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A woman walks across a Los Angeles Unified School District school bus parking lot in Los Angeles, California on January 10, 2019. - A judge has rejected the school district's claim it was not given enough notice of a teacher's strike, allowing the teacher's union to potentially walkout on January 14, 2019 for the first strike in 30 years in the country's second largest school district. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks across a Los Angeles Unified School District school bus parking lot in Los Angeles, California on January 10, 2019. - A judge has rejected the school district's claim it was not given enough notice of a teacher's strike, allowing the teacher's union to potentially walkout on January 14, 2019 for the first strike in 30 years in the country's second largest school district. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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Teachers picketing at Bethune Middle School on first day of LAUSD strike, Monday January 14, 2019.
Teachers picketing at Bethune Middle School on first day of LAUSD strike, Monday January 14, 2019.
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Rain update

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

More info here. For resources in Spanish, check it out here.

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