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Programs & Issues for the first quarter of 2006 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.                  Development

2.                  Housing

3.                  Transportation

4.                  Parks & Recreation

5.                  Water/Energy

6.                  Education

7.                  Environment

8.                  Police & Public Safety

9.                  Cultural Diversity

10.             Seniors


Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:




Which Way LA?, an ongoing series on the issues that southern Californians care about, hosted by Warren Olney, airs Monday through Thursday, from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.





Tomorrow, the State of the State speech will kick off the re-election campaign of a governor even supporters concede was "humbled" losing all four of the initiatives he backed as the culmination of his "year of reform." We get a preview of Schwarzenegger's new agenda.

Aired Wednesday, January 4, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger’S State of the State speech tonight was short on controversy and long on references to the California Dream. We hear excerpts from the speech and the response of Democrats who control the Legislature.

Aired Thursday, January 5, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Mayor Tom Bradley said Los Angeles should be a "world class city," but urban planning has been the stepchild of development. Now, Antonio Villaraigosa has hired Gail Goldberg to plan for a city that's more than three times bigger and faced not just with inevitable growth but incomparable diversity?

Aired Monday, January 9, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Clarence Ray Allen is a 76 year-old diabetic blind man with heart trouble and he's confined to a wheelchair and his likely death by lethal injection at a minute past midnight tomorrow at San Quentin has stirred no public outcry. We hear a debate on the fight to halt the death penalty.

Aired Monday, January 16, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



Even the District Attorney of LA County thinks California's Three Strikes Law is unfair--too harsh, and too expensive. Other prosecutors think existing law is not tough enough. Rapists, child molesters and murderers would only get two strikes, and judges would have more discretion for the third strike.

Aired Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



The LA City Council today confirmed Geraldine Knatz to be the first woman Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. She says her goal is to make the Port grow, while eliminating health risks by controlling pollution from new ships, trains and trucks. Can one of California's biggest polluters grow and reduce health risks at the same time?

Aired Wednesday, January 18, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Instead of being a breath of fresh air in Sacramento, Gov Schwarzenegger is "a long-shot who failed to work out." That's not from a Democratic opponent, but a former chair of the state Republican Party.  Meantime, columnist Peter Schrag of the Sacramento Bee says the Governor's latest budget looks just like the last one. We hear from both.

Aired Thursday, January 19, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Bush Justice Department has subpoenaed four Internet search giants for information on what users search for on the web. Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL have all complied, but Google has refused to supply information about millions of search queries by its users. What right does the government have to know?

Aired Monday, January 23, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After a competition with 38 candidates, Orange County is betting on New York landscape architect Ken Smith to build one of America's largest urban parks, "the most extraordinary park" of the 21st Century.  We talk with the man picked to give Orange County its new image.

Aired Tuesday, January 24, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger's plan for a Million Solar Roofs in California failed in the Legislature, so he took his plan to the PUC. Homeowners who install photovoltaic panels will get up to $7,000 in rebates, paid for by customers of Southern California Edison and other privately-owned utilities.

Aired Wednesday, January 25, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 



When the refurbished Getty Villa in Malibu opens this weekend, visitors will see one of the world's great collections of antiquities, many pieces were donated by the late Lawrence Fleischman and his wife Barbara, who resigned yesterday from the Getty board. We get an update from art critic Tyler Green.

Aired Thursday, January 26, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Among millions of Muslims, there have been widespread, angry protests over published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, reprinted in support of the Danish paper that's provoked diplomatic sanctions for originally printing the cartoons. We hear more on the battle between religion and free speech. Aired Wednesday, February 1, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Jill Carroll, the freelancer on assignment to the Christian Science Monitor in Iraq, is still missing after her kidnapping almost a month ago. More than 30 journalists are known to have been abducted; 60 have been killed. Warren Olney speaks with two reporters about the deadly risks for journalists in Iraq.

Aired Thursday, February 2, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Last September, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten challenged cartoonists to draw the Prophet Mohammed, claiming it wanted to test whether the artists would censor themselves due to fear of violence from radical Islamic immigrants. Why are the drawings so offensive? Is freedom of the press unlimited Aired Monday, February 6, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 



Some 2000 County Jail inmates went on a four-hour rampage Saturday afternoon, leaving one prisoner dead and 50 injured. The Sheriff says the incident was carefully planned by Latinos in response to an assault by black inmates at the Men's Central Jail downtown. We talk about gangs.

Aired Tuesday, February 7, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 


LAPD Votes to Withhold Names of Police Officers 

In 1979, the civilian Board of Police Commissioners adopted a policy of releasing the names of officers involved in police shootings. Now, 25 years later, Mayor Villaraigosa's Police Commission has reversed that policy.  We learn more about public accountability and try to unravel what sounds like a paradox of state law.

Aired Wednesday, February 8, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Mayor Villaraigosa says, "I go to work every day knowing [LA is] a target." But he complains he was "blindsided" today by President Bush's public description of a terrorist plot on the city foiled back in 2002. Did the President reveal new details about an incident that was reported last October in the LA Times? Aired Thursday, February 9, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 



A black inmate died yesterday after a fight at the Men's Central Jail. It's the second death in the system since riots began nine days ago at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. We hear more about racial tensions inside and outside LA County's jails from attorneys and civil rights activists.

Aired Monday, February 13, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 



Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in Europe are the subject of continuing demonstrations in some Muslim countries. Why haven't local papers published the drawings? How would American Muslims leaders have reacted? Is there a different standard for Muslims--as opposed to Christians and Jews?

Aired Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California's next execution is less than a week away, but now a federal judge has demanded proof that California's method of lethal injection is not "cruel and unusual" and therefore unconstitutional. We hear from lawyers and doctors as Governor Schwarzenegger holds a human life in the balance.

Aired Wednesday, February 15, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.  



Federal immigration law has long been an issue for local cops and sheriffs in Southern California. We get an update from political reporter Martin Wisckol of the Orange County Register and hear a debate between a spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and LA City Councilman Eduardo Reyes.

Aired Thursday, February 16, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Michael Morales is scheduled to die by lethal injection at a minute past midnight tomorrow morning. He'll be the third in just over two months--unless the US Supreme Court intervenes at the last minute. We hear from a journalist, an organization opposing executions and Morales’ attorney, Ken Starr.

Aired Monday, February 20, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



After two anesthesiologists walked away and his midnight execution was cancelled, Michael Morales' fate has been up in the air.  A few hours before the rescheduled execution, the issue is clouded with uncertainty. We get an update and consider whether officials are "tinkering" with the mechanism of death.

Aired Tuesday, February 21, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



Superintendent Roy Romer wants to step down, and his replacement will face a high drop-out rate, low rate of graduation, and $10 billion of unfunded liabilities for retirements. We talk to reporters, teachers, LAUSD administrators and education reformers about some of the options.

Aired Wednesday, February 22, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Since 1994, when Los Angeles residents flush their toilets, the waste ends up over the Grapevine in Kern County. LA calls it "responsible management of biosolids." Kern County farmers call it sludge dumping. We hear more about a Kern County ballot measure that could be very expensive for LA.

Aired Thursday, February 23, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California prisons once were a national model, but lately they're being called a disgrace. Governor Schwarzenegger promised to end that by restoring the idea of rehabilitation. Today, his principal reformer, Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman, turned in his resignation. What's next for a system that's a scandal?

Aired Monday, February 27, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



Early this morning the Huntington Beach City Council voted 4 to 3 to go ahead with a desalination plant. The plant could mean 50 million gallons a day for Orange County, but at the moment, nobody knows who's going to buy it. Is it drought insurance or more urban sprawl? We hear pros and cons.

Aired Tuesday, February 28, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr. 



Conspicuously shot on the streets of Los Angeles, Crash is one of five Oscar nominees for Best Picture this year. There's fear, rage and violence, as well as bigotry. Fans say it's about the "real LA," but critics are sputtering. We get two points of view.

Aired Wednesday, March 1, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The State of California is in the same boat as GM, having also guaranteed health benefits for tens of thousands of retired employees, when it appears that money isn't going to be there. The issue pits teachers, cops and firefighters against advocates of "fiscal responsibility." Is the crisis real or manufactured? We debate.

Aired Thursday, March 2, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.  



There are four candidates in tomorrow's election for School Board. Rocked by scandal, the election could be a referendum on Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to take over LAUSD and also features a split between Villaraigosa and the teachers' union, which supported him in his race for Mayor. We get a sampling of the ongoing debate.

Aired Monday, March 6, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.  



In the run-up to the war in Iraq, Iraqi exiles, including Ahmed Chalabi, tried to influence American policy. So it is now with Iranian--or Persian--expatriates in the United States. This week's New Yorker magazine examines that exercise in an article headlined "Exiles: How Iranian expatriates are gaming the nuclear threat."

Aired Tuesday, March 7, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.  


Is the Consumer Society Spinning Out of Control? 

For the past 20 years, economists have warned that America's spending habits are out of control. Are credit card companies to blame for making it easier to borrow money? In a country where barely 50% of families had a retirement account last year, who will pay the bills when some 78 million boomers retire?

Aired Wednesday, March 8, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.  



After embarrassing media revelations, the Bush Administration is warning journalists they could be tried as spies for the stories they write, and trying to ferret out government employees who are leaking classified information. Is the government over-reacting?

Aired Thursday, March 9, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



The median income in Southern California is around $55,000; a so-called "affordable" house for a family of three or four making that much money is $175,000. What's being done to make cities "sustainable?" Will new families have to lower their expectations about where they live?

Aired Monday, March 13, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.   



New research shows that second-hand smoke can cause the worst of diseases, so the City of Calabasas has banned smoking on sidewalks, streets, bus stops, parks--even apartment house balconies near pools or laundries. One critic calls it "moralistic intolerance masquerading as public health." We hear a debate.

Aired Tuesday, March 14, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.   



Actor-Director Rob Reiner put Prop 82 on the June ballot. It would raise $2.4 billion a year so that 4 year-olds could be prepared for kindergarten. His First-5 California is the group that helps spend the money from Prop 10. How many kids go to pre-school already? Does it help them learn basic skills later on?

Aired Wednesday, March 15, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A painting so valuable it's protected like the Hope Diamond is about to go on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It's one of many works by Gustav Klimt that were looted by Nazis during World War II. We talk to Stephanie Barron, a senior curator of modern art at LACMA.

Aired Thursday, March 16, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.   



Should 14 acres of private land in South Central LA remain a community farm in the heart of an urban metropolis? We'll hear the latest on the South Central Community Garden, and look at the broader issues of land use and a changing population.

Aired Monday, March 20, 2006 7:00pm  ½ hr.



Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gone to New York for a first-hand look at the public schools, taken over four years ago by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. We hear what Villaraigosa is learning, and get New Yorkers' views about the pros and cons of Bloomberg's educational management.

Aired Tuesday, March 21, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.    



The latest federal report says that Californians still breathe some of the dirtiest air in the country, with cancer risks in LA and Orange counties twice those in the rest of the nation. Schwarzenegger has already announced he would not support a gasoline tax of less than a penny a gallon for research on alternative fuels.

Aired Wednesday, March 22, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.    



State Treasurer Phil Angelides and State Controller Steve Westly are competing for the nomination to run against the wealthy, well-known incumbent Govenor Schwarztenegger. Republican operative Dan Schnur says the litmus test for the Democrats is "not how much you hate Arnold but how long you have hated him." How important is money?

Aired Thursday, March 23, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The LAPD LA Times reports 500,000 protestors are targeting so-called "immigration reforms" being considered today in the US Senate, including provisions to criminalize undocumented workers and the people who knowingly help them. We get an update,  and hear how organizers brought out the crowds.

Aired Monday, March 27, 2006. [MORE INFO]



A coalition of ethnic media outlets has conducted a poll of 800 legal immigrants from 43 countries speaking nine different languages. A majority said an anti-immigrant sentiment is growing in the United States. How do legal immigrants here in Southern California feel about the recent demonstrations?

Aired Tuesday, March 28, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.    



In California, much of the economy will improve, but the blistering hot housing market is about to cool down. Construction workers, realtors and mortgage brokers are in for hard times according to UCLA’s latest Anderson Forecast. What about home-owners who’ve refinanced their homes with adjustable loans?

Aired Wednesday, March 29, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Ghost towns empty of men, women and children, with only the aged left to live on remittances sent back by immigrants to the United States. It's an ugly picture made worse by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican politicians say they don't like it, but it's clear their economy needs a safety valve.

Aired Thursday, March 30, 2006  7:00pm  ½ hr.