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Coronavirus Personal Finance, 'Light Touch' Housing Density Bill, 'Women of Troy'




A laboratory operator wearing a protective gear handles patients' samples in a laboratory of the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory viruses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on January 28, 2020. - The CNR analyses the tests for respiratory viruses among which coronavirus. The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 106 people and infected over 4,000 -- the bulk of them in and around Wuhan. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
A laboratory operator wearing a protective gear handles patients' samples in a laboratory of the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory viruses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on January 28, 2020. - The CNR analyses the tests for respiratory viruses among which coronavirus. The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 106 people and infected over 4,000 -- the bulk of them in and around Wuhan. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Coronavirus Personal Finance 

COVID-19 is no longer just a health crisis, but it's sending shockwaves across the economy, too. Take Two talks with financial planner Delia Fernandez about the best moves to make for your retirement account, your home mortgage, and more.

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COVID-19 Work from Home 

As new cases of Coronavirus are reported across the country, many offices are opting to have employees work from home out of an abundance of caution. And though work may go on for many, valuable aspects of the work experience might not: think about co-worker interactions like water-cooler moments. Even meetings. It turns out, these routine experiences go a long way in both for individuals and for workplace culture. So - how do you keep those bonds tight when everyone is at home? Take Two talks to Karen Dillon, author of the Harvard Business Review's guide to office politics.

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Englander FBI Confide 

It's election day in Washington, Michigan and Missouri. But the L-A political world is still reeling from the news that former city Councilmember Mitch Englander was indicted yesterday for making false statements and witness tampering. The FBI is alleging that he accepted envelopes stuffed with cash in a Las Vegas bathroom, pricey bottle service at a nightclub, and services from an escort, which are all from a businessperson seeking to bolster his opportunities. One other aspect of the case caught our reporter Aaron Mendelson's eye. The use of an encrypted messaging app called CONFIDE. 

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'Light Touch' Housing Density Bill

For years we've listened to state and local leaders call for action and solutions to make a dent in homelessness and pave the way for affordable housing. Instead homelessness seems to get worse and California's housing shortage sits at 3.5 million units.  Calif. State Senator Scott Wiener HAD offered a plan, SB 50, which aimed to address those issues, but it was met with stiff pushback from local governments, worried his bill would run roughshod over the unique needs of individual communities. Wiener is back with a with a new plan, SB 902, one he describes as a "much lighter touch" to build denser housing in California. 

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Calif. State Senator Scott Wiener 

Women of Troy 

The NCAA has had men playing for championships since 1939, but the women? Well, for a long time, many saw the women's game as more of an activity than real competition. It wasn't until 1982 - 43 years after the men - that the NCAA sponsored a women's basketball tournament. Just in time too because the very next year, a group of women came together at the University of Southern California that shattered old perceptions of what women's sports could be. Cynthia Cooper was part of that team. She grew up in South LA, went to Locke High, then won back to back NCAA titles at USC. Her story is part of the new HBO Sports documentary Women of Troy.

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Cynthia Cooper, Trojan featured on HBO Sports documentary Women of Troy

 

Coronavirus and Health Workers

Hundreds of health care workers across California had been exposed to COVID-19 in the past month, and had to self-quarantine at home for weeks. Take Two talks with Jenny Gold from Kaiser Health News about it's left some providers overwhelmed and under-staffed.

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