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Shakeups at the LA County Sheriff's Dept, Enforcing LA speed limits, Valentino restaurant is closing




A Route 66 sign is seen along Foothill Drive in Monrovia, California, on May 18, 2017. 
For decades, Route 66 captured the imagination of travelers the world over, offering a glimpse of a bygone era of American history, when people hit the road in search of adventure and a better life. The two-lane highway established in 1926 and coined the
A Route 66 sign is seen along Foothill Drive in Monrovia, California, on May 18, 2017. For decades, Route 66 captured the imagination of travelers the world over, offering a glimpse of a bygone era of American history, when people hit the road in search of adventure and a better life. The two-lane highway established in 1926 and coined the "Mother Road" by author John Steinbeck seemed to encompass the essence of America, threading through eight states from Chicago to Santa Monica. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOCELYNE ZABLIT, Lifestyle US tourism history Route66 (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's only been three weeks since Alex Villanueva took over as L.A. County Sheriff, but he's  making a lot of changes. Plus, we hitch a ride with an LAPD officer to see how raising speed limits could actually help drivers slow down and reduce traffic crashes. And, we revisit the legendary Valentino restaurant in Santa Monica days before it closes.

Caravan Kids

Among the thousands of hopeful asylum-seekers from Central America camped out in Tijuana are many families with children. These are kids who walked for weeks, have endured the elements, and are now living in tents in makeshift camps. We speak with some of these kids, and their parents, to understand the caravan through their eyes.

Guest:

- Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC immigration reporter 

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is shaking things up

There's a new sheriff in L.A. County: Alex Villanueva. He's made some significant changes in his first three weeks in office, including getting rid of almost all the department's top leaders and transferring two advisers whose role was to make sure deputies follow the constitution.

Guest:

- Frank Stoltze, KPCC public safety reporter

Dear NIMBYs

A homeless woman read on LAist.com that someone suggested homeless people be put on a "reservation." Then she wrote us an articulate and appropriately indignant letter.

Speed limit enforcement

The L.A. City Council voted to raise speed limits on several streets in the city. The idea is that higher speed limits will improve safety. 

Guest:

- David Ferry, LAPD lieutenant 

Valentino restaurant is closing

At the end of the year, the Santa Monica restaurant Valentino is closing. Even if you never heard of Valentino, this Italian restaurant and its owner have probably changed your life and how you eat.

The Binge

It's that sleepy period between Christmas and New Year's when you probably have a little time off. We offer some selections for bingeworthy streaming.

Guest:

- Mark Jordan Legan, film critic