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Alonzo Castillo, known as Panama, has served at Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood for over 40 years and Domingo Pule has been making Musso's signature flannel cakes for the past 23 years. Panama says his favorite customer was John Wayne.
Alonzo Castillo, known as Panama, has served at Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood for over 40 years and Domingo Pule has been making Musso's signature flannel cakes for the past 23 years. Panama says his favorite customer was John Wayne.
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We look at how the President Trump impeachment query is playing out in the golden state. Plus, Pasadena Unified School District announces closure of three elementary schools. And, we visit Musso & Frank to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

State of Affairs

For our weekly peek at politics in the golden state: as the impeachment inquiry drags on, three California lawmakers step back into the national spotlight.

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Pasadena Elementary School Closures

Pasadena is a relatively affluent community.  But for years, the Pasadena Unified School District has been strapped for cash. Budget reserves are running low.  Enrollment has been declining. So, last night, Pasadena Unified School Board members voted to close 3 of the district’s 17 elementary schools. More than 800 students will be displaced — a disproportionate number of whom are Latinos, English learners or low-income. But Pasadena school board members say they had no easy options. 

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California Dream: Prison to College

In the middle of California's high desert, inside a maximum-security prison, Cal State L.A. is conducting an unusual experiment with men sentenced to live out their lives behind bars for the worst crimes. And it's become something no one expected: a path to freedom. As part of our California Dream collaboration, KQED's Vanessa Rancaño reports.

Vaping Illness and THC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released two reports today about the recent spike in vaping illnesses. It found that 70 percent of patients who've gotten sick used black-market marijuana vaping devices. The information was based on interviews with patients in Wisconsin in Illinois, where 86 people have been diagnosed with the mysterious illness. We reached out to the California Public Health Department to find out how the epidemic is playing out here. The investigation is ongoing, but the health department said that almost all 100 people in California who have been diagnosed with lung damage from vaping either vaped or "dabbed" THC and CBD cannabis products in cartridges, waxes, oils, and other forms.

Musso & Frank 100-year Anniversary

Hollywood's legendary Musso & Frank restaurant celebrated its 100th anniversary with the release of its first book. A Martinez heads over to eat all the classics with historical journalist Hadley Meares and Mark Echeverria, the COO, CFO and proprietor of Musso & Frank Grill as their guide.

Commuting Jobs in L.A.

Roughly one in four people who live in L.A. has quit a job because of how long it takes to get there. And more than half have not applied for certain jobs based on the commute. That's according to a survey out this week from the carpool app, Scoop. 

Weekend Preview

Some of the best events to do in Southern California this weekend.

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