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September 13 2021 Episode 191

The Elder Doomscrolls

Alissa, Scott, and Rachel Reyes gather to talk about the recall election, Jose Huizar, garment worker pay, vaccines rates for emergency responders, and police surveillance of social media.


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Metro’s Oscar Nightmare
by Alissa Walker
May 3, 2021

From the director of Traffic. Photo by Alissa Walker

“You have got to be kidding me,” I said to no one in particular as I looked to the right, where a security guard for the Oscars was pointing me towards what looked exactly like a freeway ramp. It probably shouldn’t have surprised me that he told me to walk that way, a route with three “no pedestrian” signs, plus an additional sign that said “NO PEDESTRIANS” in words in case you missed the other three. But after spending 45 minutes trying to get to Union Station from the Little Tokyo side, with every street lined with signage reading “AWARD PERMIT ONLY LIMO/VALET” dead-ending in 8-foot chain link fences, a group of us on foot determined that this ramp — which apparently was, technically, a freeway ramp, but only for buses — was […]

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September 13, 2021 Episode 191

Alissa, Scott, and Rachel Reyes gather to talk about the recall election, Jose Huizar, garment worker pay, vaccines rates for emergency responders, and police surveillance of social media.

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Below you can find links to all subjects discussed on LA Podcast #190.


Karen Bass is “seriously considering” running for LA Mayor.
Beverly Hills Police Department has a special unit that only arrests Black people.
All the forestland in California is closed because of extreme fire risk.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court confirms LA routinely violates unhoused people’s constitutional rights.
Listener Question:

Listener Kelsey asked about the history of Street Sweeping (and its parking tickets) in Los Angeles. As promised, here’s the link where you can figure out what the current sweeping schedule is in your neighborhood: Street Sweeping Near Me map.
Bureau of Street Services webpage about street sweeping right now in LA.
Deep Dive:

After an antivax protest in Santa Monica late in August publicized the home addresses of LA City Councilmembers, the city council voted in favor of banning protest within 300 feet of a private home. But it is already illegal to protest within 100 feet of a private residence, and protests have already been violent away from the homes of elected officials. What’s going on?
Read the council motion here.
Watch council discussion on YouTube. (20 minutes total)

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September 1, 2021 Episode TMZ-0020

Now publishing in the main feed every other week on Wednesday! Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club – we are interrogating the canon of LA movies to try to better understand how the city’s signature industry and audiences worldwide see us.

This week, Scott is joined by Carolina Miranda from the LA Times and Alison Herman from The Ringer as we discuss Brian DePalma’s 1984 Hitchcock mashup Body Double. How does LA architecture interact with classic thriller tropes? How does DePalma see the line dividing LA’s ‘legit’ and porn film industries? What’s the real story behind the Chemosphere in the Hollywood Hills? All that and more on this week’s episode!

Watch along with us: Next episode is Like Crazy, posting September 15!

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