LADWP news, Mayor Garcetti, Nintendo profits down, and much more

Ron Nichols has been General Manager of the LADWP for three years. He got the agency to embrace renewable energy, but Nichols also was linked to controversy. KPCC's Molly Peterson spoke with Nichols this week and brings us this interview with him.
Eric Garcetti in DC
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti joins the show to talk about the President's State of the Union address, the latest in politics and the passing of a man he appointed to be LA's film czar.
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Following the President’s State of the Union, we’re joined by Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for PRI's "The Takeaway" to break down what was said.
Grossing Guard Community Health
Retired dentist Tony Abdalla is the crossing guard at Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena. He seems to know every kid and parent by name.
New York Area Prepares For Super Bowl XLVIII
It's Super Bowl week, college Joes want to become pros and the commissioner is done after a three-decade run. That means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.
What is Sherak’s plan for keeping production in the area?

Remembering LA's film czar Tom Sherak

Today, the film industry is mourning the loss of one their own. L.A.'s film czar, Tom Sherak, passed away yesterday after a long bout with prostate cancer. He was 68 years old.
Little Lambs Daycare 3
There were many people paying close attention to what the President said in his State of the Union address last night. Among them were advocates for early childhood education.
Los Angeles County Undersheriff John Scott

Who is LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott?

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca retires Thursday after 15 years as the head of one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. County Supervisors have chosen OC undersheriff John Scott as interim sheriff.
Fronteras
When federal courts get involved with local police departments, the price tag can soar. In Arizona's Maricopa County, an outside monitor is now in place to ensure that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies comply with a court order to prevent racial profiling against Latinos.
Japanese video game giant Nintendo's gam

Nintendo profits tumble due to weak Wii U sales

Nintendo recently revealed that their profits fell 30 percent in the first nine months of the fiscal year. This drop is largely attributed to slow sales of Nintendo's newest game console, the Wii U as well as their handheld the 3DS.
The RS-16 is brought in at low altitude before landing.

Drone testing begins in Texas

A research team at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi was one of six teams selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to begin testing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones.
A vineyard worker for a Napa Valley wine

Napa wineries suffer as California drought continues

Vineyard owners say the last time Napa Valley saw conditions this bad was in 1976.
Micheltorena Elementary School
The LA school district is comparing a list created by UC Berkeley researchers with its own list of structures that await seismic upgrades.
Super Bowl XLVIII - Preview

Super Bowl XLVIII between the two pot-legal states

Sunday's Super Bowl will feature teams representing Colorado and Washington, the only two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Needless to say there will be quite a bit of celebrating happening in both states.
Beer Barrel
Recreational pot is now legal in Colorado and Washington, and similar legalization efforts are underway in several other states. This gradual repeal of pot laws hearkens back in many ways to earlier chapters in American history, when alcohol was banned under Prohibition, but then eventually became legal.
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