The LA Podcast


October 18, 2021 Episode 196

Alissa is joined by co-hosts Rachel Reyes and Cerise Castle to discuss the federal indictment of yet another LA city councilmember, Mark Ridley-Thomas. Plus the Port of LA is switching to round-the-clock operations to save Christmas, homeless residents are being fenced out of MacArthur Park, and the quest to redesign the city of LA’s problematic flag and seal.

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October 14, 2021 Episode 195.5

Another LA Councilmember is hit with a federal indictment. Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the most prominent politicians in Los Angeles, now faces charges of conspiracy, bribery, and fraud. Scott Frazier presents the spooky allegations. Listener beware!

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October 11, 2021 Episode 195

Alissa, Scott, and Matt talk shop about Eric Garcetti’s stalled departure, the election to replace LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and the OC oil spill. Plus, special guest Emily Elena Dugdale joins to talk about her recent investigation into racism in Antelope Valley high schools.

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October 4, 2021 Episode 194

Scott, Rachel, and Matt talk LA City redistricting, indoor vaccine mandates, statewide police reform, and SoCal police violence.

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September 27, 2021 Episode 193

Alissa, Scott, and Matt hold a wide ranging conversation covering recent goings on at Metro, the Sheriff’s “secret police,” a potential strike in the entertainment industry, and an update on the LA Mayor’s race.

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September 20, 2021 Episode 192

Alissa, Rachel, and Matt run through public employee vaccine mandates, an update on the 27th St LAPD bombing, the recall, a state legislative update, and more.

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What’s the future of the public employee vaccine mandates?
The LAPD’s secret meeting to talk about the South Central bombing.
What an anticlimactic recall, right?
LA County moves to ban oil drilling.
An update on some signed (and unsigned) state legislation.

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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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September 6, 2021 Episode 190

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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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August 30, 2021 Episode 189

Alissa and Scott are joined by Samanta Helou-Hernandez for a packed episode on vaccine mandates, eviction moratoriums, state proposals to end single-family zoning, and more.

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