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Brian Watt is a Business and Economics Reporter for KPCC. He joined the KPCC news team in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at "Marketplace," where he filed a number of his own stories and even filled in some mornings as host.

Brian holds degrees in Theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including "The West Wing," "Judging Amy," and "The District."

Stories by Brian Watt

LA unveils a plan for improving city tax collection

Los Angeles City officials unveiled a blueprint this morning for improving ways the city collects taxes.

Metro public hearing to be held this morning on proposed regional connector

Los Angeles County transit officials hold the final public hearing on Metro’s proposed regional connector this morning.

New federal fiscal year means end of stimulus program that created jobs

There’s a lot of talk about creating jobs. The Transitional Subsidized Employment program, or TSE, did it. But Congress couldn't agree on extending the funding for the federal stimulus program into the new fiscal year, so it's come to an end.

Memorial service honors 5th-grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas

Friends, relatives, colleagues and students remembered fifth grade teacher Rigoberto Ruelas at a memorial service Thursday night in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles officials hold hearings on proposed bike plan

A series of public hearings on the city of Los Angeles’ proposed bicycle plan began Saturday morning at the Hollywood Municipal Building.

Homelessness forum in Venice over human waste gets tense

Tempers flared Thursday night at a packed town hall on homelessness at Westminster Elementary School in Venice.

Homelessness town hall meeting scheduled for tonight in Venice

Homelessness is the topic of a town hall forum scheduled for tonight in Venice. The agenda is packed.

CicLAvia to close 7 miles of LA streets for a day

Los Angeles City officials announced plans Wednesday to close seven and a half miles of city streets to cars on Sunday, October 10. The occasion: CicLAvia.

Advocates, opponents of Prop 19 address legislators

At a hearing in Sacramento Tuesday, the California Assembly and Senate committees on public safety pondered what might happen if California voters make marijuana legal in November. Representatives of several statewide groups spoke for and against the ballot measure known as Proposition 19.

California's jobless rate edges up slightly in August

New data from the state out today show the unemployment rate in California climbed a hair last month. It was 12.3 percent in July and 12.4 percent in August.

NASA shows off next Mars rover

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena satisfied some folks’ curiosity on Thursday by showing off the next rover it plans to send to the planet Mars. It’s called the Mars Science Laboratory, or “Curiosity,” and it’s about the size of a Mini Cooper, with six wheels instead of four.

Judge rules LAX can ban cash solicitations

A federal appeals court has given Los Angeles International Airport clearance to stop solicitors from asking travelers for cash.

Slow growth and high unemployment for California as US economy recovers

Forecasters at UCLA’s Anderson School see slow, sluggish growth and high unemployment as the U.S. economy recovers from a recession.

Liability cap has Metrolink, crash survivors at odds

Attorneys for Metrolink and transportation contractor Connex appeared before a federal judge today in Los Angeles with victims of the 2008 Chatsworth commuter rail crash. The judge and attorneys began scheduling the legal proceedings necessary for a payout to the victims and their families.

Federal judge, attorneys set schedule for settlement in Chatsworth Metrolink crash

A federal judge has ordered Metrolink commuter rail and Connex Railroad to deposit with the court $200 million that would compensate victims of a crash in Chatsworth two years ago. Judge George Wu didn’t approve the amount of compensation, but he did set a schedule for the necessary legal proceedings.