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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

AG Brown sets up voter fraud hotline in Bell

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.

Immigration activists block LA intersection [Updated]

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.

Schwarzenegger signs bill establishing 'Ronald Reagan Day' in California

In Simi Valley today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a ceremonial signing of two bills honoring former President Ronald Reagan.

In Venice, car dwellers respond to prospect of 'safe' overnight parking

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.

Some LA County libraries cut hours due to budget woes

Half of Los Angeles County’s public libraries began running on a new and reduced schedule Monday due to budget cuts.

Teamsters in Hollywood accept studios' contract offer

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.

New community center at Oakridge Mobile Home Park replaces one destroyed by Sayre Fire

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 museum event to raise money for MS relief

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.

Southern California sees small signs of slow economic recovery

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.

Jack Kyser’s last LAEDC Forecast suggests slight economic growth for 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.

Los Angeles Superior Courts ends monthly furlough days

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.

Furlough days about to end for LA Superior Court

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.

LA Coliseum board votes to continue rave moratorium

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.

Boyle Heights library unveils $140K renovation

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar joined library officials today in Boyle Heights for a ribbon cutting outside the Benjamin Franklin Library.

Metro holds public meeting on progress of Westside subway extension

Los Angeles County Metro officials briefed people who work in the Miracle Mile area on the status of its proposed Westside subway extension today.