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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

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Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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California braces for possible government shutdown

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According to Mapquest, it’s roughly 2,670 miles from L.A. to Washington, D.C. And 2,730 from Sacramento to D.C. You’d think that kind of distance would help buffer California from the political ups and downs in the nation’s capitol. But that probably won’t be the case if the federal government shuts down next week because Congress can’t agree on funding for Uncle Sam.
How big a …

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Today’s News: SFO victims were headed to L.A. camp; Prisoners vow hunger strike; Mission finds a treasure

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Plane crash. Officials looking into the cause of that Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport this weekend say that Flight 214 was traveling too low and too slow it approached the airport.
The investigation is in its early stages, but FAA officials say they’ve already determined that the Boeing 777 was flying far below its intended landing speed and nearly stalled as it …

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Inside the ride-share wars

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There’s a Ride-Share War raging in the loading zones of Los Angeles.
On one side, you have a fleet of flashy social media companies with names like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, which offer car services at the swipe of a smartphone app. On the other side, you have the hardened professionals behind the wheels of United Independent, Yellow Cab and the like.
I was totally ignorant …

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Dance performance coming to a train station near you

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If you ride the Red Line train in Los Angeles, you might be treated to performance art on your morning commute tomorrow.
Director and choreographer Stephan Koplowitz is behind “Red Line Time,” the first performance event sanctioned by LA Metro to take place inside the metro system. Koplowitz is also dean of the dance program at CalArts.

“Our aim is to perform at all 14 stations …

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LA Observed: Traffic, bikes and the 405

With the Los Angeles mayoral primary just about a week away, there’s some last-minute campaigning going on.
But one of the issues that’s been largely missing from the campaign – at least hasn’t been talked about a whole lot – is traffic. As in all the Angelenos who get stuck in it way too often.
Kevin Roderick from LA Observed joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis, as he …

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

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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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Congestion pricing comes to Los Angeles

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Starting this weekend, solo drivers will be able to bypass traffic on a stretch of the Harbor (110) Freeway by paying to use 11 miles of carpool lanes.
Existing “HOV” lanes will be renamed as “HOT” – high-occupancy toll lanes – allowing single drivers to use the carpool lane for a fee, depending on the traffic.
The so-called High Occupancy Toll lanes will be L.A. County’s …

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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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The perils of calling a cab on a party night

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Halloween can be big fun for revelers wanting to loosen up a bit, but then there’s the issue of getting home after a night at all those bars. And in L.A., finding a taxi to take you home can be a bit sobering.
In the days before a big party night, you hear all these well-meaning messages about the evils of drinking and driving. And …

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Can technology help your commute?

Traffic data provider Inrix recently looked at a wide range of traffic information and crunched the numbers to come up with the top 10 worst traffic cities, based on the time drivers spend idling in their cars.  Believe it or not, Honolulu tops the list, but LA is number two.  Even with Kajon’s help, Angelenos spend an average of 56 hours every year idling …

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Is LA the next great mass-transit city?

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You may have heard, but the 405 freeway will be shutting down for a whole weekend later this month. Carmageddon II, as its being dubbed, will likely cause some horrific traffic jams.
But city and county leaders are hoping economic incentives will get people out of the Westside. Transportation officials are hoping drivers give up their cars and use their modes of transit for the …

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Riding Metro at 2 AM

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Metro trains debuted extended hours over the weekend, with subways running every 20 minutes between midnight and 2 a.m. on the Blue, Gold, Red, Purple, Green and Expo lines.
On Saturday night, and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, I talked to some of the Red Line riders taking advantage of the new schedule to go to and from Hollywood. Hear some their voices …

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Will California really get high speed rail?

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The biggest public works project in California history might begin next year. Then again, it might not. Central Valley farmers are already in court challenging the first leg of the bullet train from LA to San Francisco. Polls show voters who approved it four years ago are against it now. But last week the legislature agreed to allocate $8 billion in state and federal …

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Mayor Villaraigosa: ‘We’re the city most addicted to the single passenger automobile’

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Last week, President Obama signed the transportation bill, which allocates $105 billion in transportation spending in an effort to create jobs and boost infrastructure. Los Angeles will get some of that money to fast track projects here. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked to Warren about “America Fast Forward,” which aims to expedite 30 years of transportation programs into a ten-year time period. Will rebuilding public …

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All Aboard the Expo Line

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Westside commuters are getting their first chance to take rapid transit all the way downtown, but what about getting from home to the station and back and paying for parking? Also, LA County’s elected County Assessor denies doing favors for campaign contributors. We hear about investigations of possible bribery and campaign money laundering. And how about them Clippers? On our rebroadcast of today’s To …

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The Epidemic of Cyclist Hit-And-Runs

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The Los Angeles City Council recently passed an ordinance giving bicycle riders the chance to sue automobile drivers for threatening them, harassing them or trying to force them off the streets. Hit-and-runs are a big concern to cycling activists.
Cycling activist Don Ward recounts his hit-and-run story. About three years ago, he collided with a car while riding on Glendale Boulevard, near Sunset Boulevard, in …

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Expo Line arrives: Taking the train with Zev Yaroslovsky

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On Friday I joined a scrum of journalists and local politicos and rode the new Expo Line connecting downtown Los Angeles with Culver City. When it opens to the public on April, 28th, Expo will be the first light rail connection to West Los Angeles since the days of the Red Cars more than 50 years ago.
While aboard the train, I talked to Supervisor …

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