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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 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.

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.