KCRW-FM Santa Monica

 

Programs & Issues for the third quarter of 2007 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.             Housing and Homeless

2.             Transportation

3.             Environment

4.             Parks and Recreation

5.             Redevelopment

6.             Transportation

7.             Police and Public Safety

8.             Labor

9.             Energy

10.          Seniors

 

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

 

July 24, 2007

August 14, 2007

August 28, 2007

September 11, 2007

September 25, 2007

 

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

 

KCRW PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 3rd Quarter 2007 JUL-AUG-SEP

 

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

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

In downtown Los Angeles, LA Unified opened a 160 million dollar complex just nine months ago. However, as the summer heats up, the Olympic-sized swimming pool is closed to the public.

Aired Monday, July 2, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

FIRE SAFETY

The City of LA is prepared to cancel any display of fireworks right up to the last minute and one scientist says there should not be any at all.

Aired Tuesday, July 3, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

MAYORAL POLITICS

Do the news media care more about Mayor Villaraigosa’s affair than the voters do?

Aired Wednesday, July 4, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put up almost eight million dollars today to create ten charter schools to replace Locke High. Mayor Villaraigosa won’t be directly involved and when he showed up at the announcement, was swamped with questions about his personal life.

Aired Monday, July 9, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/LABOR

Does LA have a Work Force with No Place to Live?  The housing stock in Los Angeles has failed to keep up with increased population, and the shortage means high rents for people with low incomes.

Aired Tuesday, July 10, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION/LABOR

How Will Southern California Survive 12 Million New Residents?  California is projected to expand another seventy percent over the next forty years, placing enormous strain on traffic, air quality and other resources.

Aired Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY

Cardinal Roger Mahoney Stays Out of Court.  The sex-abuse settlement between five hundred and eight plaintiffs and LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese was approved today in Superior Court. We’ll hear what that means to some victims.

Aired Monday, July 16, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

WATER

Last year California voters approved billions of dollars in flood control bonds.  This week Governor Schwarzenegger is campaigning for billions in water storage projects to protect against drought.

Aired Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HEALTHCARE

Yesterday Orange County’s all-Republican board of supervisors became California’s 33rd county to begin licensing the use of medical marijuana.  On that same day, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration arrested dispensary operators elsewhere in Southern California.

Aired Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is due in LA tomorrow, but he may not be welcome.  After a 10% cut in urban security money, city and county officials accuse Washington of playing politics with the war on terror. Aired Thursday, July 19, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

TRANSPORTATION

The 210 extension is complete between Rialto and San Bernardino.  Will it bring new development that offsets improvements in commuter traffic? Freeways expand in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire.

Aired Monday, July 23, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY

Will Inmates Get Early Release?  Two federal judges say overcrowding in California prisons violates the Constitution. The Governor and the Legislature have approved eight billion dollars to build more space, but judges say that won’t happen quickly enough.

Aired Tuesday, July 24, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING

Governor Schwarzenegger can’t get enough Republican Senators to approve a budget agreed to by the Democratic majority. We’ll hear a debate between Senators of both parties. Also, with foreclosure rates up 800% since last year, what’s happening to California’s real estate market?

Aired Wednesday, July 25, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

LABOR

Today, it appears the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have avoided a strike that had the potential for widespread economic repercussions. More directly important to consumers was last weekend’s deal between Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons and the grocery workers.

Aired Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The Wide, Wide World of Graffiti

Cave men drew on the walls. Romans marked up the buildings in conquered countries. Christians defaced ancient Egyptian Temples. Flash forward to modern Los Angeles, where graffiti has been both a plague and an art form, depending on your point of view.

Aired Monday, July 30, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/IMMIGRATION

Immigrants, including illegal ones, are good for the housing market. We’ll hear why reducing immigration could be bad for real estate in Encino and Beverly Hills.

Aired Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

 

ENERGY/ECONOMICS

The Price of Oil is Going Up…Why Not the Price of Gasoline? It’s the peak of the summer driving season, and crude oil prices have hit an all-time high - but gasoline prices in California are going down.

Aired Wednesday, August 1, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC SAFETY

The Bridge Collapse in Minnesota: Could it Happen Here?  How safe are the state’s roads, highways?  How dangerous is it to postpone repairs and replacements?

Aired Thursday, August 2, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

WAR IN IRAQ

How United Is Iraq's Unity Government?  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been publicly disappointed at Iraq's failure to achieve political reconciliation. Today, five more ministers quit, leaving no Sunnis in Prime Minister al-Maliki's cabinet. Is the government on the verge of collapse? We talk with Iraq's Ambassador to the UN, Iraq Study Group member Leon Panetta and others.

Aired Monday, August 6, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS/PUBLIC SAFETY

After months of quiet negotiations, Democrats and the Bush White house reportedly were close to a deal on the controversy between electronic surveillance of terrorists and the privacy rights of innocent Americans. Then—just as Congress was about to adjourn—the White House made new demands.

Aired Tuesday, August 7, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

President Musharraf of Pakistan surprised the world today with his announcement that he would not show up tomorrow to meet with Afganistan’s President Karzai—something President Bush was very much hoping would happen.  On Monday, Bush and Karzai were bullish on the upcoming meeting.

Aired Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/POLICE/FIRE

Is America Ready for the Next Disaster?  Last night, Los Angeles was hit by an earthquake that registered at 4 on the Richter Scale, not big enough to do any damage, but big enough to remind us of what could happen.  Nationwide, disaster planners at the state level are roasting the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Aired Thursday, August 9, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS/WAR IN IRAQ

Karl Rove—the President's top political strategist—will leave the White House at the end of this month.  Also, the Red Cross report describing CIA treatment of detainees in the war on terror, with techniques learned from countries known to use torture.

Aired Monday, August 13, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HEALTHCARE

What's Next for Health Care in Los Angeles County?  Los Angeles supervisors are closing the county's King-Harbor Hospital after its failure to pass a crucial inspection caused the loss of $200 million in federal dollars. What does that mean for nearby hospitals that will take up the slack?

Aired Tuesday, August 14, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY/CIVIL RIGHTS

Jack McClellan has never been convicted of child molestation, but he’s talked about his fetish for little girls. Angry parents got a court order to keep him away from children in California. Now he’s in jail for his second violation with bail set at $150K. We talk about public anxiety and private morality in a free society. 

Aired Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

      

TRANSPORTATION

There have been twenty years of development on LA’s Westside, but no master plan for transportation.  The result is massive traffic congestion and a lot of unhappy people. Now the City Council has voted for temporary measures to ease the pain. Tonight we’ll hear about improvements and left-turn lights.

Aired Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

STATE POLITICS

The Assembly and Senate convened today after a long recess. Immediately there was talk of passing the state budget, and we’ll work our way through that maze tonight.

Aired Monday, August 20, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/CIVIL RIGHTS

Federal money is being spent to install video cameras in thirty-seven California cities including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Palm Springs. How often does it catch criminals in the act? Does it reduce the crime rate? Is it worth the loss of privacy?

Aired Tuesday, August 21, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ENVIRONMENT

During the battle over the budget, Republican state senators demonized Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown for taking San Bernardino County to court over reduction of greenhouse gases. Yesterday, the County settled—admitting that Brown had a point.

Aired Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRANSPORTATION

Last week two jetliners came within 37 feet of each other, rekindling the battle over expanding Los Angeles International Airport. The FAA says the northern runways are not safe enough but they lack the authority to tell local officials what to do.  Surrounding communities are against expansion.

Aired Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRANSPORTATION

Last week it was LAX, this week it's the Santa Monica Airport, with neighbors complaining that excess traffic is not just changing their lifestyles but endangering their lives.

Aired Monday, August 27, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HEALTHCARE

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”; that’s what Governor Schwarzenegger says about healthcare reform, even though Republicans are more opposed to his plan than the Democrats.

Aired Monday, August 27, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION/WAR IN IRAQ

What do Some LA School Children and Troops in Iraq Have in Common?

As Mayor Villaraigosa prepares to try his hand at improving student performance in public schools, he’ll have to deal with a problem researchers say is “hidden in plain sight.” Also tonight, late-summer heat stresses the power system.

Aired Wednesday, August 29, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION

Mayor Villaraigosa will get to run some of LA’s most troubled public schools. The new school board is going along, but the roles of parents and teachers’ are not yet clear. How will the “partnership schools” be different from charter schools?  Will state law allow them to get extra resources?  

Aired Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HOUSING/ECONOMICS

One of the bright spots in the national economy had been the tremendous gains in home prices and construction. President Bush has declared that his ownership society policies have worked. Now foreclosure rates are soaring and even wealthy investors are losing billions of dollars.

Aired Tuesday, September 4, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

WAR IN IRAQ

President Bush is receiving reports and advice as Congress holds hearings and military leaders, government agencies and outside experts analyze the troubled war in Iraq. Many politicians are demanding a phased withdrawal. Has time run out on the President's surge?

Aired Wednesday, September 5, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

While eight Republican candidates were trudging through yet another debate in New Hampshire last night Fred Thompson upstaged them. He went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and finally announced he was running for the White House. Does Thompson have the substance to win over conservatives?

Aired Thursday, September 6, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

TRANSPORTATION

The North American Free Trade Agreement gives U.S. and Mexican trucks free range in each other’s countries, but the U.S. has refused to implement it for fourteen years. President Bush has started a pilot program, now Congress is trying to put on the brakes. Tonight we’ll hear about traffic safety.

Aired Wednesday, September 12, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION/CIVIL RIGHTS

A nationally known Constitutional scholar has been hired, then fired as the founding dean of UC Irvine’s new law school. Liberal Professor Irwin Chemerinsky won’t get the job and even some prominent conservatives call it a violation of academic freedom. We’ll hear from him and others tonight.

Aired Thursday, September 13, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

EDUCATION/CIVIL RIGHTS

Last week, Erwin Chemerinsky-  the liberal legal scholar- was let go less than a month after being hired as the founding dean of UC Irvine’s new law school.  Today, he was offered the job again, and he accepted. We’ll hear more about law, politics and money in Orange County.

Aired Monday, September 17, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PARKS & RECREATION/TRANSPORTATION

From Dodger Stadium and the Coliseum all the way to the west side, some of LA’s streets and thoroughfares may look a bit different this coming Friday.  Scattered parking spaces will be turned into tiny parks, complete with grass, trees, benches and other attractions, depending on who feeds the meter. Aired Tuesday, September 18, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ENVIRONMENT

Arnold Schwarzenegger told a UN conference today that California is on the “cutting edge” against global warming. But Schwarzenegger himself gets mixed reviews, from traditional environmentalists and from Republicans who want to take the issue back from the Democrats.

Aired Monday, September 24, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

HEALTHCARE

Today’s LA Times reports that 15% of hospital beds in LA and Orange Counties are at risk because of financial problems. But hospitals are charging more too, and skeptics raise questions about how well they’re managed.

Aired Tuesday, September 25, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

Next June, California voters may get a chance to change state rules for presidential elections. Republicans are gathering signatures for a measure that would divide the state’s electoral-college votes instead of letting winner take all.

Aired Wednesday, September 26, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.

 

ENVIRONMENT

Blue Whales are believed to be the largest animals ever. Now they’re an endangered species. This month, no less than three blue whales have been found dead in the Santa Barbara Channel, and evidence shows they collided with ships.

Aired Thursday, September 27, 2007 7:00pm  ½ hr.