Assembly passes landmark bail reform
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A Senate bill aimed at ending money-bail advanced in the legislature last week. It's a step the bill's authors have applauded. But some supporters of criminal justice reform aren't happy with the changes made to the bill before the assembly vote. That's because it would hand more power to judges, and allow them to decide who remains in jail while awaiting trial. on Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union - once a major supporter of the bill - moved to oppose it.
- State Senator Bob Hertzberg, one of the bill's co-authors
Utility Fire Liability
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For the past few months a debate's been going on in the state capitol over who should pay the cost when power company equipment starts fires. Utilities and Governor Brown say the current rules are too strict and costly. But insurers argue shifting liability AWAY from utilities could make fire insurance more expensive and harder to get. Now lawmakers have rejected the Governor's requests to reconsider who's held accountable for fires. It's a thorny issue, and it's one that could affect your own bottom line.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC's Infrastructure Reporter
USC Reform Report
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The University of Southern California has been hit with scandal after scandal in the last couple of years. From its meth-abusing medical school dean to the campus gynecologist who allegedly abused thousands of patients. In the wake of these incidents, USC's president Max Nikias resigned earlier this year. In his place, Wanda Austin was named the interim head of school. But USC faculty and students say they want more in the way of reforms to school policies and how the university handles problematic behavior on campus. In a new report issued earlier this month, USC's School of Social Work offered some suggestions on where to start.
- Adolfo Guzman Lopez, KPCC Higher education reporter
Editing the children's menu
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A bill to change how restaurants offer drinks in kid’s meals is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting to become a law. The statewide rule would restrict the beverages that food service establishments list as part of a kids meal to regular old milk or water. Parents could still get sugary drinks like soda, they’d just have to ask for them instead. So, why have lawmakers decided to edit the kids menu? And can this kind of policy really make people healthier?
- Dr. Juan Espinoza of Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.
SoCal sees an uptick in brown widows
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Local users on the online forum Reddit have been going back and forth about some creepy crawly critters they’ve spotted around town, turns out these spiders are brown widows, they’re a newer species who hitchhiked to SoCal from abroad.
Silverlake Texaco sparking debate
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An old Texaco gas station in Silver Lake is sparking debate over whether the POTENTIALLY historic site should be torn down in lieu of new housing developments. The station, built in 1941, is a nod to an Streamline Moderne architecture—an art deco style with rounded edges and horizontal stripes. Sadly, much of that style has been wiped away over the years by alterations, which is part of the contention over whether it the gas station should be "historic" or not. That got us thinking about L.A. landmarks, and what the criteria is to make something an official monument.
- Ken Bernstein, the Principal City Planner and Manager at L.A.'s Office of Historic Resources
Sister Cities Jazz
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Fun fact: L.A. is trying to be sister cities with Chengdu, Sichuan, China! Hamilton High Schools' jazz band just went to visit Chengdu and Shanghai — we had them take audio diaries to document their visit.
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It’s Tuesday which means we’ve got some new music for you, this week music supervisor Morgan Rhodes shares some new tracks, including this hot collaboration from Ariana Grande and Pharrell: