Take Two talks to an engineer with the L.A. Department of Transportation about how the agency plans to change Baxter Street. We also speak with a New York Times arts reporter about Chinese political activist and art star Ai Weiwei's upcoming exhibits in Los Angeles this fall.
Attention humans: THIS IS YOUR VOTER GUIDE
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California's statewide primary elections are just two weeks away on June 5th. Registered voters get to cast a ballot for governor, U.S. Senate, and state Attorney General, to name a few of the contests. There's a whole lot to get ready for, so KPCC Senior Political Reporter Mary Plummer is back this week to help you prepare in a segment that we lovingly call the Human Voter Guide.
This week, Mary Plummer will tackle your questions about:
- How to research what will be on your ballot
- Voting by mail
- Early voting
You can find answers to these questions and more here.
- Mary Plummer, KPCC Senior political reporter
USC isn't the only one...
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A half dozen women filed civil lawsuits against the University of California and a school gynecologist who they say sexually abused them during examinations. This controversy around Doctor George Tyndall — who was dismissed by USC in 2016— is the second big scandal in a year involving a staffer at the school.
It's put a big spotlight on how USC has handled such allegations of misconduct by faculty and staff. But USC does not appear to be alone in this, as more claims of harassment come to light at colleges and universities all over the country.
- Scott Jasich, Editor at Inside Higher Ed
The #MeToo movement and faith
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The #MeToo movement has given voice to women who’ve experienced sexism and sexual abuse, including in faith-based communities. Among Muslims, a group of young women, and some men, have been creating their own #MeToo movement even before there was a name for it.
- Josie Huang, KPCC's religion, international affairs and diaspora reporter
SoCal's sea otter population stalls
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Southern sea otters in California have had a population resurgence since the 1900s when their population had dipped to a few dozen, but now they’re numbers have stopped climbing because they can't expand the range of the coast where they're living. There are efforts to help the otters, but if they don't gain territory and increase their population, it could have serious impacts on our coastal ecosystem.
BONUS: Watch the otter cam at the Monterey Aquarium for an overload of cuteness.
- Teri Nicholson, Senior research biologist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Baxter Street will be a one-way later this week
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Baxter Street in Echo Park is one of the steepest streets in the country. And driving it can be a pretty scary experience.
Navigation apps like Waze are creating more traffic along the street and residents are saying many drivers aren't expecting the steep, 33% grade of the road. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced plans for safety improvements last Friday.
- Bhuvan Bajaj, Transportation engineer with LADOT
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will have three exhibits in LA this fall
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Ai Weiwei is originally from China, but he was arrested for economic crimes against the Chinese government a few years ago and now makes his home in Berlin. It's a combination of his activism and his work that has made him a force in the art world, and this fall he will have three exhibits at L.A. galleries.
- Jori Finkel, Arts reporter for the New York Times
Latino + Tropical pop = this week's Tuesday Reviewsday
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Every week, Take Two gets brings you the latest from the SoCal music scene. This week, we explore music that melds traditional Latino stylings with tropical pop and more. One song that will get you dancing? Monsieur Periné's Bailar Contigo:
- Artist: Los Angeles Azules
Album: Como Te Voy A Olvidar Edicion De Super Lujo!
Songs: "Nunca Es Suficiente"
- Artist: Raquel Sofia
Song: "Tenemos Historia" and "Reina Sin Corona"
- Justino Aguila, Billboard writer
This page will continue to be updated.
An earlier version of this page misspelled Mr. Bajaj name incorrectly. We regret the error.