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Programs & Issues for the Fourth Quarter of 2008 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, 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.             Traffic and Transportation

2.             Water

3.             Housing

4.             Environment

5.             Economics

6.             Fire and Police Departments

7.             Homeless Population

8.             Veterans Services

9.             Healthcare

10.          Parks and Recreation


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


October 14, 2008

October 28, 2008

November 11, 2008

November 25, 2008

December 2, 2008

December 9, 2008


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.





Rene “Boxer” Enriquez was a powerful figure inside the Mexican Mafia, which now exerts heavy influence, in the prisons and on the streets. He’s serving time for two murders, has embraced law enforcement and now he’s telling his story.

Aired Wednesday, October 1, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger told the US Treasury Secretary that California might need $7 billion in federal money just to pay bills. Now it appears the state budget may have to be opened up again.

Aired Monday, October 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Proposition 7 on next month's ballot is called The Solar and Clean Energy Act, but a blue-ribbon list of environmental groups is against it, calling the measure a case of good intentions gone wrong.

Aired Wednesday, October 8, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Proposition 10 would raise $5 billion in bonds to help buy alternative fuel vehicles, but it's opposed by a broad coalition including the state's major environmental organizations. What does natural gas have to do with it?

Aired Thursday, October 9, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Cruelty to animals is illegal in California, but proponents of Proposition 2 claim it is practiced anyway. Prop 2 would provide that calves, pigs and chickens be able to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around.

Aired Monday, October 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Partisan gridlock has stymied progress in California where Assembly members and Senators drawing their own district boundaries to guarantee that some will always be Republican while others are always Democratic.

Aired Tuesday, October 14, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In a city given over to the automobile, billboards have been a fixture here for decades. Now huge illuminated billboards throw blasts of digital light into homes and neighborhoods. Have these digital signs become a blight on the city?

Aired Thursday, October 16, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Proposition 8 would make marriage legal in California only if it's between a man and a woman. Opponents insist that passage will deprive gay and lesbian couples of their right to be happy. We hear arguments from both sides.

Aired Monday, October 20, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



We talk through Proposition 5, which if passed in the election, would save a billion dollars a year on prisons by providing treatment instead of incarceration for kids with drug problems and non-violent drug offenders.

Aired Tuesday, October 21, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



If Barack Obama’s commanding lead turns into a landslide this year, some supposedly “safe” Republicans could be in for surprises—with important implications from Sacramento to Washington.

Aired Wednesday, October 22, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



California Democrats like Barack Obama better than ever. Republicans don't like John McCain as much as they used to. Majorities of both parties—and Independents—want to hear more about the economy. We get the details.

Aired Thursday, October 23, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



We look at LA School District's biggest bond measure and at what the voters are being asked to decide in affluent Beverly Hills. Also, designers have figured how to make art out of 30,000 cans of food at the LA Regional Food Bank.

Aired Monday, October 27, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Tax increases and cuts in education spending are on the table as the lame-duck legislature's been called back into session the day after next week's election. At Sam Zell's Los Angeles Times, 10% of the remaining editorial staff has been cut.

Aired Tuesday, October 28, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Do criminals get more rights than victims in California? That's the claim behind Proposition 9 on next week's ballot. We hear the pros and cons. We discuss a tax increase, cuts in education, and the trial of former O.C. top cop Mike Carona.

Aired Wednesday, October 29, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr



Supporters of Prop 8 to make same-sex marriage illegal say a big turnout of African Americans will help their cause. We hear a debate tonight about homophobia, religion and civil rights.

Aired Thursday, October 30, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Will Los Angeles County have enough ballots for the upcoming election? We talk about how to get more information about the California ballot, when to vote and when not to. We ask, will a week of early voting lead to a night of late counting?

Aired Monday, November 3, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Record numbers of voters are turning out in California, and in the rest of the country. Barack Obama is expected to win big here, turning out record numbers of African American voters and counting on the votes of Latinos.

Aired Tuesday, November 4, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In California's election, Proposition 8 appears to have been decided.  Prop 11 apparently passed, too, but others insist it's still too close to call. We review the election results today and talk with LA County's newest elected supervisor.

Aired Wednesday, November 5, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Only two days after California voters passed Proposition 8 to prohibit same-sex marriage, three appeals to the state supreme court have been filed, pitting the rights of gays and lesbians against the will of the voters.

Aired Thursday, November 6, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Money for solar panels on roofs all over Los Angeles will be on the March ballot, and supporters of alternative energy are raising questions. An artificial reef may mitigate damage to marine life caused by nuclear power plants at San Onofre. 

Aired Monday, November 10, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Big Three automakers want Federal help. President-elect Obama and Democrats in Congress want more fuel-efficient cars. As a result, California is right in the middle of one of Obama's first presidential controversies.

Aired Tuesday, November 11, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Governor Schwarzenegger is right that the state needs a tax increase, according to the Legislative Analyst, Sacramento's most respected non-partisan voice, whom we talk.  Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court rules against whales.

Aired Wednesday, November 12, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Sheriff's Department says that DNA evidence in sexual assault cases sits in a freezer without testing. It’s unknow how many cases are unsolved, how many rapists are free or how many innocent people have been convicted.  Aired Thursday, November 13, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Devastating fires in LA, Orange and Santa Barbara Counties this week spewed smoke and ashes almost everywhere, from brush, trees and more than 1000 homes. We hear about the fires and the consequences to public health.

Aired Monday, November 17, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



For the first time in history, the California State University System wants to cut future enrollment. 10,000 qualified high school graduates would not be admitted. We also hear about the latest response to budget problems in Sacramento.

Aired Tuesday, November 18, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



After the loss of hundreds of mobile homes this week, officials are promising to find out what needs to be done for mobile home residents to be protected by the same codes and regulations as other residents of California.

Aired Wednesday, November 19, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The State Legislature supposedly is in session on what could be a $24 billion shortfall, but many members are not in Sacramento, they're traveling the world. Supporters are talking recall if the Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8.

Aired Thursday, November 20, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama have pledged close cooperation, but how difficult is it to address a nationwide financial crisis with one president leaving office and another one in the wings?

Aired Monday, November 24, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A Saudi freighter holding a load of two million barrels of crude oil is being held by a small band of Somali pirates. It’s a valuable hostage for the pirates and a potential environmental disaster if negotiations fail and an oil spill occurs. Aired Tuesday, November 25, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



This weekend is often the biggest shopping day of the year, but these are not normal times. Retailers are bracing for a tough sales season and consumers are re-thinking what they buy and where they buy it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates and former Marine Commandant James Jones may not agree with each other, but Barack Obama says the buck stops with him. The new legislature confronts old problems with the recent terrorism in Mumbai. 

Aired Monday, December 1, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



We explore why Los Angeles’ School Superintendent may be out of a job,

and we host a conversation with Los Angeles County's newest supervisor,

Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Aired Tuesday, December 2, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Los Angeles School Superintendent David Brewer talks about the effort to kick him out of his job, and discuss the brewing controversy over solar power in the southern California desert area.

Aired Wednesday, December 3, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



The Big Three Automakers CEO's were back in Washington today, raising their survival request from $25 to $34 billion. Are their cars really that bad? Are the companies too important to too many people to let them fail?

Aired Thursday, December 4, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



Today we discuss a series of important events:  Los Angeles School Superintendent David Brewer steps down, the Los Angeles Times is involved in bankruptcy and the state of California nearly runs out of money.

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



Five thousand people have been killed this year in Mexico's drug wars, twice the number of last year and the violence is increasingly brutal.  How long will Mexicans tolerate a climate of fear? Will the violence cross the border in the US?

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



After topping four dollars per gallon earlier this year, gasoline may soon drop to a dollar a gallon. That's great news for drivers, but what about independence in energy and global warming? Should the gasoline tax be raised?

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



At the end of the day, the bailout is still stalled in the Senate. Meanwhile, California has taken another step in the nation's toughest fight against global warming, and reports indicate organized crime is now in the tomato business.

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



Barack Obama wants massive spending for infrastructure, green technology and 2.5 million jobs. What are the benefits—and the risks—of what he calls a "jolt" to the flagging economy?

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



Vice President Cheney says he and other top Bush Administration officials approved "abusive" interrogation techniques.  Will Barack Obama investigate or leave the recent past to future historians?  We hear a debate. 

Aired Tuesday, December 16, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



A state agency has shut down almost 2000 construction projects, including highways, schools and levees.  At stake are billions for business and tens of thousands of jobs. It's all about the budget.

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



Attacks on the Internet may or not produce blood and gore, but cyber-war is a real threat to the economy and national security. We talk about how it works, who should take charge of cyber-defense and how civil liberties can be protected.

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



Obama says economic recovery won't happen until there is healthcare reform, and a growing consensus says now is the time. We hear about salvation for LA's MOCA, and a new threat to Southern California's water supply.

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



As Israeli jets continue to fire on the densely populated Gaza Strip, we discuss the impact in Gaza, the region and around the world. What is Israel trying to accomplish?  What pressures do the attacks place on Arab leaders and the US? Aired Monday, December 29, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.



In 2002, when Wall Street scandals like Enron and WorldCom rocked the business world, the government prosecuted 513 cases of securities fraud. In the first eleven months of 2008, there were just 133 prosecutions. We ask, “why?”

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



2008 Review:  An African American won the White House, while a female from Alaska won the hearts of conservatives. The economy imploded as financial scandals rocked the headlines, as Americans rethink their consumer ways.

Aired Wednesday, December 31, 2008  7:00pm  ½ hr.