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the state’s $68 billion bullet train project.
When finished in 2029 (or so it’s hoped) the train will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, whisking passengers from one city to another in 2 hours and 40 minutes. The first 29 mile-long …

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Gov. Brown: ‘Keep California ever golden and creative’

Posted January 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Vintage Jerry Brown. (Via @shelbygrad)

Can we forget Jerry Brown — during his first cycle as governor — produced the best magazine cover ever? pic.twitter.com/doVB8hOgWO
— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) January 5, 2015

Beginning an unprecedented fourth term as Governor of California, Jerry Brown called on the past to inform the future in his inaugural address, which also served as his annual state of the state speech. “The challenge is to build for the future, not …

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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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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 …

economy, Environment, Issues, LA Noir, Politics, Power and Water, Summer, Water and the Drought, Zocalo Public Square »

Mixer: Water levels, down; water shaming, way up

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …

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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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Are you ready to vote in the California Primary?

Posted May 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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

Posted January 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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

Posted September 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted August 30, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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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

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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

Posted May 2, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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

Posted February 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted January 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted January 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted November 12, 2012 by | 15 Comments | ]

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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