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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 […]

Next steps for GOP after Paul Ryan roils Republican ranks with retirement announcement

Next steps for GOP after Paul Ryan roils Republican ranks with retirement announcement

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announces his retirement during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018.; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The race to see who will be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives kicked off in earnest on Wednesday after Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he […]

After 100,000 teens preregister to vote in California, is it time to lower the voting age?

After 100,000 teens preregister to vote in California, is it time to lower the voting age?

A young demonstrator participates in the March for Our Lives Los Angeles rally on March 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Sarah Morris/Getty Images AirTalk® California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released data showing that 100,000 teens have pre-registered to vote in California under a 2016 law that gave them the opportunity to sign […]

California bill takes on high healthcare costs – by setting prices for medical services

California bill takes on high healthcare costs – by setting prices for medical services

A doctor’s stethoscope left on a table.; Credit: Photo by Connor Tarter via Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® The fight for equitable healthcare in the state is branching off to another front. A new Assembly bill has been introduced today that would let the state set prices for medical services – from doctor’s visits to hospital […]

California bill takes on high healthcare costs – by setting prices for medical services

California bill takes on high healthcare costs – by setting prices for medical services

A doctor’s stethoscope left on a table.; Credit: Photo by Connor Tarter via Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® The fight for equitable healthcare in the state is branching off to another front. A new Assembly bill has been introduced today that would let the state set prices for medical services – from doctor’s visits to hospital […]

Social workers on the subway: LA Metro trying new approach to dealing with homelessness

Social workers on the subway: LA Metro trying new approach to dealing with homelessness

Julian Turner (right), part of Metro’s homeless outreach team, chats with two young men outside the Pershing Square stop.; Credit: Rina Palta, KPCC AirTalk® As the homelessness crisis worsens in Los Angeles, the public transit system increasingly becomes a space where people without homes take shelter, which comes with repercussions for its safety, usability and […]