FROM Robert Kleinhenz
Could State-Level Efforts Help Solve LA's Housing Crisis? Affordable housing is a major issue in California’s big cities and now it’s a state-level public policy issue with Governor Jerry Brown stepping in . In his new budget, Brown has proposed streamlining the permitting process for housing developments that include affordable units. The governor also supports a measure that would use some funds earmarked for mental health to build housing. Los Angeles is one of the least affordable cities in the US, and has the nation’s largest homeless population. Could state-level efforts make a difference?
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.
Aerospace Comes Back to the Antelope Valley Even by aerospace standards, the numbers are stunning: 100 new Stealth bombers to be built in the Antelope Valley, thousands of new jobs, and all paid for with $60 billion in federal funds -- with production cost overruns likely to push that much higher. That's the economic windfall from one of the biggest contracts in Pentagon history, won by Northrop-Grumman in competition with Boeing and Lockheed.
Is Hollywood Really in Trouble? Runaway film and TV production may not be a problem as old as Hollywood, but it's been around long enough to cause major headaches for the local economy. Last week, the LA County Economic Development Corporation came up with some new numbers. Since 2004, 16,000 jobs have been lost.
SOPA: Internet Piracy and Hollywood Economics Former US Senator Chris Dodd is now chair of the Motion Picture Association of America . The MPAA is sponsoring SOPA and PIPA , acronyms for measures in the Congress and Senate giving the Justice Department broad powers to battle Internet piracy. In reaction, Wikipedia shut down for a day and 10,000 lesser websites did, too. SOPA and PIPA are now off the table. We speak with Kim Masters, host of KCRW's The Business and editor-at-large for the Hollywood Reporter, then hear from rank and file Hollywood workers about how the Internet piracy legislation is impacting them.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.