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A news podcast for people who live in Los Angeles. Hosted by Scott Frazier, Matt Tinoco and Curbed's Alissa Walker.

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No November Rain
Dec 06, 2021
"The Terminator" on Thirty Mile Zone, Episode #26

Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club. We are interrogating classic  and obscure LA movies to try to better comprehend the image of our city  that Hollywood exports to audiences near and far.

Watch along with us: The next Thirty Mile Zone release is on December 8: "Marriage Story"

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Dec 02, 2021
Stop Drop And Wipe
Nov 29, 2021
Smog Check
Nov 22, 2021
It's The 200th Episode

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Nov 15, 2021
"The Fast and the Furious" on Thirty Mile Zone, Episode #25

Scott is joined by Alison Herman (The Ringer) and Andrew Ti (Yo Is This Racist?) to talk about 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, humble franchise launchpad that takes on the late 90s street racing scene in LA. We talk about the birth of modern film franchises, movies about male friendship, and The Supply Chain.

Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club. We are interrogating classic  and obscure LA movies to try to better comprehend the image of our city  that Hollywood exports to audiences near and far.

Watch along with us: The next Thirty Mile Zone release is on November 24: "The Terminator"

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Nov 10, 2021
Google This
Nov 08, 2021
Who Put The "Mean" In Means Testing?

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Nov 01, 2021
“The Neon Demon” on Thirty Mile Zone, #24

Scott talks to Alison Herman (The Ringer), Juliet Bennett Rylah (The Hustle) and Lindsay Katai (Infinity Train, Teen Creeps) about Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2016 horror film The Neon Demon.

Join us as we talk about witches, how LA presents itself to the unprepared, and a P22 sighting in Pasadena.

Oct 27, 2021
Suspense None The Richer
Oct 25, 2021
24 Hour Port-y People

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Oct 18, 2021
Emergency MRT Special

Another LA Councilmember is hit with a federal indictment. Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the most prominent politicians in Los Angeles, now faces charges of conspiracy, bribery, and fraud. Scott Frazier presents the spooky allegations. Listener beware!

Oct 14, 2021
"Spanglish" on Thirty Mile Zone, Episode #23

Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club. We are interrogating classic and obscure LA movies to try to better comprehend the image of our city that Hollywood exports to audiences near and far. 

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Oct 13, 2021
Jagged Little Spill

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Special Interview with Emily Elena Dugdale, of KPCC/LAist. 

Oct 11, 2021
Herding Katz

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Main Story:

Title Note:

  • A reference to the chaotic conduct of the LA City Council redistricting commission, and a play on the name of commissioner Richard Katz.
Oct 04, 2021
"Singin' In The Rain" on Thirty Mile Zone, Episode #22

Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club. We are interrogating classic and obscure LA movies to try to better comprehend the image of our city that Hollywood exports to audiences near and far. 

Watch along with us: The next Thirty Mile Zone release is on October 13: "Spanglish"

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Sep 29, 2021
Kevin Can Go Fund Himself

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Sep 27, 2021
Just the Vaxxed, Ma'am

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Sep 20, 2021
"Like Crazy" on Thirty Mile Zone, Episode #21

Now publishing in the main feed every other week on Wednesday! Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club - we are interrogating the canon of LA movies to try to better understand how the city's signature industry, and audiences worldwide, see us.

Watch along with us: The next Thirty Mile Zone release is on September 29: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, and Donald O'Connor in "Singin' In The Rain."

Sep 15, 2021
The Elder Doomscrolls

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Sep 13, 2021
Life In The Bass Lane

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Sep 06, 2021
Thirty Mile Zone 20: Body Double

Now publishing in the main feed every other week on Wednesday! Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club - we are interrogating the canon of LA movies to try to better understand how the city's signature industry and audiences worldwide see us.

This week, Scott is joined by Carolina Miranda from the LA Times and Alison Herman from The Ringer as we discuss Brian DePalma's 1984 Hitchcock mashup Body Double. How does LA architecture interact with classic thriller tropes? How does DePalma see the line dividing LA's 'legit' and porn film industries? What's the real story behind the Chemosphere in the Hollywood Hills? All that and more on this week's episode!

Watch along with us: Next episode is Like Crazy, posting September 15!

Sep 01, 2021
Moratorium Te Salutamus

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Aug 30, 2021
Good Newsom For People Who Love Bad Newsom

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Listener Question:

  • We clarify the status of free transit in Los Angeles County, and a delay to a previously promised program that would give TAP cards to all students.

Deep Dive:

  • So, there's a recall election coming up. What are the stakes? How are we supposed to vote? The latter third of this episode is dedicated only to talking Newsom Recall.
Aug 23, 2021
School Meals For All

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Aug 16, 2021
After the Action
Aug 09, 2021
BONUS: Thirty Mile Zone 18: Annabelle

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In Episode 18, we talk about the second film in the Conjuring Universe: Annabelle. The titular demonically possessed doll attacks extremely square Santa Monica parents-to-be John and Mia Form.

Here to talk about the hodgepodge of Manson family reactionary paranoia and Rosemary's Baby familial horror are Scott, movie/tv critic Alison Herman (@aherman2006), and writer/horror maven Juliet Bennett Rylah (@jbrylah).

Aug 04, 2021
The Weakest Ink

What happens now that City Council has approved a new anti-homeless ordinance? How is wage theft impacting grocery workers in Los Angeles? Why was a community group's bid to purchase the Crenshaw mall ignored? Why did the Banditos gang in the Sheriff's Department host an inking party? Scott is joined by Cerise Castle and Rachel Reyes to discuss the latest news from LA.

Aug 02, 2021
The Buck Stops Here

Samanta Helou Hernandez joins Scott and Matt to talk about the ongoing pandemic, continuing coverage of the LAPD's bomb in South Central and the sewage spill in the Santa Monica Bay. Then, Scott shares his experience at the trial of Ed Buck.

Jul 26, 2021
Sludge Report

Rachel Reyes joins Matt and Scott to talk LA's reinstated mask mandate, police brutality and right wing violence at Wi Spa, a sewage spill in Santa Monica Bay, racism in the foster care system and Food 4 Less workers bargaining a new contract.

Jul 19, 2021
Bombay Sap-hire

Eric Garcetti answers the call, Wi Spa becomes international news, Los Angeles’ buildings are as vulnerable as South Florida’s, and a dive into how the Venice housing situation got so bad.

Jul 12, 2021
The Masked Linger

The L.A. City Council passes a strict new anti-sleeping in public law, Metro's bus system re-think has a rocky start, LAPD sets off a bomb in a residential neighborhood, and the latest on the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles. 

Jul 05, 2021
INTERVIEW: Lexis-Olivier Ray

Alissa and Scott sit down with reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray to talk about city-provided hand-washing stations for the unhoused. Ray has investigated Los Angeles’ failure to maintain basic sanitary resources for its unsheltered residents during the pandemic, despite public promises to do so.

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Read Ray's reporting at L.A. TACO:

Garcetti Said That L.A.’s Hand-Washing Stations for the Homeless Were Regularly Refilled, Records Obtained Show Otherwise:

There Weren’t Enough Porta-Potties for the Homeless To Begin With, in October They’re Being Pulled:

Hand-Washing Station Vendors Collected Millions of Dollars In Payments From The City While Some Units Went Dry:

Jul 02, 2021
The Floor is LAWA

A not-so-life-changing rail connection to LAX breaks ground, Herb Wesson lights up a second career, the latest on the Sheriff in Venice, and an examination of California’s several iterations of pandemic rent relief.

Jun 28, 2021
Forgot About J

California reopens, and Governor Newsom holds his victory-lap press conference at… Universal Studios? More details about a questionable workplace environment over at the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. City Council considers whether to break-up with LAHSA, and Measure J is in trouble.

Jun 21, 2021
Venice the Menace

Federal agents seize deposit boxes in Beverly Hills. New depositions in the harassment case against Garcetti's former aide. Another recall is announced. Joe Buscaino and Alex Villanueva roll into Venice in an attempt to lift their political fortunes.

Jun 14, 2021
God Save the Queen Mary

Pour one out for Mitch Englander. A fire commissioner becomes a fired commissioner. A few bills make waves in Sacramento. Place and Thank You: The Queen Mary. And a deep dive on LA County's child migrant holding sites and the federal policies that brought them about.

Jun 07, 2021
Release the Krekorian

It's all but certain that Mayor Garcetti is headed to India. Who's going to take his place as interim Mayor? Metro passed its budget. What are the wins and losses? Echo Park Lake is open again. What's it's like? And a new segment about things happening in other cities that could make their way to LA.

May 31, 2021
Citizen Ruthless

Scott and Alissa join guest host MATT TINOCO. California is reopening. Echo Park Lake is reopening. The Citizen app has gone beyond just putting up bounties in LA, it's now launching an on-demand private security service. And how Metro's $8 billion budget still doesn't serve bus riders.

May 24, 2021
De Leon My Wayward Son

Hayes and Alissa are joined by guest host and labor organizer RACHEL REYES. Fire in the Palisades. No more masks. Newson turns the money hose back on. Three Kroger stores permanently revenge-close. Three eventful LA City Council meetings. The Mayor goes to Washington (and comes back). And ALEX FERRER of SAJE and UCLA joins to talk about his research into the role of the stakeholder in municipal decision-making and how we can do better.

May 17, 2021
He's Just Not That India

The Mayor eyes a job on the other side of the world and prospective candidates line up to replace him. People's Budget Coalition convenes a meeting with City Councilmembers. A report on waste collected at Echo Park generates debate. Amazon told to end "diesel death zones."

Garcetti to India + Mayoral Race

Biden considering LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for ambassador to India (Hans Nichols; Axios; 5/4/21)

Mayor Garcetti reportedly being considered for India ambassador post (Dakota Smith; LAT; 5/4/21)

Longtime Garcetti aide Matt Szabo tapped to serve as L.A.'s top budget official (David Zahniser; LAT; 5/5/21) (Dakota Smith; Twitter; 5/5/21)

Editorial: Mayor Garcetti: Please stay and finish the job (LA Times Editorial Board; LAT; 5/7/21)

L.A. Council President Nury Martinez 'seriously considering' a bid for mayor, advisor says (David Zahniser; LAT; 5/5/21)


Activist Coalition Tells LA City Council: Defund The Police, Spend More On Housing, Health And Schools (Libby Denkmann; LAist; 5/7/21)

Homelessness Reaction Grows

After personal effects were retrieved, workers collected 35 tons of trash at Echo Park Lake (Ben Oreskes; LAT; 5/6/21)

Here’s the city’s report on Echo Park cleanup

May 10, 2021
Old Town Broad

Alissa on location at the Union Station Oscars. California loses a seat. The recall is happening. The LA Alliance injunction in limbo. Eli Broad dies at 87. Vaccine limitations shift from supply to demand. LAPD wants more money to reform itself. New allegations on Ray Chan and "indirect bribes."

May 03, 2021
Carter Better Faster Stronger

Schools are open as another LAUSD superintendent steps down. California puts up a big number for renewable energy generation. An order from a federal judge has big implications for skid row and homelessness in LA. And MELISSA ACEDERA of Polo's Pantry talks about her word in food provision and mutual aid.

Apr 26, 2021
The Naming of the Drew

A Covid vaccines is put on hold. City Controller blows up LA's excuses about Project Roomkey expansion. County considering Dr. Drew for LAHSA oversight. Bruce's Beach may be returned 100 years after racist seizure action. LAPD acquitting itself of policy violations. Farewell to the ArcLight.

Show Notes

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Pause

California pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine use (Luke Money, Taryn Luna, Laura J. Nelson, Hayley Smith; LAT; 4/13/21)

PRK Bombshell (People’s City Council; Twitter; 4/15/21)
Letter to Mayor and City Council: FEMA (Google Docs)

LAHSA (Henry Fung; Twitter; 4/15/21)

Dr. Drew Warns of Plague Threat from Los Angeles Homeless (; 2/9/18) (Mike Dickerson; Twitter; 3/21/21)

Editorial: Dr. Drew is the wrong choice for L.A.’s homelessness authority (LAT Editorial Board; LAT; 4/16/21)

'Dr. Drew' eyed for homeless commission, angering advocates who wonder: Is this a joke? (Jaclyn Cosgrove; LAT; 4/16/21)

Bruce’s Beach

Op-Ed: Californians need to face the truth in our own backyards to redress historic wrongs (Steven Bradford; LAT; 4/13/21)

Leaders Announce Legislation as First Step toward Returning Bruce’s Beach (Steven Bradford;; 4/9/21)

California Beach Seized in 1924 From a Black Family Could Be Returned (Jacey Fortin; NYT; 4/18/21)

State of the City

State of the City 2019 (Eric Garcetti;; 2019)

State of the City 2020 (Eric Garcetti;; 2020)

People's Budget LA – Fund services, not cops (People’s Budget LA)


LAPD rejecting most complaints against officers from summer protests; others still under review (Kevin Rector; LAT; 4/10/21) (Cacoëthes Carpendi; Twitter; 4/17/21) (Bill Emory; Twitter; 4/16/21)

Officer alleging harassment says he feared retaliation (Dakota Smith; LAT; 4/6/21)

Place and Thank You

After ArcLight Cinemas' closure, what happens next? (Ryan Faughnder; LAT; 4/16/21)

Don’t Worry, the Cinerama Dome Won’t Get Demolished (Probably) (Alissa Walker; Curbed; 4/13/21)

Dome Theater's Curved Screen Is Saved From Wrecking Ball (Bettina Boxall; LAT; 12/9/1998)

Is Arclight Cinemas Owned By the Church of Scientology? (Adrian Glick Kudler; Curbed LA; 10/11/13)

ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome doesn't need reinvention (Nita Lelyveld; LAT; 4/17/21)

Apr 19, 2021
Flats So Ravin'

LA enters the era of vaccine abundance. A restaurant in Burbank has been having a normal pandemic. Metro appoints a new CEO. The Tejon Ranch development gets postponed again. A number of horrific deaths connected to homelessness in the aftermath of Echo Park Lake -- what can we do now?

Apr 12, 2021
Narcissus and Echo Park

Museums and in-person events are coming back. Video of an LAPD arrest is released. Ralphs is closing in Crenshaw. And journalist Jamie Loftus joins Scott, Alissa, and guest host Matt Tinoco to discuss her reporting for KNOCK-LA and the aftermath of the brutal raids on Echo Park Lake.

Show Notes

Museums and Concerts

California OKs indoor sports, concerts as COVID cases plunge (Adam Beam, Jamie Har; AP; 4/2/21)

LACMA reopens for COVID era with Yoshitomo Nara, Betye Saar (Christopher Knight; LAT; 4/1/21)

Patricia Escárcega Departs LAT

Farewell LA Times (Patricia Escárcega;; 4/1/21)

NAHJ Letter (NAHJ; 11/16/20) 

L.A. Times and Tribune agree to settle pay-disparity lawsuit for $3 million (Meg James; LAT; 11/10/20) (Patricia Escárcega; Twitter; 11/15/20)

'I've been completely disenchanted.' Billionaire speaks out after attacks on Asian Americans (Matt Egan; CNN Business; 4/2/21)

Antone Austin Arrest Video (Jasmyne Cannick; Twitter; 4/2/21)

Antone Austin Complaint (Courtlistener)

Ralphs Closure

Rally at Ralphs in danger of closing on Slauson Avenue set for Saturday (Lisa Olivia Fitch; Our Weekly; 3/31/21)

Kroger to Close 3 LA Grocery Stores After 'Hazard Pay' Mandate (Greg Cornfield; Commercial Observer; 3/10/21) (Jasmyne Cannick; Twitter; 4/3/21) (Steven Sharp; Urbanize LA; 7/27/17) (LA City Clerk)

Jamie Loftus Interview

Former Echo Park Lake Residents, Internal LAHSA Communications Contradict Housing Placement Claims (Jamie Loftus; KNOCK-LA; 4/1/21)

The Fight for Echo Park Lake: Fences and Neighbors (Jamie Loftus; KNOCK-LA; 3/25/21)

Heidi Marston Created a Legacy of Toxicity at LAHSA and the VA - Knock LA (Jamie Loftus; KNOCK-LA; 12/14/20)

Heidi Marston, Famous for Ignoring Unhoused Veterans, Appointed to VA Transition Team (Jamie Loftus; KNOCK-LA; 11/14/20)

Faculty Experts Letter re Echo Park Lake Displacement 31 March 2021 (Ananya Roy et al; 3/31/21)

Scenes From Last Night's Mass Eviction at LA's Echo Park (Alissa Walker; Curbed; 3/26/21) (Tom Bellino; Twitter; 3/29/21) (Lexis-Olivier Ray; Twitter; 3/29/21)

Meet the Man Behind the Echo Park Closure: "There Will Be No Living at the Lake" (Seth Abramovich; THR; 3/30/21)

Op-Ed: LAPD violence in Echo Park enforced class divisions, not public safety (Isaac Scher, LAT, 4/2/21)

Live From Echo Park Lake (Matt Tinoco, Home for Who 3/30/21)

Apr 05, 2021
Leggo My Echo

A brutal week culminates in the forced removal of the unhoused community at Echo Park Lake amid hundreds of LAPD officers and almost as many arrests. And freelance reporter CERISE CASTLE returns to talk about her multi-part series for Knock LA on deputy gangs within the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Mar 29, 2021
Joe B. The Money

COVID cases are way down: is it okay to wonder if the pandemic over? Unrest over the Hollywood Community Plan. Five people shot by LAPD in four days, and an unsettling criminal charge against a journalist. Joe Buscaino enters the race to be Mayor, and a candidate files to replace him on City Council. And ISAAC BRYAN, co-chair of the Measure J campaign and candidate for Assembly District 54, joins to talk about the ongoing struggle to reallocate resources to alternatives to policing.

Mar 22, 2021
Recall Me by Your Name

COVID numbers keep dropping and vaccine eligibility expands. A report documents LAPD's response to the May and June protests against police brutality. And Alissa and Scott debate whether or not they should be freaking out about Gavin Newsom's recall election.


Scott was on Councilmember Mike Bonin's Podcast


COVID Hospitalizations Drop Below 1,000 Ahead of LA County's Move to Red Tier (City News Service; NBC4; 3/13/21)

California counties sidestep direct Blue Shield oversight in new vaccine deal (Melody Gutierrez; LAT; 3/12/21)

AirTalk | Audio: LAUSD, Teachers Union Reach School Reopening Deal | 89.3 KPCC (Kyle Stokes; KPCC; 3/10/21)

LAPD mishandled protests

Report By Independent Counsel, Gerald Chaleff, of the Police Department Response to Protests in May/June 2020 (City of LA; 3/10/21) 

Report faults LAPD for mishandling George Floyd unrest (Kevin Rector, Emily Alpert Reyes; LAT; 3/11/21)

Police Commission finds flaws in LAPD fatal shootings (Cindy Chang; LAT; 3/14/21)

LAPD faces ‘post-Rodney King environment’ as scrutiny over George Floyd protests builds (Kevin Rector; LAT; 3/13/21) (Emily Alpert Reyes; LAT; 3/11/21)

Scott convinces Alissa not to worry about the recall

What to Know Now About the Newsom Recall Effort (Priya Aurora, Jill Cowan; NYT; 3/12/21)

Gavin Newsom Recall: Is California's Governor Blowing It? (Peter Kiefer; LA Mag; 2/23/21)

"Political battle lines form as Newsom recall effort boasts of 2 million signatures (John Myers; LAT; 3/11/21)

Recalling a California governor, explained (Laurel Rosenhall; CalMatters; 2/3/21)

California’s Gavin NewsRecalling a California governor, explainedom Will Likely Face A Recall Election — But He’ll Probably Survive It (Geoffrey Skelley, Nathaniel Rakich; 538; 2/10/28) (Julia Wick; Twitter; 3/12/21) (Kevin Faulconer; Twitter; 3/11/21)

Mar 15, 2021
You Concrete Me

LA is about to enter the red tier — what does it mean for dining, movies, and especially schools? The City Council overrides a veto in a contentious meeting. The stimulus package dumps billions of dollars on local budgets. And the concrete industry is trying to sneak a really bad motion onto the city books.

Show Notes

Quick Hits

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declares victory in state Senate race (Jaclyn Cosgrove, LAT; 3/3/21)

Covid (LA Public Health, LAT; 3/2/21)

Here’s what can reopen when L.A. County moves into the less restrictive red tier (Sareen Habeshian, KTLA; 3/3/21)

91% YES: UTLA members overwhelmingly unite behind a safe return (UTLA; 3/5/21)

March 2021 (LAANE; March 21)

Mayoral Veto Override

Letter to Council President Nury Martinez – People's Budget LA  (People’s Budget LA; 2/28/21)

Council overrides Garcetti veto, then they agree on funds to aid communities of color (Dakota Smith, LAT; 3/2/21)

New Federal Stimulus Package

LA slow to submit FEMA aid paperwork for homeless hotels (Benjamin Oreskes, Dakota Smith, LAT; 3/3/21)

L.A. County won't expand program to shelter homeless people in hotels (Benjamin Oreskes, Dakota Smith, LAT; 3/5/21)


Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies say gangs targeting "young Latinos" operate within department (CBS News; 2/25) (Michael Kohlhaas, Twitter; 3/6/21)

Rodney King: 30 years after brutal beating, activists say LAPD 'still corrupt and violent' (Sam Levin, The Guardian, 3/3/21)

Concrete Wars (Shane Phillips, Twitter; 3/5/21)



Mar 08, 2021
How I Metro Mother


  • Guest host JT the LA Storyteller and this week's The Ten guest Samanta Helou-Hernandez have a community series about redlining, gentrification and displacement in East Hollywood. First session Thursday at 6PM! Ask them questions at!
  • Check out the Ten here

Quick Hits



Mar 01, 2021
Roomkey of the Year

Schools can now reopen... but will they? Some confusing and clarifying words from the Mayor on Project Roomkey. DA George Gascon seeks information on officer misconduct. Is Patrick Soon-Shiong selling the LA Times? Councilmember Nithya Raman changes course. And freelance reporter CERISE CASTLE joins the show to speak up about her experiences working at KCRW and their new #MyBlackLA project.

We didn’t reach out for comment from KCRW before the episode aired, but after it was released, Cerise Castle corrected or clarified a few moments: Paul Bennun is KCRW’s Chief Content Officer, not Chief Operating Officer. Also, a previous version of this episode contained a statement from Cerise Castle about a meeting she'd had with a KCRW staff member. Later, Cerise and another former KCRW employee clarified on social media that she had misremembered and that her recollection wasn’t accurate. We've removed that section from the episode.

Feb 22, 2021
Vaccine Age Dream

More controversy over vaccine prioritization! A little (but not enough) momentum for expanding Project Roomkey! What's the deal with the LAPD union's new deal? And the major crisis at the Employment Development Department.

Feb 15, 2021
The Wheels on the Buscaino

What kind of issues is LA experiencing with vaccine distribution? What's up with this debate on building preservation right now? Why did the police union finally decide to make a deal to delay their raises? Who's raising the most money in city races, and from where? And LAUSD Board President KELLY GONEZ joins the show to talk about the recent threat by a Councilmember to sue the district to reopen, and what it's going to take to make schools safe for kids and teachers.

Feb 08, 2021
Do You Have to Let Englander

With deaths still at record highs, are we looking at the other side of the surge? Newsom's new rules on vaccinations, outdoor dining, evictions, and rent relief. Non-non-violent protest at Dodger Stadium. A former City Councilmember is sentenced to prison. And a big win at the Metro board meeting.

Feb 01, 2021
November Strain

It rained! COVID hospitalizations and tests are falling, but CA's vaccine rollout is now the worst in the country. What are the ethics of vaccine chasing? And is there actually a new strain? New FEMA guidelines open a path for Project Twomkey. Mitch Englander is about to be sentenced, and the developments Huizar greased get approved in PLUM. Finally, Culver City Vice Mayor and State Senate candidate DANIEL WAYNE LEE joins to talk about Culver City's unique role as a laboratory for equitable housing policy in the 2020 election.

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Jan 25, 2021
Stadium of Emergency

Rain maybe! Dodger Stadium becomes the biggest vaccination site in the country. When can you get one? Are there more restrictions coming? LAPD and LASD participate in an attempted coup. More information on the deputy who killed Andres Guardado. And looking ahead to Wednesday's inauguration, Mitch Englander's sentencing, and whether John Lee will ever be held accountable.

Jan 18, 2021
Masker of None

As right-wing riots extended from DC to downtown, what does the end of the Trump administration mean for the next few years in LA? What could the a federal Dem trifecta potentially bring? Plus: new uncertainty around LA's testing provider, ADEM elections, Prop 22 fallout, and the passing of two LA legends.

Jan 11, 2021
Gascon... F*** It, Gascoff

Another week of drip cribs, Christian rock rallies, packed malls, and record cases as LA continues to be the epicenter of the global pandemic. George Gascon's Deputy District Attorneys sue to block his reforms. And we offer a Place and Thank You to the 101 Coffee Shop.

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Jan 04, 2021
I Wish I Was a Little Bit Scala

LA County is… once… again… seeing a record number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. But the malls are open! Garcetti, in a surprising break from city council, vetoes the City Council's LAPD funding reallocation. Nury Martinez makes her City Council committee assignments. RIP SHAKE ALERT LA. And we look back at our predictions for 2020 and make our wishes for 2021.

Dec 28, 2020
Don't Nury, Be Happy

LA County is now the worldwide epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise. What’s next? Mayor Garcetti announces that he won’t be taking a job in the Biden White House. What happened? And a rundown on what to expect for assignments to City Council committees.

Dec 21, 2020
Chalfant Terrible

COVID hospitalizations continue to surge in Los Angeles County. Preparations for vaccine distribution begin. A local judge puts onerous requirements on future public health closures. LA’s new DA is making huge changes. Governor Newsom gets to make another high profile appointment. And Garcetti’s cabinet hopes are fading fast.

Dec 14, 2020
Geragos Again on My Own

LA reaches its more dangerous point in the COVID pandemic. How many hospital beds are available? What happens when we run out? How were the new restrictions rolled out? What's up with Garcetti's next job? Why is one downtown restaurant suing the county? And is the city going to defund a thousand police?

Dec 07, 2020
Ferrer and Loathing

Spiking cases and hospitalizations prompt a new Safer at Home. Actions in El Sereno and outside the Mayor's house. The history and current status of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. And three members of the Hillside Villa Tenants Association, RENE ALEXZANDER, ROSA HERNANDEZ, and MARINA MALOUF, talk about their fight to preserve their building as affordable housing.

Nov 30, 2020
Jacobs Sadder

LA reaches an unprecedented COVID emergency right before a holiday where people see their families. A photo throws Mayor Garcetti's career future into question. And BEN ORESKES and DOUG SMITH of the LA Times join to discuss their new reporting on the political and policy impacts of LA's bridge housing program for people who are homeless.

Nov 23, 2020
Nithya Don't Know, Now You Know

The LA Times op-ed section does it again. Who from LA is on Biden’s transition team? More Garcetti DOT murmurs. Villanueva in more trouble. COVID is very bad again and our leaders are not handling it well. And an interview with Councilmember-elect NITHYA RAMAN.

Nov 16, 2020
Ryu the Day

WHAT A WEEK. Local election results. LA is championed nationwide as the home of a progressive anti-carceral movement. Our long national nightmare is over but what does Biden mean for LA? Will Garcetti stay or go? And LAPD announces cuts.

Nov 09, 2020
Jesus Swept

It’s the day before the election. What did we see in the last week of early voting? How much money have candidates raised, and where from? What’s going to happen tomorrow? City Council votes once again on whether to recommence sweeps, with unexpected results.

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Nov 02, 2020
From Husk Till Dawn

A sexual harassment scandal in the Mayor’s Office blows up. New moves against the Sheriff and DA. The City’s headed for a financial cliff. Hollywood NOW at war with itself over endorsements. Target Husk becomes a real boy.

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Oct 26, 2020
Pelosing My Religion

The Council District Four race leaves the rails, never to return. Garcetti plays coy about the Cabinet job he definitely wants. The history of the deadly Exide facility in Vernon, and the deal the federal government approved this week. Metro wants to widen more freeways and tear down your house.

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Oct 19, 2020
Lacey Les Bon Temps Rouler

One of the developers that bribed Jose Huizar signs a non-prosecution agreement. LA has to pay the accountant it's suing over the DWP billing fiasco. David Ryu goes negative against Nithya Raman. More endorsements for George Gascon. Playgrounds are open! And the hosts make ten predictions for what will win and what won't on November 3rd.

Oct 12, 2020
An Eric and Horror Story

Mayor Garcetti was at the first presidential debate. The LA Times wrote something unfortunate about it. An arrest made in the shooting of two deputies. A different deputy was shot by another deputy. Who is going to run against Alex Villanueva? Three more LAPD officers are charged with falsifying evidence. And we announce our NOVEMBER 2020 VOTER GUIDE

Oct 05, 2020
Sans Sheriff

Cuts to Metro go through. Buses will remain too crowded. More beatings of protestors by LASD. A scuffle at an LAPD station. The LA Times reckons with its racist history. In its presence, it makes some endorsements. Councilmember Ryu goes on the offense against Nithya Raman. And EUNISSES HERNANDEZ, co-chair of Yes on Measure J, joins the show to talk about why this county ballot measure is so important.

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Sep 28, 2020
Villanueva Been Kissed

The earthquake we needed right now. A string of lies from the Sheriff's department and calls for the Sheriff's resignation. A report on low usage at cooling centers. Why hotels didn't participate in Project Roomkey. A "tsunami" of hotel closures. And hasta la vista to LA Al Fresco.

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Sep 21, 2020
Queer as Smoke

The sky is weird and the air smells bad. Ongoing protests and fallout related to Dijon Kizzee's killing by LASD. Two deputies are shot in Compton. LA uses a vigilante app for contact tracing. New reports on the cost of HHH units. The guy who wrote Point Break put some big rocks under a bridge. Paul Koretz kills another bike lane. 

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Sep 14, 2020
The Hot Against America

New record high temperatures in LA: where do people go to cool down? More details on the killing of Dijon Kizzee by LASD and the protests that followed. How LA's park spaces became distance learning centers. After six months of COVID, where did we think we would be?

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Sep 07, 2020
EMERGENCY PODCAST: September to Remember

Scott, Alissa, and Hayes wrap up the disastrous end to California's legislative session and LA's City Council's vote to furlough 15,000 city workers.

Sep 04, 2020
Come on Feel Van Nuys

Rising tension between the LAPD's union and elected officials. Beverly Hills prosecuting curfew violations. Bizarre turns in the City Council District 4 race. Metro hurtles toward service cuts. And the tourism board needs your help. 

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Aug 31, 2020
Welcome to Good Barger

A new theme song. Fires in California. Gangs in the Sheriff's Department. Declining COVID-19 numbers. The start of the LAUSD school year. Shuttered emergency shelters. Resumed sweeps in Venice. A QAnon protest in Hollywood. A police killing in Pasadena. A Postal Board Governor in San Marino. And one of the last bills in the state housing package.

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Aug 24, 2020
Heat Pray Love

Potentially the worst heat wave in a decade helps start two fires and leads to rolling blackouts across California. COVID hospitalizations are dropping but the data remains an issue. LASD gives a press conference on Andres Guardado's shooting, and the LAPD Chief says sorry for a police lie about a Councilmember. What does it mean for local politics if Biden and Harris win? And an interview with NRDC Senior Attorney MELISSA LIN-PERELLA about a consequential vote by City Council regarding emissions at the Port of LA.

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Aug 17, 2020
Got Melugin So Crazy Right Now

Scott and Hayes Prop It Like It's Hot with a rundown of every proposition on the California state ballot for November. BUT FIRST: where did a local news reporter get police records he used to smear a Councilmember? And how much closer did LAUSD get to a reopening plan?

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Aug 10, 2020
Through a Sassafras Darkly

"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?

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Aug 03, 2020
An American in Harris (Dawson)

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

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?

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Jul 20, 2020
Brighten the Coroners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, and how the first days of LA County's new early voting system went, and LACMA's big debts.

Feb 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2019, evaluate their wishes from last year, and make some new ones.

Dec 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We're joined by Ciclavia Chief Strategist TAFARAI BAYNE, trauma-informed care educator CHAVONNE TAYLOR, and Streetsblog writer SAHRA SULAIMAN 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

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

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

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

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.

Aug 19, 2019

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

City Hall re-re-criminalizes sleeping in cars, and Mayor Garcetti's office has a woman's cart thrown away after she 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 preserving his sister Mely's memory after she was killed by LAPD at Trader Joe's one year ago, and talks about why his family is suing the city.

Aug 05, 2019

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

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

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

Recording just after the Friday earthquake, the hosts open up about how they personally 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

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

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

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, and break some actual good news live on the show.

Jun 17, 2019

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!

Jun 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alissa, Scott, and Hayes talk about a bunch of big developments in 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 LAUSD strike is over... what was the final deal and why did it take so long? County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is running for City Council... why hasn't he officially announced yet, and who's running to take his place? Adam Schiff might be running 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

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

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

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

Alissa, Scott and Hayes choose the most representative stories of 2018 in LA and make resolutions for the city for 2019.

Dec 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alissa, Scott and Hayes sift through the rubble of Tuesday's election with some of the biggest stories: Prop 10, Alex Villanueva for Sheriff, 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

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 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

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

Oct 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 mini-city in the middle of nowhere in 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

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 of the 43rd District to talk about her Vision Zero bill and to Prop, Lock and Drop It for Prop 6, the gas tax repeal.

Aug 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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

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 had to resign.

Mar 28, 2018