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- LAist lives!
- Much MUCH bigger
- Station to station
- 'I got railroaded'
- Perris progress
- 'I thought that in Poland somehow that the antisemitism vanished; I have to say that it hasn't'
- Keep on food truckin'
- How to weekend
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Like an unbreakable robotic Schwarzenegger, the beloved "neighborhood blog that could" will be back. And there's a twist — it's under KPCC management. We will own and operate the Los Angeles news site LAist out of our Pasadena offices. In an open letter to Southern California, KPCC's Chief Content Officer Kristen Muller explained the acquisition: "We love L.A. for its diversity, geography and possibility. We share concern over its issues: homelessness, poverty and gridlock to name a few. It’s our home. And it deserves more attention from local reporters. That’s why we bought LAist. We want to tell stories that inform, inspire, and connect Angelenos to one another. That’s what KPCC is dedicated to providing, and that’s what LAist was doing when it shut down in November." KPCC is one of three public radio stations that will be operating -ist sites. WNYC will run the Gothamist site out of New York, and WAMU in Washington D.C. will take over DCist.Read full story at KPCC >
Much MUCH bigger
Orange County’s homeless problem is much bigger than the Santa Ana riverbed encampment. In the 2016-2017 school year, district officials identified 27,000 homeless kids, including families who are doubled and tripled-up in cramped apartments. More than 2,800 of the children lived in shelters, motels or on the streets. When motel vouchers were being passed out this week during the riverbed relocation, homeless people sleeping elsewhere also showed up. Many of those not on the county's list of known riverbed campers were offered a bed in one of the county’s emergency shelters. Some, including a 28-year-old woman and her young children, were eventually given a motel voucher.Read full story at KPCC >
Station to station
Metro broke ground Friday on the second phase of construction on the Purple Line down Wilshire Boulevard. The subway project has been decades in the making and will transform transit on the busiest corridor in the city. The section will extend from La Cienega Boulevard into Beverly Hills and Century City, adding two new stations. The cost: $2.53 billion. Officials have promised the full subway to Westwood will be done by 2026, ahead of the 2028 Olympics (Olympic Village will be located at UCLA). To get it finished by then, Metro has to accelerate its timeline by a solid decade. There are also issues with — and questions about — federal funding for the third section.Read full story at KPCC >
'I got railroaded'
California state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned this week from the Legislature after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. He spoke at length with KPCC about allegations he called "inaccurate," and what it means when people say you "don't really have friends in politics." Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León declined an invitation to join the conversation. You can read his statement and listen to the full interview.Read full story at KPCC/AirTalk >
The seven adults among the 13 siblings allegedly starved and shackled by David and Louise Turpin inside a Perris home are living at a medical center and, for the first time, making their own decisions. An attorney representing the older siblings told CBS News that they each have their own aspirations and interests, and that the process is giving them an understanding of their rights and voices. The siblings have also been communicating via Skype with the younger children, who are being cared for separately.Read full story at KPCC >
'I thought that in Poland somehow that the antisemitism vanished; I have to say that it hasn't'
On Saturday, a musical trio from Poland will perform chamber melodies by some of the country's finest Jewish composers at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. The performance comes just weeks after Poland made it illegal to say the country was complicit in Nazi crimes. "I have to mention the concentration camp in north Poland, which was called Stuthoff ... That's the place where my great-grandfather was killed," lead violinist Maria Sławek" told KPCC. Sławek said that, when she plays music by Polish Jewish composers she feels a spiritual connection with the past. "We don't use words, we just use notes and impressions, emotions. The program that we chose, we chose it way back. We didn't predict that something like that would happen."Read full story at KPCC/Take Two >
Keep on food truckin'
L.A.'s food trucks have been around for more than 100 years — and they've always been run by immigrants. The history of mobile food vending goes back to the gold rush, and it's the focus of the Autry Museum's new Urban Chuckwagon series. "A chuckwagon and food truck are both different ways of serving large amounts of food to hungry people under rather unusual circumstances," said culinary historian Richard Foss, who helped curate the exhibit. KPCC met up with Foss at the museum's cafe for a taste test. Here's what the menu looks like.Read full story at KPCC/Take Two >
How to weekend
The weekend has it all: live sitcom re-enactments, an Oscars preview, immersive VR, dancing marionettes, modern architecture, retro treasure hunting, a chili cook-off, a 5K/10K and more. See our full roundup of SoCal events.Read full story at KPCC >