California

In San Diego, Mara Elliott was a mother of two young kids, working in finance and contracts, when the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed the course of her…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In the last 50 years, the tech industry has re-shaped communication, the economy, and political landscape in America.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In its zeal to oppose President Trump at every turn, California risks becoming that the thing that it fears.

The monster within

In its zeal to oppose President Trump at every turn, California risks becoming that the thing that it fears.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Sometimes more money means more problems for the newly rich, including on the dating scene. Enter elite matchmaker Amy Anderson, known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley.

What it's like being a professional matchmaker for Silicon Valley millionaires

Sometimes more money means more problems for the newly rich, including on the dating scene. Enter elite matchmaker Amy Anderson, known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Last year, State Senator Scott Wiener's effort to extend bar hours to 4 am was blocked by former Governor Jerry Brown, who said it would add "two more hours of mischief and mayhem for…

Will LA bars be able to stay open until 4 am?

Last year, State Senator Scott Wiener's effort to extend bar hours to 4 am was blocked by former Governor Jerry Brown, who said it would add "two more hours of mischief and mayhem for…

from Greater LA

"Her-story," "cis-hetero-patriarchy," and "Whiteness" (with a capital W) are terms included in a proposed ethnic studies curriculum that could become a graduation requirement for…

Criticism to new bill that says California high school students must take ethnic studies class to graduate

"Her-story," "cis-hetero-patriarchy," and "Whiteness" (with a capital W) are terms included in a proposed ethnic studies curriculum that could become a graduation requirement for…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

Trump administration: people on public assistance would be ineligible for citizenship

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Sausalito is a wealthy liberal town north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

Why Sausalito is at the center of a desegregation fight

Sausalito is a wealthy liberal town north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A national museum celebrating Korean-American heritage is one step closer to reality, with new funding announced this week and new renderings from LA-based Morphosis Architects. The…

Korean-American museum takes shape

A national museum celebrating Korean-American heritage is one step closer to reality, with new funding announced this week and new renderings from LA-based Morphosis Architects. The…

The death of the nation’s longest serving federal judge is a reminder about our lack of effective judicial oversight.

Judging the judge

The death of the nation’s longest serving federal judge is a reminder about our lack of effective judicial oversight.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Alma Allen is known for creating wood, stone, and bronze sculptures that resemble patterns and shapes found in nature.

The 'biomorphic sculptures' of Alma Allen

Alma Allen is known for creating wood, stone, and bronze sculptures that resemble patterns and shapes found in nature.

from Greater LA

In an unusual last-minute deal, tenants at a Chinatown apartment building called Hillside Villa will be able to continue paying below market rents for another 10 years.

At a Chinatown apartment building, tenants get last-minute reprieve from rent increases

In an unusual last-minute deal, tenants at a Chinatown apartment building called Hillside Villa will be able to continue paying below market rents for another 10 years.

from Greater LA

The LA County Board of Supervisors approved a new    sustainability plan    this week, affecting the 88 individual cities and the 10 million people living in the county.

LA County adopts bold sustainability plan

The LA County Board of Supervisors approved a new sustainability plan this week, affecting the 88 individual cities and the 10 million people living in the county.

from Greater LA

Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing.

Why are hundreds of California recycling centers closing?

Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, requiring background checks for both guns and ammunition.

California gun laws: What works in reducing mass shootings?

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, requiring background checks for both guns and ammunition.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In 2011 and 2012, LA Metro shut down the 405 freeway in both directions between the 10 and 101 freeways over an entire weekend. It was known as “Carmageddon.”

Remembering when the 405 freeway was shut down

In 2011 and 2012, LA Metro shut down the 405 freeway in both directions between the 10 and 101 freeways over an entire weekend. It was known as “Carmageddon.”

from Greater LA

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry.   

After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. 

Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. 

Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations.  He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors  in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all.  He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics.

Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s.  She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom.  

She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

California v. Trump on auto emissions

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

from To the Point

Maybe it’s too much for one state agency to oversee everything from power delivery and wildfire prevention to railroads and phones.

Piling on the PUC

Maybe it’s too much for one state agency to oversee everything from power delivery and wildfire prevention to railroads and phones.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The quiet and remote vacation town of Idyllwild is nestled in the brush-filled San Jacinto Mountains.

Wildfire season is approaching Idyllwild, but escape routes are limited

The quiet and remote vacation town of Idyllwild is nestled in the brush-filled San Jacinto Mountains.

from Greater LA

The environment is a top issue for California voters, according to a new    survey    from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Californians' biggest environmental concerns

The environment is a top issue for California voters, according to a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand