Following the Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality rules this week, California pushes forward with its own plan to preserve it. Plus, we find out why the Koch brothers' $5 million donation to Chapman University in Orange County is causing controversy. And we learn why Angelenos should still care about the World Cup even if L.A. doesn't have a team in the world's most famous soccer tournament.
The effect of Prop 47
Four years ago California voters passed Prop 47. It reclassified some non-violent crimes like grand theft and fraud as misdemeanors. Before, they were felonies. And the idea was to reduce the prison population. It's been the bane of law enforcement officials, however. Many of them say since Prop 47 passed it's led to an increase in violent crimes of all kinds. But one of the first major studies on the effects of the initiative tells us a different story.
- Magnus Lofstrom, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California
Despite what that new study says, police officers have blamed Prop 47 for years for what they see as an increase in crime. We get an opposing view on the study.
- David Swing, police chief of Morgan Hills, California, and president of the California Police Chiefs Association.
Women lead the way in upcoming video games
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it's better known, is the main event when it comes to video games. Industry professionals and fans are flocking to the L.A. Convention Center for a cornucopia of new video game technology for the next few days. And among the new releases are a noticeable number of games feature woman characters. Women are the stars of upcoming games like "The Last of Us 2,” "Sea of Solitude” and “Youngblood.” And the way they're portrayed seems to be more nuanced and less sexualized than how video games did it in the past.
- Ashley Esqueda, writer at CNET
Even if LA doesn't have a team in the World Cup, it's still a big deal for local fans
The international soccer extravaganza known as the World Cup kicks off this week. And while there isn't a U.S. team competing, it's still the biggest deal in sports right now. So why should Angelenos care?
- Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
California challenges federal rollback of net neutrality
The FCC's net neutrality rules were officially repealed earlier this week. That means Internet providers like Spectrum and Charter can now block, slow or give special treatment to certain content. But even if net neutrality is dead, the fight to keep it remains alive —particularly here in the Golden State.
- Barbara Van Schewick, professor at Stanford Law School and a net neutrality expert
Homeless bathrooms come to Venice
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to expand homeless services in a handful of neighborhoods. The Rose Avenue beach parking lot in Venice will soon get two portable toilets and hand-washing stations. And two county-owned buildings in Hollywood and North Hollywood will each open their parking lots overnight to homeless people living in their vehicles.
- Councilmember Mike Bonin