Registered Democrats in Orange County now outnumber registered Republicans. Plus, California dairy farmers are feeling the effects of China's suspension of all U.S. agricultural imports. And, the effects of the Gannett merger on the SoCal newspaper market.
Orange County Democrats
Orange County has been a solid Republican stronghold since 1978. But new data from the County Registrar this morning shows the tables have turned. Registered DEMOCRATS now outnumber Republicans by—count 'em—89 voters. The flip comes with a rise in diversity in the county - both racially and economically. So what's behind the change and what does it mean for where the OC is headed?
- Mike Madrid, former political director for the California GOP
Empty 710 Homes
While that project has been pretty much scrapped, the California Department of Transportation is left with a dilemma...what to do with the hundreds of properties it owns along the corridor previously reserved for that freeway connection? The plan has always been to sell the homes to those who have been renting them for years for below market price. But many of them—mostly in the El Sereno neighborhood— currently stand empty.
- Steve Scauzillo, he's a reporter with the Southern California News Group who's been writing about this
Los Angeles city leaders say they are fighting human trafficking -- tracking down criminals and rescuing women forced into selling sex. But a closer look by KPCC's investigative team finds the city's strategy ensnares sex workers again and again. KPCC's Annie Gilbertson brings us part two of our special series "Collateral Damage: How L.A.'s fight against sex trafficking hurts vulnerable women."
GateHouse Media will buy Gannett, which owns USA Today, but also papers like the Desert Sun here in Southern California. The $1.4 billion union will create a company that will own more than 250 daily newspapers and hundreds of weekly and community ones. Both sides, in announcing the deal, talked about being able to slash overhead administrative costs while investing in newsrooms around the country. But many point to this as another reduction of journalism's footprint in the United States.
- Ken Doctor, the Neiman Lab
There are 250 AM radio stations in California — each a window into a different cultural community. In Fresno, a station called KBIF has changed along with the Central Valley. As part of our California Dream collaboration, Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited the station and she brings us this story.
On the Lot
Disney's reported earnings are lower than projected, but that's not slowing down the hype around its streaming service Disney+. And, we'll tell you what to know about the Academy's newly elected film president, David Rubin.
- John Horn, host of KPCC's The Frame
There's an old saying: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Sounds dreamy, right? But how many people can honestly say that about what they do for a living? Well, here's a job opening that could make YOU one of those lucky ones. Farmer Boys is a California burger chain headquartered in Riverside. They're looking to hire..brace yourself....a BACON INTERN. This person will spend the day eating bacon items on the menu, then judging them. You'll also be paid, one thousand bucks. Farmer Boys is now taking applications. The deadline is August 20th