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LA Councilman Kevin DeLeon Unveils Plan to Tackle Homelessness; Underground Parties Proliferate in LA; KPCC has a new beat




APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 23:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A clinician cares for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in COVID-19 patients in Southern California on December 23, 2020 in Apple Valley, California. The 213 bed capacity hospital in San Bernardino County is currently treating at least 140 COVID 19-positive inpatients while operating at approximately 250 percent of ICU capacity. Southern California remains at zero percent of its ICU (Intensive Care Unit) bed capacity amid the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A clinician cares for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in COVID-19 patients in Southern California on December 23, 2020 in Apple Valley, California. The 213 bed capacity hospital in San Bernardino County is currently treating at least 140 COVID 19-positive inpatients while operating at approximately 250 percent of ICU capacity. Southern California remains at zero percent of its ICU (Intensive Care Unit) bed capacity amid the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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What's Ahead in Washington This Week - and Will Republicans Get on Board with Impeachment 

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a resolution calling for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump. The resolution urges Pence to "immediately" use his powers to convene the Cabinet and declare Trump unfit for office. Should Pence not respond, House Democrats have made it clear they will attempt to impeach the President again. But how many Republicans will get behind the effort?

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LA Councilman Kevin DeLeon offers plan to tackle homelessness, including 25,000 housing units 

Kevin De Leon took office as LA City Councilman, representing District 14, last October, and today, he’s introduced a new, broad proposal that he hopes will fast-track homelessness solutions so that help will come for his constituents … and other people around the city … sooner rather than later. He talks to A Martinez. 

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Despite COVID surge, the party doesn't stop

Bed capacity in Intensive Care Units in Southern California is still at zero, which mean LA County won't be coming out from under the state's stay at home order anytime soon. But despite that – the party doesn’t stop. People keep gathering at large warehouse parties in places like downtown LA, at sites with poor ventilation and where few people wear masks. It’s an ideal environment for the spread of the coronavirus. And despite a pledge from L-A Sheriff Alex Villanueva to crack down on these parties, enforcement remains lax. 

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Veterans Denied Benefits During Pandemic 

A report from the VA Inspector General found that the agency improperly denied benefits to thousands of veterans who couldn't see a doctor during the pandemic. From San Diego, Steve Walsh reports for the American Homefront Project.

KPCC has new beat, led by a familiar face 

It’s the start of a new year… so we’re trying something new here at KPCC. We now have what we’re gonna call a community engagement reporter. Focused on taking YOUR questions and experiences, reporting on them, and then sharing what we learn on air and online. The woman for the job -- is Carla Javier, a familiar voice here on Take Two.

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How Ya Doing Los Angeles?

Take Two wants to hear from you dear listener. 2021 hasn't exactly started off smoothly so, again, we are asking our listeners: how are you doing? We'll ask then to call and let us know - or post something on social. We will get those voices on the air. We realize there is no easy answer, but that's O-K. You can share those confusing feelings with us by giving us a call at 626-583-5281 and leave a message on our voicemail. 

LAist Studios' "Servant of Pod" tackles "Caliphate"

Last night, 20 public radio stations including KPCC sent a letter to The New York Times and The Daily host Michael Barbaro condemning the Times’ actions in the fallout of their award-winning podcast “Caliphate”.   Nick Quah, host of the LAist Studios podcast Servant of Pod, tackles this in the episode of his podcast. 
 

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