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A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy at a Black Lives Matter protest this month. The national debate following the death of George Floyd has raised questions about 'qualified immunity' for cops.
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy at a Black Lives Matter protest this month. The national debate following the death of George Floyd has raised questions about 'qualified immunity' for cops.
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STATE OF AFFAIRS

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk up the stairs as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House on Wednesday.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk up the stairs as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House on Wednesday.
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Today on State of Affairs, we talk about California's relationship with DC now that Joe Biden is in the White House, as well as the pandemic and political challenges facing Governor Gavin Newsom.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE  TO INVESTIGATE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT 

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: California attorney general Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, California attorney general Xavier Becerra and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols held a news conference in response to the Trump Administration's plan to revoke California’s waiver to establish vehicle emissions standards for greenhouse gas emissions and standards to require manufacturers to sell zero emissions vehicles. Under the federal Clean Air Act, California is allowed to set its own vehicle emissions standards that are at least as protective as the federal government’s standards. The state has received 100 waivers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for higher standards than federally mandated over the past 50 years. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: California attorney general Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, California attorney general Xavier Becerra and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols held a news conference in response to the Trump Administration's plan to revoke California’s waiver to establish vehicle emissions standards for greenhouse gas emissions and standards to require manufacturers to sell zero emissions vehicles. Under the federal Clean Air Act, California is allowed to set its own vehicle emissions standards that are at least as protective as the federal government’s standards. The state has received 100 waivers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for higher standards than federally mandated over the past 50 years. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces a major "pattern and practice" investigation into possibly illegal actions by the LA Sheriff's Department, including allegations of excessive force, retaliation, and other misconduct.

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HOW YA FEELING LA?

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24:  Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) in set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo by Misha Friedman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) in set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo by Misha Friedman/Getty Images)
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For the past few weeks, we've been asking our listeners to call in and tell us how they're doing. Yesterday, we asked how folks are feeling as we enter the Biden-Harris administration. 

UPDATE ON L.A.'S VACCINE ROLLOUT

An engineer works in April on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine at Sinovac Biotech's facilities in Beijing. Sinovac Biotech is conducting one of four clinical trials that have been authorized in China.
An engineer works in April on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine at Sinovac Biotech's facilities in Beijing. Sinovac Biotech is conducting one of four clinical trials that have been authorized in China.
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There have been a number of developments around the vaccine rollout here in LA County - and you all have a whole lot of questions. 

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HOW YA FEELING LA, PT. 2

This year has been crazy and through it all we've been asking our listeners to let us know how they're feeling. This week we heard many reactions to the change of leadership in the White House. Relief and joy were among the feelings even while knowing there's still lots of work ahead.

HOW TO GET A VACCINE WITHOUT A CAR?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  People ride a Metro train on March 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Between 2016 and 2017, public transit ridership fell in the country's seven largest transit markets- New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, D.C., San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. Researchers conclude losses stem from lower gas prices, increased teleworking, a rise in the use of Uber and Lyft, along with other factors.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: People ride a Metro train on March 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Between 2016 and 2017, public transit ridership fell in the country's seven largest transit markets- New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, D.C., San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. Researchers conclude losses stem from lower gas prices, increased teleworking, a rise in the use of Uber and Lyft, along with other factors. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Mario Tama/Getty Images

While Los Angeles County has recently opened several large COVID-19 vaccine distribution hubs, at this point they are all set up as drive-throughs. For Angelenos without access to a car, this can pose difficult accessibility problems. 

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WEEKEND PREVIEW

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We share some of the best things to do this weekend in LA.

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