As we finish the week, we look at the ripple effects of Michael Cohen's testimony on California politics. Plus, we find out what Metro is considering to help reduce traffic by the 2028 Olympics. And, deaths near schools.
State of Affairs
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California's Democrats take the spotlight as former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before Congress. Meanwhile, the CA GOP picks a new leader and Gavin Newsom goes to Washington.
- Carla Marinucci, Politico
- Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College
Could Paying To Drive Improve Your Commute? LA Metro Is Looking Into It
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The Metro board met Thursday to consider various strategies for reducing traffic before the 2028 Olympics. Metro's Board voted on several of those measures Friday.
- Phil Washington, Metro CEO
Los Angeles Retail hours
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Hectic scheduling is the norm for L.A.'s more than 400,000 retail workers. Their hours can change a lot from week to week, with little advance notice, leading to unpredictable pay and difficulty managing things like childcare and education. Two city council members are expected to introduce new legislation that would require more predictable scheduling, similar to what's already been passed in cities like San Francisco and Seattle.
- David Wagner, KPCC business reporter
Deaths Near Schools
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In some neighborhoods in Los Angeles, walking to school can be a life or death matter. In the last five years, according to a report by the L.A. Times, 105 people have been killed within a mile of Dymally High School, located at 88th and San Pedro Streets. Ten of the victims were 18 or younger. And this is not unique to this school.
- Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times reporter
- Pia Escudero, executive director of student health and human services for LAUSD
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We head down to Exposition Park to sample the new food offerings at Banc of California's Soccer Stadium. Soccer fans can enjoy local fare from Chica's Tacos and Seoul Sausage but can also experience reinvented stadium classics.
- Elina Shatkin, LAist food editor
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Did you know that the National Day of Unplugging — a 24-hour respite from technology — starts sundown on Friday and lasts through sundown on Saturday? Get out there and enjoy these events the old-fashioned way. Check out the pop-ups including a museum of toys, a record shop and a Dungeons & Dragons art show. Also happening: First Fridays at NHM, an OC literary festival, Meredith Monk in concert and The Magic Flute set in a world of video games.
- Leo Duran, KPCC producer