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Programs & Issues for the first quarter of 2007 Jan-Feb-Mar


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.             Education

2.             Senior Services

3.             Parks & Recreation

4.             Environment

5.             Water

6.             Energy

7.             Redevelopment

8.             Cultural Development

9.             Police & Public Safety

10.          Housing



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.




A thousand inmates at the Chino State Prison are still on lockdown three days after an eruption of bloody violence. Federal courts have given the Governor until June to reform California’s prison system. Today, there are 174,000 prisoners in a system built for 100,000.  Federal Courts threaten to let inmates in June.   
Aired Tuesday, January 2, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.

Crime is down in Los Angeles with the glaring exception of gang crime. Police Chief Bratton says he’ll release details of his new plans for taking on gangs in coming days. We take a look at gang injunctions.  Do they stop crime or move it next door?  Do they deal with causes or symptoms?

Aired Wednesday, January 3, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.

Long Beach Police say three white women were brutally attacked in the upscale neighborhood of Bixby Knolls. Ten black juveniles, nine of them girls, are on trial. Police say they yelled racial epithets during the assault. The District Attorney has accused eight of the defendants of hate crimes.

Aired Thursday, January 4, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.

Governor Schwarzenegger today announced a plan to require all Californians to have health insurance. The Governor wants a rollback of welfare payments, including a cutoff to tens of thousands of children whose parents don’t meet certain requirements. We hear more on the Governor’s plan.

Aired Monday, January 8, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.

Governor Schwarzenegger said tonight that California can lead the nation and the world into the future, and called for massive new borrowing to equal the $43 billion in bonds passed by voters last year. We talk with several commentators, including historian Kevin Starr, who helped shape the Governor’s vision.  

Aired Tuesday, January 9, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.

President Bush has called for an escalation of 21,500 troops in Iraq, even as US Forces are already stretched thin. How will the increase be accomplished? How do soldiers feel about leaving their families to face brutal combat? What about post-traumatic stress disorder? We hear from the Pentagon about the prospects.

Aired Wednesday, January 10, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

A World Health Organization epidemiologist calls gang violence a “public health problem of epidemic proportions.” This week, the Mayor and a County Supervisor promise a new attack against gang violence. Why is the problem worse than ever? We hear what might work and what might not.

Aired Monday, January 15, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

Oranges are a $1.1 billion industry in California. This week’s cold wave comes at a crucial moment: only 30% of the current crop has been picked. With 90% of America’s oranges coming from California, the big freeze means that prices are likely to double as soon as next week. We learn history of Oranges in California.;

Aired Tuesday, January 16, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

In the 1970’s, the Los Angeles Unified School District developed the Magnet Schools, with programs of such high academic standing that all parents would voluntarily send their kids across town. Now, magnet schools have become the most popular in the district. We get an assessment from parents and educators.

Aired Wednesday, January 17, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

 Los Angeles is called the world capital of gang violence. Officials have decided that rather than dealing with symptoms, it's time to treat basic causes and involve the LA Unified School District as well as law enforcement. We hear from the get response city officials, the committee and the LAUSD.

Aired Thursday, January 18, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

This week in the California Assembly, Democrat Sally Lieber of Mountain View says she’ll introduce a bill to ban parents from spanking their children, punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail. The newspaper that broke the story got 86 pages of letters, plus e-mails.  Is it a popular idea or not?

Aired Monday, January 22, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  


On Monday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to put a new property tax on the ballot to provide $50 million a year for anti-gang programs. Council members and police have been alarmed by the recent killings of several young blacks for no reason other than race. We speak with gang experts.
Aired Wednesday, January 24, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

Local planners say that Southern California will grow by 5 million people in the next 20 years, but past predictions of gridlock already are coming true on our streets and freeways. We look for solutions to the traffic problem with public policy and transportation experts, and LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez.

Aired Thursday, January 25, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

In the trial that is ripping open the Bush White House, the President’s former press secretary testified today against Vice President Cheney’s former top aide. We speak with political strategists and legal experts about the White House dealings with the CIA and the media, and a trial that’s about politics and perjury.  

Aired Monday, January 29, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

Senate Democrats are unified behind a resolution criticizing the increase of troops in Iraq. Republicans are divided over at least five different measures, amid predictions that their party will be politically damaged for generations. We get perspective from a democratic consultant and Republican strategist.

Aired Wednesday, January 31, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  


To give western states a louder voice, Democrats will hold nominating caucuses in January, before the New Hampshire primary. Governor Schwarzenegger wants next year’s primary on February 5, to give California a voice in selecting presidential nominees. That means an early discussion of California issues.

Aired Monday, February 5, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  


Nine black teenagers were convicted of beating three white women in Long Beach, and today, the last teen (like the others before her) was sentenced to probation and community service.   What other options were available to the judge under juvenile law?  Has justice been done? Does juvenile system work?

Aired Tuesday, February 6, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

Los Angeles street gangs have become an international phenomenon, moving back and forth across Mexican and Central American borders to terrorize neighborhoods and commit crimes, including extortion and murder. Can law enforcement agencies learn how to cooperate? What is the permanent solution? Aired Wednesday, February 7, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

Mayor Antonio Villariagosa is all in favor of spending $100 million in taxpayers’ money to subsidize the Grand Avenue Project in downtown LA, partly designed by Frank Gehry, across the street from Gehry’s iconic Disney Hall.  The project’s total value is $2 billion.  Why does the public have to come up with $100 million

Aired Monday, February 12, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.        
The Governor and the Legislature are likely to move California’s presidential primary up to February 5 of next year. Would it mean real clout for the biggest state in the Union? Would it really work?  What does it have to do with term limits?  We hear from advocates on both sides of the issue.

Aired Thursday, February 15, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.        
California’s about to move its own primary up from June to February, which means that Golden State voters will be important for the first time in decades. Tonight, Illinois’ Democratic Senator Barack Obama will be at a Hollywood fundraiser in Beverly Hills. This afternoon, he was scheduled to speak at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the West Adams District of Los Angeles.

Aired Tuesday, February 20, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

Measure L on next month’s ballot would create a commission to review their salaries, which are currently $24,000 a year. It would also limit members to three four-year terms and limit campaign contributions to $1000 each. In addition, four seats on the board are up for grabs.  We get the lowdown from insiders.

Aired Wednesday, February 21, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

There was public outrage recently when a driver forced a quadriplegic man out of an ambulance into a gutter on a skid row. There are 55 recent examples of what’s called “patient dumping.” Hospitals ask what they can do with 90,000 homeless, and just 40 beds for the chronically ill with no place to go.

Aired Tuesday, February 27, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

As the Bush Administration cracks down on both undocumented workers and their American employers, a new report says that in California, immigrants increase wages for native-born workers, rather than pushing them down.  We hear from a journalist covering Senate hearings and the study’s co-author.  

Aired Wednesday, February 28, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 


A new business study shows that the southern California economy is no longer dominated by aerospace, tourism or international trade, but by the Creative Industries. This suggests the importance of training public school kids in the creative arts. We hear how public schools measure up when it comes the arts.

Aired Thursday, March 1, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

Today, LA’s Mayor and Police Chief announced the arrest of alleged gang member Steve Garcia, a murder suspect, in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. The bad news is that Mario Corona, a former gang member who has ties to a gang inter-vention program, and an MA from USC, was arrested for a pound of meth.

Aired Tuesday, March 6, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 


The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review is one of just six stand-alone book sections still published in the United States.  The Wall Street Journal says the Times will merge book reviews with editorials and opinion pieces in a 12-page tabloid. We hear from a former Book Review editor and a Book Fair founder.

Aired Wednesday, March 7, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 



President Bush is visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico this week, carrying with him a complicated economic and trade agenda.  Can he effectively compete with rising radical leaders like Hugo Chávez? Guest host Marc Cooper speaks with experts in energy, foreign policy and national security.

Aired Thursday, March 8, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

California prisons now house 172,000 inmates: twice as many as they were designed for.  The healthcare system is so bad it’s in federal receivership. The Governor wants to build more prisons, but that can’t be done soon enough.  We speak with an advocate and the chief of the prison system about alternatives.
Aired Tuesday, March 13, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 


The City of Los Angeles wants to sell the so-called “air rights” above the Convention Center, not to preserve it, but to increase urban density. That space converts to seven towers 73 stories high and it’s set to go on sale at $20/sf. What about traffic congestion?  We ask an urban planner and the area councilwoman.

Aired Wednesday, March 14, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

Mayor Villagraigosa wants Wi-Fi for all of Los Angeles, so even the poorest people could go on the Internet anywhere, any time. Will it take off like it did in Philadelphia or run into roadblocks, as it has in tech-savvy San Francisco? Would it also turn the LAPD into Big Brother?  We hear the pros and cons.

Aired Thursday, March 15, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

Camp Pendleton leads the list in deaths and injuries among military bases nationwide, and the California’s average National Guard is now a combat veteran, which has never been true before. We hear what it’s like for a Gold Star Mother and how it looks to kids whose school is close to a recruitment center.

Aired Monday, March 19, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 


Starting July 1, to screen out illegal immigrants, all new hires and new city employees in upscale Mission Viejo will be screened on the Internet through the Basic Pilot Program run by the federal department of Homeland Security. Can local economies survive in Southern California without immigrant workers?

Aired Tuesday, March 20, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

Last week, the FDA said 14 dogs and cats have died of kidney failure due to rat poison in foods and 60 million pet-food containers have now been recalled--with 95 different labels. How much do federal, state and local governments regulate a $16 billion industry? We hear from a network of 30,000 veterinarians.

Aired Tuesday, March 27, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

The Sacramento, San Joaquin Valleys and Inland Empire are the fastest growing parts of the state.  Driven by the cost of housing, the population, smog and congestion are moving east. Will new residents have the political will to make better decisions than those that have shaped the places they’re leaving behind.

Aired Wednesday, March 28, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

How are the presidential candidates doing? Do voters like the idea of a February primary? What about changing the current term limits law?  There’s good news and bad news for California’s political leaders.  We hear from the Public Policy Institute of California, a well known Republican and a Democratic activist.

Aired Thursday, March 29, 2007  7:30pm ½ Hr.