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Jackie Lacey, March Primary What You Need to Know, How to Judge a Judge Redux




Residents of Boyle Heights vote in the primary election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Residents of Boyle Heights vote in the primary election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
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Jackie Lacey

The ongoing conflict between LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Black Lives Matter escalated when the group held a protest outside the DA's home in Granada Hills. Three protesters went to the door around 5:30 a.m. to see if Lacey would be willing to come out to talk to them, then her husband opened the door and pointed a handgun at one of them. A few hours later an emotional Lacey held a news conference. She said her husband was "profoundly sorry" and that he hadn't meant to hurt anyone. Lacey said her husband acted out of fear, because of ongoing harassment that she's endured over the last few years. Black Lives Matter has been angry at Lacey for a long time -- in particular for her handling of police shootings. Lacey has only prosecuted one law enforcement officer for an on-duty shooting of a civilian during her two terms in office. All of this comes just one day before tomorrow's primary. Lacey is running for re-election against two challengers, former San Francisco DA George Gascon and former public defender Rachel Rossi.

March Primary What You Need to Know

The presidential race has changed a lot since Saturday, when Joe Biden snagged a convincing victory in South Carolina. California Billionaire Tom Steyer, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and just today, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar all decided to end their presidential bids. Now all the attention is on Super Tuesday and its mother load of delegates -- especially California. KPCC's Libby Denkmann and Brianna Lee join us for more.

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OC Asian GOP

In 2018, Democrats flipped several congressional districts in Orange County. Republicans are hoping for a comeback, starting with tomorrow's primaries. In some of those districts, the GOP candidates are Asian American women. Could Asian conservatives slow down Orange County's 'blue wave'? KPCC's Josie Huang looks at efforts to turn one district red again.

Latino Outreach

With election day just hours away, organizers in Latino-dominant communities are making their final push in an effort to get those who can vote to the polls. And their outreach comes at an important time for California: Recent projections out of USC show that Latinos will account for more than 21 percent of all voters casting a ballot this primary — that’s around 1.9 million people. For more on the outreach that has been done in latino communities in Southern California, Take Two talks to Power California's Luis Sanchez and InnerCity Struggle's David Aguila. 

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OC Update 

On this week's "OC Update", we take a look at the key races in tomorrow's election. In 2018 we saw Democrats flip seats in Orange County -- but now it looks like Republican candidates have the edge in tomorrow's election. With us now to break down the ballot is Nick Gerda, reporter for the nonprofit news organization Voice of OC.

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How to Judge a Judge Redux 

Now to something we know all you voters are hungry for - guidance on how to elect a judge in Tuesday's primary. The LA Superior Court is the largest of its kind in the country but it isn't so easy to find information on all the candidates running for to fill the season that bench. Today, we'll explain what to look for in the candidates' bios to help you figure out who want to vote for. To judge what makes a good judge we are bringing back a conversation we had back in 2018 with Stuart Rice, who served as president of the California Judges Association.

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UC Santa Cruz Fires Striking Graduate Students 

After being on strike since December, 54 UC Santa Cruz graduate student workers have been fired for refusing to turn in grades. UC Santa Cruz officials put a new offer on the table that included a $2500 stipend and housing assistance, but students decided to continue protesting and went past their deadline to submit grades.