Archive for May 15th, 2013

Grand Fire burns at least 3,000 acres in Kern County

Local | | May 15 2013, 7:13 PM

Kern County Fire officials say the quickly-burning Grand Fire is now 10 percent contained, and has spread into Los Angeles County.

Police ID suspect in Westside pipe bomb arrest

Crime & Justice | | May 15 2013, 6:23 PM

Police say 29-year-old Robert Wilson was taken into custody and booked on felony possession of a destructive device.

Orange County won't bill hikers for $160,000 rescue

Local | | May 15 2013, 6:00 PM

Supervisors concluded they don't have the authority to bill two young hikers for the cost to rescue them last month, but supervisors could change the law next week.

LA schools suspension ban part of education trend

Education | | May 15 2013, 4:26 PM

LAUSD's decision to ban "willful defiance"suspensions is the latest effort by districts around the nation to curb "zero tolerance" policies and find alternatives to keep disruptive kids in school.

Obama announces resignation of acting IRS commissioner

US & World | | May 15 2013, 2:59 PM

President Obama announced the resignation of the top official at the IRS following a controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative political groups.

UPDATE: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine donate $70 million for new USC school (poll)

Education | | May 15 2013, 2:28 PM

Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and music industry entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine have donated a combined $70 million to create a new institute at USC.

California's median home prices at 5 year high

Business & Economy | | May 15 2013, 1:59 PM

San Diego-based research firm DataQuick said Wednesday that median price paid for a home in California was $324,000 in April, the highest since June 2008.

4.0 earthquake shakes up South Bay

Local | | May 15 2013, 1:25 PM

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the latest in a series of temblors that have hit the Southland in recent weeks.

OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial

Crime & Justice | | May 15 2013, 11:11 AM

O.J. Simpson spoke Wednesday in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.

UPDATE: Witnesses say authorities erased video of Kern County beating

Crime & Justice | | May 15 2013, 10:55 AM

The FBI has agreed to investigate the death of a man beaten by Kern County sheriff's deputies while witnesses shot video with cellphones.

Powerball fever hits California as jackpot tops $360 million

Local | | May 15 2013, 8:05 AM

The Powerball lottery has been available since April in California and sales are brisk. The Wednesday jackpot is $360 million.

US factory output drops in April as automakers reduced production

Politics | | May 15 2013, 7:33 AM

The Federal Reserve Wednesday said U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as industries reduced output. The weakness in manufacturing suggests economy growth may be slowing this spring.

Hyundai builds $200 million US headquarters in Orange County

Business & Economy | | May 15 2013, 7:05 AM

South Korea-based Hyundai on pace to finish new $200 million U.S. headquarters in Orange County - but had considered moving to Alabama.

Where does your US congressman stand on immigration reform?

Politics | | May 15 2013, 3:42 PM

KPCC surveyed the entire California delegation to assess where members stand on key elements that are expected to be considered in both versions of the bill.

Long Beach to sue Los Angeles over railyard expansion near port

Pacific Swell | | May 15 2013, 10:24 PM

The Long Beach City Council has authorized the city attorney to sue the city of Los Angeles over the Southern California International Gateway.

Census: Immigration to drive US population growth by mid-century

Multi-American | | May 15 2013, 6:40 PM

It's projected that even if net migration remains constant, non-Latino whites would lose their majority status by 2046, and as early as 2041 if migration increases.

USPS: LA is no. 1 in dogs attacking mail carriers

The Latest | | May 15 2013, 5:33 PM

The USPS says 69 postal employees were attacked in L.A. last year "placing the City of Angels as the most vicious for dog attacks" in the country.

A call to suspend deportations while Congress debates reform

Multi-American | | May 15 2013, 5:12 PM

Immigrant advocates and Latino and labor groups want the White House to suspend deportations of people who might qualify for legalization under the Senate bill.

'Hologram' ODB and Eazy-E join Rock the Bells 2013 lineup

The Latest | | May 15 2013, 4:43 PM

Tupac Shakur's hologram will have to share the afterlife green room with a two new virtual artists — Eazy-E of N.W.A. and Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard.

#DearMayor: KPCC is hitting the streets of Eagle Rock

Represent! | | May 15 2013, 4:11 PM

KPCC wants to know what you'd like the next L.A. mayor to work on first? Come out to Auntie Em's in Eagle ROck Thursday to tell us in person.

House committee debates scope, price of border security

Represent! | | May 15 2013, 3:37 PM

A House bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a "comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control" of the borders.

How much money is hidden in LA city departments?

Represent! | | May 15 2013, 3:16 PM

The city has more than 600 special revenue funds that hold money from grants and dedicated taxes, but leaders don't have a handle on their status.

American Idol has its finale Thursday but everyone's going to watch 'The Office'

Without A Net | | May 15 2013, 2:08 PM

“American Idol” wants to stay relevant, but they’re facing for the second part of their two-night finale they're facing the series finale of “The Office.”

New school to be named after Mexican artist

Pass / Fail | | May 15 2013, 1:52 PM

L.A. Unified's Board of Education approved naming a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The decision flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about it.

School board backs up Scripps High; won't overturn 'twerking' video punishments

The Latest | | May 15 2013, 1:27 PM

"Twerking" video scandal update: School board dances around punishment while the issue of kids shaking their behinds turns into an issue of adults covering their own.

VIDEO: Filmmaker protests Abercrombie by distributing their clothes on Skid Row

Without A Net | | May 15 2013, 12:34 PM

Filmmaker Greg Karber buys Abercrombie clothing from a Goodwill and starts distributing it to a group the company might think was off-brand: homeless people.

In immigration news: A Boston bombing-inspired Senate bill amendment, House GOP members say no, diversity visas, more

Multi-American | | May 15 2013, 10:30 AM

An amendment to the Senate immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would tighten student visa rules and monitoring in the wake of last month's Boston Marathon bombings. This and more.

Governor proposes raid of cap-and-trade proceeds

Pacific Swell | | May 15 2013, 10:22 AM

Governor Jerry Brown plans to balance the budget with $500 million from a program to fight climate change - a move that has stirred up clean air advocates.

Book review: Michael J. Gerhardt's "The Forgotten Presidents"

Off-Ramp | | May 15 2013, 9:24 AM

This is a surprisingly singular study of the U.S. Presidents who somehow didn't make it into the common history of our nation.

Maven's Morning Coffee: City Hall loses women leaders

Represent! | | May 15 2013, 8:03 AM

Today is Wednesday, May 15 and headlines include a lack of women in LA City Hall, the nasty race in CD13, and a discussion on Proposition C.

Women lose political footing at LA City Hall

Represent! | | May 15 2013, 6:00 AM

Los Angeles has gone backwards in how women are represented in municipal government. On July 1, L.A. city government could be run entirely by men.

Living close to busy streets could hurt kidney function (Map)

OnCentral | | May 15 2013, 6:00 AM

Researchers found that people who lived near busy roadways appeared to have a 4 percent higher chance of dying from heart problems brought on by reduced kidney function. In South L.A., many people live near busy roads.

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The secret to appreciating abstract art

| May 15 2013, 6:00 AM

Fight or flight ... in the art gallery?


A case for why the criminal justice system doesn't work

| May 15 2013, 5:23 PM

Defense attorney Mark Geragos has tried approximately 300 cases, including representing celebrities Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, and Mike Tyson. He makes a case that the criminal justice system is corrupt and weighs in on the OJ Simpson trial and the Jackson family lawsuit to AEG.

License plate scanners and predictive policing: A conversation with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

| May 15 2013, 10:40 AM

Today we're having our monthly check in with the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck, on a host of topics, including the reward decision for fugitive Christopher Dorner, the department's lawsuit with ACLU over the use of data collected by license plate scanners attached to LAPD cruisers, accusations from USC students that police treated black and white students differently when breaking up parties near campus, and more.

Chicago’s mayor proposes steeper fines for cycling scofflaws

| May 15 2013, 10:39 AM

Should more laws be imposed that are more specific to cycling safety? What's the right punishment for dooring? Are there some traffic laws that should only apply to drivers, but don't make sense for cyclists? Or should everyone be treated the same to ensure clarity and safety?

Checking in on the race for LA mayor

| May 15 2013, 10:04 AM

With the runoff election for Los Angeles Mayor between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel taking place in less than a week, Larry talks with KPCC’s political team for a check in.

Poll: Should states follow NTSB advice and lower DUI limit to 0.05?

US & World | | May 15 2013, 10:01 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the legal blood alcohol level be reduced to 0.05 from the current level of 0.08.

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Recent Occidental College grad reflects on challenge ahead

| May 15 2013, 10:54 AM

Today we hear from 22-year-old Cameron Westbury, who spent the last four years studying economics at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

Bidding war for St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica intensifies

| May 15 2013, 10:42 AM

Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica is at the center of a bidding war, and the stakes just got a little higher today. Billionaire doctor and businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong is expected to make a formal bid for the hospital today, according to the Los Angeles Times. To do so, he has joined up the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of LA.

Paul Krekorian calls for better oversight of LA city funds

| May 15 2013, 10:24 AM

This month, the City of Los Angeles found almost $43 million in a special transportation fund. The money had gone undetected for almost 20 years and while it's good news for the city, it has officials worried about the possibility of other hidden money.

Sports Roundup: Sacramento arena drama, Golden State Warriors and more

| May 15 2013, 9:50 AM

While the Sacramento Kings wait to hear about their future, taxpayers in Sacramento have sued the city over the downtown arena deal and attempted to start a ballot initiative which could block the construction of a new arena.

LA's Vision y Compromiso wins $1 million health exchange grant

| May 15 2013, 9:35 AM

Yesterday, nearly 50 organizations throughout California found themselves a bit richer after winning grants from a $43 million pool of federal money to help spread the word about health insurance.

Bike Week LA: How the city is working to make cycling safer

| May 15 2013, 9:21 AM

Tim Fremeux, Department Of Transportation bikeways engineer, joins the show to fill us in on how LA is working to make city streets safer for bicyclists.

Can Mexico's booming tech industry last?

| May 15 2013, 9:02 AM

Over the last decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing grew three times faster than the global average. Most of that expansion is fueled by demand from the United States, but there are questions about how long the surge can last.

Women lose political footing at Los Angeles City Hall

| May 15 2013, 9:02 AM

Los Angeles has gone backwards in how women are represented in municipal government. On July 1, L.A. city government could be run entirely by men.

Payday lenders find ways to skirt Military Lending Act

| May 15 2013, 9:02 AM

A new investigation from ProPublica and Marketplace finds that lenders have found ways around a federal law meant to protect members of the US military from predatory loans.

Are political-minded tech moguls America's new oligarchs?

| May 15 2013, 9:02 AM

Writer Joel Kotkin fears that too much money and power is being concentrated in a few technology companies, and says that's not only bad for the marketplace, it's bad for democracy.

NTSB recommends lowering DUI limit to 0.05 percent (Poll)

| May 15 2013, 9:02 AM

This week the National Transportation Safety Board laid out a series of new recommendations related to drunk driving. The most significant was that states reduce the blood-alcohol limit by more than a third, from 0.08 to 0.05 percent.

Senate approves 5-year farm bill while House readies its own

Politics | | May 15 2013, 9:01 AM

Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Commission approved a five-year farm bill which would cost almost $100 billion annually. Today, the House Agriculture Committee is set to consider its own version. This legislation could have big implications for California farmers.

Sacramento Kings owners to vote on potential move

| May 15 2013, 9:01 AM

The NBA team's owners, the Maloof family, had agreed to sell to a group of investors in Seattle, but this game isn't over just yet. Owners will vote on a potential move at a meeting in Dallas today.