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Patt Morrison is best known as a longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes.

In addition to the Times, Patt is read, heard, and seen in many other places. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and has published a bestselling book on the Los Angeles River.

Morrison is frequently interviewed about Southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of "Life & Times" on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards.

A Senior Fellow in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, Morrison was featured on the cover of "TALKERS Magazine" as one of the ‘’heavy hundred’’ of the nation’s talk radio hosts – a first for a public radio host.

Among her other honors: Pink's, the famous Los Angeles hot dog stand, has a veggie dog named after her!

Stories by Patt Morrison

Let's Get Conventional -- California, Yes We Can

Like most of you who called, I like the idea of a constitutional convention for California -- emphasis ''idea.'' The usual devil -- or many of them -- will reside in the details. But for starters, it really would show who's serious if the delegates had to dress as they would have at California's original constitutional convention more than 150 years ago.

Group calls for California constitutional convention

Some Californians say they have a solution to the state’s recurring budget troubles: rewrite its constitution. A coalition called Repair California is pushing for a constitutional convention.

LA proposes limited digital billboards, fewer billboards overall

The city of Los Angeles is willing to exchange flashier billboards for fewer billboards. In a compromise announced Thursday, city council and neighborhood council members proposed that Lamar Advertising tear down 4,000 of its billboards. The company would be able to place larger, digital billboards on city property.

The Sally Rand of Legislatures

Oh, that legislature is such a tease, with the peekaboo budget – it’s off, it’s on, we have a deal, no we don’t.

State budget deal will entail cuts to public education

The budget compromise leaders are approaching in Sacramento won’t eliminate any state programs.

Southwest Airlines reassesses safety after fuselage blows hole

Southwest Airlines has inspected almost 200 of its Boeing 737s and has found no problems with the jets. The airline conducted the inspection after a football-sized hole opened in the fuselage of a Southwest jet on Monday. No one was injured. The head of the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation says the plane could have suffered aging-related stress.

Governor’s representative concedes budget cuts social services

The budget deal Sacramento lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger are trying to complete will include cuts to medical insurance for poor children and to in-home care for elderly and disabled Californians, says the governor’s spokesman Aaron McLear.

Assembly speaker assesses winners, losers in impending budget

As Sacramento lawmakers move closer to a budget deal with the governor, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass noted that the compromise doesn’t include new taxes and does require borrowing among state agencies.

State budget crunch will eliminate jobs

Any budget deal Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers hammer out will eliminate some state jobs.

The U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearings -- Bob Fosse Version?

The first Supreme Court nomination hearing I remember watching was Clarence Thomas', in 1991, and it set an unenviable standard of its own when it comes to the choreography of the hearings.

Hispanic Bar Association president to testify in support of Sotomayor

The president of the Hispanic National Bar Association says opponents have presumed too much bias in appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor’s statement that a wise Latina will apply her perspective to legal decisions.

Second Amendment activist will testify against Sotomayor

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor said she agrees that the Second Amendment to the Constitution assures individuals’ right to bear arms.

''A Wise Latina ... "

... the Sonia Sotomayor hearings for the nominee to the Supreme Court. Once we've wrapped up in D.C. for the day, three of our guests will soon be testifying at the hearings themselves: two against Sotomayor, and one in favor.

Initiative would limit rights of children born to illegal residents

Activists in California have begun to promote a ballot measure that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants and limit the citizenship rights of their children born in this country.

Ballot proposal would limit citizenship of illegal immigrants’ children

A ballot initiative proposed for next year’s statewide election would restrict the citizenship rights of children born in the United States to illegal immigrants.