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Governor Jerry Brown's legacy, California's freshmen in congress, looming LAUSD strike




SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 03:  California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers remarks after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California's governor 28 years after serving his last term.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 03: California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers remarks after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California's governor 28 years after serving his last term. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown
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State of Affairs

This week: A farewell to Governor Jerry Brown. The two-time governor wraps up his final week on the job. We’ll take a look at that infamous L-word…. LEGACY…and look forward to what we can expect from the new guy in the Capital, Gavin Newsom.

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California’s Freshmen in Congress 

A whole new wave of congressional members was sworn into office yesterday. Among them was Harley Rouda — the new representative for California’s 48th district in Orange County. After a tight race, Rouda unseated 15-term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher… And flipped Orange County’s previously red district in the notorious "Blue Wave" last November. Rouda takes office in an interesting time with the government shutdown for almost two weeks. He joined a “yes” vote on Thursday to reopen the government. 

LAUSD responds to parents’ concerns about a strike

January 10th. That’s when unionized L.A.-Unified teachers plan to strike IF an agreement cannot be made with the district. And as each day passes without a resolution, the strike seems more likely. 400 substitute teachers have been hired by the LAUSD, and are standing-by to cross picket lines and take over classrooms if needed. We find out what kind of education those subs can provide to more than 600,000 students.

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The union responds to parents concerns and LAUSD

On Thursday, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, said the union would be willing to meet again with district officials to discuss terms. He spoke to Meghan McCarty Carino to talk about some of the back and forth with the LAUSD as the strike deadline approaches.

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Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the labor union representing L.A. Unified School District teachers, speaks outside district headquarters on Tues., Nov. 7, 2017.
Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the labor union representing L.A. Unified School District teachers, speaks outside district headquarters on Tues., Nov. 7, 2017.
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Pitzer and Palestinian Rights

A small Southern California liberal arts college is currently at the center of a big debate about academic boycotts of Israel. Back in November, the faculty at Pitzer College in Claremont voted in favor of suspending the school's study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel, citing concerns over Palestinian rights. If the small liberal arts college shutters its program, it would be the first academic institution in the U.S. to take such a step. The Pitzer faculty supporting the boycott are doing so in line with a growing and highly controversial movement called the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.

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Car Sharing Micro-preneurs 

The concept is still unfamiliar to a lot of people, but peer-to-peer car sharing is a growing phenomenon in Los Angeles. That's the system where individuals rent their personal vehicles to strangers by the hour, day or week through services such as Turo, Getaround ... even General Motors offers the service. And some people are renting multiple cars, turning themselves into an entrepreneurial, miniature form of Hertz. That is the subject of the Ride, our weekly look at personal mobility. Sue Carpenter is the guide.

Weekend Preview 

Learn how to curl, meditate at a sound bath or run a new year's race to kick off those 2019 resolutions. You can also head to an old-school arcade expo, a Lego convention, a reptile show or the Oshogatsu Family Festival.

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