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LA's Street vendors, why are so many bills being killed?




Actresses, activists and politicians celebrate four new 2019 laws combating sexual harassment in the workplace.
Actresses, activists and politicians celebrate four new 2019 laws combating sexual harassment in the workplace.
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LA DOT Scooter injuries

It's been a year and a half since Bird scooters made their debut in Santa Monica, launching a trend in so-called e-mobility. Equally championed and reviled, electric scooters that are ridden while standing have been hailed as a solution for last-mile transportation and traffic reduction. But their detractors say they're a blight and a safety hazard. Still, e-scooters have proliferated. It was only a month ago that the city of Los Angeles allowed 37 thousand electric scooters on public streets and sidewalks, from companies including Lyft and Uber. But a new study from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control out tomorrow cites major safety concerns. So what's L.A.'s strategy with regard to e-scooters?

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Street Vendors

L.A. street vendors struggled for years to legally sell their wares. The city spent years deliberating how to let them do so. Finally, late last year, the city approved a permit system that kicks in next January. Vendors will be able to buy city permits, along with approved carts, commissary membership to prepare food, etc. Some vendors wonder how on earth they will be able to afford all the things they have to pay for come January, leading some to wonder if there might still be outlaw vendors in LA after all this. We check in with a few of the vendors themselves and how do the vendors envision their future? KPCC’s Leslie Berestein Rojas reports.

LAPD Board of Rights

Tuesday, L.A. City Council approved a measure that gives civilians a bigger role in how police officers are disciplined for serious misconduct. Officers that are facing discipline will soon have the option of having their cases heard by an all-civilian panel.  Back in 1992 —  in the wake of the beating of Rodney King and the riots that followed - civilians were added to the Board of Rights and in 2017, voters approved a similar plan with the passage of Charter Amendment C. 

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USC Clinical Trials

The University of Southern California is embarking on a study aimed at increasing diversity among those who participate in clinical trials by figuring out how financial assistance might help. It's a collaboration between USC's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit in the U.S. that assists patients with finding trials and also reimburses them for the out-of-pocket costs that come with their participation.

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What does it take to put together an inclusive production?

What does an inclusive production look like? The upcoming film "Just Mercy" offers a glimpse. Plus, the unusual deal that made Robert Downey Jr. one of the biggest beneficiaries of "Avengers: End Game." 

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Killed Bills

Democrats hold about three-quarters of the legislative seats there. With that kind of power, you might think that an Assemblymember would have no problem getting their ideas heard… right? Wrong. A new rule now puts that power in the hands of committee chairs who are using their authority to kill bills.

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Baby Contracts

There are a million and one things new parents are obsessing about and preparing for as the due date gets closer. It can be a ridiculously stressful time...one that leads to confusion about which parents should take the lead on certain baby related tasks. For example, who handles early-morning feedings or who wakes up in the middle of the night to check on the screaming baby? This is being called a baby-nup. A story in Parade.com highlights stories of parents actually signing a contract to split up baby care chores before the bundle of joy arrives.