Public records requests, military spending cuts, Irvine boarding houses
Southern California Public Radio and its web site, LAist.com, have joined forces with dozens of news gathering organizations to access police records. Plus, local military projects could be cut to help fund a border wall. And, Irvine considers changes to boarding houses.
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Until this year, California had some of the most secretive laws in the country when it came to police records. That has changed. A new state law, SB 1421, allows access to police records involving dishonesty, sexual assault and use of force. Now KPCC/LAist is joining with more than 30 newsrooms across the state to share both Public Records Act requests and the files we get in response.
- Megan Garvey, KPCC managing editor
Military Spending Cuts
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The U.S. Defense Department gave Congress a list of military construction projects that could be cut to help pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Libby Denkmann, KPCC reporter
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For many graduating California high school students, a four-year university may not be an option. The next best choice is often community college, but many students don't finish in a timely manner or even graduate, let alone transfer to a four-year school. So the California Community Colleges set some ambitious goals a couple of years back to increase student success rates. Well, the numbers revealing the system's progress just came out, and the schools have seen less than a 1% increase in students earning degrees, and just a 3% rise in transfers.
- Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California community colleges chancellor
Irvine Boarding Houses
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Over 30,000 students attend UC-Irvine. But there's limited room on campus so many of them live off campus. That's created a problem in certain neighborhoods. Some residents are complaining about too many people living in single dwellings in their neighborhoods. So last week, the city council voted to ban some roommate situations.
- Brandon Pho, reporter for the Voice of OC
Freeway Sound Walls
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Noise pollution from SoCal's many freeways seems omnipresent these days. In the early days of freeway travel, more noise was created than expected, which led LA to build its now ubiquitous freeway sound walls.