After the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office sent letters to doctors whose patients overdosed from opioids, Los Angeles considers a similar program. Plus, Westlake is getting pushback for a plan to replace rent-controlled bungalows with affordable housing. And, Ojai considers lights out to help with dark skies.
Santa Monica Scooters
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In Santa Monica City Council meeting Tuesday, two electric scooter companies were temporarily stopped vehicle rentals in the city. On Friday, Santa Monica announced that companies that didn’t make the grade in its ranking of scooter on things like public safety. Only companies that ranked in the top two would be able to continue operating in the city as part of a pilot program starting next month. We hear more about Tuesday's meeting and the city's plan.
- Rick Cole, Santa Monica's city manager
Doctors could get warnings when patients overdose on opioids
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A recent study done by USC surveyed doctors in San Diego County and their prescribing habits. Physicians were informed by "courtesy communication" if one of their patients had died of an opioid overdose. For more on the awareness this study brought and the role of doctors battling overdose deaths, we speak to its lead author.
- Professor Jason Doctor from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
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Iranian studies scholars from around the world gather for their association’s conference this week in Irvine. But this year’s meeting takes place amid high tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Organizers say this country’s tough policies towards Iran’s government have made it very difficult to hold this year’s event. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.
CA bill attempts to get more women on corporate boards of directors
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When it comes to Fortune 500 companies and their boards of directors, women hold about ten percent of the seats. True gender parity is still a long ways off. But California might change that. A bill that has passed the state senate would require publicly traded companies headquartered in California to add women to their boards.
- Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, author of "The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors"
Westlake residents battle affordable housing development
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Rent-controlled housing versus affordable housing. That's a debate that's currently raging in Westlake, where a developer plans to tear down three dozen bungalows and replace them with a 100-unit building. Monday night, community activists protested at the proposed development site. They say the bungalows' current tenants may not qualify to live in the new units and could end up paying more for rent if they're forced out.
- Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times reporter
National anthem protests continue in the NFL
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Week one of the NFL pre-season games are in the books and it looks like players protesting will continue during the national anthem. Some kneeled while others raised their fist despite the NFL approving a policy requiring players to stand or stay in the locker room while the song is playing. Are there any resolutions possible to satisfy the NFL, its players and the fans?
- Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
Dark Skies Ojai
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The skies may darken around the Ojai Valley in Ventura County. The proposal would require all non-essential outdoor lights in the area to turn off after 10 p.m. so that stars, planets and more can better shine through.
- Tricia Maier, county planning manager