Programs & Issues for the third quarter of 2010 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.
2. Economic Development
3. Parks and Recreation
4. Wilderness Preservation
5. Traffic and Transportation
6. Cultural Festivities
8. Solar Energy
9. Police and Public Safety
Additionally, the following programs were produced and broadcast in the public interest:
KCRY PROGRAMS/ISSUES LIST – 1st Quarter 2010 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
Yemen is now being described as a hotbed of terrorists, as debate continues over the near-bombing of a US jetliner on Christmas Day. We update the latest US security measures and the political infighting over national security.
Aired Monday, January 4, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
HOUSING AND FORECLOSURES
Foreclosures are on the increase in California, so why is there not enough affordable housing to meet the demand, and why is the last big defense contractor pulling out of Los Angeles?
Aired Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
HOUSING AND FORECLOSURES
Despite efforts to "modify" mortgages, economic recovery is threatened by foreclosures. Should cruel economic realities be allowed to run their course, or should taxpayers rescue banks and homeowners who are "underwater?"
Aired Wednesday, January 6, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
California's Proposition 8 has become a federal case. We talk with Ted Olson, the conservative lawyer who will advocate same-sex marriage in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. What are the risks of challenging Prop 8 in federal court? Aired Thursday, January 7, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
We talk with the man who may become the most powerful bureaucrat in Los Angeles, a former investment advisor who will oversee 13 city departments to make the city more "business friendly."
Aired Monday, January 11, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The deadline has passed for outsiders who want control of some campuses in LAUSD, one of the nation's most dramatic efforts at school reform. We hear from charter operators, teachers and parents competing to be in charge.
Aired Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Commissioners investigating the cause of the Great Recession got tough today with four Wall Street bankers, including the head of Goldman Sachs.
Aired Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
California's ban on same-sex marriage is on trial in a case that may end up in the US Supreme Court. We get a progress report and learn the impact of public proceedings on same-sex parents and their children.
Aired Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
President Obama has made a desperate effort to save one vote in the Senate, which could mean life or death for healthcare reform and the rest of his agenda. We hear about tomorrow's special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy.
Aired Monday, January 18, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Today's the deadline for schools competing for money under the President's Race to the Top. Does LA Unified have a chance? Why are some other school districts not even trying?
Aired Tuesday, January 19, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
If it happened in Massachusetts, can it happen here? The late Ted Kennedy’s seat has gone Republican. Is Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in trouble? Attorney General Jerry Brown wants to be governor all over again.
Aired Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
HEALTHCARE, LABOR AND FINANCES
The State Supreme Court issues a ruling on medical marijuana, while, in other news, the City of Los Angeles may lay off workers after all and privatize assets, including the Ontario Airport.
Aired Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
In 2008, Californians voted for election-day competition between parties, but Proposition 11 sounded easier to implement than it's turned out to be. We hear what's happening to a process that was supposed to restore democracy.
Aired Monday, January 25, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
PRISONS, POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
California claims it's reducing the number of people in prison at the same time it's increasing public safety. Some cops and victims' rights groups claim dangerous criminals will be turned out on the streets. We hear both sides.
Aired Tuesday, January 26, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
During last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama admitted mistakes while defending his first year in office. What does he want for the future? What is he likely to get?
Aired Thursday, January 28, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
To say these are challenging times for the Obama Administration in Afghanistan would be a gross understatement. With the Taliban possibly at their greatest moment of strength, is this the best time to negotiate or the worst?
Aired Monday, February 1, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
NATIONAL BUDGET AND FINANCES
Yesterday President Obama re-stated that our economy is bad and will have to get worse before it gets better. We hear about the economics and politics behind the budget, what's at stake for Medicare, Social Security and taxes.
Aired Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
TRANSPORTATION, LABOR AND ECONOMY
Toyota worked hard to be number one in automobile sales throughout the US, and it carefully cultivated its reputation for quality and reliability. How serious are the latest concerns? How can Toyota recover from the tarnishing of its image?
Aired Wednesday, February 3, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The Tea Party group, whose convention begins today in Nashville, is struggling to figure out if they're a movement, an adjunct of the Republican Party or a collection of angry protesters who can't get along.
Aired Thursday, February 4, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
NATIONAL POLITICS AND TERRORISM
In this mid-term election year, is political rhetoric obscuring the real issues in the debate of trying the alleged Christmas Day bomber?
Aired Monday, February 8, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Hundreds of agencies are supposed to make our lives safer. Do they really do the job? With the Prius recall and problems with a sticking accelerator pedal, regulations run far and wide in the life of the American consumer.
Aired Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
It's been almost a month since a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. Aid workers are still struggling to cope. What aid is reaching people? Who still needs help? What are the biggest challenges?
Aired Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
With the loss of the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and healthcare reform struggling in the final lap, questions are cropping up about who's to blame.
Aired Monday, February 15, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
The US launched a major new offensive in Afghanistan this weekend. The mission depends heavily on cooperation from both Afghan forces and the Afghan government. Are they up to the job?
Aired Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Is President Obama really as confident as he seems about next week's bipartisan White House summit on healthcare reform? What advantages do Republican leaders have in the unprecedented televised negotiating session?
Aired Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
President Obama says nuclear power must play a role in America's drive for a clean energy future. By backing nuclear power, the President seen as trying to win GOP support for his bigger environmental and climate goals.
Aired Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CITY BUDGET CRISIS
The Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles are talking budget cuts, layoffs and selling off golf courses, parking lots and even the zoo. How bad is it the deficit?
Aired Monday, February 22, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CITY BUDGET CRISIS
The City of LA took another hit to its credit rating today. Will Neighborhood Councils be a financial casualty? Unemployment, bank bailouts and government gridlock have created a nightmare scenario for the Democrats.
Aired Tuesday, February 23, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The LA Unified School Board is accused bowing to organized labor after control of most schools in a high-profile reform plan went to organized administrators and teachers. We hear from Board members and others.
Aired Wednesday, February 24, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
TRAFFIC, TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Tailpipe and treadmill testing of old cars for smog may become things of the past in California. New technology could mean more effective inspections, lower costs, fraud control and air that's safer to breath.
Aired Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
WORLD FINANCES AND NATIONAL FINANCIAL REGULATIONS
Greece is on the brink of financial ruin, and proposed austerity measures have sparked strikes and street demonstrations. What's the roll of Wall Street banks? Will hedge funds reap profits by making things worse?
Aired Monday, March 1, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
RACE FOR GOVENOR
Attorney General Jerry Brown wants to be Governor all over again. Today's official announcement emphasizes that he has plenty of: experience. He was first elected to that same job in 1974. We find out what's new.
Aired Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CITY BUDGET CRISIS
The certainty of increasing deficits has LA City officials talking. Will they lease public assets, spend down the reserve fund and lay off workers, including cops? What about making a plan based on priorities?
Aired Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Fifteen states have won federal Race-to-the-Top money for school reform, but not California. That's $700 million in much-needed funds the state won't get. We ask the Superintendent of Public Instruction and others, what happened?
Aired Thursday, March 4, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
WAR IN IRAQ
Bombing attacks may have hardened the resolve of some Iraqis to take part in yesterday's voting, but the results won't put an end to widespread corruption.
Aired Monday, March 8, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
President Obama is back on the campaign trail, asking crowds to tell fellow Democrats to vote for healthcare reform.
Aired Tuesday, March 9, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CITY BUDGET CRISIS
LA County's presiding judge is threatening to close courtrooms and lay off staff, delaying civil trials due to a shortage of money. He has his eye on a pile of cash meant for construction, but judges in other parts of the state are just saying, "No." Aired Wednesday, March 10, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Support for gun control has been dropping fast lately, and gun sales have been climbing up. Some weapons advocates are now focused on carrying unconcealed weapons — even at your local Starbucks.
Aired Thursday, March 11, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Americans were increasingly worried about climate change until last year, when there was a surge in skepticism that's still growing. Is it the economy? The news media? What are the consequences for public policy in an election year?
Aired Monday, March 15, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The United States has the world's most expensive system of healthcare. Is it also the best? Would proposed reforms being debated on Capitol Hill make sure the country gets what it's paying for?
Aired Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND HEALTHCARE
Unemployment in here is increasing the number of people who don't have health insurance and driving up costs for those who do. Dems are baffled at vetoed spending reductions, Republicans say they were “parlor tricks.”
Aired Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
LA's Department of Water and Power considered another rate increase proposed by Mayor Villaraigosa today to create jobs and shift to "clean energy." Is it the same plan turned down by voters last year?
Aired Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Healthcare reform was an uphill battle for the President and Democrats in the Congress. Will Republicans be the real winners, or will the bill turn out to be a lot more popular than expected?
Aired Monday, March 22, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
HEALTHCARE, PUBLIC SAFETY, SPIRITUALITY
America's healthcare debate caused a schism between Roman Catholic bishops and 59,000 nuns. In Europe, the sex-abuse scandal has reached into the Vatican. What's the role of celibacy? Is there a crisis of confidence in all-male authority?
Aired Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION
When the House passed the reconciliation bill, healthcare wasn’t the only subject. Included was an overhaul of the student-loan program. Republicans call it a government takeover. What does a $60 billion reallocation mean for students?
Aired Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
CIVIL RIGHTS, CRIME AND PUBLIC SAFETY
California voters will get another chance to lead the nation this coming November, for good or for ill. A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use has qualified for the ballot. Will legal weed mean more crime or less?
Aired Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
With former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin calling for followers to "re-load" and not retreat, questions are being raised about Tea Partiers' tactics and whether their words are inciting violence.
Aired Monday, March 29, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
The LA City Council raised electricity rates today, but not as much as Mayor Villaraigosa wanted. What will it mean for business, the environment and residential customers?
Aired Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:00pm 1/2hr.
Will banks accept California's IOU's? Should the state have a budget for people who like government and one for those who don't? Does LA's experience in trying to control smog contain lessons about how not to beat global warming?
Aired Thursday, July 2, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, announced today that they've made important steps in restoring relations between the two countries. Can they find common ground on human rights and missile defense? Aired Monday, July 6, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
More than three weeks after Iran's disputed presidential election, the regime continues to crack down on dissenters, while pointing fingers at the West. Are Iran's rulers losing their hold on power? .
Aired Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
What does Governor Schwarzenegger really want? We talk with his Chief of Staff. Also, a conversation with a veteran of 35 years in Congress and the Democrats' point man on climate change.
Aired Wednesday, July 8, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the President's $800 billion stimulus package hasn't been fully rolled out yet, but the US economy is already almost seven million jobs in the hole.
Aired Thursday, July 9, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Today is the 50th anniversary of a potentially deadly event near Los Angeles that few people know about. We hear about the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor and why it could still be significant now.
Aired Monday, July 13, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Will LA Teachers make salary concessions to save jobs? Is the University of California backing away from its primary mission? Why has Governor Schwarzenegger replaced the state nursing board?
Aired Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Progress of a kind in Sacramento and the risk of budget reductions to fire-fighting in California.
Aired Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Has California given up on higher education? Is it time to tax medical marijuana? On today's To the Point, Goldman Sachs has paid back $10 billion in bailout money and announced record profits,while the rest are still deep in the recession. Aired Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
ECONOMY/POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
As Sacramento's budget crisis drags on, the costs of delay are rising. We hear about increased efforts to deal with continued dysfunction by re-writing the Constitution. Also, is the LAPD really different?
Aired Monday, July 20, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Will rank and file legislators agree to the budget deal made by their leaders and Governor Schwarzenegger? What kind of finances are proposed to close the $26 billion shortfall? We hear from the Democrats, the Republicans and others.
Aired Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
The biggest losers in California's budget compromise are local governments as Proposition 13 strikes again. But will enough Democrats and Republicans go along? In LA, city workers agree to save money and protect jobs.
Aired Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Toll lanes are coming to LA freeways, and a rising star in San Bernardino politics takes a fall. Also, who looks worse in the budget debacle, the Republicans or the Democrats?
Aired Thursday, July 23, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Box office receipts for movies are way up, but Hollywood is slowing way down. It’s all about runaway production, labor disputes and the recession. Can new state incentives keep the business in California?
Aired Monday, July 27, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the budget nobody likes after chopping still more social services and money for 50 state parks. What do the actions of California leaders say about them and the voters who sent them to Sacramento? Aired Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Administration wants the states to “Race to the Top” by competing for $4.3 billion for education reform.
Aired Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Concern about the environment is declining in California, and Governor Schwarzenegger's popularity has reached an all-time low. Also, a monthly one-day shut down of all state courts. What's the likely impact?
Aired Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
“Cash for Clunkers” ran through $1 billion in less than a week. We get the latest on efforts to keep it going. States all over the country are cutting back on prisons. A 20-year crackdown has contributed to a $100 billion financial shortfall.
Aired Monday, August 3, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
“Cash for Clunkers” has run through almost a billion federal dollars in just ten days. With the Senate poised to come up with another $2 billion, are taxpayers funding a consumer frenzy that would have happened anyway?
Aired Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
After almost seven years, two mayors and the end of the federal consent decree, Bill Bratton resigned today as Chief of the LAPD. We look at his legacy on the crime rate, community policing and race relations.
Aired Wednesday, August 5, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Two US journalists have been released by North Korea while others are in custody in Iran. What are the rights and obligations of tourists, reporters and governments on both sides of closed borders?
Aired Thursday, August 6, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
In more than a fourth of Afghanistan, voters might be risking their lives by participating in next week's national election. But the Obama Administration is hoping the outcome will lead to better governance.
Aired Monday, August 10, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly close to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate charges that terror suspects were tortured during the Bush Administration. What would be the consequences?
Aired Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
A federal judge has accused two Wall Street firms of "lying to their Shareholders.” big bailout banks are resuming the practice of guaranteeing multi-million-dollar bonuses that don't depend on performance. Are new regulations needed? Aired Wednesday, August 12, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
As the Congressional recess continues, debate over healthcare reform is becoming more polarized and extreme. Both sides contend it all boils down to morality. Are they open to reason or is it a matter of faith?
Aired Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Two weeks into the Congressional recess, angry crowds are still showing up to vent their anger against healthcare reform. Is the Obama White House caving in on a controversial provision?
Aired Monday, August 17, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
With homelessness on the increase, cities are passing laws that make it harder to survive on the streets. Is Los Angeles really America's "meanest city?"
Aired Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Record home foreclosures are taking their biggest toll on blacks and Latinos. Is it a new kind of housing discrimination from lenders pushing sub-prime loans to minorities searching for the American dream?
Aired Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Will the University of California help LA County re-open a troubled hospital? Also, a vote count is under way in Afghanistan, where a national election has been held in the midst of bloody fighting.
Aired Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
The LA Unified School Board will consider allowing outside operators to run 50 new schools. Can the teachers' union stop it or water it down? We hear from two board members about a showdown expected tomorrow.
Aired Monday, August 24, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
The legislature has fallen to record lows in public approval, and special interests are partying with Senators and Assembly members. More than 250 fundraisers have been held this year with almost 37 more today and tomorrow.
Aired Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Charter school operators say LA Unified has made history; the teachers' union says it's violating the law. We hear a debate. Also, a budget crisis for LA's most successful anti-gang program, and fire seasons opens with a big fire.
Aired Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
The concierge doctor is a relatively small but growing practice aimed at cutting out the middle man and delivering medicine directly to the patient…for a price. Meanwhile, the number of doctors going into family practice has dropped.
Aired Thursday, August 27, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Faced with a possible flu epidemic this fall, the US is planning for extreme emergencies. If medical facilities are overwhelmed, who gets access first? Who decides? What can be learned from hurricane Katrina just four years ago?
Aired Monday, August 31, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Will budget cuts damage the mutual aid system as fire season burns on? Also, banks that were "too big to fail" were rescued from the consequences of bad decisions with taxpayer money. Now, they've grown even bigger.
Aired Tuesday, September 1, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
US strategy against the Taliban calls for winning hearts and minds of the Afghan people; complaints of election fraud threaten the credibility of Pres. Hamid Karzai, and contractors guarding the US embassy have shocked Afghan sensibilities.
Aired Wednesday, September 2, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
President Obama is attempting to regain control of healthcare reform. His proposals drew criticism at a series of town hall meetings in August, and Republican senators, have openly attacked the plan.
Aired Thursday, September 3, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Congress is back after the August recess, faced with the same problems it failed to address in July. We hear about healthcare, global warming, finance reform — partisan Republicans and divided Democrats.
Aired Tuesday, September 8, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
An attack film is at the heart of a Supreme Court case that could change the way political campaigns have been financed for more than 100 years.
Aired Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Given what's happening — or failing to happen — in Sacramento, why does anyone want to be Governor? We ask San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Also, another legislative session in Sacramento is winding down.
Aired Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
LA's Mayor and City Council are looking at hard choices as revenues continue on the decline. Across the country, The US Supreme Court says a defendant found guilty after a fair trail does not have the same rights as a free man.
Aired Friday, September 11, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
Another effort to upgrade California's endangered system for storing and delivering water has failed. We hear how urgent the problem is and why it hasn't been solved for more than 30 years.
Aired Monday, September 14, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
LA's water system is a marvel of engineering, but parts of it are almost 100 years old. Is that why there's been an epidemic of broken water mains? Does the DWP need another rate hike to fix the problem?
Aired Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
LA's Mayor and City Council are moving farther apart on early retirement but layoffs and furloughs are more likely than ever. Plus, the US Supreme Court may be asked to decide California's prison problems.
Aired Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
A proposed new tax system might get rid of California's annual budget crisis, but what would it mean for the middle class?
Aired Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
California's foreign-born population is on the decline, due to unemployment. What does it mean for the economy, politics and the debate on illegal immigration? Plus, a raid on LA's Avenues gang.
Aired Monday, September 21, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
A man complained about a coyote in LA's Griffith Park, and officials killed eight coyotes. We talk about wild animals in the urban environment. Also, LA's ongoing struggle with medical marijuana dispensaries.
Aired Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
As President Obama weighs his options on the war in Afghanistan, public support for his policies there is on the decline. What can a troop surge accomplish? How will politics in Afghanistan and Washington affect what the United States does?
Aired Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
As the US government prepares to hand out more than 250 million free doses of vaccine for the H1N1 virus, health officials are confronting fear and misinformation. What is the H1N1, or swine flu, as it's commonly known?
Aired Thursday, September 24, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.
In Geneva tomorrow, the United States will sit down for direct negotiations with Iran for the first time in three decades, pushing for greater transparency on Iran's nuclear program, and threaten sanctions if Iran refuses to cooperate.
Aired Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:00pm ˝ hr.