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Golden State Political Round-Up, Hotel Owners Reopening, Tom Papa Goes On the Road Again




Beginning next summer, most hotels in Los Angeles will have to start paying their employees $15.37/hour. The new law will not apply to unionized hotels.
Beginning next summer, most hotels in Los Angeles will have to start paying their employees $15.37/hour. The new law will not apply to unionized hotels.
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State of Affairs

Governor Newsom declares a budget emergency as lawmakers return to vote on a spending plan that will close the state deficit. Meanwhile, Senator Kamala Harris minces few words in the latest debate over race and policing — a striking contrast from her time as a presidential contender.

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Hotel Owners Reopening

Hotels in California have reopened for leisure travelers, but workers in LA say not enough is being done to keep them protected from the virus. Some are calling on local officials to re-close hotels until they've provided the proper safety equipment.

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Adelanto Lockdown

Advocates for undocumented immigrants are looking into legal options after detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center were pepper-sprayed earlier this month. A KPCC investigation found guards used force to quell a protest, though detainees say their demonstrations were peaceful. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement says the situation called for force. KPCC investigative reporter Elly Yu looked into it.

Teen Students Work through Pandemic

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, some high school students have been faced with a tough choice —keep focused on their online studies, or take full-time or part-time jobs to help keep their financially struggling families afloat. Many are falling behind academically, and some may drop out entirely.

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Tom Papa: On the Road Again

L.A. comedian Tom Papa has been a voice throughout this pandemic, talking to A Martinez about how he and his family are staying sane, and providing a little humor during a tough time.

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Weekend Preview

Watch Indian indie films. Soak up all the music at Questlove's annual Roots Picnic, now online. Pick up a banjo and strum along to some queer bluegrass. Sip a martini in old school style at Musso & Frank. Learn about the history of chocolate and vanilla. Check out Photo L.A.'s galleries and talks without leaving your home.

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