KCRI-FM Indio/Palm Springs


Programs & Issues for the second quarter of 2007 Apr-May-Jun


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.             Historic Preservation

2.             Housing

3.             Development

4.             Energy

5.             Poverty

6.             Environment

7.             Senior Services

8.             Healthcare

9.             Parks & Recreation

10.          Police & Public Safety



Accordingly, 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.





The Chandler family sold the LA Times to the Tribune Company of Chicago, and now, the Times, along with KTLA Channel 5, are the property of billionaire Sam Zell, who admittedly has no prior newspaper experience and no editorial vision.

We hear about the deal, staff cuts and absentee ownership of the Times.

Aired Monday, April 2, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In a message to the LA Times newsroom, Editor Jim O’Shea said that, while any change of ownership carries some risk and this includes a heavy debt burden, Sam Zell is “a creative thinker and an inventive entrepreneur,” who says, “he believes in the future of the news business.” We’ll talk with O’Shea and others.

Aired Tuesday, April 3, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE launched “Operation Return to Sender“ in May of last year.  This latest program for deporting undocumented workers has resulted in the arrest of 18,000 people so far.  About 250 have been deported without getting a chance to collect their property  or even their children.

Aired Wednesday, April 4, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA’s population growth has outstripped affordable housing, even for the middle class. The owners of rent-controlled apartments are limited to increases of 4% every year.  So, many replace apartments with condos, which bring in a lot more money. We explore a dispute that dramatizes one of LA’s most difficult problems.

Aired Thursday, April 5, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



For the first time in years, state money is flowing to public schools for the teaching of music, just as the Los Angeles Philharmonic hires a new conductor who is a poster boy for music education developed in Venezuela: Gustavo Dudamel. We hear about a turnaround for creative arts in California schools. 

Aired Monday, April 9, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Two LA School Board run-off elections are scheduled for the 15th of next month. Mayor Villaraigosa and the LA Teachers’ Union say they want to work together, but they’re spending big money on different candidates. We hear from both candidates about charter schools, drop-out rates and education reform.

Aired Tuesday, April 10, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger is pushing a new kind of environmentalism.  He advocates that people work for more fuel-efficient forms of transportation rather than give up Hummers or private planes. He compared environmentalism to  body-building. Can there be environmentalism without sacrifice? 

Aired Thursday, April 12, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Homeless advocates are establishing a tent city on the south lawn of City Hall, and Mayor Villaraigosa tried to steal their thunder with an op-ed piece in today’s Times. Villaraigosa said he’s providing supportive, affordable housing, but that the problem is so big that even a billion dollars is a drop in the bucket.

Aired Thursday, April 12, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



At least 33 people are dead after a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. There were two incidents; students say they don’t know how he was able to strike twice. We talk with the chief of campus security at UCLA and ask if California’s gun laws would prevent a similar tragedy.

Aired Monday, April 16, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Mayor’s plan to take partial control of the LA Schools is unconstitutional. That’s the unanimous decision of a three-judge appellate panel, upholding the same ruling by a lower court.  We hear from some interested parties as the Mayor focuses on next month’s school board election 

Aired Tuesday, April 17, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The President is meeting with Congressional leaders today about the Iraq spending bill. The House of Representatives wants a time limit on funding the Iraq war, the Senate wants a nonbinding goal of troop withdrawal next year, and the President says he’ll veto any bill with a hint of withdrawal in it. Aired Wednesday, April 18, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The atmosphere in Sacramento is right this year for action on healthcare reform. Democratic Senator Sheila Keuhl has a plan that does away with insurance company involvement altogether, replacing it with universal healthcare, free to everybody at the point of service, administered by the government.

Monday, April 23, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Homeowners with marginal credit can’t keep pace with the rising rates on flexible interest loans made at the height of the housing boom. Assembly legislation has created a pool of money to help them refinance. Is it a bail-out of borrowers who should have known better or protection for the rest of the economy?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the biggest publicly owned utility in the nation. Mayor Villagraigosa wants it to go green. Geothermal energy could replace coal-fired power plants, but there are tradeoffs. Will national forests and wildlife refuges be destroyed?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that California voters are more frustrated than ever with the public schools. What about Los Angeles Unified, where reform efforts have been ignored and administrators don’t even know about policies of the elected board?

Thursday, April 26, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Whether a “riot,” an “uprising” or a “civil disturbance,” the violence began 15 years ago yesterday in Los Angeles. More than 50 died, and thousands of people were injured. A private group, the RLA, said the cost of restoring neighborhoods would be $6 billion, but five years later, it could only count $500 million.

Thursday, April 26, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LAPD riot squad used batons and rubber bullets against both troublemakers and peaceful demonstrators for immigrants’ rights during last night’s clash in MacArthur Park. They pushed and shoved cameramen and reporters. We explore the details on investigations promised by the City Council and the LAPD.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



On the front of this morning’s Los Angeles Times photographer Carl Stein is shown on his knees with police officers standing over him.  He was one of the people—including peaceful demonstrators—who were in Mac Arthur Park Tuesday night when an LAPD riot squad began clearing the area. Stein joins us.

Thursday, May 3, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



For the past five years, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has trained an elite force of officers in crowd control. However, Bratton concedes that the troops who got out of control last Tuesday were the "best" that he has.  We talk with police experts and others about his reaction and what should happen next.

Monday, May 7, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Rainfall in downtown LA is less than a quarter of normal, near Lake Tahoe the year’s final snow survey found bare earth and the 400-mile Sierra snow pack is the smallest in almost thirty years. Does California need more dams, more conservation, or both? We revisit the allocation of our most precious resource.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Griffith Park is threatened by a fire of over 800 acres, that being the largest fire in Los Angeles since 1961. What is the future of the surviving wildlife and an early fire season after a winter of record low rainfall? Officials say the fire is now 50% contained and full control may take 24 more hours.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Should Locke High School, one of LA’s poorest performers, be turned over to the charter school organization Green Dot?  A majority of the teachers have signed petitions calling for change although their union is dead-set against the idea. We also examine the investigation on the May Day clearing of Mac Arthur Park.

Thursday, May 10, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Catalina Island is on fire, but tourists are coming back anyway.  On the Catalina Island and in LA’s Griffith Park there’s debate about how to restore the beloved environments. Should natural ecosystems be rebuilt even if that means getting rid of tourist attractions?  What’s the best way to avoid more fires in the future?

Monday, May 14, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa want to be warriors against global warming, but that's easier said than done. Going green means getting people out of their cars, but the Governor is cutting funds for public transit and the Metropolitan Transit Agency is raising fares.  We talk about public policy.

Monday, May 14, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In Beijing, China, a city of bicycles is becoming a city of cars.  Is it time for car-clogged Los Angeles to become a city of bikes? In Making News, we discuss a Senate compromise on illegal immigration.

Thursday, May 17, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California state spending rises faster than revenue, and nobody wants new taxes.  Programs for the most needy people get cut first. Schwarzenegger says privatizing the lottery would raise money so fast it could jump-start public works projects, pay down the debt and finance universal health care. Is it a lousy idea? 

Monday, May 21, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss is running for City Attorney, but a group of Westside homeowners wants to recall him from his current office. Also tonight, Attorney General Jerry Brown battles the EPA in California’s war against global warming. On Reporter’s Notebook: saving the whales.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Mayor Villaraigosa says gangs are his number one priority. One expert complains that his budget provides a tiny fraction of what’s needed to deal with a problem that has plagued LA for generations. City Hall says first, it's time for an audit. Does this mean another study, or a real effort to determine what works?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



MTA headquarters were overrun by protesters today due to a plan to increase fares. The MTA cites rising costs, a massive deficit and expanded services for the cost increase. Also tonight, Eli Broad gives another 6 million dollars for charter schools. Meanwhile, Al Martinez has been pushed out at the LA Times.

Thursday, May 24, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After nearly three decades of formal silence, representatives from the U.S. and Iran met in Baghdad yesterday and agreed on the need for a stable Iraq. On Reporter's Notebook, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pulls up stakes outside the President's Crawford ranch and heads for home.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Nearly forty-seven years after John F. Kennedy tackled the religion question in his successful bid for the presidency, a candidate’s religion is once again emerging as a significant campaign issue. Can Republican Mitt Romney make voters comfortable with the fact that he’s a practicing Mormon?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In Alaska this week, the International Whaling Commission has been holding its annual meeting where conservation-minded countries have faced off once again with nations that want to catch more whales. Which side is gaining momentum?

Thursday, May 31, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



President Bush's plans to deploy a missile defense system in eastern Europe has unnerved Russia, causing Putin to warn today that Moscow could take retaliatory steps. Is a new arms race likely? What effect will public opposition in Poland and the Czech Republic have on Bush’s deployment plans?

Monday, June 4, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



President Bush is in Europe for the G-8 Summit which starts tomorrow, but he’s already facing criticism for his proposal on global warming. With new leaders in Europe, will Bush be able to form new political alliances?

Tuesday, June 5, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



During this week’s Presidential debates in New Hampshire, Democrats elbowed each other, Republicans went after the Democrats, and pretty much everybody criticized President Bush. What campaign strategies are emerging eighteen months before the election? 

Wednesday, June 6, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



As leaders at the G-8 Summit currently reach agreement about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, what are the roles of rapidly growing countries such as China and India?

Wednesday, June 6, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Twenty years ago, Los Angeles voted for slow growth in an effort to stop urban sprawl. As the population increased, city officials are now touting  “smart growth”. Smart growth will create density in taller buildings that are near public transportation. Can it work in a city designed for the automobile?

Monday, June 11, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The federal government is threatening to withdraw half the budget of LA County’s King/Harbor Hospital - formerly called King/Drew - because of the danger to patients. What would the closure of King/Harbor mean for health care, county- wide? On Reporter's Notebook, surviving on Food Stamps.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A Sacramento reporter says Californians are fighting like cats and dogs over cats and dogs. A bill forcing owners to spay or neuter their pets has generated thousands of letters, e-mails and angry debates in legislative committee rooms.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After generations of victimization and genocide, Native Americans have reaped a bonanza from legalized gambling that has led to disputes about which land is sovereign to Indian tribes.

Monday, June 18, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



For three decades, California cities and counties have enacted their own limits on political campaign contributions. Now, Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento have joined together to stop that practice. Also today, William Bratton gets a second term as Chief of the LAPD.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Despite twenty-three anti-gang programs costing eighty-two million dollars a year, the gang problem in Los Angeles is getting worse. Today Mayor Villagraigosa made good on his promise to name a single official to find out what works - and what doesn’t.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A Japanese visitor plunged to his death last Saturday, the third fatality on Yosemite Valley’s Half Dome in less than a year. It’s a daunting climb up a 300-foot, almost-vertical ladder but more and more inexperienced, out-of-shape hikers are taking the risk.

Thursday, June 21, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Hispanics outnumber blacks in many Congressional districts traditionally held by African-Americans. In tomorrow’s election to replace the late Juanita Millender-McDonald, race and ethnicity may play an important role.

Monday, June 25, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Thirty big-rigs clogged up the 110 Freeway today due to a clean air plan adopted by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. On Reporter’s Notebook, LA Supervisors have backed away from starting the shut-down of King-Drew Hospital. Is that a mistake?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Today the U.S. Supreme Court threw out school integration programs in Louisville and Seattle because they used race to maintain racial balance. Also tonight, immigration reform is dead for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, June 28, 2007  7:00pm  ½ hr.