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Rain pours down on Southern California, bridge housing, MOCA architect




A homeless man sleeps beside his makeshift temporary shelter on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty.
A homeless man sleeps beside his makeshift temporary shelter on a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty.
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We take a tour of some the city's new bridging housing, designed to provide temporary shelter to homeless people before they get into permanent housing. And, we learn more about the architect behind the Museum of Contemporary Art, who just won the Pritzker Prize.

Rain Update

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Rain is definitely on our minds and on our heads today as it's supposed to come down off and on the rest of the afternoon and into the evening.  We have had a wet 2019 so far. According to the National Weather Service, so far in March, three rainy days (2nd, 5th and today) have got us closing in on two inches of drought-killing H20. That puts the season-to-date out of the norm at just over a plus four and half.

Bridge homes

( Starts at 1:14 ) 

L.A. is in the process of creating more than a dozen so-called bridge homes – temporary landing pads for homeless people before they transition to permanent housing. It's part of a strategy by Mayor Eric Garcetti to address the city's homelessness problem. A Martinez gets a tour to see how well they're working so far.

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With a bridge home nearby, two outreach workers (left) listen to a woman on the streets of downtown LA, alerting her to a clean-up and inspection of those living on the sidewalks nearby
With a bridge home nearby, two outreach workers (left) listen to a woman on the streets of downtown LA, alerting her to a clean-up and inspection of those living on the sidewalks nearby
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Lightning Strikes

( Starts at 14:37 ) 

It was hard to miss all that thunder and lightning last night. Whether you were in Santa Barbara or Pasadena, it was quite the light show. The National Weather Service recorded almost 15-hundred pulses of lightning off the So Cal coast in one five-minute stretch alone. 

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Batali Restaurants

( Starts at 20:31 ) 

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been bought out of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. On Wednesday, the company announced its 20-year relationship with the famed restaurateur was ending, one year after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. Batali & Bastianich operate 16 restaurants, many of which are in Los Angeles, including Mozza and Eataly. To find out what this means for the L.A. restaurant scene.

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Colorism controversy

( Starts at 29:41 ) 

Will Smith's skin color is causing a backlash in his latest rumored role. Plus, Steven Spielberg's fight against Netflix.

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MOCA Architect Isozaki

( Starts at 41:00 ) 

Japanese Architect Arata Isozaki has designed more than 100 hundred modern and post-modern buildings, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. This week he was bestowed architecture's highest honor: the Pritzker Prize.

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