Manuel Pastor

University of Southern California

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Less than 10 years ago, historian Kevin Starr warned that California might be “the first failed state in America.”

California and America’s future

Less than 10 years ago, historian Kevin Starr warned that California might be “the first failed state in America.”

from To the Point

Angelenos will vote next week on Measure S, which restricts development in the city for two years.

Breaking Point: Housing, density and the future of LA

Angelenos will vote next week on Measure S, which restricts development in the city for two years.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The latest Labor Department report showed that the U.S. economy only created 38,000 jobs in May.

LA's Brain Drain Problem

The latest Labor Department report showed that the U.S. economy only created 38,000 jobs in May.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Orange County Democrats are celebrating a victory that seemed almost impossible 10 years ago.

from KCRW Features

“We can’t recycle our way out of this crisis.” That’s according to California’s Democratic State Senator Ben Allen-- just one of many politicians around the country proposing to ban all straws, bags and other single-use plastics. At the overwhelmed Recycling Center in Burbank, California, Kreigh Hample says, “Our packaging has gone up exponentially in just the last few decades… it’s a sad story in the way we eat, the way we dispose of things and the way that we’re living.” A throwaway culture may be convenient, but the costs include cleaning it up with taxpayer money--not to mention worldwide pollution. China now requires recycled products so pure that the bottom’s gone out of the market, but the plastics industry is bigger than ever. Former EPA official Judith Judith Enck says half the world’s plastics have been produced in the past 13 years. One new process has developed from coal fracking, and development is being encouraged by President Trump with support from the fossil fuel industry. But just 9% of the plastic produced is getting recycled. Some goes to landfills, but the rest turns into worldwide pollution. Images of plastic waste floating by the acre in the Pacific Ocean are all too familiar; microplastics are turning up from the depths of the seas to the remotest parts of the Arctic. In Texas and other states, it’s illegal to ban plastic products. But, in Sacramento, Allen says it’s time to hold the plastics industry accountable. California is big enough to influence the nation’s economy, so his efforts are being scrutinized by politicians and advocates around the country.

from To the Point

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center on Saturday, as he awaited trial. What happens next in the investigation?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

And more fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s death

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

President Trump wonders in a tweet who is worse: Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, or Chairman Xi Jinping.

from Left, Right & Center

The communities of Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton are recovering after attackers shot and killed at least 34 people and injured dozens more.  Erroll Southers, Director of Homegrown…

from KCRW Features

Can he really get Republicans on board?

from Left, Right & Center

In a groundbreaking series, Shoshana Walter reveals the work camps operating all over the country under the guise of rehab centers.

from Scheer Intelligence

Last week's mass shooting in El Paso has been particularly painful for Angelenos, because so many have close ties to that city.

from Greater LA