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Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more.

Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more.
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Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more.

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We talk to Tony Mendoza about why he resigned from the CA Senate

2/23/2018
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California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed during the opening day of the Senate in Sacramento, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.; Credit: Steve Yeater/AP California state senator Tony Mendoza resigned Thursday from the Legislature after an investigation into allegations that he had made improper advances toward several women. Mendoza denies the charges...

A check in on school security protocol after footage reveals armed Parkland officer never went into the building

2/23/2018
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Broward County Sheriff officers, Brad Griesinger and Jamie Rubenstein (L-R) stand guard at the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images The armed school resource deputy at a high school in Parkland, Florida, did not intervene during the shooting that left 17 people dead, according to the local sheriff. Deputy Scot Peterson resigned Thursday after being suspended without pay pending an internal...

The upcoming Supreme Court case that could have major implications for the future of public sector unions

2/23/2018
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A police officer stands guard on the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 15, 2017.; Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Next week, the nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a case that could change the relationship between public sector unions and the workers they represent in more than 20 states, including California. Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m. EST in Janus v. American Federation State, County, and Municipal Employees, which asks...

Teachers with guns: Examples and experiences from other states

2/22/2018
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U.S. President Donald Trump (C) holds a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Last week’s shooting at a Florida high school reignited the debate over allowing teachers to arm themselves in the classroom. President Trump says specially-trained teachers should be allowed to carry firearms on campus. CA bans the practice...

Encampments, sidewalk tents: Is SoCal ready for the new normal of homelessness?

2/22/2018
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County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images The homeless crisis continues to grow in the Los Angeles suburbs despite political promises. The image that encapsulates this ever-growing issue is the homeless encampments that have been erected all over the city. In the past week, over 400 homeless people who had camped out along the Santa Ana River were given vouchers...

With a lack of physical evidence, will rape allegations against Weinstein hold up in court?

2/22/2018
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Harvey Weinstein speaks during a panel discussion after a screening of the documentary "Bully" at MPAA on March 15, 2012 in Washington, D.C.; Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Co. After months of high-profile accusations, the rape allegation of an Italian model against Harvey Weinstein might be the case that will bring him to trial. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Italian model-actress accuses Weinstein of rape in her Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago....

How YouTube is changing the world, one cat video at a time

2/22/2018
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The "YouTube" logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012.; Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images YouTube has changed the world – with cat videos, double rainbows and ‘Despacito.’ There’s no true recipe for cooking up a viral video, but when they do break, the way we obsess over them tells a lot about us as human beings and our evolving society. Kevin Allocca, head of culture and trends at YouTube, has spent almost a decade tracking the Internet’s most beloved video...

Bike sharing, ride fares, policing tactics and more: updates on LA’s public transit from Metro CEO Phil Washington

2/22/2018
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The Red Line at 7th Street/Metro Center.; Credit: Todd Johnson/KPCC Phil Washington returns for his recurring visit with AirTalk to discuss the latest MTA news. Topics include: Metro’s support for the widening of the 710 freeway Washington’s reaction to the Nava/Lechuga incident, and what the expectations are of the LAPD when handling code-of-conduct situations Ager Linder’s recent sexual assault conviction and moving forward with the prevention of sexual harassment on the Metro;...

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

2/21/2018
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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addresses the media at Police Headquarters in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2014.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images LAPD Chief Charlie Beck surprised many in January when he announced he will be retiring in June, nearly a year and a half before his current term as police chief is supposed to end. Serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over 40 years has been the honor of a lifetime. Leading the men and women of the #LAPD -my family- has been a...

Sexual harassment in CA Legislature: the latest on the Mendoza investigation and more

2/21/2018
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California state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, announces that he will take a month-long leave of absence while an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him are completed during the opening day of the Senate in Sacramento, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.; Credit: Steve Yeater/AP A wave of sexual harassment allegations have swept the California Legislature since the #MeToo movement. Yesterday, a state Senate investigation has released its findings on claims against Sen. Tony...

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

2/20/2018
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California state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, left, listens as lawmakers debate a recall election measure Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Sacramento.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Paid signature-gathering has been a part of the ballot initiative process since its inception in Oregon the early 20th century, but a California Senator is aiming to change that by proposing a bill that would ban signature-gatherers from collecting payment on a per-signature basis. Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman...

In the fight for gun control, can a nation of high school students make a difference this time?

2/20/2018
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Tyra Heman (R) a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds a sign that reads, 'Enough No Guns,' in front of the school where 17 people that were killed on February 14, on February 19, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Gun control advocates are calling for a national walkout at schools across the country. The planned March 14th event follows last Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school. The organizers are calling on Congressional...

As the investigation continues, a look at the latest on the Russia indictments

2/20/2018
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Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images The Department of Justice charged 13 Russians and 3 companies on Friday in an indictment that revealed interference in the 2016 election which favored President Trump’s campaign. As reported by CNN, the Russian government denied on Monday that it had meddled in the election. While Trump did not...

Florida school shooting reignites push for gun legislations. We debate two of them.

2/20/2018
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (C) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) points to a photograph of a rifle with a "bump stock" during a news conference to announce proposed gun control legislation at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Less than a week after a school shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed, California lawmakers are calling for legislative gun control measures that they say would have prevented the...

As Peter Thiel packs his bags for LA, AirTalk asks: have you ever moved because of your political beliefs?

2/20/2018
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Venture capitalist Peter Thiel of the Founders Fund attetnds the inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It was reported last week that one of Silicon Valley’s giants Peter Thiel, known for numerous ventures including co-founding PayPal, being the former CEO of eBay and investing early in Facebook, is moving to Los Angeles in order...

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

2/16/2018
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Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he allegedly killed 17 people, is seen on a closed circuit television screen during a bond hearing in front of Broward Judge Kim Mollica at the Broward County Courthouse on February 15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images As more details surface from Wednesday’s deadly attack on a Parkland, Florida high school, the 19-year-old accused shooter fits into a...

CA bill would prevent companies from firing medical marijuana patients

2/16/2018
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A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images A California bill introduced Wednesday would keep employees from losing their jobs if they test positive for medical cannabis use. As reported by the Cannifornian, the proposal, AB 2069, would also prevent businesses from refusing to hire people because they use medical marijuana. A growing...

Latest on immigration proposals, plus Mueller indicts Russian nationals for election interference

2/16/2018
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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. ; Credit: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images A week that began with the hope that an open debate on the Senate floor would result in a DACA fix has stalled after four immigration proposals were blocked Thursday. One of the proposals was a bipartisan measure that would have given...

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

2/15/2018
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Civil rights Leaders hold hands as they lead a crowd of hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963.; Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images Financially, middle class African-Americans are better off than they have been in decades past. But when you look at their growth compared to that of other ethnic groups, the progress is comparatively slow. Some even say that progress has plateaued or is dropping off. In 2017, analysis of...

Update on Parkland shooting and an analysis on Trump’s speech

2/15/2018
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Sheriff vehicles are seen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Miami on February 14, 2018 following a school shooting.; Credit: MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AFP/Getty Images Yesterday in Parkland, Flor., 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into his old high school with an AR-15 and open fired. 17 people were shot and killed, and a multitude of other were injured. At this point in time, police have reportedly...
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