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City Attorney Mike Feuer defends $20 million lawsuit against developer of Da Vinci Apartments

City Attorney Mike Feuer defends $20 million lawsuit against developer of Da Vinci Apartments
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Firefighters douse flames at the remains of the DaVinci apartment complex after a fire destroyed the 1 million square foot site, in Los Angeles, California, December 8, 2014.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images The city of Los Angeles is suing the developer of the downtown apartment complex that burned in December 2014 while still under construction, […]

Can bullet train funds help solve California’s water crisis?

Can bullet train funds help solve California’s water crisis?

Cattle walk on dried grass in Raymond, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep their crops watered.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California’s bullet train bond funds could be used instead to fund water conservation efforts if one initiative is on November’s voter ballot. […]

Can bullet train funds help solve California’s water crisis?

Can bullet train funds help solve California’s water crisis?

Cattle walk on dried grass in Raymond, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep their crops watered.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California’s bullet train bond funds could be used instead to fund water conservation efforts if one initiative is on November’s voter ballot. […]

Trump swears off profanity to the chagrin of some supporters

Trump swears off profanity to the chagrin of some supporters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to voters on February 17, 2016 in Bluffton, South Carolina. T; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images At the most recent Republican debate, Donald Trump promised to stop using vulgarities such as “schlong,” “crap,” and the slang version the female sexual organ, but his impact on political rhetoric could be hard […]

Grim Sleeper: What you need to know as the long-awaited trial begins

Grim Sleeper: What you need to know as the long-awaited trial begins

Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been charged with 10 counts of murder in what have been dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that spanned two decades, appears at a court hearing.; Credit: Nick Ut/AP Testimony began Tuesday in the much-anticipated trial of Lonnie Franklin, Jr., a.k.a. ‘The Grim Sleeper.’ He’s pleading not guilty to ten […]

Crime doesn’t pay…or does it? D.C. looks to Richmond, CA model to incentivize good behavior

Crime doesn’t pay…or does it? D.C. looks to Richmond, CA model to incentivize good behavior

A man is brought to jail by a New York City Police Officer in New York City. Both New York and Chicago have recently witnessed spikes in crime and shootings.; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Rather than locking up repeat offenders, the city of Washington D.C. is considering an alternative that would incentivize them to behave. […]

AirTalk Live: Student Democrats, Republicans debate election 2016

AirTalk Live: Student Democrats, Republicans debate election 2016

AirTalk’s Larry Mantle hosts a live student debate at Pomona College. Students present arguments for their favorite presidential candidate.; Credit: KPCC Vote now: Which student on today’s program made the most compelling argument for a candidate? Let us know what you think. Granite State voters streamed to the polls yesterday for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, […]

Bernie and Hillary vie for union endorsements in Nevada and beyond

Bernie and Hillary vie for union endorsements in Nevada and beyond

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (R) (I-VT) speaks with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (L).; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images The Nevada caucuses are fast approaching this month, and the Culinary Union — the most powerful union in the state with over 60,000 members — has yet to endorse a Democratic candidate for president. Our guests weigh the […]

Just how did we end up with this presidential primary system?

Just how did we end up with this presidential primary system?

“Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary” by Geoffrey Cowan; Credit: W.W. Norton & Company As a way to win the Republican Party nomination against William Howard Taft in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt capitalized on the idea of presidential primaries. Using the phrase, “Let the people rule,” Roosevelt swept nine […]

Police leaders at odds over use-of-force reforms

Police leaders at odds over use-of-force reforms

Los Angeles Police Department officers in riot gear look at protestors following a prayer vigil against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles,California.; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in […]