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The Challenges of Making LA's Minimum Wage a Reality
On Saturday, Mayor Garcetti plans to sign a measure the City Council passed almost unanimously. It will make Los Angeles America?s biggest city to raise the minimum wage. Starting at $9 an hour, it will rise to $15 by the year 2020. Predictions of what will happen next are opposed diametrically.
Ezell Ford: Tensions High after Police Commission Ruling
LA's civilian police commission has overruled LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and its own Inspector General, finding one officer was wrong to pull the trigger in the shooting death of Ezell Ford 10 months ago. Despite the rebuke, any discipline is now up to Chief Beck. Will the DA file criminal charges?
California's High-Speed Rail and Its Fast Moving Opposition
For the first time in two years, opponents of California's bullet-train plan got a chance to unload their grievances today about routes they claim will disrupt their communities in Southern California. They're growing in numbers ? and in momentum. But a few supporters showed up as well, including the Mayor of Palmdale. Will hear both sides and learn how the High Speed Rail Authority is responding.
Right-to-Die Clears State Senate
The State Senate has passed a measure much like a law in Oregon. It would allow people expected to die in six months or less to hasten the process with prescriptions ordered by doctors. The California Medical Association is the first group of its kind in the nation to drop its opposition. We hear from legislators on both sides.
Can the Scourge of Veteran Homelessness Be Solved?
Mayor Garcetti and the Veterans' Administration have promised that LA's 2700 homeless veterans can all be housed by the end of this year -- even though they won't have final plans in place for another two weeks. We talk with VA Secretary McDonald, who's in town to re-open an empty building on the VA's West LA campus.
Policing Southern California's Muslim Community
In Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, the Obama Administration has launched a program to monitor the radicalization of young Muslims and prevent recruitment to ISIS and other terrorist groups. Does that constitute domestic spying? Has law enforcement earned the cooperation of Muslim organizations?
Could the Supreme Court Remake California Politics
In 1964, the US Supreme Court?s "one person, one vote" ruling gave new political power to minorities and the young in urban centers ? especially Los Angeles. Now the Court may decide that a "person" should be defined as an "eligible voter," and that could turn the tables again. We hear how that could re-make city councils, county boards of supervisors, and the state legislature.
Motorcycles, Lane-Splitting and Your Daily Commute
When a motorcycle roars up between you and another car, it's called "lane splitting." In California, it's not yet mentioned in the vehicle code, but this is close to becoming the first state to make it legal. We hear that drivers and bikers have different ideas about what should be allowed ? and what should be prohibited.
Unions Push for Exemption from New Minimum Wage Law
LA labor unions are dialing back their position on the minimum wage. After campaigning for an increase for months, they're now pushing for a last-minute exemption for businesses with unionized workers. Why the switch? Could this new request derail wage reform in LA? We look at the latest power tussle over $15 dollars an hour minimum wage.