LA Joins the 'Open Data' Movement
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How many City workers were paid more last year than the Mayor? What was the revenue from parking fines or the Zoo? How much was spent on tree-trimming or the LAPD? What did the city pay for clowns? You can find the answers at Control Panel LA, City Controller Ron Galperin's new website that opens city finances to public scrutiny. We find out how computer savvy you need to be. Also, a challenge to California's new law protecting transgender students, and where do all those parrots come from?
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama and Pakistan's new Prime Minister met yesterday in hopes of strengthening a troubled alliance. We look at how the relationship is complicated by nuclear weapons, terrorism and a lack of mutual trust.
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Petition Circulating to Undo Transgender Law ()
The political strategists who brought California Proposition 8 to challenge same-sex marriage are gathering signatures on another measure in hopes to making next year's ballot. It's the law requiring schools to make accommodations for transgender students signed into law by Governor Brown in August. Carla Marinucci is reporting the story for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Los Angeles Goes Transparent ()
A recent study of 30 cities showed that Los Angeles was seventeenth in transparency, way behind New York, Chicago and San Francisco. LA officials promised for years to open up city records so the taxpaying public can find out how the money's being spent. Now, the newly elected Controller, Ron Galperin, has done it, putting enormous gobs of raw data online at Control Panel LA.
- Ron Galperin: Los Angeles City Controller, @RonGalperin
- Catherine Geanuracos: Hack for LA, @geanuracos
LA's Wild Parrots ()
Since the 1960's, flocks of parrots have been reported all over Southern California, from the San Fernando Valley to Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. They are not an urban legend, although it's hard to explain where they came from. Recently, KCRW's Saul Gonzalez heard what he calls a "sonic blast" in South Pasadena.
Photos: Parrots in Hancock Park, courtesy of Jina Robynn
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