Programs & Issues for the second quarter of 2010 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. Cultural Festivities
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Police and Public Safety
5. Fire Department
7. Traffic and Transportation
8. Historic Revitalization
10. Youth and Education
Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:
KCRU PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 2nd Quarter 2010 APR. MAY JUN.
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
In proposing to open vast swaths of the ocean to exploration for oil and gas, President Obama made a familiar appeal. With little time left until the mid-term elections, we hear about national security and the goal of "energy independence."
Aired Thursday, April 1, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The Taliban attacks the US Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, and an update on the aftershocks that continue to hit southern California after yesterday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake in northern Mexico.
Aired Monday, April 5, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
ENERGY/LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET CRISIS
Mayor Villaraigosa has threatened to order all city departments except police and fire to close for two days a week, to prevent the city from shutting down altogether. We update his battle with the City Council over DWP rates.
Aired Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LOCAL POLITICS/BUDGET CRISIS/ENERGY
Los Angeles' legislative analyst says Mayor Villaraigosa's threat to shut down city services two days a week needs City Council approval, but it's all about his dispute with the Council in the first place. We talk with the Mayor.
Aired Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LOCAL BUDGET CRISIS/ENERGY
One city councilman says Los Angeles is "crawling out of the rabbit hole," with the sudden discovery of $30 million in unexpected revenue. Is the Alice in Wonderland episode really over? What about that rate increase for the DWP? Aired Thursday, April 8, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Cops at the Los Angeles Police Department won't be furloughed or laid off to save money, but they won't get overtime either. We look at the impact on homicide cases, and hear about current gang violence.
Aired Monday, April 12, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LOCAL POLITICS/NATIONAL FINANCE REFORM
Los Angeles City Hall has become so dysfunctional that critics are calling for outside intervention. Is bankruptcy the way to go? Also, the Senate is back in Washington, ready to take up finance reform — in an election year.
Aired Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Major players in California's insurance game are involved in this year's elections. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poisner is running for Governor; Mercury Insurance is backing Proposition 17. Where do the politics begin and end?
Aired Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LOCAL POLITICS/BUDGET CRISIS/TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC SAFETY
LA Mayor Villaraigosa concedes that cuts and layoffs will reduce city services to taxpayers who won’t be getting the tree-trimming and pot-hole filling they pay for. Will a declining infrastructure make it harder for LA to compete with other cities?
Aired Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
President Obama wants immigration reform, while Arizona's increasingly violent traffic in guns drugs and people has led Republicans to pass the nation's toughest crackdown. Will it do any good?
Aired Monday, April 19, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LOCAL BUDGET CRISIS
Los Angeles won't have to lay off 4000 workers or shut down government two days a week, but it will need to cut services and reduce staff. That's according to budget proposals released today by Mayor Villaraigosa.
Aired Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Mayor Villaraigosa has put a Wall Street banker in charge of the DWP. We ask Austin Beutner about his qualifications to run a public utility and how the DWP can be made accountable to the public that own it.
Aired Wednesday, April 21, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
This week's volcanic eruption is a wake-up call for the airline industry and unprepared regulators. It's also a lesson in humanity's inability to control nature. How likely are bigger eruptions? Is there any way to get ready?
Aired Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The US Senate's much-touted compromise on Climate Change may be on the rocks. Next up for industries that use fossil fuels, a challenge to the toughest existing law in the country: California's AB 32.
Aired Monday, April 26, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
STATE GOVENOR’S RACE
Unparalleled campaign spending has made former eBay CEO Meg Whitman the leading Republican candidate for Governor of California. Have special favors from Goldman Sachs come back to haunt her?
Aired Tuesday, April 27, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
After nine years of divisive debate, the Obama Administration has approved America’s first off-shore wind Farm in the waters near Cape Cod. Supporters hail a new, green industry. Opponents fear destruction of Nantucket Sound.
Aired Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Ten counties with America's worst air pollution are all in California, and LA has the worst Smog in the country. That's according to the American Lung Association. We'll hear what that means for public health.
Aired Thursday, April 29, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
BP says it's responsible for whatever cleanup the Gulf oil spill requires. As the slick moves closer to shore, we hear what could be in store for wildlife, economic interests and America's continuing appetite for energy.
Aired Monday, May 3, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Proposition 14 would take the parties out of primary elections and let voters pick any candidate they chose. Would they go for moderates instead of extremists? We hear a debate.
Aired Tuesday, May 4, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The failed bombing of Times Square led to speedy arrests in the US and Pakistan. It's also raised many questions about how the incident came about, how it's been handled and what it means for the future.
Aired Wednesday, May 5, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Two questions for tough times: should homeowners pay for sidewalk repairs—even when the damage was caused by the city? Should landlords share the pain of their tenants by freezing increases in rents?
Aired Thursday, May 6, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
California’s next statewide election is less than a month away—the first without an incumbent Governor on the ballot since 1998. We’ll hear how you can vote in the Democratic or Republican primary—even if you’re registered as Decline to State. Aired Monday, May 10, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
There’s less than a month left for hundreds of medical marijuana clinics to close their doors or face fines of up to 2500-dollars a day. What about patients who say they need their medicine?
Aired Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
She ran a Fortune 500 company; now, Carly Fiorina is running for high office. Tonight we’ll ask Fiorina why her record at Hewlett-Packard qualifies her for the Republican nomination against Democratic US Senator Barbara Boxer.
Aired Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Supporters say Prop 17 will lower insurance rates for 82% of California drivers. Opponents ask, why would an insurance company sponsor a measure that might cost it money? We’ll talk to representatives from both sides.
Aired Thursday, May 13, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
State law entitles all California students to equal education, but the budget crunch leads to lay-offs every Spring, the lowest performing schools lose the most teachers and chaos results in the Fall. Are seniority rules making things worse?
Aired Monday, May 17, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY
The US Supreme Court says life without parole for juveniles is “cruel and unusual punishment”--if they did not commit murder. Four such cases are here in California. Should children who kill have a chance for parole, too?
Aired Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Will California become the only state in the nation with no welfare-to-work program? Could lawmakers preserve the safety net by raising taxes on cars and alcohol and delaying tax breaks for corporations?
Aired Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Meg Whitman’s lead over Steve Poizner in the Republican race for Governor has dropped from 50 to 9 points in just 3 months. What about the Democrats—and that measure to legalize marijuana on the November ballot?
Aired Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Tesla Motors will mass-produce electric cars in California, but it won’t be in Downey. We hear how that local town lost out to Fremont in the Bay Area, with help from Toyota.
Aired Monday, May 24, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Democrats in Sacramento rolled out another budget proposal today, designed to avoid program cuts by increasing taxes. We also hear about local primaries for Attorney General, with the DA’s of LA and San Francisco possibly competing.
Aired Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Majorities in some affluent suburbs have voted to increase taxes for schools, but not by enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. In other places they've passed. What's in store for Measure E next month in Los Angeles?
Aired Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
With two candidates spending a total of $90 million in this year's Republican race for Governor, California voters will get another chance to approve public funding of political campaigns. Prop 15 on the June ballot provides for a pilot program.
Aired Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Attack ads on TV may decide who wins next week's Republican primary campaigns for Governor and US Senator. Will there be a high price to pay? Is the state's largest private utility pushing its own interests with Proposition 16?
Aired Tuesday, June 1, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Will Proposition 14 on Tuesday’s ballot open up state politics or make it even harder to challenge Republicans and Democrats? Do a couple of long-shots have a chance to buck their own party in campaigns Incumbents?
Aired Thursday, June 3, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Candidates and interest groups have spent a record $225 million on tomorrow's California primary campaigns, but less than a third of the voters are expected to bother to go to the polls. We hear why some contests really do matter.
Aired Monday, June 7, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LA City Attorney Trutanich wants a grand jury to issue subpoenas, even though it's the District Attorney who handles felony crimes. Some City Council members call it a grab for unprecedented power. Also, why can't LA County's Probation Department find $70 million?
Aired Tuesday, June 8, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
California Republicans went where the money was. Democrats supported the tried and true. Voters also approved a measure designed to take partisanship out of politics. We look at the winners, losers and what to expect now.
Aired Wednesday, June 9, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Will the President Obama’s moratorium on deep-water exploration have as much impact on the Gulf state’s economy as the British Petroleim oil spill?
Aired Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
LA County’s Probation Department can’t find $79 million or locate 10% of its employees, and 31 of its officers cannot be disciplined even though they’ve committed abuse and misconduct. Some have convictions for felony crimes.
Aired Monday, June 14, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
UC Irvine wants to ban a Muslim student group for orchestrating a plan to shout down the Israeli ambassador during a speech on the campus. Would a ban violate the students’ rights even if they lied to university officials?
Aired Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Some 18,000 gays and lesbians are still legally married in California because they took their vows before Proposition 8 was passed by the voters in 2008. Today, Prop 8 supporters asked that those marriages be nullified.
Aired Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The CEO of British Petroleum gets a grilling from Congress. Will the $20 billion trust fund get the oil giant off the hook with angry oil-spill victims?
Aired Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
British Petroleum is the latest corporation under attack by the White House, but polls show the public thinks BP is handling the oil spill about as well as the government is. What's the message about the President's brand of populism?
Aired Monday, June 21, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The US commander in Afghanistan is on his way to the White House to explain why he mocked his Commander in Chief in a national magazine. Will President Obama fire General Stanley McChrystal?
Aired Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
President Obama asserts civilian authority over the military: General McChrystal is relieved of duty and General Petraeus will take command in Afghanistan.
Aired Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
How would you like your pay cut to the federal minimum wage? That's what the Governor wants for state workers, but State Controller John Chiang says, "no way." It's all about the legislature's failure to pass next year's budget.
Aired Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Teacher layoffs, library closings, elimination of music and other programs have driven parents and their children into the streets to raise money for education. Will private fund-raising be a band-aid in or business as usual for public schools?
Aired Monday, June 28, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY/CIVIL RIGHTS
The Supreme Court said yesterday that Americans have the right to own a handgun at home and that there can be "reasonable regulations.” Will local laws on concealed weapons, trigger locks and ammunition sales still be enforceable?
Aired Tuesday, June 29, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Federal stimulus spending has fueled economic recovery. Is it now time for action against the deficit? Should President Obama break his pledge not to raise taxes for 98% of Americans? We hear a debate.
Aired Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.