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January 4, 2021 Episode 155

Another week of drip cribs, Christian rock rallies, packed malls, and record cases as LA continues to be the epicenter of the global pandemic. George Gascon’s Deputy District Attorneys sue to block his reforms. And we offer a Place and Thank You to the 101 Coffee Shop.

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December 28, 2020 Episode 154

LA County is… once… again… seeing a record number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. But the malls are open! Garcetti, in a surprising break from city council, vetoes the City Council’s LAPD funding reallocation. Nury Martinez makes her City Council committee assignments. RIP SHAKE ALERT LA. And we look back at our predictions for 2020 and make our wishes for 2021.

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December 21, 2020 Episode 153

LA County is now the worldwide epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise. What’s next? Mayor Garcetti announces that he won’t be taking a job in the Biden White House. What happened? And a rundown on what to expect for assignments to City Council committees.

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December 14, 2020 Episode 152

COVID hospitalizations continue to surge in Los Angeles County. Preparations for vaccine distribution begin. A local judge puts onerous requirements on future public health closures. LA’s new DA is making huge changes. Governor Newsom gets to make another high profile appointment. And Garcetti’s cabinet hopes are fading fast.

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December 7, 2020 Episode 151

LA reaches its more dangerous point in the COVID pandemic. How many hospital beds are available? What happens when we run out? How were the new restrictions rolled out? What’s up with Garcetti’s next job? Why is one downtown restaurant suing the county? And is the city going to defund a thousand police?

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November 30, 2020 Episode 150

Spiking cases and hospitalizations prompt a new Safer at Home. Actions in El Sereno and outside the Mayor’s house. The history and current status of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. And three members of the Hillside Villa Tenants Association, RENE ALEXZANDER, ROSA HERNANDEZ, and MARINA MALOUF, talk about their fight to preserve their building as affordable housing.

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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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