Friday, April 19, 2013

AirTalk for Monday, April 22, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng



Monday, April 22, 2013

WATCHING: Boston developments, Texas plant updates


11:06 –11:40




Topic: Should LA building owners be required to retrofit buildings to better withstand earthquakes?

San Francisco passed a sweeping law on Thursday that will require building owners to upgrade any properties that have the kind of structures mostly likely to be damaged in an earthquake -- so-called "wood-frame soft-story" buildings. The upgrades can cost upwards of $100,000 per building and some Los Angeles property owners are firmly opposed to that kind of law being enacted here. But San Francisco lawmakers successfully argued that requiring these upgrades was in the public interest. So far, only two other cities require property owners to pay for this type of earthquake retrofitting, Santa Monica and the Bay-Area suburb of Fremont. Does public safety override property owners' concerns about cost? Is it practical to have this requirement in a city like Los Angeles with such a high rate of low-income housing? Who would be responsible if a building owner couldn't pay?


Guest: Dan Faller, president and chief executive of the LA-based Apartment Owners Assn. of California



2nd Guest: TBA


12:06 – 12:30

Topic: How should Occidental College handle on-campus sexual assault?: A case brought against Occidental College by several current and former students alleges that the school failed to respond adequately to sexual assault on campus. The group of Occidental students and alumni includes some who say the college failed to protect against sexual assault – their attorney, Gloria Allred, argues that 37 students were “raped, sexually assaulted, battered, harassed or retaliated against for speaking out against sexual violence." Occidental is in the process of reviewing its policies on sexual assault, and recently updated its approach to sexual misconduct cases on campus. The school is not the first to deal with allegations of inappropriate responses to sexual assault – female students at UNC Greensboro and Vassar have notably spoken out about the mishandling of cases in recent years.  How should schools handle sexual misconduct cases? Who is responsible for carrying out prosecution, the university, or local law enforcement? How can colleges better protect their students from sexual assault? Should they be liable for crimes committed on campus?


Guest:  TBA complainant

Guest: Gloria Allred, Attorney representing complainants; Partner with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg


Guest: TBA university perspective


12:30 – 12:40

Topic: Furloughs of air traffic controllers kick in at LAX

Furloughs of air traffic controllers at the Los Angeles International Airport began yesterday (SUNDAY), as part of the across-the-board government cuts known as "sequestration." Flight delays are widely expected. The Federal Aviation Administration says the wait at LAX, the country's third busiest airport, will average about 10 minutes, but could balloon up to over an hour. The reduction in air traffic controllers' hours is just one of many cost-saving measures the FAA is enacting. The agency is also going to close control towers at 149 smaller airports, including at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster and Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.

Guest:  TBA



12:40 – 1:00

Topic: Scientists call for more hangover-cure research:



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Jasmin Tuffaha    office: 626.583.5162

Producer, “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” 


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