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L.A. City Council Proposes New Ways to Respond to Safety Concerns, High School Seniors on Navigating COVID-19, Protests and Graduation, Diversifying Hollywood




SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Redwood High School seniors recite the pledge of allegiance during a drive-in graduation ceremony at the Marin County Fairgrounds on June 12, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Redwood High School graduating seniors had a drive-in ceremony where graduates had to practice social distancing and remain in or immediately around their vehicles with their families.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12: Redwood High School seniors recite the pledge of allegiance during a drive-in graduation ceremony at the Marin County Fairgrounds on June 12, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Redwood High School graduating seniors had a drive-in ceremony where graduates had to practice social distancing and remain in or immediately around their vehicles with their families. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Diversifying Hollywood 

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?

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