AirTalk for October 30, 2013

After a tense few days, yesterday the L.A. Unified school board emerged from a closed-door session with the announcement that Dr. John Deasy will stay on as superintendent. The votes of the seven-person board are unknown still, but it gave Deasy satisfactory approval- an annual condition of continuing his contract.
I-405 S Fwy near Mulholland Dr. Exit

Proposed toll lanes on I-405 met with strong opposition

Orange County residents got a chance to speak out against proposed toll roads on I-405 last night at a forum at Westminster’s Civic Center. Residents and a panel of city council members from Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and a few other cities attended to voice their opposition to the $1.5 billion project.
Earthquake In Japan Prompts Tsunami Warning For California Coast
Orange County has been in the news lately with the sacking of Orange County Fire Marshal Laura Blaul, the postponing of the trial of the cops who killed Kelly Thomas, a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach, the district attorney’s investigation of a firm accused of trying to change police pensions by targeting city officials, and a debate over whether surfers should get more water time at the iconic Newport Beach surf spot the Wedge.
Violent Protests At Democratic National Convention

Do use-of-force policies put public safety at risk?

In Santa Rosa, Calif., sheriff deputies shot and killed a 13-year old boy who was carrying a toy assault rifle. Several rounds were fired at the teenager and it was only after the victim fell to the ground did the officers realize it was a fake weapon.
holding hands
Now that same-sex couples can legally take on the terms “husband” and “wife,” at least in some states, there’s another conundrum left to solve. What should unmarried couples, in long-term relationships (LTR) call each other?
Geisha Makeover

Are we too easily offended by Halloween costumes?

It’s not uncommon during Halloween for people to dress up like a Geisha, a Mexican in a mariachi suit or dressing like a redneck. But for some people, these costumes are just promoting stereotypes and are offensive.
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