KCRW-FM Santa Monica

 

Programs & Issues for the third quarter of 2008 Jul-Aug-Sep

 

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.             Development

2.             Transportation

3.             Environment/Sustainability

4.             Campaign Finances

5.             Education

6.             Fire and Police Departments

7.             Historic Preservation

8.             Parks and Recreation

9.             Public Safety

10.          Housing

 

Santa Monica City Council Meetings were broadcast on the following dates:

 

July 1, 2008

July 8, 2008

July 15, 2008

July 22, 2008

September 16, 2008

September 23, 2008

 

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

 

KCRW PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 3rd Quarter 2008 JUL-AUG-SEP

 

Which Way LA?, KCRWÕs 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

 

HEALTHCARE

Councilwoman Jan Perry says there are so many obese kids in South Los Angeles, she wants to ban new fast-food stores in 32 square miles of the city. Does government have the right to tell citizens that it's wrong to be overweight? Even if healthier restaurants moved in, would people eat in them?

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

 

ENVIRONMENT

The entire Big Sur coastline has been evacuated by a fire one official calls Òa big raging animal.Ó Tonight weÕll update the statewide crisis and ask what itÕll mean when fire season really gets under way.

Aired Wednesday, July 2, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HEALTHCARE/ENVIRONMENT

Given the risks of burns, skin cancer and premature aging, nobody says donÕt wear sunscreen. But a consumer research group says thereÕs a big difference between what some products claim to do and what they really accomplish. WeÕll hear from the Environmental Working Group and from an industry scientist.

Aired Thursday, July 3, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

STATE BUDGET

ItÕs the same old story.  Republicans want to cut programs, but they wonÕt say which ones. Democrats want to raise taxes, but theyÕre not specific, either. In the meantime, the deficit is 15 billion dollars and climbing. Voters donÕt trust either side to make meaningful change.

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

 

CULTURAL/BUSINESS/LABOR

Since the Chandler family Òsold outÓ to the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times newsroom has become smaller and smaller. So has the coverage. Now the new owner, Sam Zell, needs to service big debt and 150 more editorial employees will be on the chopping block. Tonight, can the Times survive?

Aired Tuesday, July 8, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLITICS/FINANCES/CORRUPTION

Almost a half million dollars in political contributions have been used to help Democratic Senate leader Don Perata fend off a federal corruption probe. Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez gave his chief of staff 100,000 dollars originally collected to campaign for ballot measures. Is it all legal?

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

 

ENVIRONMENT/POLITICS

California voters may have one more measure on the November ballot: 9.3 billion dollars in water bonds. But the Sierra Club says, letÕs first spend the money approved in past elections. WeÕll look at an increasingly urgent issue where the devil is always in the details.

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

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY/ENVIRONMENT/TRANSPORTATION

A Brentwood doctor faces felony charges in what the LAPD calls Òroad rageÓ against cyclists. The West Hollywood SheriffÕs bicycle detail says streets are too narrow, and bikes may become legal on sidewalks, which they are in LA. All over, the price of gasoline is causing a run on vehicles that run on pedal power.

Aired Tuesday, July 15, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY/POLITICS/EDUCATION

Tonight weÕll ask Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa how heÕs tending to city business on gangs, underperforming schools, the LAPD and increasing fees for city services.

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

 

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT/ENERGY

Seventy-eight percent of Californians are driving less, 68% are spending less--and substantial numbers are more willing than they used to be to consider nuclear power and even drilling for oil and gas off shore.

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

 

HEALTHCARE/ECONOMICS/FRAUD

A health insurance policy cancelled just when you need it is a nightmare come true. Blue Cross and Blue Shield will pay 13 million dollars to settle investigations by the Department of Managed Health Care, and consumer groups claim thatÕs not enough for leaving policy-holders stuck thousands in medical bills.

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

 

ENVIRONMENT/RECREATION

Downtown Los Angeles has its first new park since 1895. Vista Hermosa, with a beautiful view of the cityÕs steel-and-glass skyline, is ten and a half acres of open space and green technology. Yet among major American cities, LA remains last in accessible parkland, especially in communities of color.

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

 

HEALTHCARE/ECONOMICS/HOUSING

A new study claims that one person dies every hour in California because of alcohol. The total economic cost is $38 billion, 90% due to violent crimes. Traffic accidents account for just 20%. In another report, California's mortgage-default rate has hit a record high.

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

 

STATE POLITICS/ECONOMICS/LABOR

Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to end the annual budget crisis for  good, yet this year there's no state budget, and the revenue shortfall is $15 billion. His public opinion rating has dropped to 40% and the legislature's is much lower. Now heÕs cutting the salaries of state workers down to Federal minimum wage.

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

 

CULTURAL/ECONOMICS/ENVIRONMENT/CIVIL RIGHTS

Some locals feel that Sam Zell should sell the LA Times and leave town. This comes after the latest round of staff cuts and the final appearance of the Opinion and Book section in yesterday's paper. Also, we update on the fire near Yosemite and ballot arguments about same-sex marriage.

Aired Monday, July 28, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY/ENVIRONMENT/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

The Los Angeles region was hit with a moderate 5.4 earthquake this morning. It rattled windows for miles but apparently caused no serious damage. The quake was centered east of downtown in Chino Hills. How prepared is the city for a major earthquake?

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

 

TRANSPORTATION/DEVELOPMENT

Can putting a limit on development control traffic? ThatÕs the question facing Santa Monica voters. Opponents say growth is inevitable without an increase in traffic. Each side accuses the other of making a false promise, and the debate has divided Santa Monica. Tonight weÕll hear No GrowthÓ vs. ÒSmart Growth.Ó Aired Wednesday, July 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

LABOR/STATE POLITICS/STATE BUDGET

Schwarzenegger fired part-time workers and cut 200,000 full-time salaries down to the minimum wage. At the same time, Democrats and Republicans are working on plans to balance the budget by taking money from city and county governments. Are leaders once again putting off the day of reckoning?

Aired Thursday, July 31, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION/ECONOMICS/POLITICS

LA Unified wanted a 3.2 billion dollar construction bond on NovemberÕs ballot until a poll by Mayor Villaraigosa showed that voters would go for more. Now the District is asking 7 billion—almost twice as much and the largest request in history.

Aired Monday, August 4, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

STATE BUDGET/BUSINESS/ENVIRONMENT

Governor Schwarzenegger promised that it would never happen, but in private conversations heÕs floated a one-cent sales tax increase to balance the budget. On ReporterÕs Notebook, the temperature in the ground at one spot in Ventura county: 812 degrees.

Aired Tuesday, August 5, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLITICS/HEALTHCARE

Medical marijuana was approved by California voters 12 years ago. But under federal law, itÕs as illegal as cocaine and heroin. The US Supreme Court says federal law prevails, so a jury has convicted a Morro Bay dispensary owner for selling and distribution despite his support from the town mayor.

Aired Wednesday, August 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/ECONOMICS/PUBLIC SAFETY/HEALTHCARE

Brown lawns, graffiti, squatters and West Nile Virus are just some of the symptoms of a housing market thatÕs in decline. As the number of foreclosures increases all over Southern California, local agencies are finding violations of nuisance codes along with threats to public health.

Aired Thursday, August 7, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/PUBLIC SAFETY/NATIONAL ELECTIONS

As Russian troops moved into his country and bombs fell close the capital, Georgia's president decried Russia's actions as an "invasion, occupation and annihilation of an independent, democratic country." In another report, Hillary Clinton's role at the Democratic convention in Denver.

Aired Monday, August 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ENERGY/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

In Moscow today, the Russion president said he's ordered a halt to military operations in Georgia. French President Sarkozy, also President of the European Union, said the two had worked out terms for a provisional cease-fire and will present them to leaders in Georgia.

Aired Tuesday, August 12, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The world has been waiting for the U.S. response to Russia's invasion of Georgia. Early today, the President announced that the pentagon would lead a humanitarian effort.

Aired Wednesday, August 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Just as her most committed supporters have been demanding, Hillary Clinton's name will be put in nomination at the convention in Denver.

Aired Thursday, August 14, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Russia claims it's pulling out of Georgia, but its troops and tanks remain near the capital. The Georgian President called for negotiations to prevent "the definitive estrangement of our two countries." We debate whether the US is using a double standard when it condemns RussiaÕs action across its own, international border.

Aired Monday, August 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

CULTURAL/BUSINESS

ItÕs been a period of upheaval at the L.A. Times under Sam Zell's ownership. How did he manage to use the employees' pension fund as collateral? How secure are the futures of Times employees? In another report, will California lawmakers take off for their conventions without passing a state spending plan?

Aired Tuesday, August 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ENVIRONMENT/HOMELAND SECURITY

The ports of L.A. and Long Beach will require trucks meet EPA standards, cutting 50% of their diesel pollution overnight. Drivers that make $30K a year will have to buy new trucks undergo criminal background checks. Will there be drivers sufficient to handle 15 million cargo containers a year?

Aired Wednesday, August 20, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/HEALTHCARE/EDUCATION

Since the federal government forced states to set the drinking age at 21, fatalities caused by underage drunk drivers have gone down but binge drinking by teenagers has gone up. Now, 120 college presidents want to reduce the drinking age to 18.

Aired Thursday, August 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ECONOMICS/HOUSING/LABOR

Treasury Secretary Paulson said the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was necessary because their failure would "affect the ability of Americans to get home loans É and a failure would be harmful to economic growth and job creation." Was the Paulson plan necessary? Will it work? At what cost?

Aired Monday, September 8, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

The Obama-Biden ticket got a bounce in the polls after the Democratic convention and the McCain-Palin ticket got a bigger bounce after the Republican convention. What are the polls telling us about the route to victory in the Electoral College?

Aired Tuesday, September 9, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

WAR IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN

With less violence in Iraq, President Bush is pulling out some Marines but leaving in place almost 140,000 troops. The Secretary of Defense says we are at the endgame in Iraq, but the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says we might not be winning in Afghanistan.

Aired Wednesday, September 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOMELAND SECURITY

After a seven-year war on terror and the creation of the Homeland Security Department, we look at a somber ceremony that observed the 2001 tragedy and considers whether we're safer now than we were before September 11?

Aired Thursday, September 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC SAFETY/COMMUNICATION

The Simi Valley and other parts of California are grieving tonight as the death toll in Friday's Metrolink train crash has risen to 26, amid reports that the engineer was text messaging on a cell phone.

Aired Monday, September 15, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

STATE POLITICS/BUDGET/CULTURAL/LABOR

Legislators of both parties have agreed on a state budget without including Governor Schwarzenegger in their negotiations. He says he'll veto it, but they're claiming the votes to override. On Reporter's Notebook, former and current LA Times reporters are taking Sam Zell to court.

Aired Wednesday, September 17, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/FINANCES

The housing market is where the Wall Street crisis began, and itÕs not close to being over. Half the home sales last month in Southern California were due to foreclosures. Prices are 34% lower than last year—but tighter credit requirements make it much harder to get loans.

Aired Thursday, September 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

STATE POLITICS/BUDGET/TRANSPORTATION/ENVIRONMENT

A record 85 days after the legal deadline, Governor Schwarzenegger will finally sign a new state budget tomorrow, but everybody agrees that it postpones CaliforniaÕs fiscal crisis at least until next year. Also tonight, freeway congestion versus the environment: another struggle that never ends.

Aired Monday, September 22, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

NATIONAL FINANCES/POLITICS/PUBLIC SAFETY/TRANSPORTATION

We have a conversation with Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa about his review of city operations, borrowing and management of pension funds in the midst of the crisis on Wall Street. Also, California Senators blister Metrolink management for not installing safety equipment.

Aired Tuesday, September 23, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/ECONOMICS/STATE BUDGET

The latest economic forecasts are gloomy for California, where housing prices may not go up again for a long time. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed 150 million dollars from the much-criticized state budget. Whatwill the financial crisis mean for billions of dollars in bonds being asked for on next monthsÕ ballot?

Aired Wednesday, September 24, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRANSPORTATION/POLITICS

California voters havenÕt received their ballot pamphlets yet, but itÕs not too soon to talk about 12 measures on issues ranging from high-speed rail to abortion to the treatment of farm animals. Tonight weÕll take our first look at Props 5 and 6, which deal with the criminal justice system.

Aired Thursday, September 25, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC SAFETY

The driver who died in the Metrolink crash with a Union Pacific freight train worked for a contractor with a history of problems. One of its subsidiaries was involved in two fatal accidents in Florida, including a head-on crash between two of its vans.

Aired Monday, September 29, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING

LAÕs housing shortage threatens the cityÕs economy. Villaraigosa wants 200 million a year in city money to help subsidize 20,000 units for the poor and the middle class. Will upper income homeowners have to pay part of the tab and share their neighborhoods? Will the plan generate needed private investment?

Aired Tuesday, September 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.