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
Toyota and Tesla are joining forces to develop and manufacture electric cars. They’ll do it at a recently shuttered auto plant in Fremont, in Northern California. The heads of the two companies and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held a news conference on Thursday in Palo Alto to announce the deal. The news left the city of Downey, which thought it had a deal with Tesla, in shock.
Today is National Bike to Work Day. [Audio: KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Brian Watt who's at Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica and tells us how people in the Southland are responding to the day.]
The strike at Boeing’s C-17 plant in Long Beach has been on for a week. And the 1,700 workers who usually build the giant cargo planes are now outside walking a picket line. So what’s it like in a plant that makes a product when the product is not being made?
City Councilman Tom LaBonge walked his bike up to the front of LAPD headquarters wearing a bike helmet and a warm-up suit. He confessed that the morning drizzle forced him to make only half of his commute by bicycle. He described the last stretch as a little scary.
For 20 years, Homeboy Industries has given East L.A. gang members a chance to get out of trouble. Now the acclaimed anti-gang program is in trouble itself. It hasn’t been able to raise the money it needs to keep 300 or so ex-gang-bangers employed and off the streets. Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy announced to his staff that everyone’s been laid off.
Certain articles and blog posts on the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune websites sport a few choice words tinted green. The green words are links to e-commerce sites like Amazon.com and TicketNetwork, which the media company that owns the two newspapers hopes will be a new source of financial green.
The economists at Cal State Long Beach believe the nation’s begun a sustainable economic recovery, and the Southland won’t be left behind. They presented their annual economic forecast Thursday morning.
At 12:01 Tuesday morning, 1,700 workers that build Boeing’s C-17 cargo plane in Long Beach began a strike. They want the defense contractor to come up with a better deal on medical and pension benefits.
Celebrities and public officials gathered in Hollywood on Monday to rename the main post office in honor of longtime honorary Mayor Johnny Grant. The radio personality and television producer died two years ago, but the honor came a day after what would have been his 87th birthday.
Negotiators from Boeing and the United Aerospace Workers union are scheduled to meet Monday afternoon in Pico Rivera. Both sides want to avert a strike at Boeing’s C-17 plant in Long Beach.
The threat of a strike hangs in the air at the Boeing C-17 plant in Long Beach. Union workers on its assembly line have rejected the aircraft company’s latest contract offer.
The Theme Building in the middle of Los Angeles International Airport shook for a few moments Tuesday as engineers tested the space-age structure’s earthquake readiness.
In downtown Los Angeles tonight, an ensemble of musicians from Vietnam and Pasadena will perform works by young composers from both places. It’s the last concert of the Ascending Dragon Music Festival and Cultural Exchange.
The American Lung Association released its 2010 “State of the Air” Report on Wednesday. The annual report looks at ozone and particle pollution in California and across the country.
This Saturday’s May 1 immigration rights march in downtown Los Angeles could be huge. That’s the word from the labor unions and immigrants rights groups planning the weekend demonstration. They spoke with reporters at the march’s downtown L.A. starting point of Olympic and Broadway today.