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The Holidays in LA, Festive Tunes, Year-End Housing and Homelessness Recap




Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ballona Creek

Just FIVE percent of West LA's wetlands remain undeveloped. Most of our natural marshland was paved to create the city known as Marina Del Rey. Today, a massive tug of war is underway over what to do with the space that remains...the Ballona Wetlands. Now, a state blueprint for restoring—and preserving it—that was released Friday has activists divided. 

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Veteran Harmonica

Some military veterans are putting on a holiday harmonica concert at their local VA n Florida. But it's not just to spread some cheer. It's part of a therapy program that takes an unconventional approach to treat lung disease. Stephanie Colombini reports for the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. 

Year-end recap on housing and homelessness

We’ve been checking in with KPCC’s beat reporters at the end of the year, and today we’re talking with Matt Tinoco for a recap on all things about housing and homelessness. 

Viewer Discretion Advised

Last year, in a story we ran on our website LAist, an L.A. homeowner was quoted at a public meeting, suggesting a reservation be built for the homeless ... "somewhere out in the desert." When Keanakay  Scott read that...she cried. At the time, she had been homeless for a decade. In response Scott wrote a letter, beginning with "Dear NIMBY's" directed at people who don't want to house homeless people in their neighborhoods. She's now written a memoir chronicling her childhood abuse and long stints of homelessness.

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Not-So-Typical Holiday Songs

For weeks, we've asked listeners what their favorite holiday music is. The response has been overwhelming, but far and away "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was the most popular answer. But we want to shine a light on some of those songs that AREN'T your typical holiday fare. We hear from listeners who shared some not-so-common festive tunes.

The Holidays in Los Angeles

What do we have planned for the holidays? Our plan here at Take Two is to take some time off and be with our family and friends. To find out how others are spending the holidays, John Rabe walked around downtown Los Angeles and talked a variety of people from tourists to firemen to newlyweds to a few of the more than 50,000 people who are homeless in L.A.

Dear Seller

As we close out 2019, we're looking back on some of the best things we read this year. This next one deals with L.A. real estate. Stiff competition in the housing market has made buying a home more difficult over the years...and certain tactics are needed to seal the deal. That includes writing a really good letter to the seller. The book "Dear Seller" features L.A. homeowners who wrote letters to help them secure their dream home. Earlier this year, A Martinez decided to visit a few of these folks.