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Interview with Raphe Sonenshein on LA Sheriff, Supervisors’ Race

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Sheriff’s Race
For the time since 1998, the role of LA County Sheriff in is question as voters go to the polls on June 3rd. The Sheriff’s department is under scrutiny following scandals involving favoritism in hiring, obstruction of justice, and abuse of prisoners in County jails.
Raphe Sonenshein joined Warren to discuss how voters will have to decide who would be the best candidate to clean …

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Jaron Lanier: ‘The Internet is worse’ than Congress

Jaron Lanier with his khene outside the KCRW studio.

For best-selling author Jaron Lanier, society’s dependence on digital networks kindled the economic recession and is responsible for the declining middle class. “What’s happening here is that we’re centralizing all the wealth with whoever has the biggest computer,” Lanier said, adding that the “Internet is worse [than Congress].”
Lanier is a computer systems expert, futurist, music composer, and virtual reality pioneer. He sold a start-up to Google …

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Mixer: Mayor douses city Fire Department recruiting

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This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered an immediate stop to the recruitment of firefighters in the city’s department.
He called the hiring process “fatally flawed” and he’s enlisted Santa Monica-based think tank RAND Corporation to study the process.
That means a scheduled fire academy class with about 70 cadets will no longer be held, and no more firefighters will be hired from the current …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000

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Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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Furious Ridley-Thomas says newspaper got it wrong

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L.A. County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas is lashing out at an L.A. Times report that work done at his home by county crews went beyond permissible security improvements. In his first public comments on the controversy, Ridley-Thomas told KCRW’s Warren Olney that allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are untrue. The Supervisor acknowledged that some of the work at …

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Saying goodbye to Hollywood Park

Welcome to Hollywood Park. (Photo: Courtesy Los Angeles Public Libary)

After 75 years, Hollywood Park, the horse racing track in Inglewood will run its final live race on Dec. 22. Ever since the first Hollywood Gold Cup championship race was won by the legendary Seabiscuit in 1938, the track has been home to some of the sport’s best known horses and many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. It was founded by Warner brothers Jack and …

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The Sheriff’s Department’s new watchdog, Max Huntsman

Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman, the newly appointed Inspector General to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

Last year, the Citizens Commission on violence in LA County jails published a scathing report on the abuse of inmates by deputies in the jails.
It said the elected Sheriff, Lee Baca, was disengaged and uninformed, and recommended that the Board of Supervisors appoint an Inspector General.
Today, the Board announced that Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman will have that job.
He spoke to KCRW’s Warren Olney.

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Where does your trash go?

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Some fun facts on your trash:
The average American generates seven pounds of trash per day.
Depending on where you live, between 40 and 75 percent of that material is recycled. The rest? It’s trucked to a landfill, dumped and buried.
Some fun facts on your trash:

Garbage as Economic Indicator: When Puente Hills Landfill closes next month, it …

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Race on to shore up overwhelmed foster care system; Rim Fire progress; Perez vows no more early releases

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Foster care. The head of L.A. County’s child welfare agency says his department was caught off-guard by the state’s threat to impose fines over problems in the foster care system.
County officials have faced a huge increase in the number of children entering protective care this summer. That’s led some children to be kept for extended periods in so-called “holding rooms,” where they wait until …

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

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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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Is your empathy colorblind? Studies say, no.

Demonstrators gather outside the federal courthouse in Los Angeles last weekend for a vigil in memory of Trayvon Martin. Photo by Avishay Artsy

The awareness, sensitivity, and understanding that lets us feel others’ pain — in a word, “empathy” — is a hard thing to force.
But it may also be a hard thing to forego. Social science researchers have increasingly homed in on empathy, or the lack thereof, as one explanation for problems as complex as the racial disparities in health and justice. What’s been termed “the …

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What does Latasha Harlins teach us about Trayvon Martin?

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In 1991, 15-year-old Latasha Harlins walked into a liquor store to buy a bottle of orange juice; she was fatally shot. Twenty years later, Trayvon Martin was killed on his way home from a 7-11 with an iced tea and a package of skittles. He was 17. The shooters in both cases were not dealt jail time. And that’s not where the similarities end.
The …

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Rush for marriage licenses as gay couples tie the knot

Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, March 26, 2013. Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court, both viewed as potential swing votes on the right of gay couples to marry, raised doubts about California's gay marriage ban on Tuesday as they questioned a lawyer defending the ban. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Updated Monday, July 1: Same-sex couples rush to get married in Southern California today. 
More than 500 gay and lesbian couples have applied online to the L.A. County Clerk’s office for marriage licenses since Friday afternoon, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order allowing same-sex weddings to resume in California. Long lines are expected as people try …

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Today’s News: Same-sex marriages just weeks away; AEG will manage Convention Center; Owens Lake dust

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Prop. 8 Ruling. It’ll be a few weeks before the wedding bells ring once again for same-sex couples in California – but there was a big engagement party of sorts last night in West Hollywood.
Hundreds of revelers, many donning red, white and blue, celebrated the Supreme Court decision that will allow same-sex marriage to resume in California.
Before same-sex marriages can resume, a federals appeals …

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Friday ‘House’ Mixer: So what are we being asked to vote for anyway?

L to R: Warren Olney, Saul Gonzalez and Steve Chiotakis

Just a few more days before you go to the polls.  Let’s review, shall we?
We’re in the final stretch, so here’s some information you need to know about the candidates and propositions before you punch, pull or bubble-in that ballot.
KCRW’s Warren Olney, host of Which Way, LA? and To The Point joined us, as did KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez, who’s been covering some of the campaigns …

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LA Grows Up: The ‘Manhattanization’ of Los Angeles?

View of Los Angeles' downtown skyline, including the planned Wilshire Grand tower (3rd L). Courtesy AC Martin

Los Angeles is historically horizontal, but it’s becoming increasingly vertical with a host of new projects going up from downtown to Santa Monica.  Many large building projects, on hold since the Great Recession, are not just back on the drawing boards but under construction.
So-called “smart growth” dictates that high-rise work space and housing is the best ways to accommodate increased growth within the region. A …

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Today’s News: 1 in 10 L.A. County adults here illegally

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Immigrant tally. A new study confirms that the national debate over immigration reform is as important in Los Angeles as anywhere in the country.
One in 10 adults in L.A. County either crossed the U.S. border illegally or overstayed their visa, according to a report by USC researchers. In some parts of Koreatown and South L.A. that number is 1 in 3.
The report by USC’s …

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Today’s News: Decision opens new chapter in pot wars

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Pot shots. Now that the state Supreme Court has upheld the right of cities and counties to ban pot shop shops – what’s next for medical marijuana in California? And what about the three medical pot initiatives that will be on the Los Angeles city ballot two weeks from now?
The court’s unanimous decision means that a 1996 California ballot measure approving medical marijuana notwithstanding, …

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Friday Mixer: Mayor’s race enters the final-stretch run… OMG!

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The L.A. mayor’s race is entering the final-stretch run, with Monday being the final day to register  to vote in the May 21 election. In today’s mixer: union money, endorsements, and the dangers of texting.
Our panelists: Hillel Aron, a contributing writer to the LA Weekly, and Kate Linthicum from the Los Angeles Times.
So what happened this week? Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, are …

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Warren Olney is hosting a mayoral debate and you should come!

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Who will be the next LA mayor? Do you have questions you still want answered?
With just a few weeks left until Election Day, it’s time to get beyond the campaign rhetoric and 30-second commercials in the race for mayor of Los Angeles. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti visit Zócalo for a live debate. They’ll take questions—and follow-ups—from Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.?”
It’s a chance to demand specifics …

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