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New LA Initiative Aims To Improve Latino Representation in Films, Recycling Bill, Almonds and Bees

The Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills.
The Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills.
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LA Collab

Latino moviegoers represent about a quarter of the box office in a given year but in the  last dozen years, representation in major film roles has been stagnant at around three percent of all lead and co-starring roles, according to multiple reports.  In an effort to improve these numbers, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new initiative today called L.A. Collab.


Astros Sign Stealing

"There was an electricity pumping through Los Angeles on October 24th, 2017. It was Game One of the World Series at Dodger Stadium, the first time they had been back in almost 20 years. The Dodgers were coming off their winningest regular season since moving to LA as they had won 104 games and the team was facing the the best team in the American League - the Houston Astros. The series wound up going the full 7 games, but the Dodgers lost. Now, however, it could be argued that the Dodgers didn't lose that series verses the Astros as much as it might have been stolen from them. Monday, the MLB announced that, after an investigation, it found the Astros had cheated during the 2017 season and thru the playoffs using camera-based sign stealing system. 


Oscar Nominations

In the wee hours of the morning Actors John Cho and Issa Rae announced the 92nd Academy Award nominees. Congratulations to those MEN indeed...No women selected for the directing category and only ONE person of color was nominated among 20 acting nominees. Is this #OscarsSoWhite Part TWO?


Recycling Bill

A state senator wants to make beverage companies and distributors more responsible for their waste. The Beverage Container Recycling Act of 2020 is meant to address California's struggling recycling program. In the last six years half of the state's redemption centers have closed, with supermarkets mostly bearing the burden. The new bill would task drink distributors with recovering and recycling those used bottles and cans.


ECE Finance

Finding affordable child care is often a struggle, but parents aren't the only ones dealing with the financial burden. KPCC's Mariana Dale talked to childcare providers about the strategies they use—including dipping into their personal finances— to make ends meet.

Almonds and Bees

Every February, bees from across the country come to California. They're being shipped in to pollinate almond orchards in the Central Valley. But it's a ritual that leaves them hurting, and some even dying, in the process.