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Santa Monica scooters, Figueroa gets an update, the end of remedial courses




Young women ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018. - Cities across the U.S. are grappling with the growing trend of electric scooters which users can unlock with a smartphone app. Scooter startups including Bird and Lime allow riders to park them anywhere that doesn't block pedestrian walkways but residents in some cities, including Los Angeles, say they often litter sidewalks and can pose a danger to pedestrians. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Young women ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018. - Cities across the U.S. are grappling with the growing trend of electric scooters which users can unlock with a smartphone app. Scooter startups including Bird and Lime allow riders to park them anywhere that doesn't block pedestrian walkways but residents in some cities, including Los Angeles, say they often litter sidewalks and can pose a danger to pedestrians. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Santa Monica has been ground zero for the e-scooter debate, and today the city decides which scooter companies it will work with moving forward. Plus, the city unveils an ambitious re-do of a stretch of Figueroa near the University of Southern California campus. And, California community colleges move to end remedial math and English classes.

Gun legislation

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California's tight gun laws might get a whole lot tighter. This week, lawmakers sent at least FOUR gun-related bills to Governor Brown. If signed, they would greatly reduce the number of people allowed access to guns.  California ALREADY has some of the strictest gun laws in the county. And that raises an obvious question: do all those laws make us any… safer?

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Santa Monica Scooters

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Thursday's the day in Santa Monica. Some new electric scooter companies will find out if they get to put wheels on the ground. The city plans to create a pilot program where at least two companies will be granted the right to operate rentable electric scooters. But there's no guarantee that the companies who've been there for months — Bird and Lime —will be those two.

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UPDATE: Santa Monica didn't choose two companies for the pilot program, it chose FOUR.

My Figueroa transportation corridor opening

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The new transportation project near the University of Southern California known as My Figueroa has its groundbreaking Thursday. It's part of the southern stretch of the famed downtown L.A. thoroughfare with bike lanes, new bus boarding platforms and wider sidewalks.

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Remedial Courses

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Last year, all 23 Cal State University campuses announced an end to remedial English and math courses. Students were required to enroll if it's determined they aren't quite ready for college-level work. Now, California's community colleges have to get ready to do the same.

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https://twitter.com/CalCommColleges/status/1031943395118206976

Cal State Northridge celebrates Ascot Park Raceway

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Ascot Park Raceway, in Gardena, used to be the most famous race track in the country. At least it was back in the '50s, '60s and '70s. Now, Cal State University Northridge is paying tribute to the track with the exhibit Kings of Speed. 

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Summer Hacks: Sunscreen

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Kids are back to school — and technically, that’s one of the signs that summer is about to end. But we’re in sunny Southern California where summer is nearly all year-round. That means there’s an important staple you should have around you at all times – sunscreen.

Here are some tips:

  • Depending on your skin tone, you might want to start applying sunscreen underneath your clothes. "You can certainly burn through a white t-shirt," said Dr. Meinhardt. "A white t-shirt, I think it’s SPF 4 to 8. So it’s not that great." But don’t worry – there are powders you can throw into your next wash to give all your clothes an SPF of 30.
  • There are the pills advertised as being a defense against the sun BUT don’t take a shine to them just yet. There is no concrete evidence they are as effective as sunscreen. Last May, the FDA told several of the pills’ makers to stop suggesting they might be, arguing that they are, “putting people’s health at risk by giving consumers a false sense of security.”

Sunset Strip

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The Sunset Strip is one of L.A.'s most well-known streets. It's been home to glamorous movie stars as well as rockers and even a few criminals. All the stories — famous and infamous —are detailed in the book "Tales of the Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane."

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In 1949, Sunset Tower overlooks the Sunset Strip as Sunset Boulevard winds eastward past the Chateau Marmont toward Hollywood, with the Hollywood hills and San Gabriel range in the background.
In 1949, Sunset Tower overlooks the Sunset Strip as Sunset Boulevard winds eastward past the Chateau Marmont toward Hollywood, with the Hollywood hills and San Gabriel range in the background.
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