L.A. City Council Budget Vote
The L.A. City Council is proposing a new way to respond to local safety concerns. Here’s one scenario: You see a homeless person in distress, a drug overdose, or a neighborhood dispute — but you don’t want to call the cops, because a police officer could mean someone gets arrested, or worse. The council's motion would have a social worker, mental health professional or outreach worker respond instead. We discuss this proposal and how the city’s budget will reflect the public outrage over police violence against black people.
- Libby Denkmann, KPCC's Senior Politics Reporter
President Trump on Police Reform
Earlier today, President Trump issued an executive order on police reform in America as a way to address the many protests for change that have swept the country.But diving into the details, we wanted to see if they're truly groundbreaking and what activists might make of what he laid out.
- Louisa Avilas, The National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College
High School Seniors on Navigating COVID-19, Protests and Graduation
We've been hearing from high school students about how they've been adjusting to life during the pandemic and for seniors this time has been especially difficult. It's meant having to miss out on rites of passage while adjusting to online learning and being away from teachers whom they might not see again. It's also meany having to celebrate graduation virtually as the city goes through unrest following the death of George Floyd.
- Daisy Santos, graduate from Roosevelt High School
- Katherine Bower, graduate from Campbell Hall High School
- Kiera Martin, graduate from Immaculate Heart High School
- Kyle Jones, graduate from Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School
- Diego Grijalva, graduate from Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School
The entertainment industry is among the biggest employers in Los Angeles. But despite the rich diversity in this city, the industry is far from racially or ethnically diverse. As the protests in support of Black Lives have continued, one by one, Hollywood studios, talent agencies, and institutions have pledged to do better as it relates to inclusion. But which of their pledges could actually make a difference?
- Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at UCLA