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.
- Councilman Curren Price
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.
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC’s Education Reporter
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.
- Capri Maddox, Executive Director of Department of Civil and Human Rights
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.
- Elijah Bañaga, Pastor
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.
- Suzanne Goin, owner of AOC and The Tavern
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.
- Rebecca Keegan, Hollywood Reporter
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.
- Nick Quah