The LA Podcast


May 24, 2023 Episode 228

Scott, Alissa, and Rachel discuss the WGA strike, Jordan Neely’s murder and who gets to feel safe riding transit, the city’s new budget and Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez’s lone dissenting vote, and, of course, “La Sombrita.”


WGA’s 2023 demands and Week 4 picket schedule

George R.R. Martin on how “mini rooms” are affecting writers

SAJE and ACT-LA’s fare-free transit report

LADOT’s first-of-its-kind gender equity transportation study

Watch Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez’s remarks on the budget vote

Our own Scott Frazier on how Mayor Bass’s climate agenda doesn’t meet the moment

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April 22, 2023 Episode 227

Scott, Alissa, and Rachel talk about the CD 6 primary results, Mark Ridley-Thomas’s conviction and where that leaves the people of CD 10, allegations of a toxic workplace in the City Controller’s office, and the “New LA” of Karen Bass’s first State of the City.

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March 31, 2023 Episode 226

Scott, Alissa, and Rachel are back! In this episode: the CD 6 special election and which candidate is the most “not Nury,” the fence finally coming down at Echo Park Lake, awaiting the verdict for the Mark Ridley-Thomas trial, and a final sendoff to now-Ambassador Eric Garcetti.

Update: Mark Ridley-Thomas was found guilty of 7 felonies, including counts of bribery, conspiracy, honest services mail fraud, and honest services wire fraud. Here’s our thread of previous coverage, including Scott’s hour-long emergency episode from the day of the indictment.

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December 29, 2022 Episode 225

It’s the end of the year! It’s the end of the Garcetti era! It’s unfortunately still not the end of Kevin de León’s tenure as councilmember! Scott, Alissa, and Rachel recap the end of 2022 — including election results and the promises of a new and slightly more progressive council — and make predictions for 2023.

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October 11, 2022 Episode 224

Scott, Alissa, and Rachel discuss the already-infamous leaked recordings of Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmember Kevin de León, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and LA Labor Federation president Ron Herrera. Let’s get into the language, the fallout, and the implications of City Hall’s world-shocking scandal.

Listen to the full audio recording of the meeting published by Knock LA.

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July 12, 2022 Episode 223

Now that all the votes have been counted, and the results certified, Alissa, Scott, and Rachel sit down to talk about what happened in Los Angeles City’s June 7th Primary Nominating Election.

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April 23, 2022 Episode 222

Alissa, Scott, and Matt give a brief update on what’s next for LA Podcast as we head into the thick of Election Season.

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April 11, 2022 Episode 221

Alissa and Matt talk about climate change and LA’s City Attorney. Then, Cerise Castle joins for a debrief on a recent candidate forum in the race to replace Alex Villanueva as LA County Sheriff.

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April 4, 2022 Episode 220

Alissa, Rachel, and Scott talk about how close we are to a grocery strike, celebrities crossing picket lines, another legal settlement on homelessness, and the continuing implosion of Eric Garcetti.

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March 28, 2022 Episode 219

Alissa, Rachel, and Matt talk about civility in LA politics, how it’s been one year since the Echo Park Lake closure, and the latest Garcetti news.

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