State of Affairs
New year, new budget proposal for California. We'll dive deep on Governor Newsom's agenda. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign gets a nod from TWO Southern California mayors. We'll look at what it means.
- Jack Pitney, Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
- Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
Local Reaction to Homeless Plan
In his budget announced today, Governor Newsom is asking for $1.4 billion dollars to address homelessness. That money would go towards projects to build more shelters and provide healthcare services. We find out what L.A. locals could specifically see out of that money.
- Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor a co-chair of Newsom's statewide homelessness task force
MOCA Free Admission
MOCA's free admission goes into effect on Saturday, which is happening on the heels of numerous other museums also making the switch.
- Carolina Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times
There are 223,000 streetlights throughout Los Angeles. Only a fraction of those are high-styled and look close to what you find at the art installation "Urban Lights" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But now the city is aiming to change that...with a contest asking people to redesign the perfect L.A. streetlight. And the perfect design isn't just for car culture like they had been in the past but for pedestrians, too. That contest is called L.A. Lights the Way and today is the last day to register before submitting a design in early March.
- Christopher Hawthorne, heading the contest and he's the Chief Design officer for the city of Los Angeles
Before Urban Lights there was Vermonica. For almost 25 years the light installation stood at the corner of Santa Monica and Vermont. Until late 2017 when it disappeared without notice. Now, it's coming back. We here about the efforts to restore it from the artist, Sheila Klein.
Food Friday: Thai Markets
Here we are for another edition of FOOD FRIDAYS... to kick off 2020, we're going teach you how to shop Thai markets like a pro. LAist contributor Quincy Surasmith spoke with us about this late last year, and it was so informative, we had to bring it back. He kicked off our chat by explaining the importance of these markets to the Thai community in L.A.
- Quincy Surasmith, LAist contributor