Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter
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
California Attorney General Jerry Brown expanded his probe today into the salary scandal in the City of Bell. His office has established a toll-free hotline for tips on possible election activity in Bell.
In Los Angeles, hundreds of demonstrators calling themselves "Todos Somos Arizona" converged in the intersection of Highland Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard to protest the Arizona law earlier today. L.A police say they have cleared the intersection of protestors as of 2:30 p.m.
In Simi Valley today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a ceremonial signing of two bills honoring former President Ronald Reagan.
For years, the Venice area has attracted people with nothing left but their cars or recreational vehicles – and the belongings they can fit inside. The city of Los Angeles is developing a program to help people in that situation. It would accompany new parking restrictions designed to reduce the number of sleep-in vehicles that stay overnight on residential streets.
Half of Los Angeles County’s public libraries began running on a new and reduced schedule Monday due to budget cuts.
Hollywood’s relative labor peace dodged an oncoming truck over the weekend. Members of the Teamster’s Union Local 399 voted yesterday to accept a new contract offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers.
Los Angeles city and county officials, and people who live at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar opened a new community center today.
Slot cars are rolling into the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Farrout Slot Car Club and the museum are hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis relief group MS Friends. The club is also hoping to put the popularity of slot cars in the U.S. back on track.
High unemployment rates may persist, but the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation says the domestic economy is in a slow recovery. Chief economist Nancy Sidhu says that’s becoming evident in Southern California.
The domestic economy will grow by three percent this year, and about the same next year. Tourism, trade, and TV and film production will help the Southland get through a period of slow growth. That’s the forecast from the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation.
For a year, the Los Angeles Superior Court has imposed furlough days, unpaid days off for most staff, on the third Wednesday of each month. Today is the last scheduled furlough day.
Wednesday is the last scheduled furlough day for employees of the Los Angeles Superior Court. A year ago, the county court system imposed unpaid days off for most staff on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Presiding Judge Tim McCoy said the move has saved $13 million, but everyone who uses the courts has paid the price.
The commission that controls the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has voted to continue indefinitely a moratorium on booking raves at the historic venue after an event last month resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar joined library officials today in Boyle Heights for a ribbon cutting outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.
Los Angeles County Metro officials briefed people who work in the Miracle Mile area on the status of its proposed Westside subway extension today.