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LA's Street Vendor Permit Program, New Laws In Higher Education, And Origin Of The Oregon Duck




Delfina Flores puts chili powder and lime juice on fruit for a customer on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 on Figueroa Street in Highland Park.
Delfina Flores puts chili powder and lime juice on fruit for a customer on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 on Figueroa Street in Highland Park.
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Higher Education Laws

Some new state laws are shining a spotlight on California's colleges and universities. A few months ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play law, which will change college sports in California, and very likely the rest of the country. California has also passed laws to provide undocumented college students counseling and legal advice. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez shares details on these stories.

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Street Vendors

Starting tomorrow, L.A.'s new permit program for street vendors begins. But is the city ready to manage tens of thousands of folks hawking everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to t-shirts? KPCC's Erick Galindo set out to get some answers.

The Street Within

As we close out 2019, we've been revisiting some of the stories of the past year. A few months ago, we talked to L.A. Times reporter Thomas Curwen about one he's been working on—a series called, "The Street Within." For the story, he followed a group of homeless people living on the streets of South L.A. They were part of a program called Encampment to Home. These people were fast-tracked into apartments, and set-up with services to help them become independent. We check back on how those people are doing now.

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Origin of the Oregon Ducks Mascot

How did the Oregon Duck become the mascot for the University of Oregon? The answer has something to do with a famed animator of Southern California. We take a look back ahead of Wednesday's game at the Rose Bowl.

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Rancho Verde Marching Band

Before the Rose Bowl game kicks off, 20 bands will take to the streets in Pasadena to march in the world-famous Rose Parade. One of them comes from Moreno Valley in the Inland Empire. Band director Honglac Hathuc says they've been hard at work practicing, but also raising 150,000 dollars through things like a 10k run. We caught up with those kids earlier this week at Bandfest, an annual event at which the bands marching in the parade perform at Pasadena City College.