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Why KPCC is bringing LAist back — an open letter to Southern California
To Southern Californians,
We love L.A. for its diversity, geography and possibility. We share concern over its issues: homelessness, poverty and gridlock to name a few. It’s our home. And it deserves more attention from local reporters.
That’s why we bought LAist.
We want to tell stories that inform, inspire, and connect Angelenos to one another. That’s what KPCC is dedicated to providing, and that’s what LAist was doing when it shut down in November.
When we heard the news, a collective shudder ran through our newsroom. It was the neighborhood blog that could. We’d lost an important voice.
It’s been a rough couple of months for media in L.A. (You can read about it here, here and here.) But the mission hasn’t changed. The health of our local media landscape matters. Public officials need to be held accountable for their actions. The future of our city depends on engaged residents to make informed choices.
We’re excited by the opportunity to bring LAist back into the fight. We have a lot of great ideas about what this partnership will look like, but we need your input. What did you love (or hate) about the LAist? What qualities are most important to retain? Tell us in the survey below, and join us in creating the kind of local coverage that we all want to see.
Congratulations to our fall member drive sweepstakes winners!
Thanks to more than 10,800 KPCC listeners who supported the station during our Power to the Public fall member drive! Your support powers KPCC and keeps independent journalism strong in Southern California. We had a lot of exciting giveaways during our member drive, and here are the results:
Two tickets to Game 1 of the 2017 World Series: Astros v. Dodgers
- Grace Lee from Los Angeles
Two tickets to Game 2 of the 2017 World Series: Astros v. Dodgers
- Sherry Allison from Brea
Two tickets to Game 7 of the 2017 World Series: Astros v. Dodgers
- Chris Cerf from Culver City
Two tickets to Hamilton in Hollywood on Oct. 26
- Natalee Jaquays from Woodland Hills
Two tickets to Hamilton in Hollywood on Oct. 28
- Brandyce Howard from Long Beach
Two tickets to Hamilton in Hollywood and a one-night hotel stay
- Preston Caves from Manhattan Beach
Two tickets to A Prairie Home Companion live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Oct. 28
- Christina Harris from Los Angeles
Two tickets to the Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Broad
- Marin Anderson from Huntington Beach; Kelly Chaves from Van Nuys; Seham Constantine from Pasadena; Betty Fox from Los Angeles; Milton Goldman from Santa Monica; Britanny Gutierrez from Van Nuys; Mark Hill from San Pedro; Diane Whiffen from Altadena
Two tickets to a private tour of Shepard Fairey's new art exhibition in Los Angeles on Dec. 2
- Mike Antos, Kristen Caplan, Samantha Case, Sandra Castellanos, Melanie Edward, Mark Estrada, Valerie Faithorn, Jacqueline Guerrero, Rich Husong, Vera Lawrence, Elizabeth Lenthall, Ronna Mandel, Bisanne Masoud, David Mesfin, Delaine Moore, Cristen Rasmussen, Debra Silverman, Kathleen Smith, Shirley Spitzer, Kelly Thomas, Apollo Victoria, Kate Volpe, Leslie Winston, Laurel Wruble, Celia Yang Nelson
Three-night stay in a two-bedroom suite at the Pantai Inn in La Jolla
- Samantha Levy from Los Angeles
- Yvonne Emus from Glendale; Judith Schuller from Bellflower; Juan Barraza from Los Angeles
KPCC joins national project to raise awareness of hate crimes
Hate crimes routinely make headlines across the country. Yet there is no reliable national database tracking them. KPCC is pleased to announce it is joining the Documenting Hate project, a coalition of organizations working with community members to create a database of hate crimes across the country.
The effort is led by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom. The stories we gather will inform upcoming ProPublica’s reporting as well as KPCC programming, beginning with “Free speech vs. hate speech on college campuses,” a November 30 in-person conversation that will focus on freedom of speech and combatting hate speech on Southern California campuses and communities. (In California, violent and hostile confrontations are on track to double this year, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.)
#SoCalSoCurious: Vote on your favorite question about Costco
KPCC journalists want to answer your burning questions about Costco as part of our ongoing “SoCal. So Curious.” project.
We recently invited KPCC listeners to let us know what piques their curiosity when it comes to Costco, and now it’s time to vote up the question that most interests you.
You can always ask a new question or check out what we’ve reported out so far.
#SoCalSoCurious: What have you always wanted to know about Costco?
Fact: People are obsessed with Costco. And while we all know about the free samples and $1.50 hot dogs, there’s still so much more we’d like to figure out when it comes to this giant retailer.
Whether you’re after insider tips on how to avoid crowds, curious about parking or dying to figure whether that whole “buy your casket at Costco” thing is real, we want to know your questions. We’ll work to answer them as part of our ongoing “SoCal. So Curious.” project.
Your questions will be voted on by fellow community members, and they might help inform KPCC's programming online, on-air and in person. You can enter your question and contact information below.
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