Archive for May 18th, 2017

Teachers' contract will be early test for new LAUSD board

Education | | May 18 2017, 6:57 PM

United Teachers Los Angeles endorsed their opponents during the campaign, but will now have to work with Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez. The first order of business: a new contract.

How Obamacare helped the self-employed in California

Health | | May 18 2017, 5:57 PM

Self-employed Californians have higher uninsurance rates than other workers, but an analysis released Thursday shows that improved under the Affordable Care Act.

CA attorney general seeks to defend cost-sharing subsidies

Health | | May 18 2017, 5:00 PM

Xavier Becerra joined a legal effort to intervene in a federal lawsuit to defend the subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket health costs for lower-income people.

Steep rise in interracial marriages among newlyweds 50 years after they became legal

US & World | | May 18 2017, 4:55 PM

Today, one in six newlyweds marry someone outside their race, which appears to allude to a more accepting society.

A costly delay: Rams, Chargers stadium opening delayed to 2020

Business & Economy | | May 18 2017, 4:42 PM

A yearlong delay for the Rams and Chargers to move into their new home in Inglewood will likely cost the teams tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Asian Americans in Hollywood still waiting for the spotlight

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 4:23 PM

In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.

Should America keep giving billions of dollars to countries in need?

Politics | | May 18 2017, 4:10 PM

The matter of foreign aid has taken on renewed urgency in the Trump administration. And it turns out it isn't easy to figure out whether it's effective.

Will the government help farmers adapt to a changing climate?

Environment & Science | | May 18 2017, 3:44 PM

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

Is 'internet addiction' real?

Health | | May 18 2017, 3:29 PM

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.

Q&A: UCLA expert explains what the MS–13 raid means

Crime & Justice | | May 18 2017, 2:12 PM

A gang sweep resulting in nearly two dozen arrests Wednesday has been called the largest ever conducted in Los Angeles. Here's what we know about the MS-13 gang and how big this bust might be.

6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 12:44 PM

The weekend is here and it's looking pretty good. Choose from a food festival in an airplane hangar, a celebration of bugs, a nighttime festival and more.

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and AudioSlave, dead at 52

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 11:52 AM

Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, his representative said in a statement to NPR. Brian Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said the singer's wife and family were shocked by it.

So LAUSD has a charter-backed school board majority. What now?

Education | | May 18 2017, 9:48 AM

Tuesday’s elections shifted the balance of power on the L.A. School Board; a majority of the board will have been endorsed by charter school advocates.

Measure C: 5 thorny questions ahead for LAPD discipline

Crime & Justice | | May 18 2017, 7:31 AM

Now that LA voters have decided they want more civilians on LAPD discipline panels by passing Measure C, the city council must figure out the details of how that will work.

Critics say Interior nominee has conflicts of interest in California

Environment & Science | | May 18 2017, 7:28 AM

The deputy Interior secretary helps manage a fifth of the nation's land. Nominee David Bernhardt has lobbied on behalf of water and energy interests in the past.

Authorities search park where missing boy's father was found

Crime & Justice | | May 18 2017, 7:18 AM

Authorities are conducting another search at a park in South Pasadena for clues in the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy missing for nearly a month.

After special counsel named, Trump reacts: 'Greatest witch hunt' in political history

Politics | | May 18 2017, 6:37 AM

The morning after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel overseeing the investigation into Trump team ties to Russia, the president is upping the grievance politics.

Roger Ailes, former Fox News CEO, dies at 77

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 6:07 AM

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive's family. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July.

Who is Robert Mueller, special counsel overseeing Russia investigation?

Politics | | May 18 2017, 5:05 AM

Robert Mueller led arguably the biggest FBI overhaul in the bureau's history during his 12-year term as director. Now, he'll investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Growing LA's biotech industry

Business & Economy | | May 18 2017, 5:01 AM

More than 70,000 people in Los Angeles county work in the biosciences, but local leaders say there is tremendous potential for growth.

ICE arrests spike under Trump — in LA, not so much

Local | | May 18 2017, 5:01 AM

​Immigration officials say in the president's first 100 days, immigrant arrests nationwide rose by 38 percent. In the Los Angeles area, arrests are up by about 5 percent.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

Politics | | May 18 2017, 5:01 AM

The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.

Hooray for Hollywood’s hand-me-downs: LAUSD taps industry resources

Education | | May 18 2017, 5:01 AM

The Creative Industry Coalition is building up partnerships with studios and production companies to provide classroom visits and equipment donations to schools.

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Analyzing the future of LA schools after Tuesday's LAUSD election

| May 18 2017, 10:53 AM

When Nick Melvoin and — assuming her narrow lead in Tuesday's election holds — Kelly Gonez are sworn in as the newest members of the Los Angeles Unified School Board in July, the balance of power on the board will shift.

A look at how the past influences the present of Islamic faith

| May 18 2017, 9:58 AM

While there may be misconceptions about Islam in the western world, one of the most prominent is the notion that Islam is a rigid religion that hasn’t changed much since its origin.

Who is Robert Mueller? And what to expect from the Russian probe in the coming months

| May 18 2017, 9:42 AM

The president calls it “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on proposed Board changes, public energy program

| May 18 2017, 9:24 AM

Earlier this month, we spoke with former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who was in favor of a bill that would increase the number of LA County Board Supervisors from 5 to 7, as well as create a powerful new elected executive position.

Take Two®

Civilian panels may depend on the morality of the civilians.

| May 18 2017, 4:17 PM

A Martinez talks to police oversight expert: according to the research, Measure C's success may depend on something that isn't so dependable.

There's been a major shift in school board politics

| May 18 2017, 1:38 PM

Backers of charter schools have won a decisive victory and now there's a major shift in school board politics which brings a big defeat for the teachers union.

Mayor Garcetti on police discipline, Olympic bid, more

| May 18 2017, 1:04 PM

A Martinez speaks with Mayor Garcetti about the newly passed Measure C, his recent trip to Washington D.C., and L.A.'s bid to host the 20204 Olympics.

When it comes to cycling, LA is no Portland — but it's trying

| May 18 2017, 11:50 AM

Bike lanes are few and far between in Los Angeles, but the city is adding bike hubs to some Metro stops and will add more miles to the L.A. River bike path

Democrats are bullish about their ability to take back the House

Politics | | May 18 2017, 10:36 AM

The new strategy: Target several vulnerable California Republican lawmakers.

In California, some foster children get arrested for lashing out

Crime & Justice | | May 18 2017, 9:07 AM

California's foster youth might act out because of their circumstances. But in some state shelters and group homes, they are arrested instead of counseled.

Charter-backed candidates likely majority on LA school board

| May 18 2017, 8:57 AM

To help understand what this means for the nation's second largest school district, Take Two's A Martinez speaks with KPCC education reporter Kyle Stokes.

The Frame

How teaching English in China led 'The Wall' screenwriter to big break

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 4:18 PM

Dwain Worrell was teaching English in China when he submitted a screenplay through Amazon's open submission site. Weeks later he was headed back to the US with a movie deal in hand.

'The Handmaid's Tale': Yvonne Strahovski gives emotional depth to a villain

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 7:25 AM

The actress talks about becoming Serena Joy Waterford, filming during the U.S. presidential election, and why this character was so hard to let go of.

The Loh Down On Science

NBC4: Did kids camp owner and a state agency collude to whitewash contamination risk?

| May 18 2017, 3:08 PM

NBC4 investigative reporter Joel Bellman talks with KPCC's John Rabe about the latest installment of LA's Nuclear Secret, an 8-part series on chemical and nuclear contamination from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

Before Mazzy Star, the late Keith Mitchell was 'the Buddy Rich of punk rock' in LA groups

Arts & Entertainment | | May 18 2017, 11:30 AM

The late Keith Mitchell showed his stuff early in Monitor and The Romans, adventurous, seriously fun bands of the 70s and 80s.