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Timeline: The legacy of Sheriff Lee Baca

Posted January 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement during a news conference at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park , California January 7, 2014. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Today, John Scott replaces Lee Baca as sheriff of Los Angeles County. Baca served for 15 years. When he announced his retirement back in January, he said, “I don’t see myself as the future. I see myself as part of the past.” It’s a past plagued by scandals, including abuse at the county jails. We take a look at his tenure going all the …

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Foes of denser, taller Hollywood cheer court ruling

Posted December 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A judge says a zoning blueprint for denser development in Hollywood is fatally flawed. Approved last year, the Hollywood development plan cleared the way for denser projects and taller buildings. But Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman says the city didn’t fully consider the environmental impacts of such development. He’s ordered the city to rescind the plan and to stop issuing new permits. A …

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California looking for places to put inmates

Posted October 16, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a deal to house about 2,000 inmates at a private prison in Kern County. The deal was announced just as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider California’s appeal of a lower court order that requires the state to reduce prison overcrowding by late January. California will have to find room for about 9,600 inmates elsewhere, or release some …

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Brown making last-ditch plea on prison overcrowding; No discipline in jail scandal; Garcetti muzzles ‘taxi czar’

Posted September 17, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Prisons pitch. Gov. Jerry Brown is making his case once again about why California should get a three-year extension on a court order to reduce its prison population. His administration told a panel of federal judges that the state is prepared to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to move prisoners, but would rather use the money on rehabilitation.
Brown’s latest plea to the federal …

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Suspect East L.A. recycler will foot bill for blood tests; Lawmakers OK $10 minimum wage; L.A. River options

Posted September 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Toxic worries. A Vernon battery recycling plant accused of polluting surrounding neighborhoods has agreed to pay for blood testing for tens of thousands of county residents. The tests will look for lead poisoning, and they’ll be performed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Exide Technologies has been under fire since the South Coast Air Quality Management District found earlier this year that arsenic …

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11th hour frenzy as lawmakers tackle hundreds of bills; Study of Yosemite fire damage; Garibaldi reproduction

Posted September 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Legislative frenzy. If sheer volume is your measuring stick, then it’s been a productive year for the state Legislature. Governor Jerry Brown has already signed dozens of bills into law and is considering dozens more. Meanwhile, the Legislature will have to vote on nearly 100 bills a day this week to clear its slate of potential new laws.
One of the most closely watched issues …

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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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Battle is brewing over Brown’s prisoner transfer plan; Fast food workers urged to skip work; Teacher ratings

Posted August 28, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
n 2006, California prisons were forced to house inmates using double and triple bunking in gyms and day rooms. Since then, overcrowding has been reduced by 43,000 inmates, from 200 to 150 percent of capacity. Photo: California Department of Corrections

Prison overcrowding. Gov. Jerry Brown has another fight on his hands over the state’s overcrowded prison system.
The governor and some leaders of the state Legislature announced a $315 million plan yesterday to transfer thousands of prisoners to private facilities and city lockups. The plan could cost billions over several years.
The move comes after Brown lost a legal battle with federal officials over thinning the …

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Today’s News: Massive manhunt ties up Mid-City area; Brown gets one week to move inmates; Homeless win

Posted June 25, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
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Prison problems. Gov Jerry Brown is asking the state Legislature for nearly half-a-billion dollars to move 9,600 inmates out of overcrowded state prisons. The governor’s request comes as the state faces an order to transfer thousands of prisoners who are at risk of contracting Valley fever. The transfers must start within a week.
California has already reduced its prison population by thousands of inmates in …

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Today’s News: Shaken students, faculty return to SMC; Vigil tonight for shooting victims; Looking for a motive

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]
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Aftermath. It’s a somber day at Santa Monica College. Students and faculty are returning to campus for finals week – just three days after a heavily armed gunman went on a shooting spree that fatally wounded five people before he was shot dead.
Authorities today are expected to interview the mother of the shooter – John Zawahri – as they try to decipher of a …

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Today’s News: Foes say fight over rail yard isn’t done

Posted May 9, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Port of LA. Photo by Green Fire Productions/Flickr

Green light for rail yard. Depending on whom you ask, the $500 million port railway yard that’s planned four miles from the docks will either solidify the local ports’ position as the key West Coast hub for international shippers and reduce pollution – or unnecessarily put tens of thousands of South Bay residents at risk of noxious emissions.
Despite objections from environmental groups and neighboring …

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Today’s News: Mayoral candidates hone debate points

Posted May 6, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Home stretch. They weren’t exactly making nice, but when pressed both candidates for mayor of Los Angeles said their opponent was basically honest. Still, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti found plenty of other things to disagree about during their latest debate.
Moderator Jim Newton of the L.A. Times noted the sharply negative tone of the campaign in recent weeks and asked …

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Today’s News: Deadline today on prison overcrowding

Posted May 2, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Prison pinch. The clock is ticking for Governor Jerry Brown: Federal judges have given Brown until midnight tonight to explain how the state will further reduce its prison population.
California has already released tens of thousands of inmates or transferred them to local jails as part of Brown’s realignment program. But the courts say California needs to shed another 9,000 inmates to insure that remaining …

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Today’s News: State ordered to move 3,000 inmates

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Prison problems. California is going to need to find a place to put more than 3,000 inmates currently serving time at the Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons. The federal official responsible for overseeing healthcare in state lockups says prisoners who are at high-risk for contracting valley fever will have to be housed elsewhere. That includes inmates with chronic illnesses, such as HIV infection, but …

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Today’s News: Garcetti’s 9-point lead; Baca facing feds today; Dodgers’ brawl leaves a mark

Posted April 12, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Opening salvos. Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti took a mostly upbeat tone in their first one-on-one debate. The two liberal Democrats spent much of their time attempting to distinguish themselves from one another. As expected, City Councilman Garcetti tried to make an issue of Greuel’s union support, insisting that he would be the more independent mayor. The City Controller pointed out that …

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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: Radioactivity; Gov. Brown’s cancer fight; ‘Lincoln’ tops Golden Globe nods

Posted December 13, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Radioactive legacy. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that 50 years after the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at the former Rocketdyne lab in the Santa Susana Mountains, radioactive levels still exceed standards outlined in a 2010 agreement between state and federal agencies. Activists who have been fighting for years to have all the radiation removed say the new EPA …

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Today’s News: Strike crippling ports; Supreme Court watch on gay marriage; Mellowing out on medical marijuana

Posted November 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Idle ships. Talks are back on to end a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Cargo ships are stacking up outside the twin ports and at least two ships have left for other West Coast ports to deliver their goods. It’s not clear how much this is costing local companies, but the …

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Today’s News: Prop. 30 fight brewing; IDs for undocumented immigrants; ‘Twilight’ camp

Posted November 8, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Lost days. The passage of Proposition 30 is undeniably good news for LAUSD, but it’s already sparked a dispute about how the additional funding should be used. Deasy says the district could salvage some of the five days of instruction lost this year because of earlier budget cuts. But members of the teachers union want all of those days restored, in addition to five …

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Today’s News: Tight race for death penalty measure, outside money flows, Wooden in bronze

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Fire danger. Fierce Santa Ana winds are ripping through Southern California. Combined with low humidity, the strong gusts are raising concerns about wildfires. A Red Flag warning will be in effect and L.A. and Ventura counties until tomorrow afternoon. KABC
Props poll. Support is on the upswing for a ballot measure that would end the death penalty …

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