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California held its presidential primaries early this year so the biggest state in the union could have more influence on the outcomes. The Republican winner-take-all formula gave a big boost to John McCain . But even though Hillary Clinton won among Democrats, Barack Obama got a big share of the delegates. With the nomination still undecided, the state party held its convention this weekend in San Jose—complete with one big-name attraction.
It’s been 50 years since the Dodgers came to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, and the big news for Dodger fans is Joe Torre — who’s won more games than any but seven other managers … most recently, of course, for the Yankees. On Saturday it was déjà vu all over again when the Dodgers went back to the Coliseum to play the Red Sox. A certified 115,300 people showed up, which qualifies as the biggest crowd ever to watch a major league baseball game.
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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?
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