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OC Supervisor race, racial profiling in CA, LA County scooter regulations




People ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018. - Cities across the U.S. are grappling with the growing trend of electric scooters which users can unlock with a smartphone app. Scooter startups including Bird and Lime allow riders to park them anywhere that doesn't block pedestrian walkways but residents in some cities, including Los Angeles, say they often litter sidewalks and can pose a danger to pedestrians. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
People ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018. - Cities across the U.S. are grappling with the growing trend of electric scooters which users can unlock with a smartphone app. Scooter startups including Bird and Lime allow riders to park them anywhere that doesn't block pedestrian walkways but residents in some cities, including Los Angeles, say they often litter sidewalks and can pose a danger to pedestrians. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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We look at the candidates in the Orange County Supervisors race. Plus, we find out more about racial profiling incidents in California. And, we speak with L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger about the new scooter regulation recommendations it received today.

Orange County Supervisors Race

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Tuesday's special election is getting A LOT of attention from local parties. Up for grabs is a supervisor seat - formerly occupied by Todd Spitzer.  Spitzer became the Orange County DA in November.  Now seven candidates vying for the seat, in a race that one Republican official has called… the first MAJOR fight of 2020. Major questions there about whether the blue wave that struck in November… will strike again. 

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Racial profiling in California

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The commission in charge of assessing racial profiling incidents in California found that they barely happened. That has led to a debate among the commission and other experts on whether that's real or not.

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L.A. County Scooter Regulation Recommendations

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In January, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a motion directing county agencies to study the impacts e-scooters and bikes have had on other cities and jurisdictions and to identify best practices to prevent negative impacts on public safety and the quality of life in unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County. The Board received those recommendations today.

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Helmet Science

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In California, scooter riders age 18 and older are NOT legally required to wear helmets when riding scooters, though younger riders are. But with so many scooter crashes resulting in head injuries, we wanted to take a closer look at the scenarios in which helmets are most effective.

American Homefront: Ear Plugs

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The Pentagon recently settled a lawsuit with the 3-M Company over military earplugs that were allegedly defective. That's triggered a wave of additional suits from veterans who used those earplugs. And it's also bringing fresh attention to two of the biggest health problems veterans face. Jay Price reports for the American Homefront Project.

Female Mariachis 

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Since the mid-1990s, women have been making inroads into the male-dominated mariachi scene in Los Angeles. Take Two contributor Betto Arcos tells us how the LA area became ground zero for female mariachis, thanks to a group that carries the name of the City of Angels.