LA Podcast

LA Podcast

A news podcast for people who live in Los Angeles. Hosted by Hayes Davenport, Scott Frazier, and Curbed's Alissa Walker.

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    The Saddleridge Fire forces tens of thousands to evacuate. Gavin Newsom gets his veto pen out and uses it on a complete streets bill. The LAPD changes its ways thanks to an LA Times investigation. And we talk to Times reporters BENJAMIN ORESKES and DOUG SMITH about their eye-opening new analysis of LAHSA's Homeless Count data.

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    A bunch of presidential candidates blew through town. Uber and Lyft get thrown off the LAX horseshoe. A freeway in the middle of nowhere finally got scrapped. The state made big moves toward a public bank. The 2nd District County Supervisor race pulls in big money. Kathryn Barger takes a firefighting helicopter to work. Scott and Hayes discuss these things!

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    County supervisors freeze funding for the sheriff's department! Metro board members use Measure M money to pay the South Bay's Internet bill! The City Council brings up 41.18 again! And the Expo Line moves toward signal preemption!

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    Ed Buck is finally arrested -- what took so long? AB5 is passed -- what happens next? Trump came and left -- how did our local officials respond? A South LA development gets slammed -- what is the council president doing about it? Plus a few pieces of good news from last week.

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    We're joined by Ciclavia Chief Strategist TAFARAI BAYNE, Streetsblog writer SAHRA SULAIMAN and trauma-informed care educator CHAVONNE TAYLOR for a conversation about Nipsey Hussle: his work, his legacy, the aftermath of his death, and what he meant to them. But first: the President is threatening to bulldoze people who are homeless into federal camps, and almost no LA elected officials seem alarmed.

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    A full-episode interview with Los Angeles City Councilmember MIKE BONIN. We talk with the Councilmember about a nonprofit's campaign to fight the city over a density program, his recent break with the rest of the council over homelessness criminalization policies, and why a record-cheap solar deal is being held up.

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    Scott and Alissa talk to LA Times reporter MAYA LAU about Sheriff Alex Villanueva's busy couple months. Before that: John Lee gets right to work on the city council, the city wants to pull encampments off the hills, the Controller gives LAHSA a failing grade, and Paul Koretz opens up to Curbed about scooters.

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    A Lancaster deputy shooting is revealed to have been fake, the amount of new housing Southern California has to build is revealed to be huge, a French restaurant in Echo Park is revealed to be sold to a luxury developer, the new version of LA's sidewalk-sleeping laws are revealed to be cruel and unconstitutional, and a new elite scooter enforcement squad is revealed by Paul Koretz.

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    Alissa and Hayes are joined by the NRDC's CARTER RUBIN (@CarterRubin) to talk about the results of last Tuesday's special City Council election, the racist serial killer that didn't make the news, the City of Industry kicking out a third of its residents for political reasons, the LA city planner who was too eager to become a lobbyist, the newest turns in the AHF/Amoeba Civil War, and Carter's thoughts on the California Air Resources Board's newest emissions report.

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    What Stephen Ross-owned properties do we have to boycott in LA? What amenities can you expect in your new $7,000-a-month downtown one-bedroom? Whose house did Mayor Garcetti ask the fire department to check on during the Woolsey fire? Why are so many city councilmembers staying out of the CD12 race? Why did USC not respond to complaints about yet another rapist doctor? And what is the current status of the Kanye Domes and Emoji House?

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