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Years of sexual abuse at Miramonte Elementary School will cost LA Unified $169 million.  Is that what it took to protect dozens of children from re-living sexual abuse in a lengthy trial?  Or is it being paid to protect the District?  Would testimony have revealed years of institutional negligence?  Plaintiffs’ attorneys insist the evidence will be revealed.  Also, how the President’s executive order will affect Los Angeles, and Jim Newton’s last column for the LA Times.

Photo: Mug shot of former third grade teacher Mark Berndt (LA County Sheriff's Department)

Producers:
Claire Martin
Andrea Brody

SoCal Groups to Help Undocumented in the Wake of Obama’s Executive Order 6 MIN, 7 SEC

President Obama’s unilateral immigration reform could produce up to five million applications for temporary deferral of deportation. Federal officials may be overwhelmed, and California will feel more impact than any other state. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez has been talking with people who want to help.

Immigrant rights groups hold a rally on the south steps of
Los Angeles City Hall on November 21, 2014.
Photo: Saul Gonzalez


LAUSD’s $139 Million Miramonte Settlement 12 MIN, 7 SEC

Former third grade teacher Mark Berndt is serving 25 years for sexually abusing children at LA Unified’s Miramonte Elementary School.  When he was sentenced last year, the District settled with 65 families for $30 million. But the parents of 81 children went to civil court, and last week, in the midst of jury selection, the District settled for $139 million.  A total of $169 million is a staggering sum when schools are in financial trouble.  

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
Brian Claypool, Claypool Law Firm (@Brian_Claypool)

LA Times Reporter Jim Newton’s Thoughts for Fixing LA 5 MIN, 20 SEC

Jim Newton has been with the Los Angeles Times for 25 years as a reporter and editor. He’s also written books on Chief Justice Earl Warren and President Dwight Eisenhower.  Recently, he helped Leon Panetta write about a career that led from Congress to being head of the CIA and Secretary of Defense.  Amid all those projects, Newton has continued to write a column on the LA Times’ opinion page. Today’s, entitled "A Journalists Recipe for Fixing LA,"  is his last LA Times column.

Guests:
Jim Newton, Blueprint (@newton_jim)

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