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Are Californians beginning to sour on President Obama?

Posted September 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

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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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Devi Ramirez, 26, has been involved with Aztec dancing since she was 16 years old. (Photo: Devi Ramirez)

 Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
President Obama may step in, if Congress doesn’t
While immigration reform legislation isn’t going anywhere, President Obama’s administration may unveil new policy changes to provide relief to some undocumented …

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Marijuana backers back away from California, for now

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]

A national coalition that led the push for legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has decided to hold off on a similar ballot measure in California this year. Instead, the coalition will wait until 2016 to try to qualify its initiative. Two other groups are gathering signatures in an effort to get legalization measures on this ballot this year. But neither of those …

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WATCH: Obama’s State of the Union Address

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of the United States Congress.

To listen to the President’s sixth State of the Union address live and NPR analysis, click here.
Facing a deeply divided Congress and waning job approval ratings, President Barack Obama will declare 2014 his “year of action” Tuesday evening and reassert his willingness to use executive orders to push his agenda during his much-anticipated State of the Union address.
“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation …

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Serial scammer Barry Minkow fleeced his own flock

Posted January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

One of Southern California’s most notorious fraudsters has been convicted again, this time for stealing $3 million from a San Diego church congregation where he served as a pastor. Barry Minkow – who’s already serving time in a federal lockup for securities fraud – is facing five years in prison in the church case. Minkow achieved fame as a teenager in the 1980s when …

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Majority of California voters favor legalizing marijuana

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Californians’ attitudes about marijuana use are mellowing out. A new Field Poll finds that fir the first time, a majority of California voters – 55 percent – favor legalization of recreational pot. Younger voters are far more likely to approve of legalization than those over 65. And political affiliations were also important in the poll: Two-thirds of Democrats and independent voters favor legalization, while …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department

Posted November 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
obama in la

President Obama is attending one last fundraiser before heading to DreamWorks Animation to push his economic agenda as he wraps up a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. …

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Courts faulted for not keeping guns from mentally ill

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Many courts in California fail to report the mentally ill to justice officials, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners. State law requires that courts tell the Justice Department when they make certain mental health determinations. That can put people on a list prohibiting them from buying firearms .But a new state audit finds that many courts are not aware of …

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Environmentalists file suit over Ballona nature center; LAUSD deputy chief rips School Board; Dodgers’ drive

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Ballona Wetlands. Environmentalists suing a state agency to stop a nature center? It sounds odd, but that’s the scenario playing out over a proposed educational facility in the Ballona Wetlands near Marine del Rey.
The Annenberg Foundation wants to build a $50 million interpretative nature center in what is known as Area C of the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The philanthropic organization says the center would …

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Fire season in full gear as blaze near Yosemite rages; Closing in on DWP deal; Hastings family sought rehab

Posted August 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Fire season. A storm that worked its way up the state this week triggered nearly 29-thousand lightning strikes and sparked up to 150 wildfires. Most of those fires have been put out – but an earlier blaze burning on the western edge of Yosemite is now threatening thousands of homes.
Cal Fire says it has responded to more than 4,700 fires since January. That’s about …

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Leonard: Novelist who skewered Hollywood dies at 87; State can force feed striking prisoners; Tahoe dispute

Posted August 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Elmore Leonard. Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Leonard published more than 40 novels and many were made into Hollywood films. Among them: “Get Shorty” and “3:10 to Yuma.” More recently, he served as executive producer of the TV drama series “Justified” on FX.
Leonard’s works were populated by schemers, con men and casual killers. He was noted for his …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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Was Friday’s tragedy a ‘school shooting?’

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
smc mourners

Investigators are still piecing together the details of Friday’s deadly shootings in Santa Monica that killed 5 people. Police shot and killed the gunman in the library of Santa Monica College; he died on campus.
The first incident happened at a house north of the college, but culminated at the school. And that fact has led law enforcement to not label what happened on Friday …

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Commentary: The attorney general of California is hot

Posted April 10, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General

No one is going to stop me from speaking the truth to power, and here’s a truth about power that a lot of people can’t handle: the attorney general of California is hot. Very hot.
But when the most powerful man in the world spoke the same truth last week about Kamala Harris—our “best-looking attorney general,” he called her—critics called him sexist, inappropriate, and wolfish.
Predictably, …

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Today’s News: Banks not living up to mortgage deal; One hiker still lost; Council targeting arsenic emitter

Posted April 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Bank critics. California’s largest banks are failing to live up to the promises they made under last year’s landmark $26 billion national mortgage settlement, according to a new report. The California Reinvestment Coalition, which lobbies for low-income Californians, says the banks are still trying to foreclose on homeowners who are seeking loan modifications. And the group says the banks are not providing well-qualified employees …

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Mayor Villaraigosa on Dorner, the State of the Union and his future

Posted February 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Villaraigosa

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said he believes Christopher Dorner is dead, but he says LAPD won’t stop special protection details — whatever the cost — for some 50 LAPD families until Dorner’s body has been positively identified.
Meanwhile, the mayor led the cheers for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.  In an interview this morning with KCRW, the mayor said Obama …

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Today’s News: Bid to arm teachers; Going after group homes; Villaraigosa to D.C.?

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Arming teachers. A Southern California Assemblyman is expected to unveil a new proposal for countering gun violence in schools today: secretly arming teachers or other school officials. The bill by Hesperia Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is the Republican answer to a slew of gun control measures introduced by majority Democrats following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Donnelly received a fine and probation last year …

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Today’s News: Inauguration; MLK events; Teacher evaluation concession; Pepper spray judgment

Posted January 21, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Obama and MLK. An accident of the calendar means a double celebration for many civic groups and organizations around the Southland today: they’re marking the second inauguration of the country’s first African-American president while honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The African American Museum in Exposition Park is holding events throughout the day, including a screening of the documentary “King: …

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Local reaction to President Obama’s Inaugural

Posted January 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Obama Sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts - Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

California is one of the bluest states in the union, and it’s been Obama Country for two national elections in a row. Now the President has a record, but today he was looking forward to his second term. How did his inaugural address sound to America’s most diverse community: to blacks and Hispanics, gays and lesbians and to grassroots workers the President is asking …

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