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County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
Officials in Orange County began moving homeless transients out of the homeless tent encampments to shelters or motels as part of the settlement worked out by homeless advocates and the county under supervision of a federal court judge. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Officials in Orange County began moving homeless transients out of the homeless tent encampments to shelters or motels as part of the settlement worked out by homeless advocates and the county under supervision of a federal court judge. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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We debate about debates for our weekly political segment, State of Affairs. Plus, our last installment in the five-part series on NIMBYism in Fullerton, where a proposed housing development for homeless people is encountering pushback. And, we talk to a KPCC producer and avid cyclist about his feelings towards L.A.'s recent bicycle safety improvements.

Much ado about debating

We recap this week's gubernatorial debate between hopefuls Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and businessman John Cox. And we look ahead to next week's U.S. Senate debate between California State Senator Kevin de Leon and sitting U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox (left) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom (right).
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox (left) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom (right).
Courtesy John Cox, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Times

Fullerton NIMBYism, Part 4

All this week, we're diving into the debate over a proposed housing development for homeless people in Fullerton. Many of the neighbors say they're worried about a decline in property values and quality of life if the project goes forward. We look into the track record of such developments.

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Bike hate in L.A.

Los Angeles has done a lot to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety with things like dedicated bike lanes. But those improvements have disappointed, at least according to one of KPCC's producer-cyclists. We'll get his take.

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Leo Duran took a video on Spring Street to show who's actually using L.A.'s bike lanes-- cars:

https://media.giphy.com/media/8FJAoioREwFsvKlyKt/giphy.mp4

Pasadena's Crisis Team

The Colorado bridge is one of Pasadena's most iconic landmarks. The signature lampposts and arches draw visitors every year. Unfortunately, the bridge is also known for being a place where many suicides have occurred. But there's a team trying to lower the number of lives lost, Pasadena's special Crisis Negotiations Team.

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A sign below the Colorado Street Bridge offers suicide hotline information for those who may be thinking of taking their own lives.
A sign below the Colorado Street Bridge offers suicide hotline information for those who may be thinking of taking their own lives.
John Ismay/KPCC

Bigfoot fascination

No one can say for sure if Bigfoot actually exists, but the excitement over it certainly does. People have reported seeing Bigfoot-like creatures for centuries across the globe, including here in California.  LA even has spots for believers, like the Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater Village. It's all explored in "Wild Thing," a new podcast about Sasquatch, science and society.

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If you're a Bigfoot lover, "Wild Thing" is having its podcast party Saturday, October 13, at 5 P.M. at Bigfoot Lodge West, 10939 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

Laura Krantz is the host of the new podcast
Laura Krantz is the host of the new podcast "Wild Thing," a series about Sasquatch, science and society.
Jake Holschuh

29 Awesome events in Southern California this weekend

There's a festival out there for almost everyone: female filmmakers, indie gamers, Oktoberfest beer buds, ukulele players, oyster eaters, print and paper devotees, comedy lovers and David Lynch fans. Other celebrations focus on alternative transportation, VR and AR art, the anniversary of the Central Library's reopening and, of course, bacon.

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