We speak with the director of L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services about the discrepancy between the number of available foster homes and the number of children who need them. Plus, a local comedian has some etiquette advice for L.A.'s restaurant goers. And we catch up with Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan for the latest Hollywood news.
An update on the migrant caravan
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Thousands made it into a city an hour into Mexico in a giant human column on Sunday. This is, by all measures, the biggest wave of Central Americans anyone has seen, not so much a caravan as an exodus.
- Delphine Schrank, Reuters chief correspondent for Mexico and Central America
L.A. County Fire department overtime pay raises eyebrows
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Los Angeles County launched an audit into the Fire department due to firefighter overtime costs which have surged to 36% in the last five years. Staffing shortages and an increase in wildfires may be to blame, but some experts with their eye on the situation think there's more to it.
- Matt Stiles, covers L.A. County at the L.A. Times wrote about this
Human Voter Guide
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November is approaching fast, which means it's time for voters to be thinking about casting their ballot. If that sounds a little daunting, don't worry. We've got all the tips and answers to your election questions.
- Mary Plummer, KPCC political reporter
CAD Prop 13 History
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Fear and anger led California taxpayers to revolt 40 years ago. We’ll look at the factors that contributed to the passage of Prop 13 and how it continues to shape the CA dream today. Reporter Chris Nicholls of Capitol Public Radio has the story.
L.A. Foster Care
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The number of foster care homes in L.A. County has decreased — from almost 6,000 in 2008 to just over 4,000 now — but the number of kids in the system who need a place to stay is still high. It's a major discrepancy. The question is what to do about it.
- Bobby Cagle, director of the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services
You can find out more about becoming an L.A. foster parent here.
On the Lot
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A strong October box office just got stronger thanks to a horror film with a female lead over the age of 55. Plus, why Netflix seems to be getting out of the Marvel business. And some exciting personal news from our contributor.
- Rebecca Keegan, Vanity Fair
L.A. Restaurant Service
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Restaurant server and comedian Natalie Gregory moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles almost a decade ago, and she has some gripes about Angelenos' manners at restaurants. In a recent L.A. Times op-ed, "Dear Los Angeles: You seriously need to learn how to behave in restaurants," Gregory writes about angry brunch-goers, not saying "please" and other complaints.
- Natalie Gregory, comedian, restaurant worker and author of the L.A. Times op-ed, "Dear Los Angeles: You seriously need to learn how to behave in restaurants."
She also hosts the podcast “Tip Your Server."