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How LAUSD Will Reopen, Santa Monica Shop Owner Who Was Looted Speaks Out, Who Pays For Looting?

LAUSD students wait for the first day of school to start on August 20, 2019
LAUSD students wait for the first day of school to start on August 20, 2019
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LAUSD on Reopening

An update on the story many parents in this town are hungry for - how the Los Angeles Unified School District will resume in the fall. This school year ends in about 10 days ...and things will start back up again in 10 weeks. The hope is that students can have classes in person some fashion...but there is lot to consider. Today, Superintendent Austin Beutner offered us a deeper glimpse into what he and his colleagues are thinking about this.


What Happens After George Floyd? California Leaders Consider Reparations

Protests and general unrest across the US are putting a renewed spotlight on generations of discrimination against black Americans. As state lawmakers here consider their response- and hopefully solutions — a bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber aims to take direct action by instituting a controversial concept: reparations. Under the bill, a committee would take the lead on educating Californians about slavery and recommending state settlements to remedy generations of inequality. That bill is scheduled to be heard in the appropriations committee TODAY. 


From A Small Shop Owner's Perspective

Once again, the city of Santa Monica is implementing another curfew tonight…Like LA County's, it goes into effect from 9 pm to 5 am tomorrow morning...This comes after the city was hit by rioters and looters on Sunday following peaceful protests. Many shops have suffered insurmountable damages. Among them: Santa Monica Music Center, a family-owned and operated business since 1972.


More information for the store's GoFundMe here.

Customers May End Up Paying For Looting Aftermath

Like Lana's, other small business owners, whose stores were looted in recent days, are dealing with the aftermath. Is criminal activity covered by insurance? Will their rates get jacked up? if so, what does this mean for their livelihoods going forward?


Check out David's column here.

Councilman Discusses City Budget

L.A. city officials are currently working out the budget for next year, and activists are critical that $1.85 billion is carved out for the LAPD. We talk with one voice who's joining that criticism.


On the Lot

After a week of that's been dominated by protests around the country and beyond advocating for social justice and an end to police violence against people of color, we look at what ways Hollywood has participated.