Governor Jerry Brown signed two bill regarding police transparency, we'll getting into how they'll change things. Plus the White House agreed to an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, we'll give you an FBI background check explainer and look at the politics involved. And the electric scooter fight isn't the first battle for L.A.'s streets.
Police Transparency Bills
A flurry of bills on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk were signed yesterday and late last night. Two were bills regarding police transparency. Senate Bill 1421 would grant access to investigatory records on police conduct, and Assembly Bill 748 would require police departments to release body cam video and other recordings of officer involved shootings and use of force. But there are some caveats to these new laws.
- KPCC's Investigative Reporter Annie Gilbertson
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The White House has agreed to an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. There are many questions surrounding this FBI background check itself and not just the allegations it will look into. Lawmakers have been unclear about the terms and scope of what agents will look at. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says agents will have free rein. But then again, the New York Times and the Washington Post report that the President gave the FBI a list of just four witnesses to interview. California senator Dianne Feinstein has requested that the White House give Senators a copy of its directive so that they know what's being investigated. To help you follow along of what will be uncovered, and who's in charge, we'll do a 101 on FBI investigations.
- Patrick Conley, retired FBI agent, and CEO of the national security and investigative firm Franklin Global
Supreme Court Politics
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When President Trump agreed to an FBI investigation, he gave agents a deadline to finish by this Friday and said the investigation would be "a blessing in disguise." But a blessing for whom? Perhaps the politicians who've been at each others' throats for the past week?
- Jack Pitney, the Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
Human Voter Guide
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There's been SO much political news lately and soon, it'll be your turn to participate and help shape what happens next. The mid-term elections will take place November 6. There are state assembly and senate seats to decide, the Governor's race, the U.S. Senate race, L.A. superior Court Judge, not to mention all those ballot measures. But don't be overwhelmed - we're here to help you get ready.
- KPCC's Political Correspondent, Mary Plummer
Meet the Judges
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Of the races you'll be voting on this November, Los Angeles County Superior Court judge is one of the more important but also one we hear about the least. This November, eight candidates will vie for just four open spots on the bench. The winners will serve six-year terms, and preside over matters both civil and criminal. From family law to felonies. KPCC has spoken to all candidates, asking each the same questions. Last week we heard from six of them. Today, we hear from the final two who are running for seat number 113. First up, Javier Perez:
Also, Michael Ribons.
Battle for the Streets
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It's only been about a year since dockless electric scooters began buzzing around our SoCal streets. They've been embraced by some cities as a fun, green way to get people out of their cars. They've also caused a lot of turmoil but this isn't the first time that new technology has disrupted the streets.
- KPCC's Meghan McCarty Carino
On the Lot
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The biggest moment on this week's Saturday Night Live premiere happened after the cameras stopped rolling. Plus, Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers gave people something to smile about during this stressful news cycle.
- Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan