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Programs & Issues for the third quarter of 2009 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.         Housing

2.         Redevelopment

3.         Special Events

4.         Transportation and Traffic

5.         Parks and Recreation

6.         Education

7.         Water

8.         Police and Public Safety

9.         Solar Energy

10.      Environment



Additionally, 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.





Barring a political miracle, California will be paying bills with IOU's starting tomorrow. The Governor's ordered a third furlough day every month for state workers and another legislative session.  Is there an end in sight? 

Aired Wednesday, July 1, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will banks accept California's IOU's? Should the state have a budget for people who like government and one for those who don't? Does LA's experience in trying to control smog contain lessons about how not to beat global warming?

Aired Thursday, July 2, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, announced today that they've made important steps in restoring relations between the two countries. Can they find common ground on human rights and missile defense? Aired Monday, July 6, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.


More than three weeks after Iran's disputed presidential election, the regime continues to crack down on dissenters, while pointing fingers at the West. Are Iran's rulers losing their hold on power? .

Aired Tuesday, July 7, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



What does Governor Schwarzenegger really want? We talk with his Chief of Staff. Also, a conversation with a veteran of 35 years in Congress and the Democrats' point man on climate change.

Aired Wednesday, July 8, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the President's $800 billion stimulus package hasn't been fully rolled out yet, but the US economy is already almost seven million jobs in the hole.

Aired Thursday, July 9, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Today is the 50th anniversary of a potentially deadly event near Los Angeles that few people know about. We hear about the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor and why it could still be significant now.

Aired Monday, July 13, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will LA Teachers make salary concessions to save jobs? Is the University of California backing away from its primary mission? Why has Governor Schwarzenegger replaced the state nursing board?

Aired Tuesday, July 14, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Progress of a kind in Sacramento and the risk of budget reductions to fire-fighting in California.

Aired Wednesday, July 15, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Has California given up on higher education?  Is it time to tax medical marijuana? On today's To the Point, Goldman Sachs has paid back $10 billion in bailout money and announced record profits,while the rest are still deep in the recession. Aired Thursday, July 16, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.






As Sacramento's budget crisis drags on, the costs of delay are rising. We hear about increased efforts to deal with continued dysfunction by re-writing the Constitution. Also, is the LAPD really different?

Aired Monday, July 20, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will rank and file legislators agree to the budget deal made by their leaders and Governor Schwarzenegger? What kind of finances are proposed to close the $26 billion shortfall? We hear from the Democrats, the Republicans and others.

Aired Tuesday, July 21, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The biggest losers in California's budget compromise are local governments as Proposition 13 strikes again. But will enough Democrats and Republicans go along? In LA, city workers agree to save money and protect jobs.

Aired Wednesday, July 22, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Toll lanes are coming to LA freeways, and a rising star in San Bernardino politics takes a fall. Also, who looks worse in the budget debacle, the Republicans or the Democrats?

Aired Thursday, July 23, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Box office receipts for movies are way up, but Hollywood is slowing way down. It’s all about runaway production, labor disputes and the recession. Can new state incentives keep the business in California?

Aired Monday, July 27, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the budget nobody likes after chopping still more social services and money for 50 state parks. What do the actions of California leaders say about them and the voters who sent them to Sacramento? Aired Tuesday, July 28, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Administration wants the states to “Race to the Top” by competing for $4.3 billion for education reform.

Aired Wednesday, July 29, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Concern about the environment is declining in California, and Governor Schwarzenegger's popularity has reached an all-time low. Also, a monthly one-day shut down of all state courts. What's the likely impact?

Aired Thursday, July 30, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.


“Cash for Clunkers” ran through $1 billion in less than a week. We get the latest on efforts to keep it going. States all over the country are cutting back on prisons. A 20-year crackdown has contributed to a $100 billion financial shortfall.

Aired Monday, August 3, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



“Cash for Clunkers” has run through almost a billion federal dollars in just ten days. With the Senate poised to come up with another $2 billion, are taxpayers funding a consumer frenzy that would have happened anyway?

Aired Tuesday, August 4, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After almost seven years, two mayors and the end of the federal consent decree, Bill Bratton resigned today as Chief of the LAPD. We look at his legacy on the crime rate, community policing and race relations.

Aired Wednesday, August 5, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Two US journalists have been released by North Korea while others are in custody in Iran. What are the rights and obligations of tourists, reporters and governments on both sides of closed borders?

Aired Thursday, August 6, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In more than a fourth of Afghanistan, voters might be risking their lives by participating in next week's national election. But the Obama Administration is hoping the outcome will lead to better governance.

Aired Monday, August 10, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly close to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate charges that terror suspects were tortured during the Bush Administration.  What would be the consequences?

Aired Tuesday, August 11, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A federal judge has accused two Wall Street firms of "lying to their Shareholders.” big bailout banks are resuming the practice of guaranteeing multi-million-dollar bonuses that don't depend on performance. Are new regulations needed?

Aired Wednesday, August 12, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.






As the Congressional recess continues, debate over healthcare reform is becoming more polarized and extreme. Both sides contend it all boils down to morality. Are they open to reason or is it a matter of faith?

Aired Thursday, August 13, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Two weeks into the Congressional recess, angry crowds are still showing up to vent their anger against healthcare reform. Is the Obama White House caving in on a controversial provision? 

Aired Monday, August 17, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



With homelessness on the increase, cities are passing laws that make it harder to survive on the streets. Is Los Angeles really America's "meanest city?"

Aired Tuesday, August 18, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Record home foreclosures are taking their biggest toll on blacks and Latinos. Is it a new kind of housing discrimination from lenders pushing sub-prime loans to minorities searching for the American dream?

Aired Wednesday, August 19, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will the University of California help LA County re-open a troubled hospital?  Also, a vote count is under way in Afghanistan, where a national election has been held in the midst of bloody fighting.

Aired Thursday, August 20, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The LA Unified School Board will consider allowing outside operators to run 50 new schools. Can the teachers' union stop it or water it down? We hear from two board members about a showdown expected tomorrow.

Aired Monday, August 24, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The legislature has fallen to record lows in public approval, and special interests are partying with Senators and Assembly members. More than 250 fundraisers have been held this year with almost 37 more today and tomorrow.

Aired Tuesday, August 25, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.







Charter school operators say LA Unified has made history; the teachers' union says it's violating the law. We hear a debate. Also, a budget crisis for LA's most successful anti-gang program, and fire seasons opens with a big fire.

Aired Wednesday, August 26, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The concierge doctor is a relatively small but growing practice aimed at cutting out the middle man and delivering medicine directly to the patient…for a price. Meanwhile, the number of doctors going into family practice has dropped.

Aired Thursday, August 27, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Faced with a possible flu epidemic this fall, the US is planning for extreme emergencies. If medical facilities are overwhelmed, who gets access first? Who decides? What can be learned from hurricane Katrina just four years ago?

Aired Monday, August 31, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will budget cuts damage the mutual aid system as fire season burns on? Also,  banks that were "too big to fail" were rescued from the consequences of bad decisions with taxpayer money. Now, they've grown even bigger.

Aired Tuesday, September 1, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



US strategy against the Taliban calls for winning hearts and minds of the Afghan people; complaints of election fraud threaten the credibility of Pres. Hamid Karzai, and contractors guarding the US embassy have shocked Afghan sensibilities.

Aired Wednesday, September 2, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



President Obama is attempting to regain control of healthcare reform. His proposals drew criticism at a series of town hall meetings in August, and Republican senators, have openly attacked the plan.

Aired Thursday, September 3, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Congress is back after the August recess, faced with the same problems it failed to address in July. We hear about healthcare, global warming, finance reform — partisan Republicans and divided Democrats.

Aired Tuesday, September 8, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.






An attack film is at the heart of a Supreme Court case that could change the way political campaigns have been financed for more than 100 years.

Aired Wednesday, September 9, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Given what's happening — or failing to happen — in Sacramento, why does anyone want to be Governor? We ask San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Also, another legislative session in Sacramento is winding down.

Aired Thursday, September 10, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA's Mayor and City Council are looking at hard choices as revenues continue on the decline. Across the country, The US Supreme Court says a defendant found guilty after a fair trail does not have the same rights as a free man.

Aired Friday, September 11, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Another effort to upgrade California's endangered system for storing and delivering water has failed. We hear how urgent the problem is and why it hasn't been solved for more than 30 years.

Aired Monday, September 14, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA's water system is a marvel of engineering, but parts of it are almost 100 years old. Is that why there's been an epidemic of broken water mains? Does the DWP need another rate hike to fix the problem? 

Aired Tuesday, September 15, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA's Mayor and City Council are moving farther apart on early retirement but layoffs and furloughs are more likely than ever. Plus, the US Supreme Court may be asked to decide California's prison problems.

Aired Wednesday, September 16, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A proposed new tax system might get rid of California's annual budget crisis, but what would it mean for the middle class?

Aired Thursday, September 17, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California's foreign-born population is on the decline, due to unemployment. What does it mean for the economy, politics and the debate on illegal immigration? Plus, a raid on LA's Avenues gang.

Aired Monday, September 21, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.


A man complained about a coyote in LA's Griffith Park, and officials killed eight coyotes. We talk about wild animals in the urban environment. Also, LA's ongoing struggle with medical marijuana dispensaries.

Aired Tuesday, September 22, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



As President Obama weighs his options on the war in Afghanistan, public support for his policies there is on the decline. What can a troop surge accomplish? How will politics in Afghanistan and Washington affect what the United States does?

Aired Wednesday, September 23, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



As the US government prepares to hand out more than 250 million free doses of vaccine for the H1N1 virus, health officials are confronting fear and misinformation. What is the H1N1, or swine flu, as it's commonly known?

Aired Thursday, September 24, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In Geneva tomorrow, the United States will sit down for direct negotiations with Iran for the first time in three decades, pushing for greater transparency on Iran's nuclear program, and threaten sanctions if Iran refuses to cooperate.

Aired Wednesday, September 30, 2009  7:00pm  ½ hr.