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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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Through a Sassafras Darkly
01:17:34

"Community Safety Partnership Bureau" and why does LAPD want to start one? Does any LA law enforcement department not have gangs? Did City Council vote to resume sweeps? Did you feel the earthquake? Why was Karen Bass talking about Scientology?

Articles referenced in this episode:

https://twitter.com/sahrasulaiman/status/1287904853553889280

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-01/social-media-video-alleges-l-a-sheriffs-employees-held-private-party-at-hollywood-bar-during-pandemic

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-30/sheriff-clique-compton-station-executioners

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/huizar-scandal-highlights/

 

Aug 03, 2020
An American in Harris (Dawson)
01:03:48

Scott, Hayes and Alissa are joined by COUNCILMEMBER MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON of Council District Eight for a conversation about LA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, future possibilities of relief for tenants, possibilities for reimagining public safety in LA, and the city's new political reality thanks to the Black Lives Matter protests.

Jul 27, 2020
Fresco Away for a While
01:00:34

A summary of everything LA elected officials have done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in LA. Also: Is LA Al Fresco real? What's going on with Slow Streets? What was Charter Amendment C, and why did it possibly lead to an officer getting to keep his job after murdering someone in Costco? And what did a deputy post online that led to him getting demoted?

Articles referenced in this episode:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-16/lapd-chief-michel-moore-wants-more-power-to-fire-officers

https://jimbotimes.com/2020/07/08/make-virgil-avenue-feel-safe-for-families-again-a-note-for-sqirl-melody-and-every-white-owned-business-along-virgil-avenue/

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-15/sheriff-chief-of-staff-andres-guardado

Jul 20, 2020
Brighten the Coroners
01:23:49
The LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner defies Sheriff Villanueva's orders. Three LAPD officers are charged with falsifying data. LA hits another peak in its COVID-19 outbreak. UTLA votes against reopening schools. Should the City Council be removed from land use decisions? And ALBERT CORADO returns to talk about the recent activity of the People's City Council and this Sunday's march to honor of the two-year anniversary of Mely Corado's death.
Jul 13, 2020
On a Wing and a Mayor
01:24:44
Increasingly dire numbers for LA's COVID-19 outbreak, and another walkback for LA Al Fresco. The LA County Sheriff comes even more unglued. Upheaval at the LA Times. And some progress made in defunding the police.
Jul 06, 2020
Bar-City Blues
01:04:57
As L.A. waffles over re-opening, Scott and Alissa reckon with the city's mixed messaging surrounding COVID-19. A $100 million rental assistance program begins July 1st. And, predictably, there's an update on the Tampon Frappucino.
Jun 29, 2020
EMERGENCY PODCAST: Casino Loyale
01:00:15
A sitting LA City Councilmember is arrested. Scott, Alissa, and Hayes talk about the new federal charging documents, what happened, and what could be next. PLUS: tampon Frappucino.
Jun 24, 2020
Herb It Through the Grapevine
01:53:09
A day-by-day recap of another stunning week in LA. Plus, guest SPIKE FRIEDMAN, an organizer with NOlympics LA, joins the show to talk about the current state of the LA Olympics and the impacts the event could have on policing, homelessness, transit, and more.
Jun 22, 2020
Scrums of Beverly Hills
01:13:52
An update on the Black Lives Matter protests in LA, and the city's response. What's happening with the COVID-19 outbreak? And KCRW's ANNA SCOTT joins to talk about the recently released 2020 Homeless Count numbers and her new podcast Samaritans.
Jun 15, 2020
Check, Police
01:55:12
A day-by-day recap of another stunning week in Los Angeles: protests, police unions, and some very real progress.
Jun 08, 2020
Seven Days in Mayday
01:50:58
A recap and discussion of the last week in LA: the abrupt reopening, the deepening corruption investigation, and the uprising against police violence.
Jun 01, 2020
If You Subpoena Coladas
01:08:45
Sifting through the misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles. A City Council discussion of the Mayor's proposed budget. The first Measure R subpoena of the LA County Sheriff. And Alissa's latest controversy-inducing piece for Curbed.
May 25, 2020
Go Mask Alice
01:10:14
Why did a building explode in Downtown LA? Why are LAPD officers refusing to wear masks? What are the latest developments in the FBI investigation of Councilmember Jose Huizar, the COVID-19 outbreak in LA, and the construction of the Crenshaw Line? And why has a federal judge ordered 7,000 people who are homeless to move?
May 18, 2020
EMERGENCY PODCAST: RICO Suave
00:50:21
Yet another guilty plea in the FBI's investigation of corruption at LA City Council. Scott and Hayes run through the timeline.
May 15, 2020
Curbside Your Enthusiasm
01:06:13
LA begins Phase 2 of pandemic recovery, reopening some businesses: how has it gone so far? More info on the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak in LA: where are the cases, who's getting tested, and what company is providing the tests? California faces a record-high budget deficit. A SoCalGas front group threatened a deadly protest. The VA experiments with safe camping. Trump weighs in on a Lancaster polling place. And Alissa, Hayes and Scott eulogize restaurants that have closed during the pandemic.
May 11, 2020
Karma's a Beach
01:10:56
Shocking COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons and nursing facilities. LA Times reporters get furloughed. A project to open space for pedestrians in Del Rey gets suspended. Southern Californians get beach shamed. An unhoused Angeleno seizes a hotel room. Scott reports on struggling LA restaurants. And a strange gift to the LAPD.
May 04, 2020
While My Qatar Gently Weeps
01:07:48
LA's City Council chooses not to pass tenant protections -- again. COVID-19 numbers in LA get confusing. The Mayor proposes budget cuts -- but is he telling residents the real reason why? And the Mayor's Fund gets a generous gift from an unlikely source.
Apr 27, 2020
Ice Budget Challenge
01:05:57
A brutal week for LA local journalism, and an announcement from LA Podcast Inc. An update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles and the financial implications for Angelenos. The Mayor's State of the City, and hints about what we'll see in his proposed budget. The progress of government efforts to shelter people who are homeless in hotel rooms. And what to look for in this Wednesday's City Council meeting.
Apr 20, 2020
Hotel It on the Mountain
01:03:21
An update on the COVID-19 outbreak in LA: are we past the peak? Which residents are being put in unnecessary danger? And what happens next? The City Council gathers for another meeting. The Crenshaw Line is delayed again. And the hosts pick their LA Quarantine House.
Apr 13, 2020
I Wanna Lord Your Land
01:24:02
A status report on the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles. LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong makes an investment in fighting the pandemic. Landlords feel left out of the relief program conversation. And City Council candidate NITHYA RAMAN joins the show to talk about the possible impacts of a recession on city services.
Apr 05, 2020
Mr. Moratorium's Wonder Emporium
01:16:20
Updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles. A marathon City Council meeting via teleconference. And the battle between the County Supervisors and the Sheriff continues.
Mar 30, 2020
Life During Quar-time
01:06:24
An update on the spread of Coronavirus in LA, and the marathon City Council meeting to address it. A strange day in federal court on the city's response to homelessness. And a shocking series of revelations in the FBI's investigation of Councilmember Jose Huizar.
Mar 23, 2020
SoCal Distancing
01:03:05
News updates, broad speculation, and personal check-ins about the coronavirus outbreak in LA. A group of unhoused families moves into state-owned housing in El Sereno. And the Mitch Englander indictment story develops.
Mar 16, 2020
EMERGENCY PODCAST: Mitch Better Have My Money
00:48:14
A former LA City Councilmember is indicted on multiple counts of corruption and obstruction. What happened and what's going to happen next? This is an emergency episode of LA Podcast.
Mar 10, 2020
RAMAN DOWN A DREAM
01:19:24
Election Day wrap-up: how did the new voting system go, and what were the results? The decision not to cancel the LA Marathon due to the threat of coronavirus. And a local nonprofit struggling in its goal to become an affordable housing provider.
Mar 09, 2020
BLAME IT ON LORAINE
00:49:38
Fearmongering in Koreatown as LA prepares for coronavirus outbreak. Powerful City Council candidates smear their grassroots opponents as Councilmembers close ranks to endorse their colleagues. And a playground causes serious controversy in Larchmont.
Mar 02, 2020
FIRE STRAITS
00:57:14
Scott and Alissa talk about Trump's visit to LA for an Olympic briefing, Gavin Newsom's State of the State and Homelessness Task Force, the LA Times profile of Fire Station No. 9 in Skid Row, how the first days of LA County's new early voting system went, and LACMA's big debts.
Feb 24, 2020
PAMA CHAMELEON
01:01:12
A City Councilmember puts forward a seismic package of progressive housing legislation. The Trump administration is sending SWAT-like CBP squads to LA. A candidate for City Council announces a controversial campaign event. A motion to allow park rangers to carry guns. And KPCC/LAist's AARON MENDELSON joins to discuss his major investigation into a Southern California mega-landlord with a shocking history.
Feb 17, 2020
MURDER, SHE VOTE
01:14:58
A celebrity is killed trying to cross the street in Venice. Metro unveils a plan to speed up the Expo Line. Mayor Garcetti has opinions on criminal justice reform. And Scott, Alissa and Hayes go through the competitive local races on the March ballot.
Feb 10, 2020
50 SHADES OF NAY
01:00:58
Remembering what Kobe Bryant meant to Los Angeles. SB50 goes down again. A proposal for a roast diet in Hollywood. And a laundry heir has it out for a school board member.
Feb 03, 2020
ECHO TERRORISM
00:56:28
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.
Jan 27, 2020
WHILE YOU WERE SWEEPING
00:55:05
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.
Jan 19, 2020
BIDEN OFF MORE THAN HE CAN CHEW
00:59:43
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.
Jan 13, 2020
MOORE THAN WORDS
00:59:27
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.
Jan 06, 2020
LET'S YEAR IT FOR THE BOY
01:04:17
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.
Dec 30, 2019
BOISE DON'T CRY
01:09:50
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.
Dec 23, 2019
TUTOR WINDOW, TUTOR WALL
00:52:54
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.
Dec 16, 2019
SORRY FOR YOUR LAHSA
01:01:09
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.
Dec 09, 2019
WHAT, ME NURY?
01:04:31
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.
Dec 02, 2019
WHOSE LANE IS IT ANYWAY?
01:05:35
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.
Nov 25, 2019
ASSISTANT OF A DOWN
01:02:11
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.
Nov 18, 2019
MARTHA MARCIANO MAY MARLENE
00:43:49
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.
Nov 10, 2019
LACEY SUNDAY
00:54:12
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.
Nov 04, 2019
WOOLSEY CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
00:59:50
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.
Oct 28, 2019
I JUST CAUSED TO SAY I LOVE YOU
00:55:10
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.
Oct 21, 2019
CAR-VETO'S WAY
01:02:43
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.
Oct 14, 2019
DRAWN AND CORRIDORED
00:54:18
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!
Oct 07, 2019
SINCE YOU BEEN HAHN
01:00:05
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!
Sep 30, 2019
A WESSON LEARNED
00:48:15
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.
Sep 23, 2019
PRESIDENT EVIL
01:12:01
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.
Sep 16, 2019
BONIN 60 SECONDS
01:04:19
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.
Sep 09, 2019
WHO HUNTS THE HUNTSMAN?
00:55:21
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.
Sep 02, 2019
IT TAIX A VILLAGE
01:00:08
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.
Aug 26, 2019
DANCING INDUSTRY
00:53:14
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 residence 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.
Aug 19, 2019
THE FIRE TEXT TIME
00:54:51
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?
Aug 12, 2019
UNBREAK MY CART
00:59:28
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.
Aug 05, 2019
WE DIDN'T START THE FEUER
00:51:14
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.
Jul 29, 2019
VILLANUEVA HAVE I EVER
01:00:12
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.
Jul 22, 2019
EAGLE ROCK ME AMADEUS
00:57:07
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!
Jul 15, 2019
SHIVER ME TEMBLORS
00:52:34
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.
Jul 08, 2019
YOU SUNK MY RIDERSHIP
01:05:35
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?
Jul 01, 2019
SCAG ME TO HELL
01:27:58
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.
Jun 24, 2019
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARKING
01:05:11
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.
Jun 17, 2019
BIG QUESTIONS: LIVE AT UCLA
01:05:36
LA Podcast does its first live show at UCLA's Luskin 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!
Jun 14, 2019
LET ME COUNT THE MALAISE
01:03:50
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.
Jun 10, 2019
THE ATKINS (HOUSING) DIET
00:56:53
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.
Jun 03, 2019
KEEP COMMERCE AND CARRY ON
00:55:00
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.
May 27, 2019
NO ME IMPORTA-NTINO
00:54:22
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.
May 20, 2019
ZEV COMEDY JAM
01:03:11
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!
May 13, 2019
MAN OF GREEN FABLES
00:53:38
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!
May 06, 2019
SPEED 2: CARUSO CONTROL
00:52:35
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.
Apr 29, 2019
KEN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME
01:03:09
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.
Apr 22, 2019
ZUMTHOR'S GOTTA GIVE
01:08:57
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.
Apr 15, 2019
METRO LA BOOMIN
00:55:03
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.
Apr 08, 2019
LYFTED SHIFTED HIGHER THAN A CEILING
01:03:43
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!
Apr 01, 2019
HOUSE IT GONNA BE
01:03:56
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.
Mar 25, 2019
BUTTERFLY FOR A WHITE GUY
01:11:24
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.
Mar 18, 2019
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOYAN
01:15:29
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.
Mar 11, 2019
WHOOP! (THERE IT IS)
00:58:26
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.
Mar 04, 2019
SHE MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WASTE
00:59:29
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!
Feb 25, 2019
A LIGHTER SHADE OF RAIL
01:05:17
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.
Feb 18, 2019
RAT'S WHAT SHE SAID
01:07:28
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.
Feb 11, 2019
CAMPAIGN SUPERNOVA
01:01:36
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.
Feb 04, 2019
THE SCHIFFING NEWS
01:06:56
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?
Jan 28, 2019
A CURREN AFFAIR
00:59:23
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.
Jan 21, 2019
SEVEN BRIBES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
01:04:59
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.
Jan 14, 2019
PAVILION DOLLAR LISTING
01:01:21
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.
Jan 10, 2019
2018: THE YEAR HERE
00:57:32
Alissa, Scott and Hayes choose the most representative stories of 2018 in LA and make resolutions for the city for 2019.
Dec 31, 2018
BIG TUNNEL IN MIDDLE CRENSHAW
00:54:45
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!
Dec 24, 2018
STRIKIN' TEACH MEMOIRS
01:04:51
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.
Dec 17, 2018
SURELY YOU CONGEST
01:12:32
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.
Dec 10, 2018
FUNDRAISIN IN THE SUN
01:06:54
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.
Dec 03, 2018
ROAD DIET TO PERDITION
00:57:17
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.
Nov 26, 2018
SEEDY 14
00:51:19
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.
Nov 19, 2018
FIGHT FIRE WITH CONTEXT-SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT
01:21:45
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.
Nov 12, 2018
ELECTION FALLOUT RUNDOWN
01:00:09
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!
Nov 08, 2018
LAKE SHOW
00:44:50
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?
Nov 05, 2018
THE DOLLAR PURPLE
00:53:56
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!
Oct 29, 2018
THE LAST VOTER GUIDE EPISODE
01:14:57
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.
Oct 22, 2018
SCRUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS
00:51:57
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)!
Oct 15, 2018
HUIZAR: THE BLUE ALBUM
01:11:54
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.
Oct 08, 2018
THE GIMME SHELTER CROSSOVER
01:17:05
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.
Oct 04, 2018
THE FLAWED BANK REDEMPTION
01:09:19
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.
Oct 01, 2018
AMERICA'S TEXT COP MODEL
00:46:10
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.
Sep 24, 2018
ALL CLIMATE ON THE WESTERN FRONT
01:05:57
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.
Sep 17, 2018
LOVE DON'T COSTA THING
01:05:47
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.
Sep 10, 2018
CHRONIC PENAL FAILURE
00:56:21
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.
Sep 03, 2018
AND TEJON OF THE BRAVE
01:09:18
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.
Aug 27, 2018
GAS-FED BEEF
00:52:41
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.
Aug 20, 2018
BONUS: SCANNED AND DELIVERED
00:55:41
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.
Aug 16, 2018
PROP 13 REASONS WHY
01:08:02
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)!
Aug 13, 2018
THE TALENTED MR. RIDLEY-THOMAS
00:47:58
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.
Aug 06, 2018
HILL STREETCAR BLUES
00:52:10
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.
Jul 30, 2018
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY
01:02:32
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.
Jul 23, 2018
BADGE TO THE BONE
01:07:26
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.
Jul 19, 2018
EXTREMELY PROUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
01:03:10
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.
Jul 16, 2018
SODA STORY GOES
00:33:23
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?
Jul 09, 2018
SCOOT TO KILL
00:58:16
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.
Jul 02, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: WATERSHIP BROWN
00:41:44
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.
Jun 28, 2018
SIDEWALK THE LINE
00:44:54
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.
Jun 25, 2018
TIME CRISIS: EDGE OF NAVARRO
00:36:59
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.
Jun 18, 2018
CHARTER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER
00:38:54
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.
Jun 11, 2018
THE HOLY COUNTIN'
00:41:35
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.
Jun 04, 2018
THE VOTER GUIDE NO ONE ASKED FOR
00:43:31
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?
May 28, 2018
USC-CRETS AND LIES
00:36:31
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.
May 21, 2018
LOVE ME VENDOR
00:46:20
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.
May 14, 2018
JUST BEUT ME
00:35:57
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.
May 07, 2018
SINCE YOU BEEN GONDOLA
00:38:13
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.
Apr 30, 2018
"We need our space."
00:36:23
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.
Apr 23, 2018
The Mayor Makes Out with an Ear of Corn
00:44:40
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.
Apr 16, 2018
We Somehow Have Exclusive Information About Elon Musk's Tunnels And Also A School Board Member Got Arrested at Yard House
00:42:17
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.
Apr 09, 2018
State Representatives Have Been Committing Sex Crimes So Now You Have to Vote Again
00:37:48
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.
Mar 28, 2018