- Making News: Don Perata Sworn in as Senate President Pro-Tem
The new Democratic leader of California's State Senate says he wants to work with Governor Schwarzenegger. But the Governor has plans to challenge legislative powers, and Oakland Senator Don Perata may have skeletons in his closet. Barbara O'Connor, professor of communications at Sacramento State University, is optimistic that partisan political debate will give way to positive restructuring in Sacramento.
- Reporter's Notebook: Cal Gets Holiday Instead of Roses
UC Berkeley football players are frustrated and angry. Ranked the number 4 team in the country, instead of playing in the Rose Bowl against Michigan on New Years Day, they'll be in the Holiday Bowl on December 30--against 23rd ranked Texas Tech. Ray Ratto, sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, has more on the Bears, the Bowls and the Polls.
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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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