Archive for August 27th, 2013

Outgoing LA police commissioners make room for new appointees

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | August 27 2013, 6:13 PM

The L.A. Police Commission met for the last time as a group Tuesday since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new appointees for the civilian police oversight board.

New task force aims to transform Downtown's historic Pershing Square

Local | | August 27 2013, 5:50 PM

Although this plaza hasn't always been the neighborhood's crown jewel, area stakeholders are pushing for a makeover to transform it into a more family-friendly space.

Family of 8-year-old boy to sue LA County for 'wrongful death'

Crime & Justice | | August 27 2013, 5:47 PM

The family of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old boy who allegedly died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, take steps to sue L.A. county.

Las Vegas Sands to pay $47.4 million to settle federal probe

Crime & Justice | | August 27 2013, 5:03 PM

Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. has agreed to pay $47.4 million after failing to report millions of dollars it gained from a gambler linked to drug trafficking.

DA: Charges won't be filed against Pippen after Malibu fight

Crime & Justice | | August 27 2013, 4:36 PM

L.A. County prosecutors are declining charge former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen after a fight with an autograph seeker outside a Malibu sushi restaurant.

Gov. Brown proposes $315 million prison plan

Politics | | August 27 2013, 3:44 PM

Brown responded to a court order to reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.

Facebook: US wanted data on 20,000 of its users this year (chart)

US & World | | August 27 2013, 2:22 PM

Governments in 74 countries wanted information on 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, according to a report released by the social media giant.

LA pot burglary suspect falls through roof, found trapped

Crime & Justice | | August 27 2013, 1:59 PM

Police say a man arrested for allegedly trying to burglarize a medical marijuana dispensary had his plans go up in smoke when he crashed through the roof and was trapped.

Study: NCLB waivers leave behind at-risk students

US & World | | August 27 2013, 1:27 PM

Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a new study.

Job cuts expected at state unemployment agency

Business & Economy | | August 27 2013, 11:12 AM

The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program.

White House on Syria: Chemical attack requires response (updated)

US & World | | August 27 2013, 10:48 AM

The White House is making a legal argument for undertaking a military response in Syria following that country's alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people.

Manning would pay for hormone treatment, lawyer says

US & World | | August 27 2013, 10:46 AM

Pvt. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, hopes to receive the estrogen treatments while serving her prison sentence for leaking U.S. secrets.

Tesla sales hum in California, beating Porsche, Land Rover

Business & Economy | | August 27 2013, 8:06 AM

It's been a good year for Tesla Motors and its Model S luxury sedan in California, where Tesla is selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick.

Rim Fire: Yosemite wildfire now 7th largest in Calif. history (map, photos)

Local | | August 27 2013, 8:04 AM

Crews made some progress overnight on the aggressive wildfire burning in parts of Yosemite National Park, but the fire grew to 179,481 acres.

US home prices rise strong 12.1 percent in June

Business & Economy | | August 27 2013, 7:13 AM

U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets.

KPCC DIGEST PM (Aug. 27) — Prison blueprints and at least 1 child left behind

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An author muses on the art of immigrant life

Multi-American | | August 27 2013, 5:01 PM

How much creativity does it take to survive and thrive in a new land? An excerpt from a thought-provoking interview with Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.

Garcetti names USC dean to head Office of Immigrant Affairs

Represent! | | August 27 2013, 4:29 PM

Mayor taps Linda Lopez, Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at USC’s Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Los Angeles' mural moratorium could be overturned

Represent! | | August 27 2013, 4:16 PM

A decade-long ban on public murals could be reversed Wednesday when the L.A. City Council votes on an ordinance regulating public art.

Rising home prices, falling foreclosure rates in LA area

The Breakdown | | August 27 2013, 3:17 PM

The Los Angeles area housing market continues to improve, as foreclosure rates fall and home prices rise. For buyers, fewer foreclosures mean fewer discounts.

In immigration news: Reform supporters and the civil rights movement, low-skilled immigrants, Napolitano defends record, more

Multi-American | | August 27 2013, 12:23 PM

Proponents of immigration reform are taking a civil rights tack in their push for an overhaul during this week's fiftieth anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington. This and more.

KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 27) — Strike talk for Syria, Skid Row scam, cockfighters freed, Tesla hums

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Maven's Morning Coffee: President Obama heads back to LA

Represent! | | August 27 2013, 7:21 AM

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27 and headlines include another SoCal visit from the president, a state of emergency for film production, and a settlement for DWP.

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El Segundo company named the fastest-growing in the U.S.

| August 27 2013, 12:03 PM

When you look at fast growing private companies in the U.S., you need look no further than a small city next to Los Angeles International Airport.

The Loh Down On Science

Doctors examine the risk associated with heading soccer balls

| August 27 2013, 9:00 AM

The world's most popular sport gets a check-up.

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Officials crack down on truckloads of bottles and cans

| August 27 2013, 10:21 AM

Trafficking in nickels and dimes may not seem profitable. But people from out-of-state are bringing recyclable cans and bottles into California by the truckload to earn the bottle deposit on top of the price for scrap.

Train crash in Mexico highlights plight of Central American migrants

| August 27 2013, 10:16 AM

Over the weekend, a train derailed in Southern Mexico killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. The victims were migrants from Central America, many of them riding on the roof or between the cars of the cargo train, known as "The Beast."

Study links sea otters to improved estuary health

| August 27 2013, 9:59 AM

California's sea otters were once hunted to near-extinction, but now, thanks to recovery programs, they are bouncing back. It turns out that's not just good news for the otters, but also for their ecosystem.

LA's foster care system strained by shortage of foster parents

| August 27 2013, 9:51 AM

In the past year, there's even been overcrowding in holding rooms, those are temporary shelters where foster kids are supposed to stay no more than 24 hours while the county tries to place them.

LA City Council to vote on public mural ban

| August 27 2013, 9:42 AM

Drive around the city of Los Angeles and you're likely to notice the ornate and colorful murals that occupy public spaces. But maybe you didn't know that since 2003, new public murals have been prohibited.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Julia Holter, Mulatu Astatke, Trombone Shorty

| August 27 2013, 9:33 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. Joining us this week is music critic Steve Hochman.

Ojai residents may buyout company that supplies their water

| August 27 2013, 9:16 AM

Voters in Ojai, east of Santa Barbara, decide Tuesday whether to buy out the private company that provides their water.

Trader Joe's sues Canadian 'Pirate' reselling items in Vancouver

Arts & Entertainment | | August 27 2013, 9:08 AM

Michael Hallatt runs Pirate Joe's, a store offering Trader Joe's products he's smuggled across the US-Canada border. Now Trader Joe's is suing Hallatt.

Chris's Collection: Drive-In board game

| August 27 2013, 9:08 AM

Chris Nichols is an editor at Los Angeles magazine, but he's also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Southern California's history. Every so often he comes by and he brings in one of his treasures.

New project looks at the reasons the cost of college has skyrocketed

| August 27 2013, 9:08 AM

As most of us are aware that the cost of a college education has sky-rocketed over the years. If you compared the average annual tuition for a public college or university from 1965 and now the increase might shock you.

Burning Man: A great place to meet a venture capitalist?

Arts & Entertainment | | August 27 2013, 9:07 AM

The Burning Man festival is all about rejecting commercialism. Yet its now one of the best places to find someone who'll fund your next tech venture.

How likely is US intervention in Syria?

| August 27 2013, 9:06 AM

The US is considering whether to take military action against Syria. This comes as a response to evidence that chemical weapons were used against civilians in that country.

Rim Fire continues to inch toward Yosemite's giant sequoia groves

| August 27 2013, 9:06 AM

Officials say the Rim Fire is 20 percent contained, but fire crews are optimistic that cooler temperatures and higher humidity will help. As the fire rages on the edges of Yosemite National Park, one of California's oldest and greatest natural treasures is under threat.

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NPR Special Coverage of the March on Washington anniversary events

| August 27 2013, 3:01 PM

Washington DC will be buzzing on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The most notable event will be at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. once stood and sounded out his dream for racial equality. Fifty years later, President Barack Obama and former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are set to speak at this same spot and pay tribute to this historic day. This event will be broadcast live during AirTalk.

Small businesses feel sticker shock from workers' comp insurance hikes

| August 27 2013, 10:55 AM

A spot survey by the Los Angeles Business Journal found some local employers hit with premium hikes exceeding 40 percent in the last year for workers' compensation insurance.

Would painting all imitation guns a bright neon color really make Los Angeles safer?

| August 27 2013, 10:52 AM

The Los Angeles City Council proposed legislation that would require all imitation firearms such as BB devices and Airsoft pistols to have their surfaces painted a distinct color. The idea is that law enforcement would then be able to easily distinguish between imitation firearms and the real device.

Huffington Post will no longer allow anonymous commenters

| August 27 2013, 10:49 AM

Starting next month the Huffington Post is putting an end to its anonymous commenters. All users will have to create verifiable accounts with the HuffPost. What led them to this decision? Will it improve the comments or scare legitimate users away?

Political bloggers might need to disclose financial ties

| August 27 2013, 10:43 AM

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is calling for blogger transparency. The FPPC is considering regulations that would disclose the political backings of bloggers and internet commentators.

What should be the US's next step in Syria?

| August 27 2013, 10:26 AM

In a statement yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry called the use of chemical weapons in Syria “a moral obscenity” that demands action from the U.S. Now the question is what action the U.S. will take against Syria for crossing the “red line” President Obama outlined against the use of chemical weapons?

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