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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

Rain causes trouble in Venice area

The first significant rain of the season in Southern California caused some overnight headaches in the Venice area.

Foreclosure victims speak up at public hearing

California has the third highest foreclosure rate in the country. Some state lawmakers don’t believe that federal and state programs designed to avert foreclosures are effective enough. KPCC’s Brian Watt says they sponsored a hearing at Los Angeles City Hall to determine what more the state can do.

California, Interior Dept. agree to fast track renewable energy

A new agreement between California and the U.S. Department of the Interior Monday will speed up plans for renewable energy projects in the state. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

4th annual AltCar Expo showcases alternative rides

The 4th annual AltCar Expo started today at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by to survey everything that runs on anything…but oil.

Public weighs in on Crenshaw Corridor transit options

The Metro Gold Line Extension is set to open soon. The Expo Line is under construction. But LA County Metro has also spent the last two years studying options for a new transit system along Crenshaw Boulevard. Now, the agency’s seeking input from the public. KPCC’s Brian Watt stopped by a hearing last night.

Plans to renovate ballpark in Compton

Retired major league baseball players and city officials convened today at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Compton's Gonzales Park. KPCC's Brian Watt says they celebrated the ballfield's past and made plans for its future.

LA County employees rally as contract negotiations continue

Los Angeles County is the largest employer in... Los Angeles County. Its current labor contract with more than 55,000 employees expires Wednesday night. The union that represents those workers staged a rally Tuesday at L.A. County headquarters, as talks for a new contract entered their final stages. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

Activists call attention to police-involved shootings

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have shot and killed 13 people so far this year. Last year, the department reported five such shootings. KPCC’s Brian Watt says the issue of police violence is on the minds of activists in Inglewood.

Foothill Transit wants out of TAP system

Great idea. Not so great execution. That seems to be the rap on L.A. County’s Transit Access Pass – the TAP card. It’s designed to allow public transit passengers throughout the county to board trains or buses on different systems with one fare card. But the Foothill Transit agency decided today it wants out of the TAP system for now. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

SAG members elect Ken Howard president

Members of the Screen Actors Guild have elected Ken Howard as their new national president. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

California AG sues alleged middleman for Bernard Madoff

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff had a middleman in Beverly Hills, and his name is Stanley Chais. That’s the chief allegation in a lawsuit state attorney general Jerry Brown filed today against Chais. More on the story from KPCC’s Brian Watt.

SAG holds election for new officers and board members

It’s been a turbulent two years for the Screen Actors Guild. The top union for movie and TV actors fought for months with Hollywood producers over a new contract. And in the middle of that fight, SAG got into a nasty battle with the other union for Hollywood performers. This week, members of the Screen Actors Guild will choose the union’s leaders for the next two years. Ballots are due on Thursday. KPCC’s Brian Watt spoke with two candidates vying to be the next president of SAG.

Bicycle advocates to count cyclists in Los Angeles

By the end of this week, one group hopes to have calculated just how many cyclists and pedestrians there are in Los Angeles. KPCC’s Brian Watt explains.

UCLA forecasters predict slow economic recovery

Economists with the UCLA Anderson Forecast offer their quarterly take today on where the domestic economy’s been and where it’s headed. The recession may be ending, they say, but the recovery could be very slow. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

State officials move prescription drug database to the Web

A new Web-based tracking system gives California doctors, pharmacists, and police immediate access to a patient’s prescription drug history. KPCC’s Brian Watt says it launched Tuesday.