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Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come

Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come
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Metro CEO Art Leahy is leaving his post when his contract expires in April. ; Credit: Kitty Felde/KPCC Next month, Art Leahy will move from the top position at Metro to become the chief executive officer at Metrolink. While at Metro, Leahy supervised highway and transit projects worth over $14 billion. At Metrolink, he will […]

Expert on the criminally insane shares stories of working in LA County’s crisis center

Expert on the criminally insane shares stories of working in LA County’s crisis center

People come to this mental health urgent care center, across from County/USC hospital, with a range of mental health needs. Some need a refill of their psychiatric medications. Others have been placed on involuntary psychiatric holds, and can remain here up to 23 hours.; Credit: Rebecca Plevin/KPCC In the second part of our look at […]

‘The Wrecking Crew’ filmmaker & keyboardist on unsung pioneers of west coast sound

‘The Wrecking Crew’ filmmaker & keyboardist on unsung pioneers of west coast sound

“The Wrecking Crew” Would it surprise you to know that session musicians, not just official band members, recorded the famous “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys or “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas? If not, then it’s likely you know The Wrecking Crew were a motley group of musicians who helped create “west […]

Hillary Clinton breaks email silence, press and public react

Hillary Clinton breaks email silence, press and public react

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage with Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report which coincides with the start of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women on March […]

DC wants to nix marijuana prescreening for job applicants. What are CA’s laws?

DC wants to nix marijuana prescreening for job applicants. What are CA’s laws?

; Credit: Micah Balwdin/Flickr In the wake of a ballot measure that legalized the use of marijuana in our nation’s capital, a D.C. Council committee has advanced a bill to ban employers there from prescreening job applicants for the drug.   But employers can still test for pot and other drugs after they offer the […]

Draft Environmental Impact Report released for 210 to 710 expansion

Draft Environmental Impact Report released for 210 to 710 expansion

An I-5 exit sign with an I-710 pull-through sign, northbound.; Credit: formulanone/Flickr Creative Commons A draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) regarding a proposed expansion that would close the 4.5 mile gap between the I-210 Freeway and the I-710 Freeway was released today by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan […]

Debating morality clauses and teacher classification at Bay Area Catholic schools

Debating morality clauses and teacher classification at Bay Area Catholic schools

“Contract.” ; Credit: Branko Collin via Flickr Teachers and parents at four Catholic high schools in the Bay Area are at odds with the Archdiocese of San Francisco after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone proposed “morality clauses” be added to the school handbooks and changes be made to the way teachers are classified under their labor contract, […]

AirTalk at 30: California Republicans say it’s time to adapt — or fail

AirTalk at 30: California Republicans say it’s time to adapt — or fail

Rancho Mirage, CA. Photo by Bill Youngblood. ; Credit: Bill Youngblood California — which  makes and breaks national elections — once sent Republicans Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to the White House. But the Republican Party in the state is at a crossroads as 2016 approaches, and those who would see the state GOP succeed […]

Immigration experts discuss ‘birth tourism’ after feds raid suspected ‘maternity hotels’ in Southern California

Immigration experts discuss ‘birth tourism’ after feds raid suspected ‘maternity hotels’ in Southern California

A nurse holds a baby’s hand at the Critically Ill Baby Aid Center of Anhui Children Hospital on April 14, 2005 in Hefei of Anhui Province, east China.; Credit: China Photos/Getty Images In the latest move to investigate “birth tourism,” federal agents served search warrants at 20 locations in Southern California early Tuesday. The feds […]

Homeless man killed by LAPD on Skid Row

Homeless man killed by LAPD on Skid Row

A sign reading ‘Skid Row’ is painted on a wall next to the Los Angeles Mission, September 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles’ Skid Row contains one of the largest populations of homeless people in the United States.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images The shooting was caught on tape, which quickly went viral. Police […]