Programs & Issues for the third quarter of 2010 Jul., Aug., Sep..

It has been determined that the following subjects are of concern to the community and have been considered and addressed substantially by elected officials, community leaders, expert witnesses and the general public.


1.         Social Services

2.         State Budget Crisis

3.         Transportation

4.         Police and Fire Safety

5.         Education

6.         Public Art and Historic Preservation

7.         Housing

8.         Environment

9.         Labor/Unemployment

10.       Homeland Security



The following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:



Which Way LA?, KCRW’s ongoing series on the issues that southern Californians care about, hosted by Warren Olney, airs Monday through Thursday, from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.


ISSUE                        DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM                  DATE/TIME   DURATION



The City of Los Angeles has begun the process of laying off workers, even though it will cost taxpayers more than it saves, at least for the moment. Meanwhile, the campaign for Governor is heating up.

Aired Thursday, July 1, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Focus is on a new study of one thousand centenarians and what scientists have learned about the roles of genes in predicting extreme longevity. We also talk about the politics of old age in a society where “seventy is the new fifty.”

Aired Monday, July 5, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



More than half of all working adults have been directly affected by the recession. Who’s been hit the hardest and why? How are Americans changing their lifestyles in the face of the worst economic downturn since the great depression?

Aired Tuesday, July 6, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The Justice Department challenges Arizona's immigration law, and a scandal brews around climate change research. An independent investigation weighs in. Aired Wednesday, July 7, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



A new “safety” area in the Gulf blocks reporters and photographers from getting close enough to do their jobs. BP security has also been criticized for harassing journalists. What’s happening to the flow of information about the disaster?

Aired Thursday, July 8, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The Veterans Administration has decided to make it easier for vets to file disability claims related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition which effects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aired Monday, July 12, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Police in Los Angeles have made an arrest in a 25-year-old serial murder case, as the result of a search that's commonly called “familial” DNA, a controversial practice that raises privacy and reliability issues.

Aired Tuesday, July 13, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.  



On January 10, a massive 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. Six months later, relief efforts are moving very slowly. Has Haiti's government been an obstacle in the flow of aid? Why are donors taking so long to actually provide funds?

Aired Wednesday, July 14, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.







Talk about the mid-term elections is stirring up some heat this summer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants the White House to step up support for Democratic congressmen, instead of suggesting that Republicans could win in November.

Aired Thursday, July 15, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



With the "real" jobless rate at 16%, all but two Republican Senators are still opposed to extending unemployment insurance. Can Democrats break a filibuster tomorrow?

Aired Monday, July 19, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Just as New York has its controversy over a new mosque, so does the city of Temecula in rural Riverside County, California. We hear about local property rights, city planning and tolerance for religious diversity. 

Aired Tuesday, July 20, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Oakland has approved four industrial factories to produce large amounts of marijuana, much more than is needed now for legal medical use. Is the city counting on voters to approve Proposition 19 in November? 

Aired Wednesday, July 21, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



California is facing an epidemic of Whooping Cough, a communicable disease that can be deadly, especially to infants. Since the 1940's, Whooping Cough has been controlled by vaccination, but some parents refuse to get kids shots.

Aired Thursday, July 22, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Bell City Council members reduced their $100,000 a year salaries by 90% and some offered to work for free, but that wasn’t good enough for angry residents at last night’s Council meeting. Will they be forced to resign? Will there be a recall?

Aired Tuesday, July 27, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Los Angeles and Santa Monica have plans to close some streets to cars on Sundays with the ultimate goal of encouraging commuting by bike. In cities built for the automobile, what about bicycle safety and interrupting traffic flow?

Aired Wednesday, July 28, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.






British Petroleum may finally "kill" the oil well in the Gulf this week, but there's dispute about its strategy for long-term cleanup. Now the question is asked, “how long has the Gulf been a dumping ground for regional industry?”

Aired Monday, August 2, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



With its reputation for high education standards, why has California joined 33 other states by adopting the "common core" for English and Math? We share a conversation with LA Unified's new deputy superintendent.

Aired Tuesday, August 3, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Passed in 2008, Proposition 8 declared that marriage could only occur between a man and a woman. Fifty-two percent of the voters approved it. Now a federal court says Prop 8 violates the equal protection clause of the federal constitution.

Aired Wednesday, August 4, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



We hear from LA Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters about a preliminary report that led to charges being filed against her by the House Ethics Committee.  The Congresswoman demands now that those charges be made public.

Aired Thursday, August 5, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The House Ethics Committee made public its charges against LA Democrat Maxine Waters. The California Congresswoman still wants her case to be heard as soon as possible. We look at the impact here and on Capitol Hill. 

Aired Monday, August 9, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Would cutting taxes create jobs or just make the rich richer? Should the state encourage climate change regulations or would going green become a job killer?  We hear pros and cons from candidates for Governor, Whitman and Brown.

Aired Tuesday, August 10, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Outlandish municipal salaries have focused attention on Bell and neighboring cites and corruption is under investigation. Criminal gangs and drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia are able to operate freely.  Is there a connection?

Aired Wednesday, August 11, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.






Gay and lesbian couples were disappointed by Judge Vaughn Walker's latest ruling: "Yes," but delaying the effect of his ruling so supporters of Proposition 8 can go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Aired Thursday, August 12, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The Los Angeles Times obtained records on 6,000 teachers and used student scores on standardized tests to evaluate teacher performance. It's already published some names. The Union calls it an "attack on the profession."

Aired Monday, August 16, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The elected LA School Board responds to an incendiary LA Times blockbuster education report on 6000 3rd through 5th grade elementary LA Unified teachers, with its "value added" analysis of their success or failure. 

Aired Tuesday, August 17, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



As more and more people qualify for insurance under healthcare reform, America's shortage of doctors is going to get worse. We look at the ways that medical practice is likely to change and what that will mean for patients.

Aired Wednesday, August 18, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The Los Angeles Times has been reporting on the tragic deaths of children, while their families are supposedly being scrutinized by LA County's child welfare officials. Is the Board trying to cover-up incompetence and a lack of resources?

Aired Thursday, August 19, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Last week, the LA Times revealed that LAUSD had information that could have helped evaluate teachers, and never used it. Now, it applies the same information with startling results. We hear from the Times, the Union and an activist parent.

Aired Monday, August 23, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



California won't be getting $700 million in federal money to reform education.

We talk with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, LAUSD and California Federation of Teachers about why the State came up short for a second time. 

Aired Tuesday, August 24, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.






This year’s legislative session is about to come to an end and the State Budget has not been passed, and it may not be until after Governor Schwarzenegger leaves office next year.

Aired Wednesday, August 25, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The LA City Council finally wrote an ordinance on Medical Marijuana, and 169 applied to operate under new regulations. Yesterday, the city approved just 41, and operators who claim they did everything right are outraged.

Aired Thursday, August 26, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Middle-class residents in Venice are at war over people who live in their cars, RV’s and campers with cops, elected officials and even the Coastal Commission caught in the middle. A recent incident involved the dumping of human waste. Aired Monday, August 30, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The State Legislature is ending this year’s legislative session without passing a budget, while they’ve been collecting money from lobbyists for their own campaigns. We hear what happens when there’s no spending plan.

Aired Tuesday, August 31, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Polls show the race between Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina is tied. Last night, in their first debate, they offered voters stark choices on the environment, women's rights, immigration, jobs and the economy.

Aired Thursday, September 2, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Proposition 19 on November's ballot would legalize marijuana for recreational use and opponents include some who claim Prop 19 would make pot less accessible, not more.  Sheriff Baca says Prop 19 would make things worse.

Aired Tuesday, September 7, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Two top officials have filed claims against the DCSF for deliberately falsifying at reports on child fatalities and the department's been under fire since an independent investigation. We hear from the Department Director.

Aired Wednesday, September 8, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.






Proposition 23 has divided California's business community. How long would it delay the state's effort to limit greenhouse gases? How many jobs would be lost in the short term? Why is Prop 23 posing problems for Republican candidates?

Aired Thursday, September 9, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Last week's natural-gas pipe explosion killed at least four people and destroyed 37 houses in a quite neighborhood south of San Francisco. We ask the Southern California Gas Company about the location and condition of its pipelines. 

Aired Monday, September 13, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



While elected officials ignore their jobs, property values are going down, along with state revenue. Public schools and local governments are in for big trouble. And, on To The Point, is income inequality a threat to the middle class?

Aired Tuesday, September 14, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown have been short on important specifics so far, but their contest has heated up with accusations of using TV spots to lie. Who's setting the agenda, and who's on defense?

Aired Wednesday, September 15, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The biggest solar installation on Earth may be coming to Southern California if all goes well. It's the second project of its kind approved this week by the state energy commission. We hear about California’s efforts to go green. 

Aired Thursday, September 16, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



The DREAM Act is a path to citizenship for children brought to this country as minors by illegal parents. Is it good for the economy or a grant of "amnesty" for teenagers who knew what they were doing and ought to be sent home?

Aired Monday, September 20, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger has been poised to sign two bills to establish a health insurance exchange where consumers could shop for coverage. Small business likes it, but big business and some insurance companies do not.

Aired Tuesday, September 21, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.






Austin Beutner, First Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, is reported to have built a team that’s changing the “culture” of city government, making Los Angeles business friendly and creating jobs. We ask him about his achievements.

Aired Wednesday, September 22, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.ts.



With unemployment above 14%, San Bernardino County got $3.8 million to create jobs. But the County has spent so little, it might have to give $2.6 million back. What's happening to the rest of the 42 billion the state's gotten so far?

Aired Thursday, September 23, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Los Angeles recorded a record high of 113 degrees today. Long Beach hit 107. How long will it last? What does it mean for public health, brush fires and energy use?

Aired Monday, September 27, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



We've just broadcast the first face-to-face confrontation between this year's candidates for Governor, Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.  We get reactions from Republicans and Democrats.

Aired Tuesday, September 28, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



When the LA Times revealed that officials in Bell were paid from $100,000 to $800,000 a year, the news went nationwide. Are the salaries and benefits of other public officers in Southern California public knowledge?  Why the secrecy?

Aired Wednesday, September 29, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.



Another survey shows Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman dead even in the race for Governor, but here's a switch. California voters like Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina as their choices for the US Senate. How do the candidates stand? Aired Thursday, September 30, 2010  7:00pm 1/2hr.