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Programs & Issues for the second quarter of 2008 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.             Labor

2.             Parks and Recreation

3.             Environment

4.             Education

5.             Housing

6.             Redevelopment

7.             Water

8.             Police & Public Safety

9.             Transportation

10.          Arts


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.





In one of the world’s most diverse cities, blacks and Latinos get along for the most part. But the prejudice of a few is compounded by economic and political competition. There’s racism in some schools, inn prisons, and race is the likely motive in a spate of recent killings.

Aired Tuesday, April 1, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Americans aren’t moving to California and Californians are moving out. But birthrates and immigrants from other countries mean increased growth anyway. Aired Wednesday, April 2, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



One of the rarest events in Los Angeles politics is an actual contest for a seat on the county board of supervisors. Tonight we'll hear about an office with extraordinary power and almost no accountability. Why are two African-Americans the leading candidates in a district that is predominantly Latino?

Aired Monday, April 7, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Protesters failed to stop the Olympic Torch relay this afternoon, because there was none - at least not the one that drew thousands of people into the streets of San Francisco. Fear of violence drove officials to change the route, bypassing both protesters and spectators who wanted to celebrate the Olympic Games.

Aired Wednesday, April 9, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Jamiel Shaw, Jr., a promising student athlete, was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant gang member who’d been arrested before but never deported. That’s led to new calls for repealing the LAPD’s Special Order 40, which prohibits cops from arresting people for violating federal immigration laws.

Aired Thursday, April 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The choice between paper and plastic won’t be free if the toughest such law in the nation passes in Sacramento. The law would impose a “plastic carryout bag impact fee” of 25 cents a bag at groceries and pharmacies.

Aired Monday, April 14, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In what one columnist called his first re-election speech, Mayor Villaraigosa addressed the multitude of gang programs, now to be centralized in his office. Can he make them more effective and more accountable for what they do? On Reporter’s Notebook, the gang “feedback loop” between LA and El Salvador.

Aired Wednesday, April 16, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



For the 4th time in just 5 years, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed a new director of prisons where a federal judge says conditions are unconstitutional.

Aired Thursday, April 17, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts in school funding would exaggerate a problem that's already flouting state law: some schools get a lot more money than others. We hear what that means in Palos Verdes and Whittier.

Aired Monday, April 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Two hours after the polls close in Pennsylvania, will Hillary Clinton have won big enough to keep going? Will Barack Obama have scored a surprise? Guest host Lawrence O’Donnell looks at the numbers with Ron Brownstein and others.

Aired Tuesday, April 22, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Hillary Clinton won big in Pennsylvania, but was it big enough to change the momentum of the campaign? Even after her decisive ten-point victory last night over Barack Obama, why are most political analysts still giving her no more than 10% chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?

Aired Wednesday, April 23, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



How do unsafe drugs reach the marketplace? Is the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmed by the supply and demand for drugs and incapable of guaranteeing the safety of the four billion prescriptions our pharmacies will fill this year?

Aired Thursday, April 24, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The 10, the 210 and possibly the 110 won’t be free if Villaraigosa and the MTA have their way. You’ll have to pay fees to use car-pool lanes during rush hour. Will it avoid gridlock and lower pollution—or be a gift of freedom to travel for some, while the middle class and the poor watch the traffic go by?

Aired Tuesday, April 29, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



It’s not just the depression all teenagers feel, it’s the fear of violence and the sense that school doesn’t offer a haven that leads to a sense of belonging. These are the findings of a new survey on mental health conducted by kids who talked with 6,000 other kids in 7 of LA’s toughest high schools.

Aired Wednesday, April 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The city of Los Angeles doesn't have enough money - we're $406 million dollars short to be exact, the largest budget deficit in city history. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed a $7 billlion dollar budget that focuses on the city’s core needs.

Aired Thursday, May 1, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Californians hate government—with one exception. They love the initiative process which has allowed them to vote up or down on new laws dealing with major issues. The best example is Prop 13, passed in 1978 to limit the skyrocketing tax on property.

Aired Monday, May 5, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Despite last week’s polling that showed a tightening race in North Carolina, Barack Obama rolled up a decisive victory there while Hillary Clinton holds a narrower lead in Indiana. Did Obama do what he had to do tonight to stabilize his campaign in the wake of the controversy involving his former pastor?

Aired Tuesday, May 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Oil is as much a part of Southern California history as sunshine and citrus groves. Downtown LA is pockmarked with oil wells capped before they ran dry. In Long Beach and Signal Hill, there were derricks and they’re still pumping in Seal Beach, Santa Fe Springs and Beverly Hills. Is there an oil well coming near you?

Aired Wednesday, May 7, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Just three months after the Writers’ strike, film and TV studios have broken off talks with the Screen Actors Guild. SAG and AFTRA used to negotiate together, but now AFTRA’s talking with the studios on its own which has led to talk of divide and conquer. Also tonight, sex abuse in the LA Unified School District.

Aired Thursday, May 8, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



It’s more and more likely that Barack Obama will be the first black nominated for president by a major American party. Conversely, Hillary Clinton probably won’t be the first woman. On Reporter’s Notebook: holdouts for Clinton in Hollywood.

Aired Monday, May 12, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



There are just two ballot measure on California's June 3 ballot—Propositions 98 and 99, which both limit the government's right to seize private property under "eminent domain." One of them would also phase out rent control. Also, we talk with the new Speaker of the State Assembly.

Aired Tuesday, May 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Hospitals that leave homeless people on the streets will be guilty of misdemeanors if the LA City Council has its way. But the hospitals say that could cost them the federal funding that helps them stay open, and the new law does not provide places for homeless people to go.

Aired Wednesday, May 14, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The State Supreme Court decided today that discrimination against same-sex marriage creates “second class citizens” and that it will not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights. Governor Schwarzenegger agrees but the court was split 4 to 3, and today’s ruling will mean political fireworks between now and November.

Aired Thursday, May 15, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



During the 1990’s, LA banned car-washing in driveways, sprinklers flooding  gutters and watering grass in mid-day. Rising demand and reductions in water supplies may make that a way of life, even before global warming. The city also wants to keep rainwater from flowing out to sea, and reclaim wastewater.

Aired Monday, May 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



LA County has a budget of 22 billion dollars run by just 5 supervisors, who provide health care and other basic services for 11 million people. Despite complaints, the supervisors are seldom challenged once they’ve been elected. Now Yvonne’ Burkes retirement means there will be change this year.

Aired Wednesday, May 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



TV and radio spots leave out some important details about Prop 98 on the June 3rd ballot: it would ban rent control in 100 California cities. Tonight, we’ll take a second look at Prop 98 and Prop 99, both of which are designed to limit government’s power to seize private property under eminent domain.

Aired Thursday, May 22, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



There’s another election next week. Statewide, there are just two competing ballot propositions. There are legislative primaries, and local offices are up for grabs—some of which have enormous power.

Aired Tuesdat, May 1, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



One poll shows that a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage might pass this November, another shows it might not. In the meantime, both sides plan to spend lots of money.

Aired Wednesday, May 28, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Brookings Institution finds that LA’s “carbon footprint” is smaller than any American city except Honolulu. LA is “greener” than San Francisco or Portland, but the American Lung Association says LA is still the nation’s worst all-around polluter.
Aired Thursday, May 29, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Over the weekend, the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee made decisions about the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries. Hillary Clinton won a decisive victory in Puerto Rico's primary. Tomorrow come elections in Montana and South Dakota, the last two in a long primary campaign.

Aired Monday, June 2, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Have the Democrats picked a real winner for November?  Does Barack Obama need Hillary Clinton on the ticket to win?  If not Hillary, who else can help Obama?  Who does Senator John McCain need on the Republican ticket to counter Obama’s campaign theme of “change?”

Aired Tuesday, June 3, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The presidential general election campaign kicked off last night as Barack Obama claimed an historic victory as the democratic nominee, and republican John McCain focused his energies against his opponent.

Aired Wednesday, June 4, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Barack Obama’s historic win has been cause for celebration among many Americans, including African Americans who thought they might never see the day a black man would come so close to the White House. But what does the rest of the world think?

Aired Thursday, June 5, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Most LA Teachers walked out for an hour on Friday, and Sacramento says their protest was heard. But that may not stop the school board from making budget cuts as soon as tomorrow based on Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed spending plan. Sports, the visual arts, music and magnet programs all are at risk.

Aired Monday, June 9, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Millions of Southern California commuters are prisoners in their cars. Voters opposed to public transit are paying 4 dollars for a gallon of gasoline. Is public transit really the answer? Is grid lock a consequence of growth and prosperity? Is the high-density of “smart growth” making things better or worse?

Aired Tuesday, June 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Anybody can paddle a kayak on the Los Angeles River if the cops aren’t watching, but does that mean it’s “navigable?”  Sounds like a distinction without a difference but not if you’re the US Supreme Court, the Army Corps of Engineers or a developer as far upstream as Ventura County.

Aired Wednesday, June 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In Northern California 13 fires have broken out in 72 hours. Homes and other structures have been destroyed, and evacuations are widespread. It’s hot, it’s windy and four firefighters, including a veteran captain, have been hospitalized with burns.

Aired Thursday, June 12, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A rush for Same-Sex Marriage licenses is expected tomorrow but a few couples will be wed today—in San Francisco, Oakland and Beverly Hills. But the controversy is far from over. If gays and lesbians have the freedom to marry do religions have the right to say, “No?”

Aired Monday, June 16, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Americans are driving a lot less than they did last year, and Congress has taken notice—passing a long-stalled bill to keep Amtrak going and provide startup money for high-speed rail. One of the first bullet trains could be in California if voters pass a bond issue in November’s election. Could the Union Pacific get in the way? On Reporter’s Notebook, will Hollywood merge with Bollywood?

Aired Wednesday, June 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



From South LA to the San Fernando Valley, parents and teachers are battling with the LA Unified School District over where to locate charter schools.  A law passed by the voters says charters are entitled to equal treatment with traditional schools—but a plan to share campus space has created an angry backlash. Aired Thursday, June 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Since 1981, there’s been a federal ban on offshore drilling. But there has not been another major spill of that kind in US waters. Memories are short, gasoline prices are sky high—and technology has improved. Tonight, does the moratorium have a future?

Aired Monday, June 23, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



John McCain was in Santa Barbara today, but he was not talking about his latest proposal for energy independence: more drilling for oil offshore. Barack Obama was scheduled to be in Los Angeles, but instead of a massive public rally with Hollywood celebrities, he opted to meet with the stars behind closed doors. Aired Tuesday, June 24, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Under various names, the Avenues Gang has controlled the Drew Street neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles for generations. That’s where AK-47’s were used in a wild shoot out with the LAPD just last February. Today, 500 agents swept in to serve warrants that raised the ante. Aired Wednesday, June 25, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



When California vowed to reduce greenhouse gases, Governor Schwarzenegger made headlines worldwide. That was two years ago. Today, his Air Resources Board briefed companies big and small about how it might be accomplished.  We’ll hear about the impact on the economy and how business leaders reacted.

Aired Thursday, June 26, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Starting tomorrow, you can still listen to your car radio, but you can’t drive and talk on the phone at the same time if you’re holding the phone to your ear. Hands free technology is now required in the interests of safety, but is there really a difference?

Aired Monday, June 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.