California's Lieutenant Governor on Reopening
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis is on the state's task force of Business and Jobs Recovery, assigned with figuring out the best and safest way to get California economy up and running again. We talked with her about how we might open schools, small businesses and how the Governor will handle beach closures.
- California's Lieutenent Governor Eleni Kounalakis
OC Update on Beaches
Governor Newsom earlier today again targeted OC beaches, after a few cities voted to keep them open despite the massive crowds that turned out last weekend. We discuss the latest developments.
- Nick Gerda, Voice of OC Reporter
Coronavirus: Teaching High School From Home
This week, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced schools will remain closed until health authorities set up a “robust system of testing and contact tracing." He also said that the reopening of schools will be a gradual process and that it’s too early to start talking about resuming normal operations. Whereas, a day later on Tuesday, Governor Newsom said that schools could open as early as July. Things are anything but clear right now. But in the meantime, distance learning continues for sure until early June.
- Isela Leiber, English High School teacher at James Monroe High School in North Hills
Exide Technologies Cleanup of Toxic Chemicals
In 2015, the battery manufacturer Exide Technologies shuttered its plant in the city of Vernon. It was under pressure by officials for spewing toxic chemicals into the air that settled into nearby communities like Boyle Heights. The most dangerous was lead. But despite promises by state and local agencies to clean up the ground so that it’s safe for residents, little has been done.
- Dan Ross, Capital and Main Reporter
LACMA Makeover Update
If you find yourself walking or driving by LACMA these days you’ll see that the campus is undergoing a major demolition. Seems like a strange time -- when so much uncertainty abounds around the virus-- to be doing something as radical as tearing down buildings to make way for an expensive redesign. But that’s what’s happening. Meanwhile, critics of LACMA’s plans continue to voice their opposition.
- Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times culture writer
TBT: LAPD Rangers
In 1850, California ascended to statehood. The promise of gold and land had lured thousands out west. For today's throwback Thursday we're going to take a little trip out to the past, to get a sense of what life was like back then.
- Julia Bricklin, local author who specializes in California history