Archive for October 22nd, 2013

Lawsuit may end deal to send LA County inmates to Kern County

Local | | October 22 2013, 8:06 PM

A contract to send 512 Los Angeles county jail inmates to a facility in Taft in the Central Valley may be killed as early as next week, after the discovery of legal hurdles.

Pew: Most Latinos can't name 'most important Hispanic leader'

Politics | | October 22 2013, 6:29 PM

When asked to name "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today," 71 percent said no one or that they didn't know. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was mentioned by 5 percent of respondents.

Judge affirms that UCLA must cede baseball stadium

Local | | October 22 2013, 5:56 PM

A judge has refused to overturn his ruling that UCLA must give up its baseball stadium that is leased on land from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The racial history of the 'grandfather clause'

Arts & Entertainment | | October 22 2013, 5:30 PM

Companies and individuals are considered grandfathered and exempt from new sets of regulations all the time. But, the term and the concept date from the era of segregation that followed the Civil War.

Alhambra police identify suspect in theft of hospital laptops

Health | | October 22 2013, 5:29 PM

Police are searching for Christopher Lee Brown, whose ex-girlfriend used to work at the office where the laptops were stolen.

2nd worker in LAX explosions pleads not guilty

Crime & Justice | | October 22 2013, 5:00 PM

The second worker charged with setting a series of dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded not guilty.

Health officials urge West Nile precautions

Health | | October 22 2013, 5:00 PM

A warmer than usual October is extending mosquito season, prompting health officials to urge take precautions against West Nile virus.

Public support for marijuana legalization hits record high

US & World | | October 22 2013, 5:00 PM

In November 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans favored marijuana legalization. Now that figure is at 58 percent.

Sony explains why its PlayStation 4 costs $1,845 in Brazil

Business & Economy | | October 22 2013, 4:31 PM

The steep cost isn't a case of price-gouging, the company says, but a sign of Brazil's heavy taxes and fees on imported electronics.

Opening statements Wednesday in latest Bell corruption trial

Local | | October 22 2013, 4:29 PM

Attorneys on Wednesday are expected to deliver opening statements in the public corruption case against former Bell Ass't City Manager Angela Spaccia. Robert Rizzo, her former boss and ex-City Manager, is expected to testify.

IRS delays start of tax season because of shutdown

US & World | | October 22 2013, 3:25 PM

The shutdown delayed the updating and testing of some of the IRS' systems. The original start date of tax season was Jan. 21. now it'll start no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4.

Ex-Hawaii school principal arrested in Los Angeles

Crime & Justice | | October 22 2013, 3:16 PM

A former principal of a Hawaii public charter school is being held in Los Angeles on charges of stealing and laundering more than $100,000 in school funds.

Capitol Dome set to receive $60 million facelift

US & World | | October 22 2013, 2:35 PM

From afar, it looks magnificent, but look closer and you'll find a rusting dome with more than 1,000 cracks. Construction begins in November.

How politics set the stage for the Obamacare website meltdown

Health | | October 22 2013, 1:52 PM

The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.

Report: Staffers kept mum on LA streetcar problems

Local | | October 22 2013, 1:42 PM

Records that show aides to Councilman Jose Huizar were reluctant to incorporate higher estimates into public discussions.

Want your daughter to be a science whiz? Soccer might help

Environment & Science | | October 22 2013, 1:08 PM

A British study finds that children who were most active at age 11 did better academically through the teenage years. Active girls did particularly well in science.

Former Mayor Villaraigosa joins global PR firm Edelman

Local | | October 22 2013, 12:49 PM

The job at Edelman is one of many new roles the former mayor has taken on since leaving office. In his new role, he will help clients navigate a variety of public policy challenges.

Amazon raises minimum purchase for free shipping by $10

Business & Economy | | October 22 2013, 12:11 PM

As the busy holiday shopping season looms, the giant retailer raised its minimum order size from $25 to $35. The change took effect Monday, the company says.

Calif. pastor to be sent home after Iran protest

Local | | October 22 2013, 11:39 AM

Pastor Eddie Romero broke away from a tourist group last Thursday and reappeared Monday at Evin Prison in Tehran, chanting "Let my people go."

Nevada middle school shooter got gun from home, police say

Crime & Justice | | October 22 2013, 11:20 AM

Washoe Co. School District Police said they are still working to trace where the gun was bought after a middle school student shot at classmates and then took his own life.

Roma couple charged with abducting girl; missing child tips pour in

US & World | | October 22 2013, 8:13 AM

Greek officials have received thousands of calls about a young blonde girl found living in a Roma settlement. Some callers offer information; others say the girl may be their child.

Bullock, Roberts crowned at Hollywood Film Awards

Arts & Entertainment | | October 22 2013, 7:56 AM

Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Harrison Ford, Jerry Weintraub and Lee Daniels received top honors at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday.

Getting federal benefits to gay couples: It's complicated

US & World | | October 22 2013, 7:15 AM

A Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits. Now, lawyers are working to make it happen.

Trains running again in San Francisco as BART strike ends

Local | | October 22 2013, 7:13 AM

A late-night deal has ended a walkout that began on Friday. Workers had objected to management's effort to change work and safety rules.

Fewer jobs than expected in Sept., but jobless rate fell

US & World | | October 22 2013, 7:09 AM

Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier.

Ask Emily: Death, taxes and … Obamacare?

Health | | October 22 2013, 6:00 AM

This week's installment of a biweekly column by Emily Bazar, senior writer with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, deals with the definition of "family."

Orange County's rural canyon residents fight development

Local | | October 22 2013, 6:00 AM

One of the last open spaces in Orange County is under development pressure. Residents of the county's "canyon lands" have banded together to preserve the rural character of the area.

LA school district has no Plan B for iPads in schools

Pass / Fail | | October 22 2013, 11:33 PM

For the first time, a school board committee called into question whether the iPad project would continue. Officials said there is no Plan B to administer state tests.

Mayor Garcetti names new Board of Harbor Commissioners

Represent! | | October 22 2013, 4:10 PM

The five-member commission oversees the Port of Los Angeles — one of the busiest in the world — and its $1.1 billion budget.

LA City Council, mayor at odds over ride-sharing companies

Represent! | | October 22 2013, 12:44 PM

Between a looming deadline and the threat of a veto from Mayor Garcetti, the City Council may have waited too long to challenge the alternative-taxi industry.

Teaching artists in OC and LA get funding boost

Pass / Fail | | October 22 2013, 10:00 AM

The California Arts Council awarded more than $2.8 million in grants across the state. In OC and LA, more than $290,000 went to support teaching artists.

In immigration news: Tech industry pushes reform, military vets and deportation, success of bilingual crossover films, more

Multi-American | | October 22 2013, 9:37 AM

Tech industry leaders are preparing to push immigration reform with a series of events, including a "hackathon" next month for young immigrants. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti chats up KPCC

Represent! | | October 22 2013, 8:34 AM

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22 and headlines include Mayor Eric Garcetti's appearance at KPCC, the increasing cost of a streetcar, and more harassment allegations at City Hall.

Mayor Garcetti at KPCC: Quake safety, federal funding top agenda (Video)

Represent! | | October 22 2013, 6:00 AM

Speaking at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he'd like to see support from Washington for transportation and LA River projects.

San Bernardino won't seek to outsource firefighting services

Represent! | | October 22 2013, 6:00 AM

The bankrupt city is looking for ways to save money, but a proposal from a city council member didn't get enough votes to proceed.

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Chicken contamination at Foster Farms sheds light on food regulation

| October 22 2013, 12:22 PM

The contamination of Foster Farms chickens has provided insight into food regulation.

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Fight for water access in Coachella Valley continues

| October 22 2013, 10:44 AM

Lawyers for the group say the Coachella Valley Water District is unfairly denying water and sewage services to the poorer, eastern side of the valley.

Curbing downtown LA's dogs

| October 22 2013, 10:43 AM

More people moving into downtown Los Angeles also means more dogs. But where are our canine friends welcome to do their business?

Why Hollywood bigwigs and moviegoers alike love the horror genre

| October 22 2013, 10:21 AM

Judging by what we've been seeing in the theaters lately, Americans like to be frightened, and that suits Hollywood just fine. Scary movies can be a lot cheaper to make and tend to do very well at the box office.

Calculating the cost of vandalism in National Parks

| October 22 2013, 9:25 AM

Earlier this month, three Boy Scout leaders videotaped themselves destroying a 170-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. It raises a question about the costs of these types of incidents, and what can be done to prevent them.

Hopi Foundation gives anti-torture award

| October 22 2013, 9:09 AM

On the Hopi Lands in Northern Arizona, an international group of health care workers gathered recently to honor the latest recipient of the Barbara Chester Award, given by the Hopi Foundation to those who work with torture victims

Orange County's rural canyon residents fight development

| October 22 2013, 9:05 AM

One of the last open spaces in Orange County is under development pressure. Residents of the county's "canyon lands" have banded together to preserve the rural character of the area.

'Back To Normal' and the misdiagnosis of mental illness in children

| October 22 2013, 9:00 AM

It's every parent's nightmare to hear that his or her child has a mental illness. But is a diagnosis from a doctor really a life-long sentence of drugs and therapy? Or might normal childhood behavior be mistaken for a mental disorder?

Study finds breast milk sold online is often tainted with bacteria

| October 22 2013, 9:00 AM

According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, human breast milk bought online very often had high amounts of bad bacteria that can be harmful to babies.

Families on food stamps face cuts to benefits on November 1

| October 22 2013, 8:59 AM

A major deadline is looming next week that will strip $5 billion for the fiscal year from the nation's food stamp program.

California's newest cities face extinction

| October 22 2013, 8:59 AM

For the California Report, Alex Schmidt reports from Riverside County, four of California's youngest cities may die an early death because of changes to the state's funding formula that governs who gets what.

How the rising jellyfish population poses a threat to humans and sea life

| October 22 2013, 8:58 AM

Lisa-Ann Gershwin, author of "Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean," joins the show to talk about the riding numbers of jellyfish and how they can affect human and sea life.

Getting to know the mountain lions that live in LA's hills

| October 22 2013, 8:43 AM

The mountain lion has many names, among them, puma, cougar and ghost cat. Mike Kessler followed the history of the large feline to present day for his story in Los Angeles Magazine and joins us to talk about it.

The Loh Down On Science

Why men should train to be dads

| October 22 2013, 6:00 AM

Building better baby brains

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BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

| October 22 2013, 4:48 PM

California currently forbids strikes by police and firefighters from going on strike. States like New York and Oregon prohibits their public transit workers from striking. Should California do the same?

Garcetti on earthquake retrofitting, the L.A. River, and office hours

| October 22 2013, 11:04 AM

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat down with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze last night at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum to discuss future plans for the city. On the agenda is a restoration of the LA River. Garcetti said he supports a $1 billion plan to restore the river’s ecosystem.

Amnesty International: US drone strikes are 'unlawful'

| October 22 2013, 10:45 AM

Human rights group, Amnesty International, is calling on the U.S. to disclose the breadth and consequences of its drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

Learning about the underbelly of Los Angeles through eavesdropping on police scanners

Crime & Justice | | October 22 2013, 10:25 AM

There’s a lot that listening to the police scanner can tell you about your city.

Is Apple officially out of ideas?

| October 22 2013, 10:07 AM

Apple is hosting a special event today in San Francisco. Folks in the know are expecting the Cupertino-based company to debut its latest versions of the iPad and iPad mini. In the last couple years, though, the only truly new products out of Apple have been just iterations of the same old thing.

Bike summit explores the mainstreaming of cycling in the Golden State

| October 22 2013, 9:49 AM

More Californians are giving the car the slip and hopping on bicycles for their daily commutes. Next month, a summit in the Bay area will explore the implications of the mainstreaming of cycling in California. What are the legal implications? What would it mean for urban planning?