Supporters say Prop 17 will lower insurance rates for 82% of California drivers. Opponents ask, why would an insurance company sponsor a measure that might cost it money? Also tonight, a report that patients wait an average of 35 hours at LA’s biggest public emergency room. Also, In the wake of the Gulf oil spill—climate change is back on the Senate’s agenda. Is a new bill a collection of deals for special interests? Does it have a chance to pass?
FROM THIS EPISODE
Supporters say Prop 17 will lower insurance rates for 82% of California drivers. Opponents ask, why would an insurance company sponsor a measure that might cost it money? Proposition 17 in next month’s election. The ballot says, “Allows auto insurance companies to base their prices in part on a driver’s history of insurance coverage.” Mercury General has put up 10 million dollars for Prop 17, and it’s an auto insurance company. Opponents claim that’s all you need to know.
LA County officials are investigating a complaint about wait time at Big County—that’s County/USC Hospital, LA’s largest public hospital. Today’s LA Times reports that a healthcare professional says the emergency room is so crowded the average waiting time is 35 hours. We called the County Department of Health Services, which said anyone who could speak was in a meeting. The hospital itself said they’d been told not to talk with the media. Jim Lott is Executive Vice President of Hospital Association of Southern California…representing public as well as private hospitals.
In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, polls by environmental groups show majorities of this year’s voters favor climate-change legislation. Republicans for Environmental Preservation found that even Tea Partiers hostile to Big Government would support caps on greenhouse emissions. But when Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Lieberman unveiled a climate-change compromise yesterday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it “a job-killing national tax” that Republicans will oppose.
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)
Daniel Weiss, Center for American Progress
Julian Morris, Environmental Economist and Executive Director, International Policy Network
Frank O'Donnell, President, Clean Air Watch
Roger Martella, Partner, Environmental Practice Group
More From Which Way, L.A.?
Which Way, LA? The Question that Won't Go Away 23 years ago, the fires of the Rodney King riots were burning and the sirens wailing when KCRW first asked, WWLA? We've been through fires, floods, earthquakes and massive social, cultural and economic change. While this is the last program titled WWLA? the question still needs to be asked. We talk with a group of important and thoughtful people about what LA has become and about the challenges to be faced in the future…as we continue.
Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
Does California Have a Double Standard for the Public's Protection? Porter Ranch and Vernon are mirror images of each other. In one, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter—just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about health risks to school children from exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant— until the federal government finally stepped in.
Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Judithe Hernandez: Inside the Chicano movement In March, 1968 a group of Mexican-American students walked out of Wilson High to protest years of unequal treatment based on racial prejudice. Thousands from schools across East L.A. joined… Read More
Listen: 4 found sounds from Scientology The producers of Here Be Monsters have been writing about some of their favorite unusual, eerie and mysterious sounds. Here, Here Be Monsters’ host and producer Jeff Emtman writes about… Read More