Programs & Issues for the fourth quarter of 2007 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. Multicultural Representation
4. Parks & Recreation
6. Public Safety
Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:
KCRU PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 4th Quarter 2007 OCT-NOV-DEC
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
Before neighborhood councils came along in 1999, LA city government was remote and resistant to input from taxpaying citizens. It still is, as the councils don’t have any power. Tonight we’ll hear about efforts to make them work.
Aired Monday, October 1, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WAR IN IRAQ/PUBLIC SAFETY
Blackwater USA was on the carpet today on Capitol Hill. Tonight, are they highly-paid mercenaries out of control or skilled professionals taking on the riskiest of necessary assignments? Also, LA’s most successful gang program re-opens in downtown LA.
Aired Tuesday, October 2, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
IMMIGRATION/ECONOMY/POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement promises to continue its crackdown, despite claims that a climate of fear is bad for LA's economy. Also, are LA Sheriff's deputies playing games with the law?
Aired Thursday, October 4, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
LA Mayor wants a million new trees in Los Angeles. In some neighborhoods, lack of maintenance has branches falling off trees that are already there. Meantime, the City of Santa Monica is trying to chop down ficus trees. We’ll hear about planting, pruning and politics in Southern California’s Urban Forest.
Aired Monday, October 8, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY/ENVIRONMENT
Twenty-six officers could face discipline for the confusion and misdirection that led to excessive force against peaceful protesters and news reporters on May 1st in LA’s MacArthur Park. Also tonight, the price of water is going up and Southern California may face rationing.
Aired Tuesday, October 9, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
California voters earmarked the State Lottery for education; Schwarzenegger wants to lease it to a private operator, claiming that increased profits would help subsidize health care reform. Neither teachers’ unions or Indian tribes with gambling compacts like the idea. Tonight: a report on progress.
Aired Wednesday, October 10, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Superintendent David Brewer wants to put 44 of LA's lowest-performing schools into a separate district with its own superintendent, its own curriculum and its own rules. Is it the beginning of a breakup for the Los Angeles Unified School District? Also, what about fixing the LAUSD payroll system?
Aired Thursday, October 11, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
It’s still unclear what happened to at least nine drivers who apparently escaped from Friday night’s inferno in the Newhall Pass Tunnel. Temperatures reached as high as 1400 degrees after the crash of 31 vehicles, some of which were reduced to molten metal. Truck drivers say the tunnel was an accident waiting to happen.
Aired Monday, October 15, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Arnold Schwarzenegger crusades world wide against global warming, but in Sacramento this year he scored 100% for business. Since he won the recall election, one consultant says, “He switched parties. He just didn’t re-register.” But Republicans are furious.
Aired Tuesday, October 16, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
There’s been one death, many buildings destroyed and hundreds of thousands of evacuations today in Southern California. About twelve major fires are burning from the high desert to the Pacific Ocean, and some fire crews have been delayed in their work rescuing residents who refused to leave their homes.
Aired Monday, October 22, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
At least two people have died, many more have been injured, and at least 1,300 homes and businesses have been lost. With more than a half million people evacuated, those numbers are bound to rise. There is no sign of a let up in the extreme weather conditions that have Southern California burning.
Aired Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Decreasing winds have helped exhausted firefighters gain some ground today, but many fires are still not close to containment and at least one arson investigation is under way. President Bush has declared a disaster, which means federal assistance for fire victims.
Aired Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WORLD POLITICS/PUBLIC SAFETY
The US government spent 15 years tracking a Middle Eastern charity, the Holy Land Foundation, on suspicions it was financing terrorists. President Bush froze its assets after September 11 and prosecutors filed criminal charges. The case fell apart this week.
Aired Thursday, October 25, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Half the inmates in California’s Juvenile Justice System are about to be sent home, but not because they’ve served out their sentences. We’ll also hear why the cost of re-building will be so much more than it was after the last big fires.
Aired Monday, October 29, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Hospitals and emergency rooms have been closing in LA County, and the San Fernando Valley’s Holy Cross Medical Center wants to expand. We’ll hear about battling neighborhood councils, union politics and health care. Aired Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Mayor Villaraigosa’s Department of Water and Power wants to divide LA into two climate zones. Is that really fair to the rest of the city? Also tonight, more Santa Ana winds are expected as soon as this Friday. On Reporter’s Notebook, a Youth Radio Commentary on the LAPD and May Day in MacArthur Park.
Aired Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The 1988 Writers Guild against the Motion Picture and TV producers threw thousands of people out of work for more than 5 months. It cost some $500 million dollars and ended with neither side a clear victor. This time, it’s all about iPods, DVD’s and the Internet.
Aired Thursday, November 1, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
It's “Day One” of the Writers Guild Strike against film and television producers, the first such action since 1988. Picket lines went up at 9 o’clock this morning at fifteen studios from Burbank to Hollywood to Manhattan Beach. The strike is all about DVD residuals and how to divide the spoils of the Internet.
Aired Monday, November 5, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Yesterday, Orange County’s top cop insisted he’d stay on the job. But today, Sheriff Carona said he will take a 60-day leave of absence to fight against federal charges of selling his office for bribes and kickbacks. What should the Board of Supervisors do?
Aired Tuesday, November 6, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts. The Office and Rules of Engagement have shut down, along with at least five other prime-time television shows. Meantime, producers are canceling long-term contracts. Does the Writers Guild strike threaten the future of T.V. as we know it?
Aired Wednesday, November 7, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The Senate Overrides Bush’s Veto on a Bill With $1 billion for Water Projects in California, Ron Brownstein on Partisanship and America’s Second Civil War, and Sam Zell, likely next owner of the LA Times, bikes with “Zell’s Angeles” and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Aired Thursday, November, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Democrats are outraged that Republicans have revived efforts to change California's winner-take-all presidential elections. We hear more about a ballot measure that just won’t go away. Also, how wasting water could cost LA residents $150
Aired Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY
Deputy Chief Michael Downing told Congress last month that the LAPD was starting a project to identify communities vulnerable to “ideologically based extremism.” That’s come to be called “Muslim mapping,” and it’s been denounced as “racial profiling.”
Aired Wednesday, November 14, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
L.A. School Superintendent David Brewer has what he calls a “final plan” for underachieving schools. A.J. Duffy, head of the teachers’ union, says Brewer’s “declaring war.” We’ll hear from both leaders about the increasingly brutal politics of education reform.
Aired Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WORLD NEWS/LOCAL HOUSING
Since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule two weeks ago, the U.S. has struggled to stabilize this key ally in the war on terror. Can the U.S. cut aid without pushing Pakistan to the brink of chaos? Also, Los Angeles County tries to give extra help to the most vulnerable homeless on Skid Row.
Aired Monday, November 19, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Oil prices are hovering near $100 a barrel, hurting U.S. consumers but sending hundreds of billions of dollars to unfriendly countries like Venezuela and Iran. How is the U.S. economy coping? Can the U.S. ever cut its oil dependence?
Aired Tuesday, November 20, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WORLD NEWS/LOCAL HOUSING
President Bush is finally trying to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Their leaders have agreed to come to Annapolis next week but nothing else is certain. Also tonight, popcorn and candy bars are being given to the homeless on Skid row in exchange for signatures on ballot measures.
Aired Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The acceleration of the presidential primary schedule was supposed to make the traditional early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire less important. But the battle royal for the Hawkeye State, set for just over a month from now, could decide right then and there the nominees of both parties.
Aired Monday, November 26, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
TRANSPORTATION/PARKS & RECREATION
A proposal to make Olympic and Pico Boulevards into real one-way thoroughfares has gone nowhere. Now Mayor Villaraigosa has a new plan that could make them one way just part of the time. On Reporter’s Notebook, would more camping mean more fires in the mountains of Malibu?
Aired Thursday, November 27, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The Mayor of San Diego has vetoed the Ci’’ty Council's plan for the recycling of sewage to make it part of the water supply, also called—somewhat misleadingly-"toilet to tap." Also, what happens to LA's already recycled water, and the Santa Monica City Council goes up against the FAA.
Aired Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
With the Kyoto Treaty set to expire in 2012, 130 nations will meet next week in Bali, Indonesia to decide the next step in reducing greenhouse gases. Last year, in the absence of leadership from the Bush Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger said California would be way ahead of the game.
Aired Thursday, November 29, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WORLD POLITICS & SAFETY
A New Assessment of the Threat from Iran: the CIA says Iran is not trying to build nuclear weapons any more, but President Bush says it's still a real threat to the rest of the world. We look at how the latest National Intelligence Estimate looks to America's friends and potential enemies.
Aired Tuesday, December 4, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The Federation of Labor is telling its 800,000 members that they can determine the winners and losers of local elections. Total turnout in many districts is so low that union members alone can determine the outcomes. We’ll talk with the head of the Federation and others about what that could mean.
Aired Wednesday, December 5, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
On February’s Ballot, Real Reform or Politics as Usual? Prop 93 on next February’s ballot raises the most sensitive questions for California legislators. Is Prop 93 a cure for some political ills or a recipe for voter confusion?
Aired Thursday, December 6, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Since the Writers’ Strike, most of TV has gone into repeats and reality; three movies have shut down; writers accuse the studios of bad faith, and the studios say the writers are being “ideological.” Will a long walkout change long-standing practices in the industry of entertainment?
Aired Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
ENVIRONMENT/PUBLIC SAFETY/WAR IN IRAQ
Blackwater, the company famous for contractors who killed 17 Iraqi civilians, wants to set up a training camp east of San Diego. But the tiny town of Potrero nearby is overwhelmingly opposed. Was it all about the environment, maintaining a rural lifestyle, or the war in Iraq?
Aired Wednesday, December 12, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The state legislature gave Mayor Villaraigosa substantial control of Los Angeles Schools, but the State Supreme Court called that unconstitutional. The Mayor was reduced to campaigning for votes from parents and teachers. Tonight we’ll ask how his promises will be translated into a real plan.
Aired Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Back on the air at the first of next year, NBC-TV’s late-night talkers may be at a disadvantage. CBS doesn’t own David Letterman’s program; he does. Letterman and Craig Ferguson are working out their own deal with the Writers Guild and meanwhile the strike continues.
Aired Monday, December 17, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
The "inevitability" of Hillary Clinton has morphed into a three-way campaign for the Democratic nomination. Barack Obama is coming on strong and John Edwards is still a viable contender. If Clinton loses Iowa is it all over? Is New Hampshire a "firewall?" Is Bill Clinton helping or hurting his wife's campaign?
Aired Tuesday, December 18, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Reality hits Hollywood in more ways than one: the strike by the Writers’ Guild has already brought an onslaught of reality TV to primetime, and critics are saying it’s not pretty.
Aired Wednesday, December 19, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
That was the challenge today from Los Angeles County, part of a campaign against disposable bags by Heal the Bay and other environmental organizations. On Reporter’s Notebook, Mayor Villaraigosa about his plans for reforming that select group of public schools.
Aired Thursday, December 20, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
Many Americans will be making charitable decisions in the final days of tax year 2007. Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell explores how we can target our charitable giving to be most effective.
Aired Wednesday, December 26, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.
WORLD POLITICS/PUBLIC SAFETY/WAR IN IRAQ
At age 54, Benazir Bhutto’s political career and life came to a bloody end today in Pakistan. Guest host Lawrence O’Donnell gets the latest developments from Pakistan and considers the life of Bhutto through the memories of a friend.
Aired Thursday, December 27, 2007 7:00pm ½ hr.