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Beginning his fourth term as California’s Governor today, Jerry Brown touched on familiar issues — also making a big new commitment to renewable energy. His extended family crowded the balcony of the Assembly Chamber as he recalled seeing his father sworn in to the same office 56 years ago to the day.  But Brown’s positions on potential controversies remain to be clarified.

Also, violent crime is down in Los Angeles, and the streets are safer.  Are street gangs disappearing, or have they just gone underground?

Photo: Governor Brown takes the oath of office as Governor of California. (L-R) Governor Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. (Brad Alexander, Governor's Office of Emergency Services)

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Andrea Brody

Governor Brown Looks Forward…and Backward 12 MIN, 21 SEC

Jerry Brown today combined this year's state-of-the-state speech with his fourth inaugural address as Governor of California.  He remembered that it was 56 years to the day since he saw his father, Pat Brown, sworn in to the same office. Brown himself has been Secretary of State and Attorney General.  He served two terms as Governor in the 1970's.  Since he won his unprecedented third term four years ago, he said there's been much progress -- but that many problems facing the state are the same as when his father held office.

Guests:
Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle (@MelodyGutierrez)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)

More:
Gutierrez on Brown's inaugural speech, vision for fourth term
Schnur on Brown's behind-the-scenes approach

The End of Street Gangs in Los Angeles? 13 MIN, 1 SEC

"Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang.  Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast and even abroad.  But on Southern California's streets, they have been vanishing." That's the lead in an article in the latest Pacific Standard magazine by Sam Quinones, veteran reporter for the LA Times, now a freelancer, and author of several books, including the forthcoming, Dreamland, about black tar heroin distribution in the US.

Photo: Jason Taellious

Guests:
Sam Quinones, journalist and independent producer (@samquinones7)
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com (@witnessla)

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