Criminal organizations in Mexico are using social media to threaten people; we speak with the reporter who covered it for The Desert Sun. Plus, two public schools in Azusa may be forced to close down. And, LADOT is launching a new on-demand shuttle service today.
Skid Row Property
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The Los Angeles City Council voted 10-2 Wednesday in favor of settling a pending federal lawsuit filed by Skid Row residents. That suit, which accuses the city of unconstitutionally seizing and destroying their personal belongings, led to a temporary restraining order that has greatly restricted efforts to sweep area encampments for more than nearly three years.
- Matt Tinoco, KPCC housing reporter
Social Media Harassment in Mexico
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In a new twist on the immigration and asylum debate, a new report in the Desert Sun sheds light on the use of social media by criminal organizations to threaten people, even after they've fled for the U.S. In one case, a woman in Oregon was extorted over Facebook Messenger after her brother went missing in the Mexico state of Guerrero.
- Rebecca Plevin, The Desert Sun
Trouble for Azusa Schools
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Two elementary schools in the Asuza Unified School District may be forced to close down after declines in student enrollment over the last decade - a drop that public schools all over the L.A. area are experiencing.
- Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Tribune
Show Your Work - InPerson Event
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Did you know that the California Education Code says subjects like music, dance, visual art and theater have to be taught in public schools? But that doesn't necessarily mean that all students get an in-depth arts curriculum. KPCC's Carla Javier wanted to learn more about arts education in Southern California. So she invited teachers to share their stories at a public event at our Crawford Family Forum on Saturday called "Show Your Work."
- Carla Javier, KPCC
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The L.A. Department of Transportation is launching its new on-demand shared-ride service, LAnow, in Palms, Mar Vista, Venice and Del Rey today. We take a ride to find out how the DOT's latest so-called MicroTransit project will work.
- Sue Carpenter, KPCC
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One Echo Park resident has been annoyed by how people park on his street, not leaving enough room for multiple cars to fit on a given block. So he took matters into his own hand and started posting signs, reminding people to be efficient with their use of space on the curb -- and it seems to be working.
The Big One: Your Questions Answered
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KPCC’s podcast about preparing for the next big earthquake, The Big One, has elicited a LOT of questions from our listeners. We aim to answer as many as possible.
- Jacob Margolis, host of The Big One