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LA City Council Votes to Slash $150 Million From the LAPD Budget, LA Restaurants to Close Again, LA's new Department of Civil and Human Rights

LAPD officers patrolling on Spring Street Downtown.
LAPD officers patrolling on Spring Street Downtown.
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LAPD Budget Cuts 

For weeks now there have been calls to defund the Los Angeles Police Department... and today the city council voted 12 to 2 to cut $150 million from its budget. The move will cut hiring and bring staffing levels down to below 10,000 sworn officers - all things that would have been unthinkable even a few months ago - and LA Coucilman Curren Price led the charge.


LA School Police Cuts

The Los Angeles School Board of Education moved to cut the budget of the LA school police by $25 million. It’s budget was $70 million. The 4-3 vote came late last night after a 13-hour meeting and was supported by board members Monica Garcia, Jackie Goldberg, Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez.


Capri Maddox 

The city of LA has created a new department to deal with discrimination, called the Department of Civil and Human Rights. Its new leader explains the goals of her new agency.


Desert Fire 

Earlier this week a fire ripped through the small town of Niland near the Salton Sea. 40 homes burned and one person has died. And with 57 percent of residents living below the poverty line, the fire has put a new strain on the community. Elijah Bañaga is a pastor who lives in the nearby city, Calipatria, but has family members living in Niland.


Restaurants Close Again

Chef and restauranteur Suzanne Goin (AOC, Tavern, The Larder) comes back on Take Two to react to news that Governor Newsom is shutting down in-person dining...just weeks after giving the go-ahead to resume a new version of business as usual.


On the Lot 

On this week's edition we discuss how the Academy behind the Oscars is getting bigger, younger, more female and more racially diverse. Plus, why Harvey Weinstein is back in the news. 



Nick Quah

Every Wednesday we're joined by Nick Quah. He writes the newsletter Hotpod and he reviews podcasts for Vulture. And he’s the host of the new podcast from LAist Studios-- Servant of Pod which covers news and trends in the podcast industry. This week's episode is about composing music for podcasts.