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Coronavirus: L.A. Mayor Says City Will Shut Off Utilities at Homes that Host Parties, High School Students and Alumni Share Personal Experiences With Racism on Instagram, Latest on 'California City' Podcast




Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses the media outside Council Chamber.
Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses the media outside Council Chamber.
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L.A. County's House Party Ban

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he'll let authorities shut off the water and power to properties that frequently host large gatherings despite the pandemic. We explain how officials are trying to figure what out the options they have to enforce their orders.

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Re-Imagine L.A. County 

A motion passed by the LA County Board of Supervisors just put a big question on the November ballot: Should some local money be specifically allocated for social services and housing, and not spent on jails and policing? We spoke to the author of the proposal. 

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Alternative Schools

With the new school year fast approaching there are a lot of questions about how kids will actually stay engaged in a distance-learning environment. One segment of the student population that’s particularly vulnerable right now are the kids who-- in normal times-- are already the most at risk of dropping out of school. They often go to so-called “Alternative schools” that can better cater to their social, emotional, financial and academic needs.

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Burbank Rent Control Update

The election is just three months away -- and housing will be a key issue on the ballot in California. In fact … in Burbank … there’s a battle over whether a ballot initiative on housing will even appear before voters.

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High School Students Share Personal Experiences With Racism on Instagram

Spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement, high school students and alumni at some of LA’s most elite private schools are using Instagram to share personal experiences with racism on their campuses. The anonymous reflections describe encounters with bias, racial slurs and exclusion from other students and even staff. They also call on administrators to make changes to school policies and curriculum. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Marymount High School are among some of the schools linked to accounts sharing these stories.

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California City: The Dark Side of the American Dream

It started in 1958, when one man wanted to build a utopian desert city from scratch. But what followed is a bizarre set of twists and turns…And the ripple effects from this deception can still be felt today. The podcast, California City: The Dark Side of the American Dream, follows the strange history of the sprawling half-built city.

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