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Tony Mendoza explains why he resigned from the California state Senate

Tony Mendoza explains why he resigned from the California state Senate

California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed during the opening day of the Senate in Sacramento, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.; Credit: Steve Yeater/AP KPCC Staff | AirTalk® California state senator Tony Mendoza resigned Thursday from […]

Teachers with guns: Examples and experiences from other states

Teachers with guns: Examples and experiences from other states

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® Last week’s shooting at a Florida high school reignited the debate over allowing teachers to […]

Chief Beck: Here are the qualities LA’s next police chief should have

Chief Beck: Here are the qualities LA’s next police chief should have

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addresses the media at Police Headquarters in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2014.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images Caitlin Plummer | AirTalk® LAPD Chief Charlie Beck surprised many in January when he announced he will be retiring in June, nearly a year and a half before his current term as […]

State Senator proposes new law that would ban pay-per-signature bonus in ballot qualifying process

State Senator proposes new law that would ban pay-per-signature bonus in ballot qualifying process

California state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, left, listens as lawmakers debate a recall election measure Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Sacramento.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP AirTalk® Paid signature-gathering has been a part of the ballot initiative process since its inception in Oregon the early 20th century, but a California Senator is aiming to change that by […]

FBI had been alerted about potential threat of Florida school shooting suspect

FBI had been alerted about potential threat of Florida school shooting suspect

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he allegedly killed 17 people, is seen on a closed circuit television screen during a bond hearing in front of Broward Judge Kim Mollica at the Broward County Courthouse on February 15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.; Credit: Pool/Getty […]

A history of the rise of the black middle class in LA and nationwide, and what the future may hold

A history of the rise of the black middle class in LA and nationwide, and what the future may hold

Civil rights Leaders hold hands as they lead a crowd of hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963.; Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images Mary Knauf and Caitlin Plummer | AirTalk® Financially, middle class African-Americans are better off than they have been in decades past. But when […]

How employers who hire undocumented workers are dealing with uptick in ICE audits and raids

How employers who hire undocumented workers are dealing with uptick in ICE audits and raids

A pedestrian walks past a 7-Eleven store on January 10, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images AirTalk® Last month, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents raided 7-11 convenience stores across the country. Managers were served audit notices and all-in-all, 21 workers were arrested. The audits and raids sent a shockwave through immigrant communities across […]

Under Trump budget, food stamp recipients wouldn’t be able to choose what they buy

Under Trump budget, food stamp recipients wouldn’t be able to choose what they buy

Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer Abdul Olorode packs boxes with food to be handed out to needy people on November 1, 2013 in Richmond, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® President Trump’s budget proposal is causing a stir, and for those who use the nation’s food assistance program it could also affect what’s put on […]

Under Trump budget, food stamp recipients wouldn’t be able to choose what they buy

Under Trump budget, food stamp recipients wouldn’t be able to choose what they buy

Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer Abdul Olorode packs boxes with food to be handed out to needy people on November 1, 2013 in Richmond, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® President Trump’s budget proposal is causing a stir, and for those who use the nation’s food assistance program it could also affect what’s put on […]

LA is considering fast tracking some homeless housing projects, but some community members push back

LA is considering fast tracking some homeless housing projects, but some community members push back

Homeless veteran Kendrick Bailey (C) and General Dogon (L) outside Bailey’s tent on a streetcorner near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 20, 2017. ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Los Angeles City is considering allowing homeless housing projects to circumvent certain review processes, but some community groups don’t want to […]