KCRW-FM Santa Monica
Programs & Issues for the First Quarter of 2009 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, during the regular Santa Monica City Council meetings, which are broadcast live on Tuesdays, beginning at 8:00pm. Broadcasts last until 12:00am unless council adjourns before that time.
1. Transportation and Traffic
3. Historic Resources Preservation
4. Energy and Solar Energy
5. Parks and Recreation
9. Public Safety
Santa Monica City Council Meetings were broadcast on the following dates:
January 13, 2009
January 27, 2009
February 10, 2009
February 24, 2009
March 3, 2009
March 24, 2009
Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:
KCRW PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 1st Quarter 2009 JAN. – FEB. – MAR.
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
STATE/NATIONAL POLITICS/LAW ENFORCEMENT
Former Congressman Leon Panetta has been named by Barack Obama to head the CIA. We hear about him, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Californians in national jobs. Are they giving the state new clout in Washington?
Aired Thursday, January 1, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
The President elect wants $775 billion, but is it enough to move a $15 trillion economy? California is likely to run out of money next month, but Democrats say Governor Schwarzenegger got "cold feet" just as a deal was about to be cut.
Aired Tuesday, January 6, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET/WORLD NEWS
Schwarzenegger strikes back, the City of LA has second thoughts about quadrupling parking fees, billboard blight and public safety. Plus, we update on Gaza and reactions from American Jews on both sides of the issue.
Aired Wednesday, January 7, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
For eight years, lakes, rivers and Santa Monica Bay have been polluted with sewage and industrial waste toxic enough to damage and kill aquatic plants and animals. Enforcement officials are accused of looking the other way.
Aired Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Parents are in for a shock as Los Angeles Unified issues report cards on schools, reporting the bad as well as the good. We talk with Superintendent Ray Cortines and State Superintendent Jack O'Connell about the crisis in public education. Aired Monday, January 12, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Finally freed from the politics of holding a New York Senate seat and running for president, how will Hillary Clinton's foreign policy views change now that she's on the verge of Senate confirmation as Secretary of State?
Aired Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
For the first time in 20 years, cargo shipments are down at the Ports of LA and Long Beach. We hear what that means for the local economy and the California state government iss closer to drafting IOU’s.
Aired Wednesday, January 14, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Barack Obama’s nominee for Attorney General says water boarding is “torture” and promises to restore the integrity of federal law enforcement. On Eric Holder’s first day of confirmation hearings, is he the right man for the job?
Aired Thursday, January 15, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Barack Obama won 95% of the black vote in November, but African Americans are anything but unanimous on what his election will mean. We’ll hear differing views about race relations, national policy and role models.
Aired Monday, January 19, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
President Barack Obama had a worldwide audience for yesterday’s Inaugural Address. Also, the state’s fiscal crisis means that more swimmers may get sick at the beach.
Aired Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
NATIONAL BANK CRISIS
US banks have swallowed $300 billion in bailout money, and they’re asking for more. What if the government just took control, broke them up and started over? We’ll hear about options available to the Obama administration.
Aired Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
President Obama promised to pull US soldiers out of Iraq and send more to Afghanistan. Can the US afford to defeat the Taliban and stabilize that country? Obama gives California room to move on the environment.
Aired Monday, January 26, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Unemployment in LA County is 9.9 percent and rising, with the state's unemployment insurance program about to go broke. At the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, truckers who switched to clean fuel may go out of business.
Aired Tuesday, January 27, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
The arts are among the victims of economic recession. We hear what is happening to theater, ballet, opera and museums in Southern California. President Obama said today that what CEOS do matters more than Washington.
Aired Wednesday, January 28, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE ECONOMIC CRISIS
The President's stimulus bill will give California a boost, but not enough to make up for the massive shortfall. Californians like the package, but they're fed up with Sacramento. Are voters ready for service cuts and higher taxes? Aired Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS/WAR OVERSEAS
Big Government is back, with a stimulus package big enough to start re-shaping the economy. We look at the possible impacts now and in the long term. Also, the Iraqi elections and US troop withdrawals.
Monday, February 2, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
The elephant in the room when it comes to healthcare reform is cost. We hear about how much money is wasted, and what Tom Daschle's withdrawal as nominee for Secretary of Health will mean to the Obama Administration.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
After yesterday's withdrawal of Tom Daschle as point man on healthcare reform, the big question was what went wrong. Also, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today made a dire prediction about California's future.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS/NATIONAL POLITICS
America’s financial problems are enormous and the solutions will have to be just as enormous. Also, we talk about a new faith-based initiative -- Obama style.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
With a new Israeli government about to be chosen, there could be some serious challenges for President Obama and his major goal of negotiations leading to a Palestinian state.
Monday, February 9, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
SOCIAL SERVICES/CALIFORNIA BUDGET SHORTFALL
The lack of a state budget means IOU's instead of state money for counties to provide human services. We hear how they're responding, and we talk to LA Mayor Villaraigosa.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL
Word of a budget deal in Sacramento includes these numbers: $14 billion in new taxes, $16 billion in spending cuts and $10 billion in new debt. We get the details and hear about charges that Republicans are breaking anti-bribery laws.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
A $789 billion stimulus package is likely to pass the House and Senate. What's in the bill? Did Republicans force enough compromises to tarnish a victory for President Obama?
Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL
California's ongoing budget crisis has become an argument for companies with good jobs to pull up and move to Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. We hear the pitch and what's being done to counteract it.
Monday, February 16, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Bipartisanship didn't work on Capitol Hill, but the massive stimulus bill passed anyway. Also, what California might get from the federal stimulus package and what Sacramento will ask of state voters if and when it ever passes.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
The President says he'll spend $75 billion to help stop foreclosures and keep home prices from going down. We learn who qualifies for assistance and whether the rescue plan will be good for the economy.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL
In the wee hours this morning, one final Republican signed off on a deal to stitch up California's $42 billion financial wound. But the state's a long way from fiscal stability. The state's voters will have to ratify the deal.
Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Measure B on next week's ballot has set off a debate on the best way to expand solar energy in Los Angeles, and a discussion about the priorities and diplomatic style of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she winds up her visit to Beijing.
Monday, February 23, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH TO CONGRESS
WWLA is pre-empted by NPR coverage of the President speech to Congress.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
COMMUNICATION/STATE ELECTION/STATE CONSTITUTION
San Francisco's last major newspaper faces big trouble, and LA's facing a city election, though very few people are paying attention. Also, is it time for California to get a new constitution?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/NATIONAL SECURITY
Suspected terrorists held for years without charges or trials create a conflict between constitutional rights and national security. We hear what President Obama's promise to restore American values could mean.
Thursday, February 25, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Is there a paradigm shift in the so-called War on Drugs? Is criminalizing drugs wasting billions of dollars while addiction and violence increase? Would legalization perpetuate a dangerous cycle and make matters worse?
Monday, March 2, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
With Israel and the Palestinians divided among themselves, Hillary Clinton is reaching out to a country anathema to the Bush Administration. Can Syria play a role in the peace process?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
ELECTION RESULTS/ENERGY/CIVIL RIGHTS
Mayor Villaraigosa is still the Mayor of Los Angeles, but Measure B, his solar initiative, is behind in a race that’s too close to call. We get the election results, and a preview of tomorrow’s Proposition 8.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/STATE CONSTITUTION
The State Supreme Court hears arguments for and against Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage unconstitutional. We hear about possible signals of how the court might rule.
Thursday, March 5, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Today President Obama lifted the Bush restrictions on stem cell research. What’s the impact on California, where voters invested $3 billion five years ago?
Monday, March 9, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL/ECONOMIC RECESSION
A "trigger" provision in last month's state budget deal may increase cuts in state spending and raises in taxes. Also, economic recession now threatens political upheaval around the world.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Mayor Villaraigosa went to Washington trying to save the jobs of 5500 teachers. Also, numbers show a big decline in illegal immigration, and the need for clean energy to combat climate change might revive America’s nuclear industry.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
Lost jobs, foreclosures and homelessness are bad news in Southern California, but there is a future for Martin Luther King hospital and medical school. Also, is Bernard Madoff protected by a financial deregulation and a culture of greed?
Thursday, March 12, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL/EDUCATION
Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature will ask voters to uphold their $42 billion budget deal, but now there’s a new, $8 billion shortfall. How will that impact the May election and continued employment of 26,000 teachers?
Monday, March 16, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL/ECONOMIC STIMULUS/ENERGY
California declines $2.5 billion in stimulus money, and why a man wants to walk to the North Pole 100 years after Admiral Peary. Finally, we cover new ideas on green technology and the price of gasoline.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
PRESIDENT TOURS CALIFORNIA
In the midst of a multitude of challenges early in his first term, President Obama has left Washington for a tour of Southern California, including two town halls and an appearance on The Tonight Show.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
PRESIDENT TOURS CALIFORNIA
For the second day in a row, most of President Obama’s time was devoted to questions from the local audience, but a lot of his answers were directed to the politicians and special interest groups he left behind in Washington.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE BUDGET SHORTFALL/ECONOMIC STIMULUS/HEALTHCARE
Eighty billion in federal dollars are coming to California. When does the money start flowing? Who decides where and how it’s going to be spent? Also, we discuss the Obama Justice Department and medical marijuana.
Monday, March 23, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY/PRISON REFORM
Four Oakland police officers were killed this weekend by a man who had served his sentence, but violated the terms of parole. Why do so many California parolees go back to prison, a massive system in urgent need of repair.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS/TRAVEL/PUBLIC SAFETY
In last night's press conference, President Obama got no questions about Iraq or Afghanistan, but was asked if the raging violence of drug cartels in Mexico is “a national security threat.”
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS/WAR OVERSEAS
President Obama wants to dial down in Iraq and send more troops to Afghanistan, meeting increasing resistance from liberal supporters and skepticism from some allies. What alternatives has the President considered?
Thursday, March 26, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
A federal court says vaccines don't cause autism, but so many parents believe they do that some California schools are at risk of outbreaks of childhood diseases eradicated years ago.
Monday, March 30, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.
STATE SALES TAX INCREASE
It’s no joke: the state sales tax goes up tomorrow. What will that mean for car sales and local government? Will California get as much new revenue as the Governor says it will?
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:00pm ½ hr.