Archive for January 29th, 2013

Calif. official: 19,784 residents own guns who shouldn't

Crime & Justice | | January 29 2013, 5:11 PM

Advocates for and against more gun control agreed on one point: The state should better enforce laws already on the books and remove firearms from people who are legally barred from owning them.

Flu Update: California reports higher doctor visits, hospitalizations (maps)

Health | | January 29 2013, 3:32 PM

State medical officials are now reporting higher than usual influenza-related hospitalizations and doctor visits. Check out our online tools to help track the spread of the disease — and help you cope with it.

L.A. County Supervisors add to reward in Unique Russell case

Local | | January 29 2013, 2:35 PM

Shots fired into a crowd watching July 4th fireworks killed 14-year-old Unique Russell outside her home. L.A. County Supervisors posted a new reward for information.

Kevin Tsujihara will be next CEO of Warner Brothers

Local | | January 29 2013, 1:05 PM

Warner Brothers promotes from within, picking Kevin Tsujihara to lead studio beginning March 1. Tsujihara will be first Asian American to run a major U.S. film studio.

State health officials announce recall local brand of pasta

Health | | January 29 2013, 12:42 PM

State health officials announce recall of pasta products by a San Gabriel-based food company that failed to place allergy warnings on its labels.

Judge approves BP's manslaughter plea in 2010 gulf oil spill

Environment & Science | | January 29 2013, 11:30 AM

The deal also includes a record $4 billion in criminal penalties. Family members for some of those victims had urged stiffer sanctions.

VIDEO: Obama: Immigration debate not just policy, 'It's about people'

Politics | | January 29 2013, 10:13 AM

While Obama echoed the pillars of immigration reform presented by a bipartisan group of senators on Monday, he also made an emotional plea for reform.

Lawmakers tackle Medi-Cal expansion, but not cost

Health | | January 29 2013, 8:48 AM

State lawmakers convened a special session Monday to adopt federal changes in health care. Adding 1 million uninsured to Medi-Cal is the first order of business.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to leave administration

US & World | | January 29 2013, 8:17 AM

LaHood, 67, is a former congressman from Illinois who pushed for greater safety on the highways and in the air. Will outgoing LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa replace him?

US home prices accelerate in November

Business & Economy | | January 29 2013, 6:19 AM

Prices for homes in the U.S. rose in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes.

'Starbucks of Taiwan' – 85 Degrees C – expands in CA (Photos)

Business & Economy | | January 29 2013, 6:05 AM

85°C, a Taiwan-based bakery and cafe, plans to add five more U.S. stores this year. The chain has stores in Irvine, West Covina and Hacienda Heights.

VIDEO: LA mayoral candidate Kevin James and his billionaire benefactor

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 6:45 PM

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James gets big help from the nation's largest GOP donor, and one of the party's best known ad men creates some foxes.

Glendale man allegedly hacked, coerced 350 women to get naked

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 6:08 PM

Authorities have arrested a Glendale man for allegedly hacking into social media and email accounts to coerce more than 350 women into showing him their naked bodies.

Los Angeles DA opposes release of ex-Manson devotee

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 5:30 PM

The L.A. district attorney says she is opposing the impending release of Bruce Davis, a former Charles Manson follower who has spent more than 40 years in prison.

How much waste, fraud has Wendy Greuel found as controller?

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 5:00 PM

Wendy Greuel's new television ad says that as controller, she's found $160 million in fraud and waste. That doesn't match the figure from the controller's office.

Meet Gamma, the four-legged US Marshal officer

Patt Morrison | | January 29 2013, 5:00 PM

The U.S. Marshals Service, whose officers swept and surveyed KPCC in advance of Justice Sotomayor’s visit here with Patt Morrison, brought along some four-legged help: Gamma, a seven-year-old yellow Lab.

Justice Sotomayor talks growing up in the Bronx, sci-fi and more

Patt Morrison | | January 29 2013, 4:57 PM

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked with Patt Morrison about her childhood growing up in the Bronx, living with diabetes and her love of sci-fi novels.

VIDEO: Biker marriage proposal shuts down Interstate 10 east of LA

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 4:50 PM

CHP officials say a stunt where bikers blocked traffic on Interstate 10 for a marriage proposal may result in serious charges, and numerous traffic citations have been issued.

Friends raise money hospitalized DIY venue owner

Off-Ramp | | January 29 2013, 4:43 PM

Members of LA's DIY music scene are rallying around Adam Hervey, the founder of Pehrspace, an all-ages venue in Echo Park. Hervey suffered a stroke on January 16.

Survey: Sierra snowfall slightly below average (PDF)

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 4:33 PM

California snow surveyors have confirmed what many feared — the water content of snow that has accumulated in the Sierra is slightly below average for this time of year.

POLL: Should comedians get paid when people pay for tickets? (video)

Without A Net | | January 29 2013, 3:26 PM

There’s been a controversy brewing in the comedy community, particularly in New York City, over the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s policy of not paying performers.

VIDEO: Obama: 'A lot of folks forget that most of 'us' used to be 'them''

Multi-American | | January 29 2013, 3:22 PM

A highlight from President Obama's immigration address in Las Vegas, in which he offered the broad outlines of his plans for reform before an enthusiastic audience.

Obama vs. Senate immigration reform plans: Differences in the details

Multi-American | | January 29 2013, 2:27 PM

The president and U.S. Senators base their immigration reform plans on similar principles, but the two proposals include key differences.

Coachella 2013 sells out 'weekend 1' passes

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 2:04 PM

The first weekend of Coachella 2013 has SOLD OUT out faster than you can say "who the $#&% are The Stone Roses?"

Ian Hunter's rocking as strongly as ever

Without A Net | | January 29 2013, 2:00 PM

Ian Hunter's rocking as strongly as ever: "You’re not supposed to do it, so that’s the reason right there. Why let the young buggers do it?"

LA Unified superintendents sued over teacher sex abuse

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 1:01 PM

The current Los Angeles schools superintendent and five of his predecessors are being sued on grounds that they intentionally quashed complaints about teacher sex abuse.

LA City Council votes for own marijuana plan on May ballot

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 11:54 AM

An estimated 800 to 1,000 dispensaries operate in the city of Los Angeles. The proposed measure would reduce that to about 130. It would also increase clinics' taxes.

Is Antonio Villaraigosa headed to Washington, DC?

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 11:27 AM

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will step down form his cabinet position. So, could this be Antonio Villaraigosa’s big moment?

Charter groups vie to takeover failing LA elementary school

Pass / Fail | | January 29 2013, 10:56 AM

Parents at failing 24th Street Elementary School used to feel they were out of options. Today, they have several: Eight groups–including LAUSD–applied to take over the failing school.

After 7 underappreciated seasons, "30 Rock" departs

Without A Net | | January 29 2013, 10:49 AM

Wednesday marks FX's premiere of "The Americans," Thursday is the series finale of "30 Rock," and Friday is a performance by rising comic Dan St. Germain.

No more four year olds in kindergarten in California

Pass / Fail | | January 29 2013, 10:45 AM

California has moved up the cutoff for kindergarten enrollment, but it offers an alternative for the older four-year-old.

In immigration news: Obama's reform plan expected, bipartisan Senate plan draws mixed reactions, the GOP opposition, more

Multi-American | | January 29 2013, 9:30 AM

Obama to pitch immigration reform - CNN President Obama is expected to talk about his ideas for reforming the nation's immigration system during a planned address today in Las Vegas, shortly before noon Pacific Standard time.

Suspect, victim identified in Newport Beach fatal shooting

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 9:27 AM

The suspect is being held on$1 million bail. Newport Beach police say as many as seven shots were fired, but no motive was released.

Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates debate at UCLA

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 8:09 AM

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29 and headlines include a mayoral debate at UCLA, convictions in extortion cases, and a delay in LAX PR contracts.

November LA home prices rise 7.7 percent for the year

The Breakdown | | January 29 2013, 7:43 AM

Home prices continue rising in Southern California. But if you're counting on another boom to send prices soaring, you could be out of luck.

Chino-based warehouse operator must pay $1M in overtime

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 7:40 AM

State officials say the company shorted wages for 865 workers. Quetico officials say they strongly disagree with the labor commission's conclusions and will appeal.

8 groups apply to take over West Adams elementary school

The Latest | | January 29 2013, 7:23 AM

Parents filed a petition under California's parent-empowerment law to force drastic change. Superintendent John Deasy has said he wants to work with parents on reforms.

LA mayoral candidates cautious during live TV debate

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 6:09 AM

The first televised debate featured no zingers, and some in the audience even considered the candidates lackluster. The primary election is March 5th.

Jewish voters could be key voting bloc in LA mayor's race

Represent! | | January 29 2013, 5:47 AM

In a primary with a low voter turnout, the candidate for LA mayor who wins the Jewish vote could win a place in the runoff election.

'He says he really saw a dinosaur' - a jewel from the LA Public Library

Off-Ramp | | January 29 2013, 4:00 AM

Herman Regusters points out Lake Tele region in the Congo where he says he and wife Kia spotted and photographed a dinosaurlike creature on a recent African expedition.

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Disney and Mattel bounce back in stock market

| January 29 2013, 11:14 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the stock market is nearing an all time high and at least a few Southern California companies are among those cashing in.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Fishy Fashion

Fishy Fashion

| January 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Sliding down Paris runways.


Home prices in LA are moving on up

| January 29 2013, 12:51 PM

KPCC reporter Matt DeBord joins Larry to discuss the rise in home prices in Los Angeles. How will changes to the housing market affect you? Will this dissuade you from buying a home? Do investors throw off prices? How could this affect rentals?

Is sitting the smoking of our generation?

| January 29 2013, 11:35 AM

Are we unknowingly harming our bodies by sitting too much? How damaging is lack of physical activity?

Who will the get the union endorsement in the mayor’s race?

| January 29 2013, 10:57 AM

The Service Employees International Union has yet to throw their weight behind a candidate but there are signs the nod will come soon; they’ve called Greuel and Garcetti back for a second interview, to be held this evening.

Getting an online degree just got easier

| January 29 2013, 10:48 AM

Starting next fall, the University of Wisconsin system is offering the first competency-based online degree program in the nation. This program, called the “UW Flexible Option,” will allow adult students to earn a bachelor’s by passing a series of assessments that determine competency in a field of study.

Boy Scouts may lift ban on gay leaders

| January 29 2013, 10:48 AM

The Boy Scouts of America may lift its ban on gay members and leaders as early as next week. The BSA reaffirmed its prohibition of homosexuals in July 2012 and has since come under fire for what many consider to be outdated and discriminatory policies. The Scout’s national board will discuss reforms to the ban next week as part of what they say has been an ongoing dialogue.

One-two punch on immigration reform

| January 29 2013, 10:46 AM

Join us live as the nation awaits Obama's proposed legislation on immigration reform.

Take Two®

'Coffee rust' fungus brews up trouble in Central America

Environment & Science | | January 29 2013, 3:00 PM

Coffee growers in Central America are facing a crisis due to coffee rust, a fungus that prevents the plant's leaves from going through photosynthesis.

Obama takes stance on college and NFL football head-injury dangers

| January 29 2013, 10:33 AM

This Sunday in New Orleans, the Ravens and 49ers will play in Super Bowl XLVII. Aside from from fame and glory, one of the perks of winning is a trip to the White House. President Obama is a big sports fan, routinely weighing in on a variety of sports stories.

Analysis of the first television LA mayoral debate

| January 29 2013, 10:11 AM

The top five candidates reached their biggest audience yet last night as they participated in the first televised debate of the election. But politicos yearning for a fight may have been disappointed.

2013 Super Bowl is game on for second screen

Arts & Entertainment | | January 29 2013, 9:32 AM

Many folks who will tune in to the Super Bowl this weekend will watch not only on a big screen TV, but also on a so-called second screen.

Kevin Tsujihara to replace Barry Meyer as CEO of Warner Bros.

| January 29 2013, 9:27 AM

Warner Brothers CEO Barry Meyer is stepping down on March 1, and his successor has already been announced. Kevin Tsujihara, 48, will helm the company that brought characters like Porky Pig, Batman and Harry Potter to screens around the world.

Congressman Xavier Becerra on 'Gang of 8' immigration proposal

| January 29 2013, 9:17 AM

Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra of the 34th District, which includes the Eastside of Los Angeles, joins the show to talk about his view of how Congress is handling the latest immigration reform effort.

Can drones and high-tech measures help secure the US-Mexico border?

| January 29 2013, 9:12 AM

The 'Gang of Eight' immigration proposal has a number of elements that offer a path to legal residence for the millions of people here without documentation. But the plan calls for a pre-requisite: That the borders must first be secure.

New Music Tuesday: Ozomatli and Take Two's new theme song

| January 29 2013, 8:58 AM

Today, we're very excited to talk about a track you won't find on iTunes or Amoeba Records. It's an extra-special project from the L.A. based group, Ozomatli. Take Two's new theme song!

As Boy Scouts mull ending gay ban, a former scout reflects on his experience

| January 29 2013, 8:58 AM

Ten years ago, Alan Eckert was on the verge of earning the rank of Eagle Scout, but at the same time he was also coming to terms with his sexuality. Because of the policy against gays in the Boy Scouts of America, Eckert quit.

Obama's choice of Las Vegas a love letter to Latinos

| January 29 2013, 8:57 AM

President Obama travels to Las Vegas today to outline his proposals for changing the current immigration system. So what makes Vegas and the middle of the Mojave Desert the soapbox of choice for a seminal speech on immigration? Adam Burke from the Fronteras Desk explains.

85°C, the Starbucks of Taiwan, expands in CA (Photos)

| January 29 2013, 8:57 AM

85°C, a Taiwan-based bakery and cafe, plans to add five more U.S. stores this year. The chain has stores in Irvine, West Covina and Hacienda Heights.

LA County to crack down on 'maternity hotels' after spike in complaints

| January 29 2013, 8:57 AM

Tucked away in Southern California neighborhoods, like Chino Hills, Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights, are businesses known as maternity hotels. Women travel many miles, mostly from Asia, to reach these boarding houses where they can give birth to babies with automatic American citizenship.

Jewish voters could be key voting bloc in LA mayor's race

| January 29 2013, 8:57 AM

In a primary with a low voter turnout, the candidate for LA mayor who wins the Jewish vote could win a place in the runoff election.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor comes to LA

| January 29 2013, 7:50 AM

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the KPCC studios last week for an event at the Crawford Family Forum.


New doc 'Young Turks' shows downtown LA arts scene when it was really gritty

Arts & Entertainment | | January 29 2013, 3:32 PM

The documentary has two things things that make it strong: it's purposely limited in scope, and moves fast.