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Supreme Court endorses bids to end gerrymandering

Posted June 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that allowed that state’s Congressional districts to be draw by an independent commission – instead of the state Legislature.
The 5-4 decision has major implications in California, which has its own independent commission for drawing up Congressional boundaries.
State voters approved a ballot measure four years ago to take that job away from the state Legislature to discourage …

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Are you ready for today’s election?

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Today, March 3 is an election day – polls are open from 7am-8pm.
First things first, check out and find out where your polling place is, and who is on your local ballot.
Then, use this handy League of Women’s Voters guide (pdf) to learn more about the candidates.
Voters will be deciding on:

City Charter Amendments 1 & 2, which will determine if the election date should change for …

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Grocery workers struggling to put food on own table

Posted June 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Grocery negotiations deadline passes

One in three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance, according to a new survey. And 20 percent say they are rationing food to avoid having to go hungry. The study was done by University of California researchers and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council labor union. It says average wages for the state’s unionized …

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GOP candidates for governor often skipped voting

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

It turns out that Neel Kashkari is not the only candidate for governor with a spotty voting record. The L.A. Times says Assemblyman Tim Donnelly – Kashkari’s rival in the GOP primary – has voted only 19 times in 37 elections dating back to 1995. A spokesman says Donnelly voted in all presidential and gubernatorial elections but missed some votes because of his busy …

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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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Today’s News: DWP staff is getting unlimited sick days; Lawsuit raises heat on Calderons; Activision freedom

Posted July 26, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]

DWP generosity. When most people use up their allotment of sick days, they either go to work or don’t get paid. But that’s not so at the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
The L.A. Times reports that a 32-year-old DWP policy allows workers at the public utility to take off unlimited sick days beyond the agency’s 10-day cap, and still get paid.
Since 2010, DWP …

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Anaheim’s unlikeliest radical: the mayor

Posted June 17, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Last week, the Anaheim City Council rejected a motion that would’ve placed the issue of district voting on the ballot next year.
The issue is currently in the news because the ACLU is trying to force the matter via the courts.
The activists who say Anaheim’s current at-large electoral system is discriminatory toward Latino voters have an unlikely ally: Mayor Tom Tait. He’s a Republican who …

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Why Los Angeles residents don’t vote

Posted May 16, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Los Angeles voter Amanda Sutton casts a ballot in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the next mayor of Los Angeles and several other key offices. But will there be a flood of ballots, or merely a trickle?
Used to be, a lot more votes were cast in L.A. during big city elections. Here we are on the cusp of selecting a new mayor for the second most populous …

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Former Calif. Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis on immigration reform

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

President Barack Obama today declared that “now is the time” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system.
In a speech in Las Vegas, Obama praised the bipartisan work between the White House and a group of Senators on taking steps toward putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.
Long …

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California election results: Prop. 30 passes, Prop. 37 loses

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Photo by Vox Efx via Flickr

Good morning! Californians woke up to the passage of Gov. Brown’s Prop. 30, which raises taxes to fund education. Passing with 53.9 percent of the vote, the proposition means that California won’t face automatic $6 billion in trigger cuts.
Voters also rejected proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of GMOs in food, with a 53.1 percent no vote. The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin writes …

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Why aren’t you voting today?

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

The number of registered voters in California is at a record high. Even among those who are registered, many choose not to vote.  KCRW asked why:
For Paul Corning, a 27-year-old actor who moved from L.A. to New York a couple years ago, today is just another day. Well, he’s starting a new job, and he’ll be preparing a monologue for an audition on Thursday. …

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Comedians laugh, cry and drink on Election Day

Posted November 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
By seeingimonkey via Flickr

To many of us, this election feels it’s gone on forever. Voters (and their children) can’t wait for the attack ads and campaign rhetoric to be over. But there were some moments of levity these past few weeks (remember Big Bird, binders full of women, and horses and bayonets). And comedy always helps us weather the relentless politicking. So we asked some of our favorite comedians how …

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Election Day: County by county

Posted November 5, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

I know. I know. Like seeing a double rainbow, it doesn’t seem quite believable at first, but after all the speeches, debates, fundraisers, attack ads and geysers of speculation by television political pundits, Tuesday, November 6th, otherwise known as Election Day 2012, is almost here. Trust me on this, I’m a journalist and know these things.
To get some practical election day help and information, …

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In Today’s News: Voter registration deadline, Assessor seeks lower bail

Posted October 22, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Registration deadline. Today’s the last day to register to vote in the November 6th presidential election. L. A. County registrar workers will be staffing tables at more than a dozen locations to encourage people to sign up. Officials say that in LA county alone, about three million eligible residents are not registered. WWLA
Assessor bail. L.A. County …

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Monday’s the last day to register to vote

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 403 Comments | ]

Monday’s the last day to register to vote in the November 6th presidential election. And Los Angeles County registrar workers will be staffing registration tables at more than a dozen locations to encourage people to sign up.
State and county officials say with the launch of online registration, there’s no excuse not to register to vote. But there are a lot of folks who haven’t. …

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The perils of voting in California

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By kristin_a via Flickr

This November election, California voters going to the polls will again confront a ballot stuffed full of proposition asking them to help decide a bewildering array of big issues. Should we increase taxes on the state’s wealthiest to help fund public education? Is it time to abolish the death penalty? Should we label the genetically modified food we buy in our markets? And these …

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Sonic Trace: Voting in Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted July 2, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Yesterday was election day in Mexico and as expected, the party that had ruled the country for 71 years, was reinstated and PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto will be the next president.
Sonic Trace producer Anayansi Diaz Cortes was in Santa Maria Tavehua, Oaxaca, Mexico on voting day. There are about 236 residents currently living there, yet only 70 of them are eligible voters. On …

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Explaining California’s ‘Top Two’ primary

Posted June 4, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By Muffet via Flickr

Ballots will look a little different Tuesday than in past elections because of California’s new open primary system. Approved by voters two years ago, the open primary sends the top two finishers to the November general election, regardless of party. Backers say the system will lead to more moderate candidates… perhaps. What’s immediately clear is that this is increasing competition for all candidates, including …

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Judging candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court

Posted May 29, 2012 by | 11 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

There are three superior judges up for re-election next week in Los Angeles County and three open seats on the bench. Most voters have no idea who’s qualified and who’s not. We hear how endorsements are made and where to find other information. Why should voters have to decide? Also, another story about cutbacks in public schools — and it could be worse. There’s …

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California’s ‘Jungle Primary’

Posted May 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

The June 5 election will be like nothing California has seen before, with some office holders hiding their party affiliation — and even their incumbency. Republicans have given up some legislative and Congressional races altogether, and the general election will feature run-offs between candidates of the same party. A lawyer deemed “unqualified” by the County Bar has challenged a highly regarded judge with a …

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