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President Janet Napolitano warns that the UC will lose its status as one of the world's great institutions without more state money or increased tuition.  Governor Brown's latest budget says "No" to both options.  Critics say UC's already on the way to becoming privatized — with California students being priced out.  Also, LA's Department of Water and Power goes into slow motion for some customers who've gone solar.  Are you a DWP customer who's installed solar panels?  What's happening to you?  And, Antonio Villaraigosa chances of making the US Senate. 

Photo: Students at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza (Henry Zbyszynski)

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper

Mayor Villaraigosa Exploring Senate Bid 8 MIN, 24 SEC

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he won't run for the US Senate when Barbara Boxer retires next year.  Neither will current LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.  But former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is back on Facebook for the first time in a year and a half saying he's giving it "serious consideration." Fernando Guerra is a Political Science professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

Guests:
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

More:
LA Observed's Kevin Roderick on who will replace Boxer

Has Governor Brown Declared War on the University of California? 12 MIN, 3 SEC

As a regent of the University of California, Governor Brown voted "No" in November, when President Janet Napolitano proposed increased tuition.  She calls that the only alternative to more state money.  Last week, Brown revealed a state budget that increases UC funding.  But, it's not as much as Napolitano says she needs — and Brown says she won't even get that if tuition is increased.

Guests:
George Kieffer, UC Board of Regents
David Plank, Policy Analysis for California Education (@edpolicyinca)

More:
LA Times on Brown's glass-half-empty budget

Why One Solar Customer Still Isn't Saving 5 MIN, 8 SEC

Last July, Lake Sharp installed solar panels on her Highland Park home.  When we talked to her in September, the LA Department of Water and Power still hadn't come out to turn them on.  After our program, they did -- but that's all they did. Her bills still don't reflect the savings she was promised when Elon Musk's Solar City installed the panels six months ago.

Guests:
Lake Sharp, Highland Park resident

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