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State regulators have changed the game for electricity users in California. Households that use the most electricity from Southern California Edison are about to get lower rates, while those who use less will see their bills going up. With consumers being asked to cut back, that seems like a contradiction. So, how can the Public Utilities Commission claim it's leveling the playing field?

Also, MLK Hospital is finally re-opening in South LA, with claims that smaller is better. And an update on ongoing saga of Dov Charney and American Apparel.

Photo: Christina B Castro

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Christine Detz

Martin Luther King Hospital Reopens 10 MIN, 10 SEC

King/Drew Medical Center was hailed as a civil rights victory for South Los Angeles when it opened in 1972. But over the years, its standard of care declined so badly it came to be known as "Killer King."  Today, it re-opened as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.


Exterior view of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital


Interior view of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital


Hospital's state-of-the-art facilities


Hospital CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor


Dr. Oscar Casillas

Photos by Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)

Your Electric Bill May Go Up, Even if You're Conserving Power 11 MIN, 26 SEC

Fifteen years ago, California had an energy crisis, and state regulators effectively froze prices for consumers who used the least amount of electricity. Since then, the growth of private utility companies has been paid for by those who use the most. The Public Utilities Commission says that's not fair, and it enacted sweeping changes last Friday. Those who use the most will see their rates going down. Those who use the least will see an increase.

Guests:
Russ Garwacki, Southern California Edison (@SCE )
Mark Toney, The Utility Reform Network (@UtilityReform)

More:
SCE on new rate structure, relief for customers
TURN on CPUC, consumers and energy conservation
TURN on need for CPUC reform, SB 660

American Apparel Shuttering Stores 3 MIN, 32 SEC

By marketing T-shirts, jogging pants and sweatshirts so they seemed exciting, Dov Charney made American Apparel the biggest clothing manufacturer and retailer in the country.  That was then.  Now, Charney’s been kicked out. We get an update on this ongoing saga from Suzanne Kapner, who covers the retail world for the Wall Street Journal.

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