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If you don't watch sports, you're paying alot of money for channels you don't need, especially in the Los Angeles-area.
Cable and satellite television bills are expensive, and a big reason why is sports channels like ESPN that command high carriage fees.
If you don't watch sports, you're paying alot of money for channels you don't need.
But just how much? The New York Times estimated in 2011 American cable customers spend $100 a year on sports channels.
In L.A. that number is likely way too low, because of the proliferation of regional sports networks (RSN's) here, seven in all.
In a conference call with analysts following the release of DirecTV's second-quarter earnings Thursday, DirecTV CEO Mike White said his million-plus L.A. subscribers would be paying $312 a year to watch their hometown teams if they all demanded terms as rich as the Lakers and the Dodgers, which both started their own RSN's operated by Time Warner Cable.
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L.A./ Ontario International Airport.
For the first time since the Great Recession, L.A./Ontario International Airport is seeing a rise in passenger traffic. But airport officials are only cautiously optimistic about what the rise means.
From January through June of this year, 2,002,789 travelers flew through the airport known as ONT, a 1.8 percent increase over the 1,967,223 passengers during the same period last year. It's only a slight rise, but for an airport that has seen traffic fall by more than 40 percent since 2007, it's a move in the right direction.
"We’re pleasantly surprised and we will take those numbers," airport manager Jess Romo told KPCC. "What that’s telling us is that folks are starting to travel more than they had been in the past in spite of fewer seats available."
Romo explained that there are fewer seats available because the airlines have continued to cut them. In the first years after the recession hit, the airlines reduced seat numbers at ONT by eliminating flights, but in recent years, Romo said, the airlines have cut seats by switching to smaller airplanes.
Some real members of Congress from California are urging the state to put more money into competing for productions like the Netflix show "House Of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey.
As 29 members of California's Congressional delegation signed a letter urging state legislative leaders to reauthorize and enhance the state's film and TV production tax incentive program, others are questioning whether such industry-specific measures are a good idea.
At issue is a bill to extend the credits, AB 1839, which has made its way through the California Assembly and is awaiting consideration by the state Senate Appropriations committee as early as next week. California's current tax credit program is set to expire next year.
Several members of Congress, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), signed a a letter to State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins:
"As you consider reauthorizing the existing credit, we urge you to enhance it to be more nationally competitive. Among the enhancements to the current credit that would help are substantially increasing the overall pot allotted, raising the cap that prevents blockbuster films from competing, and allowing hour long television dramas to qualify for the credit."
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SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 20: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets ready for batting practice before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 20, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Frustrated you can’t watch the Dodgers on TV? So is Sherman Oaks Congressman Brad Sherman, who called Monday for Time Warner and DirecTV to go to binding arbitration to settle their dispute.
In a letter addressed to the two bitter antagonists who’ve prevented 70 percent of Los Angeles viewers from seeing Dodgers games, Sherman wrote that Time Warner Cable and DirecTV should let a neutral third party decide the right price and terms for the Dodgers channel.
"Despite negotiations, the dispute continues and there is no indication that your companies are making progress on reaching a resolution," Sherman wrote. "The season is more than midway through and millions of Dodgers fans are still unable to watch the games."
While the two sides are hashing it out, Sherman says the Dodgers channel should be made available immediately, beginning with Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Light poles along the Pacific Electric Trail are numbered and logged in the City of Rancho Cucamonga's geographic information system. If a person calls 911 along the trail, the dispatcher will request the number from the nearest light pole, which will allow emergency responders to exactly locate the individual.
When Starbucks is deciding where to put a new location…when the World Health Organization needs to find out where polio is still a threat…when a city wants to know if its planned new convention center is in a flood zone…they all use maps.
Of course, the maps have gotten a lot more advanced and accessible. Google and GPS providers have put interactive maps at our fingertips and in our cars' dashboards. The term for computerized mapping and all that comes with it is "GIS" for Geographical Information Systems. Over the years, the market for "GIS" software alone has grown to between $3 and $4 billion per year.
Thousands of data locations... in Rancho Cucamonga
The city of Rancho Cucamonga has a GIS budget of a $1.1 million per year. A GIS staff of 10 to 12 provides layered maps of everything from fire zones to sidewalk cracks to banners saluting military service personnel. It's mapped the campuses of local schools, with 360-degree photo pans of classrooms. The maps come up on tablet and computer screens in offices, fire trucks, and the Chevy suburban driven by Fire Department Battalion Chief Ivan Rojer.