KCRW-FM Santa Monica
Programs & Issues for the second quarter of 2006 Apr-May-Jun
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.
6. Fire Department
7. Police & Public Safety
Santa Monica City Council Meetings were broadcast on the following dates:
April 11, 2006
April 25, 2006
May 09, 2006
May 23, 2006
June 13, 2006
June 20, 2006
June 27, 2006
Accordingly, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:
KCRW PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 2nd Quarter 2006 APR-MAY-JUN
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
Governor Schwarzenegger received a long-awaited staff report today on his goal of cutting global-warming gases back to 1990 levels in the next 14 years. We talk to journalists, business advocates, and the co-author of the measure that would make California the first state in the union to set mandatory caps on greenhouse.
Aired Monday, April 3, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS/PUBLIC SAFETY
In 2002, the FBI seized 10,000 audiotapes from the offices of private investigator Anthony Pellicano. The latest of 14 co-defendants is movie director John McTiernan, accused of lying to the FBI about the wiretapping of producer Charles Roven, the 81st of Pellicano's alleged victims to be named so far.
Aired Tuesday, April 4, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
WAR IN IRAQ
Billions of US and Iraqi dollars have been spent, but crucial projects in Iraq remain incomplete. The Washington Post reported that just 20 of 142 primary health centers will be completed, after two years and $200 million. The World Health Organization says that's a "shocking" development.
Aired Wednesday, April 5, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Los Angeles politicians agree, it's time to clean up Skid Row in downtown LA. Supervisors have agreed to establish five regional centers for temporary housing along with drug and mental-health treatment. We hear more from a medical researcher in community health and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Aired Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
WAR IN IRAQ
President Bush said today he declassified intelligence information to justify the Iraq invasion. He did not call it a "leak." What's the difference between leaking and planting information? Is it hypocrisy or business as usual?
Aired Monday, April 10, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
This weekend's first round of presidential elections in Peru put populist Ollanta Humala ahead in the polls. The former military man says he stands for the poor and the indigenous and is eager to oust a system that has favored the upper classes. Diana Nyad explores Latin America's trend toward leftist regimes.
Aired Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
MySpace is the cyber-place where people socialize and share intimate moments of their diaries. The wildly popular social-networking site was visited by 37 million last month alone, and some 170,000 new members sign up each day. Guest host Diana Nyad explores this new-age hot spot.
Aired Wednesday, April 12, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Environmentalists are not pleased with Arnold Schwarzenegger's somewhat changed stance on measures to curb global warming. Dan Weintraub, who's following the story for the Sacramento Bee, says the Governor is caught between two political goals.
Aired Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
It's tax day and illegal immigrants are filing in record numbers. While undocumented wage-earners are not eligible for social security numbers, they are eligible for special identification numbers. Last year the IRS issued 1.2 million of these ID numbers; the incentive is the chance to become American citizens.
Aired Monday, April 17, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
San Francisco was blindsided 100 years ago today by earthquake and more than 3000 people perished. Last August, New Orleans suffered its own tragedy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Some 1604 people were killed. Over the past hundred years, what have we learned about preparing for natural disasters?
Aired Tuesday, April 18, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
In his State-of-the-City address yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced his plan for taking control of the city's public schools. His strategy calls for a "council of mayors," comprised of the mayors of 26 smaller cities that are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Aired Wednesday, April 19, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
With web-superpowers Yahoo and Google leading us down the information highway, the newspaper is looking more and more like a dinosaur. Is the death of the newspaper inevitable or will the industry survive by reinventing itself and adapting to the new media world?
Aired Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on immigration reform. Congress is considering a wide range of proposals over what to do about the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, from toughening border controls to offering many a chance to become American citizens.
Aired Monday, April 24, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Downtown's upscale Grand Avenue Project, buffered by signature Frank Gehry designs is meeting with resistance from local retailers. Will the $1.8 development go bust? Greg Goldin, contributing editor to the LA Weekly and architecture critic for Los Angeles magazine, calls the stalemate a "Gordian knot."
Aired Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
In the United States, gas prices have soared to over $3 a gallon. Although President Bush yesterday outlined short-term measures to bring that pump price down, energy economists say there's no quick fix to the problem of global supply-and-demand. Diana Nyad explores the reasons for the increase.
Aired Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
May 1 is looked upon as Labor Day in Latin American countries and many others around the world. From LA to Mexico City, Monday is being marked as day of nationwide boycotts by pro-immigration factions. However, there is growing dissention within the immigrant-rights community over scheduled rallies.
Aired Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
All over the country, hundreds of thousands turned out today for the much anticipated "Day without Immigrants." Will it produce a backlash? Will there be different effects in the House and the Senate? We get a range of views from journalists and activists, including one of the organizers of today's events LA.
Aired Monday, May 1, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
The Bush Administration says gasoline prices will continue to rise for at least three years in what's being called a new "energy crisis." Why don't American oil and auto companies cooperate to help get consumption under control? Is government really the answer? Is California ahead of the rest of the nation?
Hundreds of thousands turned out yesterday on behalf of immigrants' rights, but the biggest crowds were here in Southern California. The crowds were diverse, and polls show a lot of support, including that of African Americans. But black America is not a monolith and polls may not show the entire picture.
Aired Tuesday, May 2, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
There are more undocumented workers here than in any other state, and California saw the biggest crowds in the nation on Monday's "day without immigrants." Political leaders of both parties have made their positions known, so why aren't those running for Governor talking about the elephant in the room?
Aired Wednesday, May 3, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
State Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly want the Democratic nomination for Governor, and last night they faced off at LA's Museum of Tolerance in the first debate of this year's primary campaign. Are the voters finding out what they need to know?
Aired Thursday, May 4, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
The four public works bonds that will be November's ballot add up to $37.3 billion. Is the Governor back on track? What about the Democrats who are running against him? Warren Olney previews what voters will be faced with in November's election with with journalists and political advisors.
Aired Monday, May 8, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Much of the water used to irrigate farms, parks, golf courses and freeway medians is recycled sewage, and water experts contend that population growth might require that someday we drink that, too. Warren Olney speaks with environmentalists and water-resource experts about the "yuck factor."
Aired Tuesday, May 9, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
This is the first year that graduation from high school in California depends on passing the High School Exit Exam, which requires twelfth graders to master eighth-grade math and tenth-grade English. A judge may rule that some of the 47,000 seniors who fail the exam will be able to graduate anyway.
Expensive houses and gated communities have encroached on the Santa Monica Mountains for many years, but hikers, bikers and horseback riders insist that trails passing near homes and through developments should remain open--even if they're on private land. The latest court battle began last week.
Aired Wednesday, May 10, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
In San Francisco last night, gubernatorial candidates Steve Westly and Phil Angelides held what appears to have been their last debate before the June primary. Very few voters will have heard what turned out to be a relentless exchange of negative personal attacks. Was the big winner was Arnold?
Aired Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Midnight tonight is the last chance to sign up for the Medicare drug program or face lifetime penalties if you change your mind later on. Is the Medicare Part D a lifeline for seniors or a windfall for drug and insurance companies? We talk with head of Medicare and others about how it works and how it might work better.
Aired Monday, May 15, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
President Bush emphasized that securing the border will require a guest-worker program as well as troops from the National Guard. But there is vocal opposition to both elements of his "comprehensive" immigration reform. Will 6000 guardsmen and women be enough help for the overstretched Border Patrol?
Aired Tuesday, May 16, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Despite Christian protests all over the world, almost nobody has seen the film version of The Da Vinci Code. Last night, it finally was screened for New York critics and at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Boyer has more on how Sony Pictures tried to anticipate a crisis over fiction and theology.
Aired Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
In San Diego today, Vice President Cheney finished a two-day California tour to boost the campaigns of three Republicans running for Congress--including two incumbents who received big money from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients. John Marelius reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Aired Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Heal the Bay announced its latest report card on water pollution. Most California beaches had very good water quality last year, but not all. The report shows that you can go to the beach in a multi-million-dollar neighborhood--including Surfrider Beach in Malibu, but it may not be safe for swimming.
Aired Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Today's stunning guilty verdicts against former Enron executives are a reminder of blackouts and soaring prices during California's energy crisis. During the energy crisis five years ago, Enron's energy traders joked about California as if they were bilking a little old lady. We examine what the collapse of Enron meant.
Aired Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has staked his political reputation on his effort to take control of the LA Unified School District, but the state legislature is proving reluctant to make the changes he needs. Harrison Shepherd says that taking over LAUSD may be easier said than done.
Aired Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
A Democratic congressional primary on LA's Westside has become a battleground over the war in Iraq. In a district that stretches from San Pedro to Venice, Jane Harman is close to aerospace and defense. She's being challenged by anti-war activist Marcy Winograd..
Aired Wednesday, May 31, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Phil Angelides is a former developer finishing up his second term as Treasurer of the State of California. Controller Steve Westly is his opponent in next week's Democratic primary for Governor. We'll be asking each candidate about his priorities, his political style and how he’d use the state's most powerful office.
Aired Thursday, June 1, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Last week, State Treasurer and former developer Phil Angelides told WWLA the only way to get California out of the red and move forward is to raise taxes on wealthy Californians. On this day before Election Day, we try again to get past the negative rhetoric in this year's Democratic primary for Governor.
Aired Monday, June 5, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
UCLA has become one of America's most competitive public institutions of higher learning. Out of this year's 47,000 applications just 4,852 were accepted, but only 96 of those entering students will be African Americans. That's just 2 percent of the student body when blacks make up almost 10 percent of the population.
Aired Tuesday, June 6, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
EDUCATION/POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY
On Monday at Venice High School, 17-year old Augustin Contreras was shot to death, reportedly after trying to protect his brother from a gang-related robbery and assault. It appears Augustin was not a gang member. City Councilman Bill Rosendhal has called for a reward to help find his killer.
Aired Wednesday, June 7, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Their percentage of the population is dropping, but after November, there will be more African Americans in the State Assembly than ever before. Three blacks won nomination in safe Democratic districts, even though blacks are not a majority in any one of them. Political scientist Kerman Maddox has more.
Aired Thursday, June 8, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Increasing rents and condo conversion are changing neighborhoods where new schools are being built to accommodate the children of recent immigrants. While the immigrant families can't afford to stay, families who can afford to move in aren't having as many children.
Aired Monday, June 12, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
After the riots of 1992, 350 farmers began working 14 acres in an industrial area of South Central Los Angeles. Early this morning, Sheriff's deputies the LAPD and Fire Department moved in and arrested dozens of people after negotiations with owner Ralph Horowitz fell through. We hear what might be next.
Aired Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
As we heard last night, the urban farm on 14 acres of South Central Los Angeles is a thing of the past. Property owner Ralph Horowitz refused to sell, Sheriff's deputies evicted protesters and the bulldozers went to work. Clare Robbins of Youth Radio considers the end of the South Central Farm.
Aired Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Five years ago, the Chandler family sold off the Los Angeles Times, KTLA-TV and the rest of Times-Mirror to become the second largest shareholder in the Tribune Company of Chicago. What does journalism have to do with it? If there's another sale, which local billionaires might want in on the action? Aired Thursday, June 15, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Last year, the LA Times reported there were more working gardens in Los Angeles than at any time since the World War II-era Victory Gardens. The biggest one in Los Angeles was the urban 14-acre farm in South Central LA, shut down last week by the landowner who wants to develop his property.
Monday, June 19, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Mayor Villaraigosa is back in Sacramento for two days of lobbying for legislative help in taking over the LA Unified School District. Although he has the support of Governor Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Fabian NuÃ±ez told him last week he's in trouble with the Democrats who control the Legislature. Aired Monday, June 19, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Unmanned, remote-controlled drones have become a feature of surveillance for American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the LA Sheriff's Department is experimenting with that technology. We talk with the LA Sheriff's Department, civil rights and privacy advocates, and an expert in Constitutional law.
From the Music Center all the way down the hill to City Hall, the Grand Avenue Plan calls for a Civic Park in downtown LA. Tomorrow night, planners will hold the first of three meetings to find out how the public wants that space to be used. Brenda Levin is part of the core design team for the downtown Civic Park.
Aired Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
After two days in Sacramento, Mayor Villaraigosa, legislative leaders and the teachers' union have announced agreement on changing the governing structure of Los Angeles public schools. Instead of the Mayor taking them over, there would be "power sharing" between him, the elected board and a Superintendent.
Aired Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
PUBLIC SAFETY/CIVIL RIGHTS/ECONOMICS
Governor Schwarzenegger is taking it on the nose again over his promise to reform the state prison system. Yesterday the court's special master, John Hagar, says the Governor's abandoned his promise and is making the same mistakes he blamed on Gray Davis.
Aired Thursday, June 22, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
Mayor Villaraigosa has reached a compromise with teachers' unions over his planned takeover of LA's public schools. He's now promoting "power sharing" between the elected school board, a more powerful Superintendent and a council composed of the 27 mayors whose cities send kids to the LAUSD.
Aired Thursday, June 22, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
The Newhall Land and Farming Company built Magic Mountain in 1971, to provide jobs and bring visitors out to its real estate developments in the Santa Clarita Valley. Six Flags bought it in 1971 for $51 million. Now that Six Flags is in trouble, those 250 acres look good--for more development.
Aired Monday, June 26, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
The phone companies want a piece of the television business, and they're paying big money to get it. AT&T and Verizon want to provide cable TV over their broadband fiber-optic phone lines without negotiating contracts with local cities the way cable companies do. Would competition mean better service?
Aired Tuesday, June 27, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
California's Air Resources Board says diesel fumes from the ever-expanding Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are killing almost 2400 people a year. Today the ports announced a joint five-year plan to bring cancer risks to "acceptable levels." Community groups want to know what that means.
Aired Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.
To deal with the nation's worst air pollution, California's Air Resources Board mandated Zero-Emissions Vehicles in 1990. Six years later, General Motors launched its EV-1 electric car. Six years after than, GM took all the EV-1's back from lease-holders and crushed them out in the Arizona desert.
Aired Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:00pm ½ hr.