Political season is kicking into high gear with the November midterm elections about six weeks away. We speak with KPCC's political reporter Mary Plummer about what voters need to know now, and we also talk to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge about how to judge a judge. And, Long Beach is getting a grant to figure out how bike shares and electric scooter rentals are affecting the city's transportation system.
Proposed changes to who gets green cards
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Over the weekend, the Trump administration proposed changes that would deny green cards to immigrants who would use public benefits—food stamps and health care. The administration has said the proposal could affect close to 400,000 people per year. California officials like L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti have opposed the changes.
- Alma Rosa Nieto, an immigration lawyer and legal analyst for Telemundo
KPCC's Human Voter Guide returns
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With the November midterms just weeks away, we walk you through everything you need to know right now. We answer your questions before you head to the polls with KPCC's Human Voter Guide.
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- Mary Plummer, KPCC political reporter
How to judge a judge
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There are multiple names on the ballot for Los Angeles Superior Court, and it isn't so easy to find information on all the candidates. But the court is the largest of its kind in the country, and those elected judges will handle trials from small claims to felony murder, and family law to civil cases. To help you figure out who you'd like on the bench, Take Two asks a judge what makes a good judge.
- Stuart Rice, President of the California Judges Association
Long Beach gets transit grant
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Long Beach is one of five cities the Knight Foundation selected for a special transportation grant. The project will examine how tech-based transit options like City Bikes, electric scooters, and ride-sharing apps can fill in the gaps public transit doesn't cover. Even autonomous vehicles are up for consideration. Long Beach and the grantor say the project will be unique in its people-driven model.
- Tracy M. Colunga, Innovation Team Director with the city manager's office
On the Lot
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Bill Cosby is facing sentencing, we discuss what it means for the #MeToo movement. Plus, Apple is once again pushing the release date for its original content, and now there's news that they're seriously censoring the shows. And, the Academy may be looking to streaming the Oscars instead of broadcasting if ratings continue to fall.
- Rebecca Keegan, Vanity Fair
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It's not easy to find a good doctor but it can be extra challenging to find one you are comfortable with if you identify as LGBTQ+. That's the topic of today's installment of LADYIST, our new women's health column.
- KPCC Producer Lita Martinez