We find out what's at stake with the U.S. Supreme Court determination on whether the 2020 Census can include a question about citizenship. Plus, what outside consultants say the L.A. Unified School District should do to cut costs. And, a visit to the Taiwanese street food restaurant, Joy, in Highland Park.
U.S. Supreme Court considers 2020 Census Citizenship Question
The population count occurs every 10 years and Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a legal battle over whether a question about one's citizenship status should appear on census forms the next time around — in 2020. The Census Bureau itself estimates over six million people nationwide would NOT participate in the count if the question were included. And that could create a whole lot of problems down the line for communities in Southern California. First —a little Census 101 for the uninitiated. Then, what's being done on the ground here to raise awareness of the census and maybe help relieve some of the fears that communities might have?
- Josh Gerstein, Politico
- Lizette Escobedo, Director of the National Census Program for the NALEO Educational fund a non-profit working to bring Latino communities into the political process
Outside consultants hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District believe the school system could save tens of millions of dollars by taking a series of cost-cutting steps over the next three years, according to a document KPCC/LAist has obtained.
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC education reporter
Legal Fines Waived
The court ruling for People vs. Dueñas could challenge the state's culture of fining defendants who are unable to pay legal fines. Last week, the January appeals court ruling was used in Contra Costa County. So, what effect could this have on our legal system?
- Eric Miller, Loyola Law school
Taiwanese Street Food
We visit chef and restaurateur Vivian Ku to talk about her Taiwanese street food restaurant, Joy, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. We’ll talk about her personal connection to the food, how this restaurant fits with the neighborhood, and what she’s learned in the last year of running her second restaurant. And we’ll taste her thousand-layer pancake.
A reader asked us "What's the verdict on VBACs?" The truth is many women can safely have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC), but few know this and some women have a hard time finding a doctor willing to do it. Since cesarean section is a major abdominal surgery with inherent risks, public health officials are encouraging more women and doctors to choose vaginal birth (when safe) over cesarean even if they didn't the first time around.
- Michelle Faust, KPCC health reporter
LA Zoo's newest member
The L.A. Zoo has a new resident, and it's a rare baby zebra. Born earlier this month, the so-called Grevy's zebra is the first zebra to be born at the zoo in 30 years. She's making her public debut today. The striped foal doesn't yet have a name, but her parents are 7-year-old Khalfani and 5-year-old Jamila, who came to the zoo three years ago as part of a species survival plan. Grevy's zebras are the largest and most threatened of the zebra species, the Los Angeles Zoo said in a statement. They come from the grasslands of Ethiopia and Kenya and are known for having the narrowest stripes of any zebra and no stripes on their bellies. Visitors who'd like to see the baby zebra up close as she assimilates into the herd will be able to view her in the zebra habitat.