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Tributes for Rick Orlov, ‘the dean of City Hall reporters’

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Rick Orlov

Los Angeles is a huge, complex city with a government whose machinations are often opaque and always perplexing. Nobody was better at cutting through the bureaucratic haze and back-room dealing at City Hall than Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov.
Orlov’s death yesterday at age 66 leaves a huge hole in L.A. government journalism. He was mentor to many young reporters and gave his …

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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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Sen. Barbara Boxer will not seek re-election in 2016

Posted January 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not run for another Senate term in 2016. However, she said she is “never going to retire,” and will leave the Senate to work on the issues that she cares about, help her PAC, and help the “Democratic candidate for president make history.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
The senator’s spirited remarks in committee rooms and on the Senate floor are …

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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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‘Isolation has not worked'; US restores diplomacy with Cuba

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Cuba Libre via Flickr/CC

President Obama announced today that the United States will reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba and will open a new embassy in Havana. The announcement came in tandem with Cuba’s release of Alan Gross, an American worker who was jailed for bringing communications equipment to the island.

The president said that there will be fewer travel limits, and as well as an easing on limits on banking and business. The travel embargo, …

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Senate ‘Torture Report’ shows a brutal, ineffective program under CIA

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After five years, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques used after 9/11 during the George W. Bush administration. The report found that water-boarding was more prevalent than previously admitted, that there was sexual violence threatened against the mothers of detainees, and that detainees were force fed and abused. Additionally, it found that the CIA misled …

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Are Californians beginning to sour on President Obama?

Posted September 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to a record low in California.
The Golden State has been a consistent source of support for Obama ever since he first ran for the first White House. But a new Field Poll finds that only 45 percent of voters in the state hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance right now. That’s a five percent drop …

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Climate crusader Steyer tops political donor list

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Among political donors, it appears Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer has the deepest pockets of them all.
OpenSecrets.org says Steyer and his wife Kathryn gave $20.4 million to political causes in the 2013-2014 election cycle. That’s more than double the total of the No. 2 person on the list, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – also a member of the billionaire’s club.
It could just …

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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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Los Angeles lobbies Washington

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

The LA County Supervisors are packing their bags and heading to Washington DC this week for their annual lobbying trip. They’ll be meeting with members of Congress and folks at the White House:  talking about what they need, what’s working and not working–and their wishlist when it comes to federal funding. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavky says one of the issues high on their agenda is healthcare.
“With the affordable …

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Is it even possible to be an informed citizen?

Posted January 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo via Flickr by Loco Steve/ CreativeCommons

To be an engaged, informed citizen in California is to be hopelessly behind in your reading.
We’re told that we need to follow the big issues in California, that we need to be informed about policy debates, and that policymakers want our feedback on major proposals.  It all sounds reasonable enough, until you see the homework. The governor stresses the importance of his budget, but …

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Feeling political strife in Thailand in Los Angeles

Posted December 12, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
2010 photograph of a "Red Shirt" protest at Ratchaprasong intersection, an area in downtown Bangkok which was occupied by the red shirts between April 3, 2010, and May 19, 2010.

As you may have seen in the news, political strife in Thailand has reached a boiling point again. In the capital, Bangkok, hundreds of thousands of people recently took to the streets in a huge protest against actions by the governing political party. Some protestors stormed government buildings and media stations. The pro­government group also gathered, and fighting took place. Police attempted to contain …

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President Obama visits DreamWorks, VFX animators protest

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Obama greets audience members on Nov. 26, 2013, when he visited the DreamWorks Animation studios in Glendale. (Credit: KTLA)

President Obama is back in Washington after a two-day swing through Los Angeles. Why was he here? To raise money and highlight the motion picture and television industry’s place in the economy.
In a speech at the DreamWorks Animation studios in Glendale, Obama praised the entertainment industry, noting that it supports “hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs.”
Obama raised an estimated $2.5 million  for House and …

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Should LA be the capital of California, and would that end corruption?

Posted November 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sacramento Capitol Building at night. Photo via Flickr by Michael Dunn / Creative Commons

One thing that unites Americans, pretty much wherever they are from, is the conviction that their own state is singularly corrupt. Most states, if not all, have their harrowing stories of arrested governors or legislators, and local political folklore is filled with hair-raising corruption scandals. Just in the past few weeks, in California, State Senator Ron Calderon got stripped of all his legislative assignments, …

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‘There needs to be a government where all people are represented’

Posted July 3, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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“In America we vote for the person we want to vote for, and when our guy is not elected we don’t go crazy about it,” says columnist Mona Shadia. “It takes time to understand how things work. It took the U.S. 13 years to write its constitution.”
Steve Chiotakis talks to the columnist about what the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi means for her and …

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The Calderon family, a political dynasty

Posted June 17, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]
State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello). Photo by Brian Baer/Sacramento Bee.

The Calderon family is a powerful political clan in southeast Los Angeles County.
But the local dynasty is now under scrutiny after FBI raids on the Sacramento office of Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon of Montebello.
Last week Calderon told reporters, “My intention at this point is to do my job I was elected to do, attend my hearings, get my bills passed out of committee …

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How Republicans and women helped sway the LA mayor’s race

Posted May 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Wendy Greuel, speaking at her campaign headquarters in Van Nuys, on May 22, 2013. Photo by Avishay Artsy

City Councilman Eric Garcetti is the next mayor of Los Angeles, beating City Controller Wendy Greuel by 54 percent to 46 percent.
That’s pretty much exactly how the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University called it last night at 8 pm, just as polls closed. Among their findings – Garcetti won 63 percent of the Latino vote, and 54 percent …

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Obama supporters in Hollywood look for diplomatic appointments

Posted May 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Normally Hollywood’s favorite game is figuring out who will be nominated, and who will win, in the big awards ceremonies. But right now the biggest guessing game in Hollywood is figuring out who will be tapped by President Barack Obama for some plum diplomatic posts.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis handicapped the odds with Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter.
A White House announcement on the …

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Race for Mayor: Wendy Greuel

Posted February 21, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]
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In the weeks leading up to the March 5th primary, Which Way, LA? is talking to each of the five leading candidates for Mayor. Find more here: kcrw.com/raceformayor. 
Wendy Gruel has worked for the late Mayor Tom Bradley, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Dreamworks Studio.  She was a city councilwoman for seven years before being elected City Controller.  KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez …

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Race for Mayor: Kevin James

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In the weeks leading up to the March 5th primary, Which Way, LA? is talking to each of the five leading candidates for Mayor. Find more here: kcrw.com/raceformayor. 
The office for mayor is itself is nonpartisan, but Kevin James still stands out as the only Republican in the Big Five. He’s a former federal prosecutor, talk show host, and leader of AIDs Project LA. KCRW’s Saul …

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