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The #MeToo effect: New CA bill wants to ban mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure agreements in the workplace

The #MeToo effect: New CA bill wants to ban mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure agreements in the workplace

Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017.; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) proposed a bill that would ban employers from requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration contracts. Under AB 3080, companies […]

Hearing arguments for and against CA bill that would ban paid gay ‘conversion therapy’ services for adults

Hearing arguments for and against CA bill that would ban paid gay ‘conversion therapy’ services for adults

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, talks with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, of Campbell, at the Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. ; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP AirTalk® Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) introduced a bill that would limit efforts to pay for gay “conversion therapy” in California. The California Assembly voted Thursday to […]

Hearing arguments for and against CA bill that would ban paid gay ‘conversion therapy’ services for adults

Hearing arguments for and against CA bill that would ban paid gay ‘conversion therapy’ services for adults

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, talks with fellow Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, of Campbell, at the Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. ; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP AirTalk® Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) introduced a bill that would limit efforts to pay for gay “conversion therapy” in California. The California Assembly voted Thursday to […]

Schumer introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana federally – what would that mean for states?

Schumer introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana federally – what would that mean for states?

Activist smoke joints during a prostest under the motto “No vamos a pagar, lo vamos a pegar” (something like ‘We are not going to pay for it, we are going to get the kick out of it”) against the imposing of fines for smoking marijuana by police according to their new code, in Bogota, on […]

CA lawmaker is trying an unusual strategy for circumventing an NDA: a subpoena

CA lawmaker is trying an unusual strategy for circumventing an NDA: a subpoena

California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.; Credit: Jeff’s Canon/Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) is trying a novel strategy to allow a woman to testify in support of her bill, despite the woman’s nondisclosure agreement with her past employer. The strategy: asking the Assembly to issue a subpoena. If Speaker Anthony […]

Chief Beck on the CA bills seeking to change use-of-force standards and increase access to officer misconduct-related records

Chief Beck on the CA bills seeking to change use-of-force standards and increase access to officer misconduct-related records

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins AirTalk for his monthly check-in to discuss the new CA bills looking to change police policies regarding use-of-force standards and public access to records related to officer misconduct.; Credit: HECTOR MATA/ASSOCIATED PRESS Caitlin Plummer | AirTalk® Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in. […]

Los Angeles, other California cities have a rentable motorized scooter problem

Los Angeles, other California cities have a rentable motorized scooter problem

A user rides a Spin scooter on April 17, 2018 in San Francisco.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Caitlin Plummer and KPCC Staff | AirTalk® In case you haven’t heard, the latest public nuisance facing the city San Francisco takes the form of undocked motorized scooters — and it’s affecting other California cities too. The issue: the […]

Study finds fewer US college students enroll in foreign language classes

Study finds fewer US college students enroll in foreign language classes

Classroom at West Los Angeles College in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.; Credit: Susanica Tam/For KPCC AirTalk® A study by the Modern Language Association (MLA) found the number of US college students studying foreign languages is on a steady decline. Data shows fewer students are enrolling in language classes other than English. […]

According to new study, China trade war would hit California especially hard – what does CA ag think?

According to new study, China trade war would hit California especially hard – what does CA ag think?

Farm workers harvest celery in a field of Brawley, California, in the Imperial Valley, on January 31, 2017. ; Credit: SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Many predictions on the fallout of a potential China trade war have focused on farmers in the Midwest, but according to a new study by Brookings Institution, these tariffs would have […]

With the launch of Getaround, strangers can now rent each other’s cars in Los Angeles

With the launch of Getaround, strangers can now rent each other’s cars in Los Angeles

Jessica Scorpio of Getaround attends TechCrunch Disrupt New York May 2011 at Pier 94 on May 24, 2011 in New York City.; Credit: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for AOL AirTalk® A San Francisco-based car-sharing service is launching in Los Angeles on Thursday.  Getaround gives people a chance to share their cars with strangers through a smartphone […]