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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 Supervisor Yaroslavsky calls for moratorium on LA Coliseum raves

One day after a 15-year-old girl died from a suspected drug overdose sustained during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky today called for a moratorium on any future raves at the facility.

RealtyTrac report: Half of homes sold in California in foreclosure

More than half the homes that sold in California in the first three months of 2010 were in some stage of foreclosure.

Former porn actresses sue clinic for releasing patient records

Two former adult film actresses are suing the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. They allege the Sherman Oaks-based foundation that tests adult film performers for sexually transmitted diseases violated their privacy by releasing their health information online.

Fares on Metro, Metrolink to go up

Many Southland commuters will need some extra change in their pockets starting later this week. Fare increases take effect Thursday on Los Angeles County Metro and the Metrolink commuter rail service.

Construction to begin on new Gold Line Extension from Pasadena to Azusa

Construction crews break ground today on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The new light rail line will add 11 miles of track from Pasadena west to Azusa.

Metrolink shifts train operations to Amtrak

Metrolink’s Board of Directors gave its final approval Friday to fare hikes that’ll go into effect July 1. On Saturday, the engineers and crews operating Metrolink trains become employees of Amtrak.

Pasadena Adult Soccer League is its own World Cup

The endless buzz of the South African vuvuzela is missing. Missing, too, are spectators. But in Pasadena, a scaled-down version of the World Cup plays out almost every day in the city-sponsored Adult Soccer League.

New chief installed at LA Animal Services Dept.

The city of Los Angeles’ troubled Department of Animal Services has a new chief. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Brenda Barnette today after a nationwide search that ended in Seattle, Wash.

LAPD to deploy large force for Lakers-Celtics final

Police officers on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorcycle will be on hand Thursday night at Staples Center for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says his department will deploy four times as many officers as it did when the Lakers won the championship last year.

Claims filed in City Council meeting scuffle with cops

Six people have filed claims for damages against the Los Angeles City Council and Police Department for injuries they suffered during a scuffle at an L.A. City Council meeting last month. Claimants say police officers responded with violence: swinging batons, shoving, and using Tasers. They maintain that police closed the council chamber's back door and prevented people from leaving.

Assembly panel examines impact of sports stadiums on local economies

California is home to plenty of professional sports stadiums and arenas. A state legislative committee held a hearing today near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the effect those venues have on local economies.

USC campus reacts to NCAA sanctions

Thursday was a tough day for the Trojans. The governing body for college sports, the NCAA, slapped the University of Southern California with sanctions for violations in its football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs.

Betsy Butler wins 53rd Assembly District Democratic Primary, faces Republican Nathan Mintz

In a crowded Democratic primary in Assembly District 53, Betsy Butler of Marina Del Rey prevailed over seven other candidates. Butler now faces Republican Nathan Mintz and the Green Party's Lisa Ann Green in the general election.

Jerry Brown wins Democratic nomination, makes third run for California governor

He's back! Thirty-six years after California voters first elected him governor, Jerry Brown has won the Democratic nomination for the job again. It will be his third run for the state's top office. KPCC's Brian Watt was at Brown's celebration Tuesday night in downtown Los Angeles.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks at Club Nokia

The room is slowly filling up this evening at Club Nokia, where Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to address the crowd after 8:30 p.m. He passed through at 6:15 and spoke briefly with reporters. Then, the room was empty, filled only with the sound of two big screens broadcasting the Lakers-Celtics game.