As L.A. teachers begin their strike, we hear from multiple stakeholders and get the latest news on where negotiations stand. Plus, we speak with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti about the strike. And we get the latest Hollywood news.
LAUSD Teachers Strike
About 30,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors working in the Los Angeles Unified School District walked off the job Monday after failing to reach an agreement on contract terms with district officials. Picket lines will form at every school, per a notice from the union representing the teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles. We travel to a school to hear from the stakeholders. Plus, a new offer was put on the table by LAUSD Friday, offering more money to hire more teachers and reduce class sizes. The union rejected that offer over a couple sticking points.
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC education reporter
L.A.'s teachers aren't just battling the school district today. They're also struggling with the weather. A series of SoCal storms will be dropping a lot of rain this week. Already, the National Weather Service has issued flood advisory warnings for most of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Officials are advising travelers to be prepared for road closures, as flooding and rockslides are a REAL possibility. Fire-affected areas are most at risk.
- Pono Barnes with the L.A. County Fire Department
The last L.A. teachers strike in 1989
Los Angeles teachers last went on strike in 1989. Those who were students and teachers then have been telling us their memories of that walk out.
FBI downtown corruption
If you've driven anywhere near downtown Los Angeles over the past few years, you've probably noticed its skyline is changing. A lot of those changes are because of Chinese real estate developers. And now some of their developments are under federal investigation for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.
- Matt Tinoco, KPCC housing reporter
On the Lot
Hollywood can't get rid of Harvey Weinstein. He's back, at least ... sort of. Plus, former Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter ... who left the company due to misconduct allegations...is now head of a rival animation studio.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LAUSD strike
The mayor of L.A. has offered to help negotiate an end to the strike. Here are some extra resources the city is providing to families affected by the strike:
Extended Hours, Increased Staffing, Lunch, and Programming at Select Recreation Centers. During the event of a strike, the City will add staff at 32 Recreation Centers where school-age children can receive supervision and lunch, play games, participate in arts and crafts, and engage in sports and fitness activities.
Expanded Library Programming. The L.A. Public Library will increase programming at all 73 locations, with a focus on STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.
Free Transportation. During the event of a strike, LA Metro and LADOT DASH and Commuter Express will offer free rides to LA Unified students between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on regular school days. Bus operators will check LA Unified student IDs on-board and fare compliance officers will allow them to ride without fares on Metro’s Gold, Blue, Green, and Expo light rail lines. On the Red and Purple Lines and any other rail stations with fare gates, Metro will deploy TAP personnel to facilitate students’ free entry.
- Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor