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For twenty years undocumented residents in California have not been allowed to apply for driver's licenses. Soon they can, and the DMV is bracing for a sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of new test takers. Guest host Barbara Bogaev learns how the department will handle the onslaught of applicants and how law enforcement will cope with this new class of motorist. Also, a victory in court for a UCLA doctor who alleged the UC system retaliated after he spoke out against perceived conflicts of interest at UCLA’s medical school. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, Warren Olney talks about President Obama's trip to Asia and the United States trade and strategic interests in the region.

Banner image: The Department of Motor Vehicles' second public workshop on AB 60 regulations in Bell, California. February 13, 2014. Photos: DMV

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George
Andrea Brody

Undocumented but Driving Legally 10 MIN, 49 SEC

For the past twenty years undocumented residents of California have been banned from applying for driver's licenses. But in a few months, that's all going to change. The state is implementing a new law which offers licenses to the potentially million and a half undocumented residents in the state -- many of whom are already driving without them. Now the challenge is making sure that this massive change to the rules of the road in California rolls out smoothly. KCRW'S Saul Gonzalez has our story.

 

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Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Surgeon Wins $10 Million Settlement in UCLA Whistleblower Suit 13 MIN, 25 SEC

Yesterday the University of California handed a $10 million settlement to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department. Dr. Robert Pedowitz sued UCLA, the UC Regents, colleagues and university officials for allegedly retaliating against him after he spoke up in 2010 about what he called widespread conflicts of interest involving UCLA doctors' financial ties to medical device companies. UC officials have denied any wrongdoing in the case, and claim there is no evidence that patient care was affected. The university maintains it settled to avoid the cost and inconvenience of further time in court. 

Note: We asked UCLA to participate in this discussion but, unfortunately, the University was not able to provide an official by the taping of this interview. It did provide us with the following statement: "UCLA acted fully within the scope of law and UC policy in this case."

Guests:
Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times (@chadterhune)
Charles Ornstein, ProPublica (@charlesornstein)

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ProPublica on the financial ties between doctors and medical companies

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