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
At a time when many car dealerships are struggling and some face closure, Chevrolet of Montebello held a grand opening at its location on Whittier Boulevard.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked today about how to make L.A. safer for bicyclists.
The salaries may not be as high as they are in Bell, but some activists in Compton say the corruption in that city’s government is worse. They’ve have launched an effort to recall the city’s mayor and three other officials.
Here’s another sign the economy is struggling: the personal income of California residents dropped last year for the first time since World War II.
Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s has downgraded the City of Bell’s bonds to junk status.
Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer claimed victim number one. In South Los Angeles, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is displaying photographs of 10 victims.
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.