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Programs & Issues for the fourth quarter of 2006 Oct-Nov-Dec


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.             Environment

2.             Education

3.             Parks and Recreation

4.             Cultural Arts

5.             Housing and Homelessness

6.             Seniors

7.             Transportation

8.             Development

9.             Health and Public Safety

10.          Multiculturalism



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.




It would be the biggest transportation investment in 50 years. Governor Schwarzenegger spent last week signing bills as he tours the state with top Democrats, advocating a package of propositions on next month’s ballot, which deal with a bond issue worth $20 billion--all for roads, freeways and public transit. Aired Monday, October 2, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.



The King/Drew Medical Center, opened in 1965, has been plagued by years of bad management and inadequate staffing, leading to unnecessary deaths. Medicare and Medicaid decided to pull out half the hospital’s budget. What are the consequences?  We talk with some of the major players.
Aired Tuesday, October 3, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.


In addition to public projects like roads or schools, the power of eminent domain now can be used for private projects, like shopping centers. Proposition 90 on the November ballot makes California one of 13 states with ballot initiatives to counteract that decision and more.

Aired Wednesday, October 4, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

Gun battles, roadside explosives and suicide bombers are taking their toll as the Taliban stage a powerful comeback in Afghanistan. We hear about the failure of reconstruction and Pakistan, as well as a warning that there are not enough boots on the ground to avoid a crisis that could be worse than the war in Iraq.

Aired Thursday, October 5, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

North Korea says it has successfully conducted its first underground nuclear test, an action that has generated grave concern from the international community. Bush called the actions deserving of “immediate response.” We explore the UN’s response to “flagrant and brazen” violations of international opinion.

Aired Monday, October 9, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

We get the latest in a long-running battle over technology and public health.

For 40 years, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory tested rocket engines and nuclear reactors in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, possibly causing 260 cancers in surrounding neighborhoods.

Aired Tuesday, October 10, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

As promised, the Los Angeles Unified School District went to court today, hoping to overturn Mayor Villaraigosa’s new authority over the LA Schools. Other plaintiffs include the League of Women Voters, the California School Boards Association, two PTA groups and Democratic Congresswoman Dianne Watson.

Aired Tuesday, October 10, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.
Action-movie Star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, and his Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides, wants equal time.  NBC says he’s not entitled.  Just a month before the election, the incident dramatizes how crucial television can be in a modern election.   

Aired Wednesday, October 11, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.
The state legislature gave Mayor Villaraigosa a role in choosing LA’s Superintendent of Schools. But the new law is being challenged and the elected school board is going ahead with the selection process on its own.  The leading candidate is a retired Navy admiral with no experience in public education.

Aired Thursday, October 12, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

The Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has named retired Vice Admiral David Brewer, III to be the next Superintendent.  Mayor Villaraigosa says he’s “disappointed” he wasn’t involved. One of his allies, Democratic Senator Gloria Romero, calls it “a complete mockery” of the Mayor and the legislature.

Aired Friday, October 13, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.

LA Unified is America’s second largest public school district, with almost 800,000 students. The elected school board seized the moment while the Mayor was in Asia, choosing retired Vice Admiral David Brewer III. Brewer says he’s not a “reformer,” he’s a “transformer.” Does he have a philosophy of education?

Aired Monday, October 16, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

It’s well known that LA is becoming a two-tiered society, composed of the pretty rich and the very poor, with fewer and fewer people in between. Yet, contrary to ominous predictions, the economy is thriving despite a shrinking middle class. We get two views on how long that will last.

Aired Tuesday, October 17, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.  
More and more Californians can’t afford to live here any more, but there’s heated debate about what to do. Affordable housing bonds on next month’s State and Los Angeles City ballots are aimed at the elderly, low-income families, the homeless and battered women. Can California afford the new debt?  

Aired Wednesday, October 18, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.  

It takes a salary of $100,000 to buy a median-priced home in Los Angeles and supporters of Measure H say that’s out of reach for teachers, construction workers and nurses.  Measure H would permit the city to issue $1 billion in bonds to provide 10,000 new homes from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.  
Aired Wednesday, October 18, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.  


Prop 1-B would raise $20 billion for transportation; Prop 1-C would mean $2.9 billion for housing; Prop 1-D raises another $10.4 billion for education.  Can California afford to pass the latest bond package in state history, adding $40 billion in new debt, plus roughly that much in interest over the years?

Aired Thursday, October 19, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.   

Should space be governed by international treaties, or should the US seize the moment to pre-empt an arms race that’s all but inevitable? The Bush Administration insists it is not advocating weapons in space, but critics say the new policy is more belligerent than it should be.

Aired Friday, October 20, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

California’s Attorney General is Democrat Bill Lockyer, but term limits have led him to run for Treasurer. Democrat Jerry Brown wants to replace him, as does Republican Charles Poochigian. We hear from both candidates on gun control, the environment and capitol punishment.   Aired Wednesday, October 25, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

National polls show the Democrats poised to take over the House and possibly the Senate. Will micro-targeting voters deliver the winning margins Republicans need to hold on to congressional power? Aired Thursday, October 26, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr. 

Next month, some experts are saying, the electoral process will be more chaotic than ever. New technology means new opportunities for rigging the outcome, a tradition as old as democracy in America.  Both Democrats and Republicans are braced for battle.  But is partisanship as great a risk to an accurate vote count as incompetence and mismanagement?                                       Aired Friday, October 27, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.           

Prop 87 would tax oil companies $4 billion to develop alternative energy, and prohibit them from passing the taxes on to consumers. The goal is to fund development of alterative energy sources and reduce petroleum consumption by 25%. But is it fair to tax one industry to pay for another? Aired Monday, October 30, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

Republican State Senator Bruce McPherson is running for re-election and he’s being challenged by Democratic State Senator Debra Bowen. They’re both so well regarded that editorial writers say it’s too bad one of them has to lose. It may all come down to confidence in electronic voting machines.           Aired Tuesday, October 31, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

California’s Lieutenant Governor takes over when the Governor dies or leaves office and breaks ties in the Senate. Democrat John Garamendi and Republican Tom McClintock--are campaigning hard for the job.  We ask them why and how they would matter.

Aired Wednesday, November 1, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.     

The so-called “alternative” LA Weekly has already been bought out by New Times Media, a chain which once failed to compete with the Weekly. Yesterday, it was announced that Jill Stewart, from New Times LA, will be the Deputy Editor of News under Editor Laurie Ochoa. We talk about changes and what may come.
Aired Thursday, November 2, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.     

Both sides call Proposition 90 a “sleeper.” The money spent for and against it is small by this year’s standards, and there has not been a lot of debate even though it could make a big difference for property owners or taxpayers, depending on which side you’re on.  

Aired Monday, November 6, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.     

The Democrats are coming on strong, and there’s a chance that leadership of the Congress may change hands. That means Republicans from Southern California would lose their powerful committee chairmanships. Does this mean cooperation will be the rule next year in Sacramento?

Aired Tuesday, November 7, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.     

Bipartisanship is the California way. That’s what Governor Schwarzenegger said after yesterday’s huge re-election victory and the success of the infrastructure bonds he and Democratic leaders put on the ballot. US Senator Diane Feinstein won in a walk, and Jerry Brown will be back as Attorney General.

Aired Wednesday, November 8, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.     


The campaign for Measure R on this week’s Los Angeles City ballot passed with 59% of the vote. But contrary to the impression given by campaign mailers, it will allow council members to serve three terms instead of just two, meaning they can serve longer. A national group says voters were “lied to” and “tricked.”

Aired Thursday, November 9, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.      

California voters passed $43 billion worth of new bonds to relieve overcrowded highways and schools, repair levees and provide affordable housing.  That’s almost half the state’s annual budget. Now, 58 counties and hundreds of cities all want their piece of the action. Is there a formula based on need?

Aired Monday, November 13, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       


Five firefighters died last month in Riverside County’s Esperanza Fire.  The Day Fire near Ojai burned 600,000 acres and took a month to contain. Fires like that are going to get bigger, and not just because of global warming. We talk to a man who says it’s going to get worse and government policies are part of the problem.

Aired Monday, November 13, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

Last week’s passage of Measure R demonstrated that LA voters care about ethics reform. Yesterday, the city’s Ethics Commission passed new limits on campaign spending. They will be considered by the City Council, but in the meantime, one Commission member says it’s being “loved to death.”

Aired Tuesday, November 14, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

The Cornfield is a 32-acre strip of open land in downtown LA between Chinatown and the Los Angeles River.  It’s now an “interim park,” with an amphitheater and 4 acres of open turf, awaiting the results of an international design competition. State Parks Director Ruth Coleman who will draw final plans for a new state park.

Aired Wednesday, November 15, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

President Bush says he hasn’t decided whether to increase the number of US troops, the Pentagon has been exploring three different options, and a bipartisan panel is expected to come out with its recommendations in the next few weeks. How will Congressional Democrats wield their new authority?

Aired Tuesday, November 21, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

Michael Richards was a supporting actor on Seinfeld but web sites are still running the cell-phone video of his race-baiting rant at West Hollywoo’s Laugh Factory.   Rev. Jesse Jackson, comedian Paul Mooney and Rep. Maxine Waters are demanding that nobody, not even rappers--use the “N” word again.

Aired Tuesday, November 21, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       


Together, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are among the worst polluters, spewing volumes of dangerous emissions and particulates, which experts say are causing hundreds of early deaths each year. Do the technologies exist for an industrial transformation? Who will pay for it? Will it really help?

Aired Tuesday, November 28, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

”Jessica‚s Law” requires paroled sex offenders to live more than 2000 yards from a school or a park and to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. The State Attorney General has changed his mind about who it applies to and parole officials say it might cost more than its authors ever intended.

Aired Wednesday, November 29, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       


Governor Schwarzenegger, who wants California to take the lead against global warming and auto pollution, challenged auto makers to deliver more efficient clean-air vehicles. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court asked whether the EPA can be sued for refusing to regulate carbon emissions.

Aired Thursday, November 30, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

Fire Chief William Bamattre was hired 11 years ago to get racism, sexism and homophobia under control, but the accusations continued. Newly appointed Assistant Chief Douglas Barry is an African American with 31 years of serviceWill a minority veteran succeed where Caucasian predecessors have failed?

Aired Monday, December 4, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, established 14 years ago to ban drilling for oil, is currently rewriting its management plan to ban jet skis, cruise ship sewage and “chumming” for Great White Sharks.  But there’s heated controversy over proposed “no-fishing zones” 80 miles out to sea.

Aired Tuesday, December 5, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       
Last week, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney announced the settlement of 45 cases of child-sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests worth a total of $60 million. 500 cases remain unsettled. Advocates say many victims will never know how the Church allowed known molesters to commit new crimes.  

Several thousand Los Angeles teachers’ contract ran out in July and, five months later, they are pushing for higher salaries and shining the light on continuing waste by the LAUSD, and exerting pressure on candidates for the March school board election by withholding endorsements. We look at the politics of education.

Aired Thursday, December 7, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

On Friday, a court will hear arguments on whether Mayor Villaraigosa has any official right to a role in running LA‚s public schools. The state legislature has given him authority the elected school board says is unconstitutional.  Also the US Secretary of Education’s in town. It‚s a big week for big players in education.

Aired Monday, December 11, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

What costs billions of dollars a year and has something for everybody to hate? Almost any plan for reforming healthcare in California. Governor Schwarzenegger and the Democrats, doctors and hospitals, consumer groups and insurance companies are just some of the players with different ideas.
Aired Wednesday, December 13, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

LA’s Neighborhood Councils were established seven years ago with the promise of more grassroots participation in civic affairs. Neighborhood Councils are now being studied by a special Review Commission that will make recommendations for new laws or charter amendments before the end of this year.   Aired Monday, Aired Monday December 18, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

Governor Schwarzenegger came into office promising major reforms to slash overcrowding. He even added the word rehabilitation to the title of the Corrections Department to underscore the new direction. Today, the reforms have collapsed, and nearly seven out of every 10 parolees ends up behind bars.

Aired Tuesday December 19, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

Proposition 22 passed by a large margin in 2000, defining marriage in California as “a union between a man and a woman.” Today the State Supreme Court agreed to decide if it violates the constitutional ban against discrimination.
Aired Wednesday December 20, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       
With Christmas less than a week away, a lot of people are thinking about the hype, the commercialization and the consequent loss of Christian meaning. Is it more about material expectations and competition than good fellowship or Christian love?  If we bought nothing at Christmas would spirituality be restored?

Aired Thursday December 21, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       
After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop its uranium enrichment program. What happens next? What impact will the sanctions have? How do recent elections in Iran affect relations with the West?

Aired Tuesday December 26, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.       

The Muslim religious tradition of Haj has begun, drawing Muslims from around the world to religious sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. While here in the US, the nation’s first Muslim congressman will be sworn into office next week. How do American Muslims practice their religion in a culture at odds with their beliefs?

Aired Wednesday December 27, 2006  7:30pm ½ Hr.