The saga of the Echo Park Lake encampment continues, with new mixed messages on sweep policy. LAPD moves to fire an officer as part of its growing gang-framing scandal. Cudahy's mayor takes a stand after jet fuel was dropped on an elementary school.
A news podcast for people who live in Los Angeles. Hosted by Hayes Davenport, Scott Frazier, and Curbed's Alissa Walker.
The saga of the Echo Park Lake encampment continues, with new mixed messages on sweep policy. LAPD moves to fire an officer as part of its growing gang-framing scandal. Cudahy's mayor takes a stand after jet fuel was dropped on an elementary school.
A new set of sweeps in Echo Park and Hollywood. LA City Council abandons outreach-based encampment cleanups. Nury Martinez is sworn in as City Council President. And Metro puts forward its NextGen bus plan.
Garcetti endorses Biden and a machine is activated. At least 50 people who are homeless are cleared out of Sepulveda Basin, along with several other sweeps. Garcetti and the Trump administration approach a quiet deal on homelessness. And Newsom's budget is out, along with an endorsement of SB50, which got some changes.
The LAPD lets us know they're on high alert after Trump's killing of General Soleimani. Chief Michel Moore has words for hit-and-run drivers. Sheriff Alex Villanueva is disappointed in the media online. And SB50 is back on the table.
A decade of high rents in LA. An environmental review of the Clippers arena in Inglewood comes out. And Alissa, Scott, and Hayes look at the most representative stories of the year, evaluate their wishes from last year, and make some new ones.
The Sheriff's department opens a very invasive investigation on a movie producer-turned-activist! Weed entrepreneurs are mad about the application process for city licenses! Property owners are using a new mechanism to kick out tenants! LA and the Trump Administration plan their next moves after the Supreme Court declines to review Martin vs. Boise! And the Mayor of Inglewood gets accused of harassment and abusive conduct! Alissa, Scott and Hayes discuss these things.
Scott, Alissa and Hayes talk about an LA general contractor with some recent money issues, a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the closure of LA's board and care homes, Alissa's list of how cities failed us this decade, plus some good news and LA's most underrated museums.
The chair of an air quality board scoffs at the Flyaway bus, the head of LAHSA steps down, Councilman John Lee goes on a tear, Trump appoints a homelessness czar who specializes in camps, and LA takes the case for arresting people who are homeless to the Supreme Court -- Alissa, Scott and Hayes discuss all this and more.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes talk about snow, Thanksgiving traffic, emergency shelters, Herb Wesson stepping down as Council President, the percent of City Council votes that are unanimous, Wesson's latest campaign ad, a cancelled bus shelter contract, a new wrinkle in the Huizar saga, and that vacancy rate report.
Scott and Hayes talk to the great JESSICA MEANEY of Investing in Place on the need and the path to building out a network of dedicated bus lanes all over the city. But first: a series of homelessness columns by Steve Lopez and a study about vacant units.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes talk about the CA Dem Convention, the evolving status of street vendors, the new phase of the Marciano Union protest, the #PayUpHollywood movement, a new buck-passing anti-homelessness proposal, and the tragedy at Saugus High in Santa Clarita.
Alissa and Hayes are joined by HALEY POTIKER and RACHEL REYES of Fair Workweek LA, the movement to change how retail jobs work in the city. But first -- Southern California cities chose how to allocate their housing, and coastal cities are getting a lot more. A group of museum employees attempted to unionize, and what happened next was dramatic. The Public Utilities Commission moved to keep some natural gas plants open. And LA Taco digs deep on sidewalk planters.
Why is prestige media declaring that California is unlivable? How did the first few days of the A Line go? What did the LA Times Guild achieve with their ratified deal? Who's covered by the City Council's new rent gouging fund? Did that LAX-It rollout really go that badly? But first: the most action-packed LA Story yet.
Little fires everywhere in LA County this week, but much bigger ones in the Bay Area -- what lessons can we learn from those fires and the report on what went wrong during the Woolsey Fire? Herb Wesson's son got breaks on his rent because Wesson was helping the developer -- why will probably nothing come of this? Plus new shade umbrellas on bus benches, Katie Hill's evolving crisis, more corruption from the assessor's office and a new DA candidate from San Francisco.
A deadly week on Los Angeles's streets -- what roads should we be making car free? As AB 1482 moves toward implementation, how is the City Council protecting renters from revenge evictions? Vox publishes an article about how LA is looking to safe parking as a homelessness solution -- are we really? Plus the controversy over AB 5, the victory of the LA Times Union's bargaining team, and a controversial ballot measure.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
City Hall re-re-criminalizes sleeping in cars, and Mayor Garcetti's office has a couple's possessions thrown away after they posed with him for a photo op. Uber and Lyft sweat the possible passage of AB 5, and high-speed rail might come to LA, but a lot slower and shorter. Guest ALBERT CORADO joins Scott and Hayes to talk about seeking justice for his sister Mely Corado after she was killed by LAPD at Trader Joe's one year ago.
The FBI raids the DWP and City Hall again, turns out the LAPD and the city were investigating Nipsey Hussle all along (and still are), SoCalGas set up a "grassroots" front group to get people excited about balanced energy solutions, another group fights to preserve the historic Amoeba building, and the NYT is going to LA summer camp.
A song parody submittied by a listener, the city opening a new natural gas plant in Utah despite its "Green New Deal," a coalition sues the city for throwing out the property of people who are homeless, a bunch of people want to build a gondola to the Hollywood Sign, LAPD sent an officer to spy on some leftist protestors, and somehow more bizarre behavior from Sheriff Villanueva comes to light.
Residents fight over bus rapid transit in Eagle Rock! The IBEW fights Garcetti over his Green New Deal at the IBEW! LA fights "party houses" with new AirBnB regulations! Alissa fights for the truth about the ShakeAlertLA app! The Sheriff's Department fights an FBI investigation! And all of us fight to breathe air that's getting worse every day!
Recording just after the Friday earthquake, the hosts open up about how they reckoned with death two days in a row and discuss why the #ShakeAlertLA app didn't alert anyone. Then they get into the automation fight at the Port of LA, Trump's comments on LA homelessness and Garcetti's polite response, and a new wrinkle in the fight over whether people who are homeless can keep their possessions.
New state budget -- how much money is LA getting? Why do councilmembers want more? Grocery store strike -- is it going to happen? What would it mean if it does? New encampment sweeps policy -- why is LAPD still a part of it? Could that change? And Metro bus ridership -- why is it cratering? How do we fire everyone who let this happen?
Alissa tells a harrowing LA Story, Northridgers have a meltdown about a rapid bus line, local officials don't do much about Trump's announced ICE raids, the LA Times laments the loss of Weird LA, and DR. PAAVO MONKKONEN (@elpaavo), Associate Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA's Luskin School, joins the show to tell stories from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)'s efforts to figure out how much housing cities need to build.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes get into scooter numbers that came out this week, take the listener to City Hall to hear the council explain why they're continuing to punish people for being poor, congratulate Inglewood on its new rent control, break down a new proposed vacancy tax, and break some actual good news live on the show.
LA Podcast does its first live show at UCLA's Lewis Center! The audio is not great! We get into what's happening in lawless Westwood and the audience brings the heat with some Big Questions!
The homeless count results are in, and they're brutal. Scott, Alissa and Hayes go through the numbers and look at how different LA public officials responded to them, then get into the fallout from Measure EE's failure and Loraine Lundquist's victory in Tuesday's election. Plus: a bizarre Sheriff's Department And 1.
A big housing episode! Scott, Alissa and Hayes perform an autopsy on all the victims of the CA legislature's May Massacre, try to figure out what is going on with AHF and the high-rise on Sunset and Gordon, look at the first supportive housing building built with HHH money after more than 900 days, and anticipate the numbers of the homeless count coming this week.
All three hosts reunite to discuss the big cuts to Metro service, the newest incarnation of Boring Company technology, the Commerce City Council brawl, yet another task force, some of the housing bills still alive in the state legislature, and the Freehand hotel.
Hayes is in Florida so Scott and Alissa get into the shelving of SB50, newly free admissions at MOCA, Metro and Garcetti's flip-flop on the bus lane pilot, difficult questions for Sheriff Villanueva, big tourism numbers for LA, and not-so-big weed numbers for the state.
A labor shortage delays the regional connector to 2022! Zev Yaroslavsky gets his sources cited! We make our endorsements in the CD12 primary and the LAUSD District 5 runoff! Gun house!
The Mayor has unveiled his Green New Deal -- why do academics and activists say it won't reduce emissions? Why did Metro announce service cuts the next day? Why did Inglewood's Mayor try to turn left into oncoming traffic? Why did someone with measles go to The Grove? Why did the aspiring terrorist in Long Beach want to bomb both a protest and a counterprotest? Why didn't Obama show up for his road naming? Why did a police shooting victim's mom accuse Torrance cops of character assassination? Scott, Alissa and Hayes answer some of these questions and more!
Measles are back! Which LA schools have the lowest numbers of vaccinated kids? Somebody painted over an historic mural! Who was it and why? Rick Caruso gets a big New York Times profile where he basically says he wants to run for Mayor! Will he? A councilmember voted on projects from developers that paid his wife! Is that... as bad as it sounds? Scott, Alissa and Hayes answer these questions and more.
Hayes and Alissa are joined by KPCC/LAist's MATT TINOCO to get into the LA City Council's vote on SB50 and how some talk radio giants weighed in, plus Mayor Garcetti's comments on homelessness in the State of the City.
Alissa, Scott, and Hayes talk about scooters and the Nipsey Hussle memorial for a few minutes. Then the great LA Times reporter/critic CAROLINA MIRANDA joins the show to talk about the new plans for LACMA and the Times guild's ongoing contract negotiation.
We force Bloomberg to Cite Its Sources for its article on LA's "Loud Economic Boom," talk about Nipsey Hussle's legacy with Destination Crenshaw, unpack the Ninth Circuit's ruling on criminalizing homelessness, try to count how many more fired deputies Sheriff Villanueva rehired, and Term Down for What on gang injunctions.
Alissa went to the Lyft IPO announcement and saw the Mayor! Scott introduces a new segment and theme song! Garcetti said something about tents! The LA Times published a big charter expose and Hayes reads some wild stuff a charter founder wrote! The city disappeared a possible witness against the LAPD! The Sheriff's alleged-abuser friend has a gang tattoo and there's video of him breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house! It's our one year anniversary episode!
A whole episode with UCLA urban planning professor Michael Lens, giving us the lowdown on the LA housing crisis and what he thinks we should be doing to get ourselves out of it. Scott and Alissa are on location in Alissa's garage, Hayes is calling in from Vancouver.
Alissa, Scott, and Hayes talk about a bunch of big moves in Los Angeles rent control -- a new emergency policy in Inglewood, a package of bills going through the state house, and a new ballot measure for 2020 from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Then DANIEL HERNANDEZ, editor of LA Taco, joins to talk about what's coming up for his site and the USC admissions scandal that luckily nobody has covered until this episode.
Goldberg jackhammers the competition in the LAUSD primary, the Mar Vista road diet gets through City Council, a local homeless charity is tied up in a for-profit college scheme thanks to the Trump administration, Sheriff Villanueva continues to burn his credibility to let his friend Caren Mandoyan keep a gun, and Scott, Alissa and Hayes talk to KPCC's ANNIE GILBERTSON about her work getting access to law enforcement records in use of force cases.
Whooping cough invades Harvard-Westlake, LAUSD moves forward on a parcel tax, Metro studies Uber and scooter levies, LA changes the way it measures driving, and Paul Koretz has an opinion on SB50. Scott, Alissa and Hayes talk about them all.
Alissa wrote articles about seniors taking in roommates and blocking off Hollywood Boulevard to cars! Work on Oceanwide Plaza is still stopped -- will we get a better project when it starts again? A new water treatment plan is going to make you drink toilet water! The LA Times is trying to steal the intellectual property of its journalists! Scott and Hayes do the show as well!
Men's Central Jail is being replaced by a mental health facility for inmates! LA kills three natural gas plants! Gavin Newsom killed high speed rail... and then didn't! Kevin De Leon is running for city council, Holly Mitchell for county supervisor! Alex Villanueva is using fake numbers to make jails seem more violent! Lee Baca may actually be going to prison! And Alissa, Scott and Hayes talk about their picks for the LAUSD District 5 election.
City Hall is infested with rats! One of the biggest construction projects in downtown LA has stopped work! The city dropped all charges against Melina Abdullah! And we're joined by KPCC/LAist's KYLE STOKES to talk about the school board race for LAUSD District 5.
Why did Garcetti not run for President? Why did County Supervisors finally stand up to the Sheriff? What gross stuff is the LAPD up to now? How much did it rain last month? Scott, Alissa and Hayes answer all these questions and more.
The LAUSD strike is over... what was the final deal and why did it take so long? Mark Ridley Thomas is running for City Council... why hasn't he announced it, and who's running to take his place? Adam Schiff might run for President... is he a possible candidate for an AOC-style primary from the left? And congestion pricing gets introduced at a Metro board meeting... how did the board members try to slow down the process this time?
Where we stand a week into the UTLA strike, Metro's CEO gets bold on congestion pricing, the bribery scandal at City Hall continues to unfold, the council appoints a new member, and Sheriff Villanueva makes a very unsettling hire. Scott and Hayes talk about all of these things and a couple more.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes go through the federal search warrant document that names Jose Huizar along with many other people, make predictions for the UTLA strike, and run through Gavin Newsom's housing proposals in his first budget.
What we know about the upcoming LAUSD teacher strike, big housing plans from the new Governor, your favorite mall is now a Googleplex, another man dead in big donor Ed Buck's apartment, and why Eric Garcetti thinks he can still do mayor stuff if he runs for President.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes choose the most representative stories of 2018 in LA and make resolutions for the city for 2019.
Alissa went to the Boring Company tunnel opening! We have our first Ready for Garcetti PAC video, starring a councilmember who made a very bad joke in a public meeting this week! A former LA Times publisher took hush money to hide that the former owner was an anti-Semite! We're getting closer to knowing what Jose Huizar is under investigation for! And we get into SB50 a little bit!
Alissa, Scott, and Hayes run through news about Tejon Ranch, some city council votes, and a mural controversy, then are joined by teachers JESENIA CHAVEZ and JANICE CHOW to talk about the United Teachers of Los Angeles negotiation with LAUSD and why they're ready to strike.
Our favorite bills from the new state legislature session! Congestion pricing is actually brought up in Los Angeles! Jose Huizar's big party got cancelled! Malibu refuses to evacuate next time! Herb Wesson and Mark Ridley-Thomas want to trade places! The Crenshaw Line Operating Plan is out and it's dumb! Omar Navarro paid himself a salary with campaign donations! Alex Villanueva does 500 employee reviews! And we're joined by guest TOMMY NEWMAN from United Way's Everyone In to take stock of what the city did to combat homelessness in 2018 and what we can do next year.
Elon Musk scraps a tunnel plan! LA is increasing speed limits on 100 miles of streets! Melyda Corado's family is suing the LAPD! Jose Huizar is now in trouble involving a school fundraiser! Herb Wesson might replace Mitch Englander with a former councilman who is often armed! LAPD are giving jaywalkers vests! Alex Villanueva fired 16 members of Sheriff's Department leadership! And LA legalizes sidewalk vending! Alissa, Scott and Hayes talk about all of these things and somehow more.
LA things we're thankful for! Scott digs into turnout numbers on his blog! Local pro-car activists exploit a horrible tragedy to kill bike lanes! New Sheriff Alex Villanueva immediately burns his supporters! Richelle Huizar quits her race! Scott, Alissa and Hayes talk about all this and more.
Alissa, Scott, and Hayes say a prayer of thanks that we didn't get HQ2, dig into the latest news/rumors about Jose Huizar and what it means that he stepped down from the PLUM Committee, debate what to rename the trains, and eulogize the California GOP.
The fires in Thousand Oaks and Malibu: how do we prevent this from happening again? Austin Beutner's plan to split up LAUSD: is that going to happen? And Alissa, Scott, and Hayes welcome ANNE ORCHIER from NOlympics to talk about their new poll and possible next steps to stop the Games from ruining the city.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes sift through the rubble of Tuesday's election with some of the biggest stories: Prop 10, Alex Villanueva, the public bank, Prop 6, Kevin de Leon, Prop 5, and more. Plus: Jose Huizar's office getting raided by the FBI!
Who is Fix the City, the group suing LA over the Expo Line housing plan? Why did an LAPD assistant chief resign suddenly? What kinds of people are leaving LA? Which stadium owners supports which candidates for Inglewood Mayor? And why did a scooter company sue Beverly Hills?
The answer to where Beverly Hills got all the money for the Purple Line protests! A Sheriff's Department And 1: profiling drivers on the 5 and being forced to name clique members by a judge! A giant slate of candidates for LAUSD District 5! Jose Huizar is sued for discrimination! And presidential candidates take an interest in local races! Plus: a game!
Alissa, Scott, and Hayes cover Koreatown bar shakedowns and a settlement for USC sexual assault victims, then dig into the ballot. We endorse four more props at the county and city level, and hash out a couple of difficult items on the ballot to get to an endorsement (or no endorsement). Check out our full voter guide at lawebsite.net.
A "student" "walkout" in Beverly Hills over the Purple Line! A typhus outbreak in Downtown LA! A city councilmember bails on his job in the middle of his term! A fraudulent robocall from the Yes on 6 campaign! And the conclusion of Prop, Lock and Drop It (for the state props)!
Scott and Hayes talk about the end of the celebrity burglar reign of terror, LASD's racially-charged traffic stop campaign, and a little trouble for two different City Councilmembers. Then Alissa and Hayes travel to UCLA to interview State Senator SCOTT WIENER about his many plans for getting LA and the rest of California to build more housing.
Scott, Alissa, and Hayes join forces with Liam Dillon and Matt Levin of "Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast" to talk about the freakout over homeless housing in Sherman Oaks, a bad poll for Prop 10, and the Northern California bias in Sacramento.
LA Stories about In-N-Out fundraisers and mountain lions, a new ruling on whether cities in LA County are allowed to coordinate with ICE, and a visit from CHRIS ROTH of Ground Game LA on Charter Amendment B, the city initiative on the November ballot to create a public bank.
Hayes, Alissa and Chicago Scott tell some nice long LA stories, then get into the new member of the LA Police Commission, the multiple murders of people who were sleeping outside, the Long Beach PD's secret texting, and what Prop 11 means for ambulance drivers.
Raid on an artists squat on Hollywood Boulevard! The people who yell racial slurs at every City Council meeting might get banned! The first candidate throws her hat in the ring for the 2020 City Council election! And BRYN LINDBLAD from Climate Resolve tells us whether air in LA is healthy, how to cool neighborhoods by 10 to 20 degrees inexpensively, and what she and Alissa saw at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
An ENTIRE EPISODE dedicated to Prop 10, the most expensive November state ballot measure in America and one with major ties to LA. Scott, Alissa and Hayes get into Costa-Hawkins, the rent control law that Prop 10 would repeal, the man behind the measure, and what passing or not passing it could mean for the city.
Scott and Alissa on: the Santa Monica scooter decision, a tunnel meeting at Dodger Stadium, the completion of My Figueroa finally, Garcetti raising money for Dems everywhere but LA, the possibility of last call at 4AM, truly horrifying charges against LASD, Patrick Soon-Shiong's maybe-shady hospital bankruptcy, and the truly bewildering Prop 8.
Packed episode! All hosts are present as LAUSD chooses how to replace disgraced board member Ref Rodriguez, the City Council pays another big settlement after a fatal LAPD shooting, developers want to build a new city in middle-of-nowhere North LA County, Measure H gets its first report card, we Prop It Like It's Hot for Prop 7's Daylight Saving Time repeal, AND we interview LA Times data reporters JACK DOLAN and RYAN MENEZES about their coverage of the LAPD's DROP program.
Alissa and Hayes go over the new proposal from Elon Musk's Boring Company to dig a tunnel to Dodger Stadium, then welcome ASSEMBLYMEMBER LAURA FRIEDMAN to talk about her Vision Zero bill and Prop, Lock and Drop It for Prop 6, the gas tax repeal.
The typhoon-intensive future of LA weather, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas's old scandal is new again, the first installment of the Sheriff's Department And 1, Inglewood's Mayor Butts said something crazy to a protestor and tried to erase it -- and LA Times transportation reporter LAURA NELSON joins Scott and Hayes to talk about a new Metro collabo with the TSA and the latest attempts at a scooter ban.
Alissa Walker returns! More shady LAPD and Sheriff's Department stories, like five of them! Another bike lane in danger in Silver Lake! Wasted tax incentives for downtown hotels! The president wants to cut 200,000 LA jobs and clear-cut the Los Padres National forest! And our biggest Prop, Lock and Drop It ever: Prop 5 (really Prop 13)!
USC teams up with former Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas for an all-star scandal. Koreatown helps Herb Wesson settle on a new emergency shelter location that is not actually in Koreatown. More hard-boiled LA movie analysis with "Nightcrawler" and "Drive." And one last bond proposition.
Alissa, Scott and Hayes follow up on the police shooting of Melyda Corado at Trader Joe's and Ref Rodriguez's resignation, complain about streetcars and unimpressive Metro goals, pick apart a Sheriff's debate, and Prop Lock and Drop It for a water bond.
Tough week in LA. Scott, Alissa, and Hayes talk about tragedy at the Silver Lake Trader Joe's, Ref Rodriguez set to resign from the LAUSD board, the Three Californias Proposition is toast, Elaine Chao is slow-walking funding for the Purple Line Extension, good news and bad news from the 1984 Olympics, and a short remembrance of Jonathan Gold.
Sheriff's deputies in Compton are accused of belonging to a secret gang within the department that encourages aggressive police tactics... and it wouldn't be the first time for the LA County Sheriff's Department. To talk about gang culture in LASD, we brought in LA Times reporter MAYA LAU, who first broke the Compton story, and JAMES SEXTON, a former deputy who blew the whistle on misconduct in the department.
ALISSA WALKER returns to talk about Proud Boys in Atwater Village, two wild LA Times lawsuits, another lawsuit in Santa Monica over its elections, California reaching its 2020 emissions goals four years early, ants, and the first two propositions on the state ballot for November.
Will anyone survive the heat storm? Can LeBron solve every problem in Los Angeles? Will LA take money from the Trump administration to "counter violent extremism"? Will California continue to be held hostage by corporate-funded ballot measures? And will Los Angeles media apologize to the public for turnout-shaming them now that all the votes are counted?
Huge get: the great ALISSA WALKER, Urbanism editor at Curbed, joins for the entire episode as a third host. Scott and Hayes talk to her about the Bird scooters reproducing across the city, LA's disappearing tree canopy, and why Silver Lake is fighting real hard to save a gas station.
Bonus Thursday ep! Compton's water is brown and the water district wants you to believe that people like it that way. The City Council wants to start a public bank to launder weed money. And Scott and Hayes step inside the movies to look at the city through the eyes of 500 Days of Summer and La La Land.
A shocking threat from Mayor Garcetti to re-criminalize sleeping on the sidewalk. The Little Bangladesh vote generates the largest turnout in neighborhood council history, maybe for not-great reasons. And freelance journalist JASON MCGAHAN joins Scott and Hayes to talk about reporting he's done for Capital and Main on the limited availability of bathrooms on Skid Row.
June 18, 2018 - Four minutes per topic! How California's new budget affects LA, the actual Nazi running against Maxine Waters, the great Made in LA show at the Hammer, Patrick Soon-Shiong finally owns the LA Times for real, a Dodgers tribute to the Sandlot leads to a strange discovery, a march against family separation in MacArthur Park, and some words from Anthony Bourdain about LA.
Scott and Hayes wrap up Tuesday's primary elections and the new choice for LAPD Chief, then dig into the massive amounts of pro-charter school money flowing into every election in California. Plus Scott goes on a very restrained rant about the different rail options Metro has put forward for the Sepulveda Pass.
The results of LA's Homeless Count are in -- DR. ROBIN PETERING worked on the count and she joins Scott and Hayes to talk about the results. BEFORE THAT, LA politicians are working hard to make the gas tax popular, and why a bunch of signature gatherers got arrested on Skid Row.
Scott and Hayes choose a few of the more bizarre races from the June 5 election day for a sort-of voter guide. Also, Max Nikias resigned as President of USC. How did that actually happen?
Scott and Hayes apologize for pronouncing Michel Moore's name like that, Cristina Garcia is absolved kind of, big news in the Woon Frazier story, USC steps in another truly revolting scandal, and a very dumb Congressional race in far east LA County.
LEAKED: the list of three finalists for LAPD Chief. Scott and Hayes talk about the choices and a not-great day Chief Beck had this week. Then: RUDY ESPINOZA from Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) talks about the fight to legalize street vending in LA, the only major American city with no permitting process for vendors.
The LAUSD board chose their new superintendent, hedge fund guy and political dilettante Austin "3:16" Beutner, and a school union is maybe going to go on strike. Plus a new politician gets accused of sexual assault, another one is maybe going to be primaried, and the possible bad news regarding new emergency shelter beds.
Frank McCourt wants to ride a gondola back to relevancy and the Mayor is HERE FOR IT!!!! Scott and Hayes also talk about four movies about LA they watched on Filmstruck and why home prices in Southern California hit an all-time high for the first time in eleven years.
Frederick "Woon" Frazier was killed on his bike by a hit-and-run driver in South LA on April 10th. In the week following his death, four more pedestrians and cyclists were killed in car crashes, all hit-and-runs. We talked to Woon's friend Keiven Munoz (@Keiven11) about losing Woon and why he feels like LA is letting bikers die. Plus: LAUSD is choosing a new superintendent and it looks like they don't want someone who has ever worked in a school.
Garcetti goes to Iowa because he wants to be President so bad he would do basically anything, Steve Ballmer and James Dolan are in a very relatable fight over their arenas in Inglewood, and JANET KIM and ALEXA ROMAN from the League of Women Voters talk to us about permanent supportive housing and what that is.
An assemblywoman gives a bad radio interview, Mayor Garcetti has a friendly sitdown with Mohammed bin Salman, a school board member gets arrested at Yard House, and we reveal exclusive information about the tunnels Elon Musk is digging under the city.
There are three special elections tomorrow because in Los Angeles you have to vote every week now. Scott Frazier and Hayes Davenport talk about the new candidates and recklessly throw around rude gossip about why the old candidates resigned.