- Making News: Doing Business in LA
In last year's survey by Inc. Magazine, Los Angeles ranked 141st as a place in America for doing business. This year it dropped to 153rd. Economist and writer Joel Kotkin, who analyzed Los Angeles for the magazine, says the Cost of living and severe regulatory issues are just two reasons for the city's declining ranking.
- Reporter's Notebook: Is the Honeymoon Over for Governor Schwarzenegger?
Public protests from nurses, firefighters and cops forced Governor Schwarzenegger to cancel plans to put pension reform on a threatened special election. Now, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu--ez says he'll slow down the budget process because of an issue Schwarzenegger thought was safely behind him. Dan Weintraub, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, says the Governor has a credibility problem.
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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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