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November 23, 2020 Episode 149

LA reaches an unprecedented COVID emergency right before a holiday where people see their families. A photo throws Mayor Garcetti’s career future into question. And BEN ORESKES and DOUG SMITH of the LA Times join to discuss their new reporting on the political and policy impacts of LA’s bridge housing program for people who are homeless.

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November 16, 2020 Episode 148

The LA Times op-ed section does it again. Who from LA is on Biden’s transition team? More Garcetti DOT murmurs. Villanueva in more trouble. COVID is very bad again and our leaders are not handling it well. And an interview with Councilmember-elect NITHYA RAMAN.

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November 9, 2020 Episode 147

WHAT A WEEK. Local election results. LA is championed nationwide as the home of a progressive anti-carceral movement. Our long national nightmare is over but what does Biden mean for LA? Will Garcetti stay or go? And LAPD announces cuts.

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November 2, 2020 Episode 146

It’s the day before the election. What did we see in the last week of early voting? How much money have candidates raised, and where from? What’s going to happen tomorrow? City Council votes once again on whether to recommence sweeps, with unexpected results.

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October 26, 2020 Episode 145

A sexual harassment scandal in the Mayor’s Office blows up. New moves against the Sheriff and DA. The City’s headed for a financial cliff. Hollywood NOW at war with itself over endorsements. Target Husk becomes a real boy.

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October 19, 2020 Episode 144

The Council District Four race leaves the rails, never to return. Garcetti plays coy about the Cabinet job he definitely wants. The history of the deadly Exide facility in Vernon, and the deal the federal government approved this week. Metro wants to widen more freeways and tear down your house.

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October 12, 2020 Episode 143

One of the developers that bribed Jose Huizar signs a non-prosecution agreement. LA has to pay the accountant it’s suing over the DWP billing fiasco. David Ryu goes negative against Nithya Raman. More endorsements for George Gascon. Playgrounds are open! And the hosts make ten predictions for what will win and what won’t on November 3rd.

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October 5, 2020 Episode 142

Mayor Garcetti was at the first presidential debate. The LA Times wrote something unfortunate about it. An arrest made in the shooting of two deputies. A different deputy was shot by another deputy. Who is going to run against Alex Villanueva? Three more LAPD officers are charged with falsifying evidence. And we announce our NOVEMBER 2020 VOTER GUIDE

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September 28, 2020 Episode 141

Cuts to Metro go through. Buses will remain too crowded. More beatings of protestors by LASD. A scuffle at an LAPD station. The LA Times reckons with its racist history. In its presence, it makes some endorsements. Councilmember Ryu goes on the offense against Nithya Raman. And EUNISSES HERNANDEZ, co-chair of Yes on Measure J, joins the show to talk about why this county ballot measure is so important.

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September 21, 2020 Episode 140

The earthquake we needed right now. A string of lies from the Sheriff’s department and calls for the Sheriff’s resignation. A report on low usage at cooling centers. Why hotels didn’t participate in Project Roomkey. A “tsunami” of hotel closures. And hasta la vista to LA Al Fresco.

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