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Stakeholders break down controversial proposed county health agency merger

Stakeholders break down controversial proposed county health agency merger
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A meeting of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors; Credit: Karen Foshay/KPCC Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services, Department of Mental Health, and Department of Public Health could all become a single entity if a proposal passes that would merge the three departments into one agency. The proposal was first discussed at an L.A. County […]

Gaffes, zingers, drinking game: Bipartisan operatives weigh in on first GOP debate

Gaffes, zingers, drinking game: Bipartisan operatives weigh in on first GOP debate

Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. ; Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Early numbers suggest last night’s Republican debate wasn’t only the most-watched primary debate in history, but might have even garnered twice as large an audience as the record […]

Experts weigh in on Calif. senators’ plan to bring homeless vets into West LA campus

Experts weigh in on Calif. senators’ plan to bring homeless vets into West LA campus

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald delivers a statement and answers reporters’ questions outside of his department’s headquarters February 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A proposal was introduced this morning by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) toward the goal of providing homeless veterans with housing at the West […]

SEC adopts rule mandating disclosure CEO-worker pay ratios

SEC adopts rule mandating disclosure CEO-worker pay ratios

Ratio of Average Annual CEO Compensation to Average Worker Compensation, 1965-2010; Credit: Picasa via Flickr Today in a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule forcing companies to disclose pay disparities between their CEOs and their lowest paid workers. The measure was part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, but its implementation was […]

How the drought is changing not only what we see, but what we hear

How the drought is changing not only what we see, but what we hear

An unidentified songbird rests on charred branches near a desert marsh as recovery from a 2005 wildfire continues at Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve on April 11, 2007 in Morongo Valley, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Rising temperatures and the fourth year of the worst drought in recorded history have meant that spring and summer have […]

Debating whether occupational licensing does more harm than good

Debating whether occupational licensing does more harm than good

Staff Sgt. Michell Caldwell, 28, works with an occupational therapist at the new high tech Center for the Intrepid rehab center for wounded veterans at Brooke Army Medical Center March 1, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas. That is just one position that requires a professional license; Credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images There’s little question that those […]

America’s top cop Bill Bratton weighs in on body cams, Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose

America’s top cop Bill Bratton weighs in on body cams, Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton attends a press conference after witnessing police being retrained with new guidelines at the Police Academy on Dec. 4, 2014 in the College Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of in New York City. ; Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images There’s a roiling debate about policing in the […]

‘Best of Enemies’ shows how ABC’s 1968 political coverage fomented rabid TV news punditry

‘Best of Enemies’ shows how ABC’s 1968 political coverage fomented rabid TV news punditry

Buckley v Vidal A new documentary from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville uses powerful, nostalgic 1960s television footage to show us how two men, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, altered forever the media as we know it today. In 1968, ABC News’ ratings were so bad, people used to joke that if the network started […]

LA City Council bans high-capacity gun magazines, NRA threatens lawsuit

LA City Council bans high-capacity gun magazines, NRA threatens lawsuit

The top clip holds a total of 10 bullets currently legal, the bottom clip 18 bullets, is only legal for law enforcement officers.; Credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted (with three members in absentia) to ban firearm magazines with a capacity of more than 10 bullets. The legislation carves […]

Round-up: Sexual assault on college and university campuses

Round-up: Sexual assault on college and university campuses

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a bill on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP California lawmakers are considering proposals to create a more uniform approach for  dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses. Earlier this month, a former UC San Diego student accused of sexual assault fought back in […]