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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.