We look at how California's Democratic politicians are influencing government at the federal level. Plus, we find out more about a woman's sexual harassment claim against the Los Angeles Police Department. And L.A. Rams fans talk about their love for the team.
State of Affairs
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This week on our weekly politics review: California's lawmakers dominate House committees and that could mean a lot of power for the Golden State. Meanwhile, Gavin Newsom's decision to sue Huntington Beach for not building enough affordable housing draws criticism. Plus: What PG&E's bankruptcy could mean for California.
- Carla Marinucci, Politico
- Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College
LAPD Sexual Harassment
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A Los Angeles Police captain has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging she was the victim of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. It is the latest in a series of serious allegations made by women in the LAPD.
- Mary Plummer, KPCC political reporter
Santa Ana winds and climate change
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A new study out by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography has found that rising temperatures may cause a decline in future Santa Ana winds, particularly in the Fall when they are most often at their peak.
- Sasha Gershunov, co-authors on the "Climate change suppresses Santa Ana winds of Southern California and sharpens their seasonality"
The Los Angeles Rams are getting ready for the big game Sunday. We hear from three of the franchise’s fans who've loved the team since it's days in LA in the 1980's and have different special connections to the team.
- Damian Jurado
- Lisa Guerrero
- Sal Martinez
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Riverside resident Martin Sanchez has been fashioning reusable items into works of art since he was a kid in Michoacan, Mexico. But when he came to the U.S. in the '80s, his love of recycled art led him to build an entire museum of sculptures behind his restaurant, Tio's Tacos. Now people come from far and wide to see his work, like Star Wars-themed statues, or a teepee made of cement and beer bottles.
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These events have nothing to do with the Super Bowl this weekend but they're all super. Aside from (or instead of) the Big Game, check out music by I See Hawks in L.A., Chris Thile and friends and Ólafur Arnalds. Take an audible history lesson on black music in America or visit one of 40 SoCal museums for free. And Smorgasburg LA goes (a little bit more) vegan.
- John Rabe, KPCC