Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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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

Santa Monica bus increases fares, introduces new deals

For years, 75 cents has gotten riders pretty far on Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. For a quarter of a century, seniors have only paid a quarter. Starting Sunday, everyone will need an extra quarter.

California college leaders speak out on budget delays, cutbacks

The heads of higher education in California today pressured the governor and state legislature to approve a long-awaited budget so they could relieve a bottleneck to allow more students through classroom doors.

Most Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries ineligible to remain open

The Los Angeles City Clerk’s office has determined that about 75 percent of the medical marijuana dispensaries that want to stay open under the city’s new ordinance will have to shut down. The city clerk surveyed the paperwork from 169 dispensaries that already operated under the city’s interim ordinance. Only 41 of them met the requirements of the new ordinance.

Authorities arrest dozens in investigation of Pueblo Bishops Bloods street gang [Updated]

Federal and local authorities arrested dozens of people Wednesday morning in the culmination of an investigation into the Pueblo Bishops Bloods street gang.

Possible pipe bomb found at South LA's Manual Arts High School [Updated]

A possible pipe bomb was found today on the campus of Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, and about 2,000 students and staff were evacuated to an athletic field while a bomb squad worked to remove the item.

LA County water districts offer cash for grass

You’ve heard of “Cash for Clunkers?” How about “tens and twenties for turf?” A new rebate program is launching from the Los Angeles County Waterworks districts.

Manhattan Beach Open set to begin despite pro league's end

The setting and spiking on the sand begins Saturday morning at the Manhattan Beach Open volleyball competition. Some people call the Open the “Wimbledon” of beach volleyball, but it’s happening just after the collapse of the pro tour. The sport’s top event survived this year by returning to its surf-and-sand roots.

Business brisk for new Chevy dealership in Montebello

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.

LA mayor takes heat over helmet law idea at 'Bike Summit'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked today about how to make L.A. safer for bicyclists.

Activists accuse Compton mayor, officials of corruption; push for recall [Updated]

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.

Personal income of Californians drops 2.5% from last year

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.

Rating agency downgrades Bell's bonds to junk status

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s has downgraded the City of Bell’s bonds to junk status.

South LA church displays photos of 10 'Grim Sleeper' victims

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.

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.