The LA Podcast


July 5, 2021 Episode 181

The L.A. City Council passes a strict new anti-sleeping in public law, Metro’s bus system re-think has a rocky start, LAPD sets off a bomb in a residential neighborhood, and the latest on the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles.

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July 2, 2021 Episode 181

Alissa and Scott sit down with reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray to talk about city-provided hand-washing stations for the unhoused. Ray has investigated Los Angeles’ failure to maintain basic sanitary resources for its unsheltered residents during the pandemic, despite public promises to do so.

Find Lexis-Olivier Ray on Twitter and Instagram: @shoton35mm

Read Ray’s reporting at L.A. TACO:

Garcetti Said That L.A.’s Hand-Washing Stations for the Homeless Were Regularly Refilled, Records Obtained Show Otherwise.

There Weren’t Enough Porta-Potties for the Homeless To Begin With, in October They’re Being Pulled.

Hand-Washing Station Vendors Collected Millions of Dollars In Payments From The City While Some Units Went Dry.

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June 28, 2021 Episode 180

A not-so-life-changing rail connection to LAX breaks ground, Herb Wesson lights up a second career, the latest on the Sheriff in Venice, and an examination of California’s several iterations of pandemic rent relief.

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June 21, 2021 Episode 179

California reopens, and Governor Newsom holds his victory-lap press conference at… Universal Studios? More details about a questionable workplace environment over at the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. City Council considers whether to break-up with LAHSA, and Measure J is in trouble.

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June 14, 2021 Episode 178

Federal agents seize deposit boxes in Beverly Hills. New depositions in the harassment case against Garcetti’s former aide. Another recall is announced. Joe Buscaino and Alex Villanueva roll into Venice in an attempt to lift their political fortunes.

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June 7, 2021 Episode 177

Pour one out for Mitch Englander. A fire commissioner becomes a fired commissioner. A few bills make waves in Sacramento. Place and Thank You: The Queen Mary. And a deep dive on LA County’s child migrant holding sites and the federal policies that brought them about.

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June 1, 2021 Episode 176

It’s all but certain that Mayor Garcetti is headed to India. Who’s going to take his place as interim Mayor? Metro passed its budget. What are the wins and losses? Echo Park Lake is open again. What’s it’s like? And a new segment about things happening in other cities that could make their way to LA.

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May 24, 2021 Episode 175

Scott and Alissa join guest host MATT TINOCO. California is reopening. Echo Park Lake is reopening. The Citizen app has gone beyond just putting up bounties in LA, it’s now launching an on-demand private security service. And how Metro’s $8 billion budget still doesn’t serve bus riders.

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May 17, 2021 Episode 174

Hayes and Alissa are joined by guest host and labor organizer RACHEL REYES. Fire in the Palisades. No more masks. Newson turns the money hose back on. Three Kroger stores permanently revenge-close. Three eventful LA City Council meetings. The Mayor goes to Washington (and comes back). And ALEX FERRER of SAJE and UCLA joins to talk about his research into the role of the stakeholder in municipal decision-making and how we can do better.

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May 10, 2021 Episode 173

The Mayor eyes a job on the other side of the world and prospective candidates line up to replace him. People’s Budget Coalition convenes a meeting with City Councilmembers. A report on waste collected at Echo Park generates debate. Amazon told to end “diesel death zones.”

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