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LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.

LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.
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LA Observed covers the week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture, sharing breaking news when it's available and tying up loose ends on the topics that Angelenos have been discussing all week.

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Episodes

The search for the next chief of the LAPD

2/13/2018
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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says he will retire this summer and the city - and the department - are looking for his replacement. Who will it be? And how much input will you have?

Duration:00:04:10

Why California's pensions could bankrupt cities, like LA

2/6/2018
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When most people retire, they depend on their savings and Social Security checks to pay the bills. But for local government employees in California, the picture is a bit different. They take advantage of pension plans that dole out checks which often mirror an employee’s salary. But there’s a growing problem with that system: the amount of unfunded liability is on the rise.

Duration:00:04:11

Excessive force or department policy?

1/30/2018
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An 18-year-old woman has filed an excessive force claim against the LAPD after being dragged off a Metro Red Line train. It's raising a lot of questions about police policy and overall safety.

Duration:00:04:28

LA hoping for better news with homeless count

1/23/2018
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Volunteers are fanning out across the city and county of Los Angeles to document the number of people living on the streets and in shelters. The latest count follows a 23 percent jump in homelessness last year.

Duration:00:04:51

Playing politics with the Census

1/16/2018
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The 2020 Census may include a question that hasn't been there in more than half a century: your citizenship. That's not jiving with a number of cities and counties, including in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:04:31

Talking Trash in Los Angeles

1/8/2018
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Trash and recycling removal is big business in the city of L.A. But the biggest business of late has been fielding complaints from people in neighborhoods all across the city who are troubled by how much business is not being done.

Duration:00:04:13

The end of an era at Pacific Alliance Hospital

12/18/2017
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After more than 150 years, Pacific Alliance Hospital is no more.

Duration:00:03:48

Secret list details misconduct by LA sheriffs

12/11/2017
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In Los Angeles, one of the best stories to cover has been misconduct within the LAPD and the much larger Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. An investigation in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times proves that yet again.

Duration:00:04:08

Another Southern California lawmaker accused of sexual assault

12/4/2017
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There is now, another Southern California Democrat being accused of sexual assault. Sacramento lobbyist Pamela Lopez says San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh followed her into a bathroom at a Las Vegas hotel in 2016 and then exposed himself.

Duration:00:04:00

LA lawmaker is political casualty in Sacramento sexual misconduct allegations

11/27/2017
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California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned today, after several women accused him of sexually harassing them.

Duration:00:04:19

LA-area Democrat loses leadership role over harassment allegations

11/20/2017
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San Fernando Valley Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra announced today he will not seek reelection and that he’ll step down from the State Assembly next September.

Duration:00:04:12

Big changes are afoot in the LA media scene

11/13/2017
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It’s safe to say it’s an uncertain time for a couple of Southern California news outlets. The staff at the L.A.Times is still adjusting to new leadership, after its parent company cleaned house this summer. As for the L.A. Weekly, the publication has some new owners. But it’s unclear just who they are and what direction they want to take the publication.

Duration:00:03:46

What does Disney's fight with the LA Times say about journalism?

11/6/2017
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The LA Times reports that its entertainment reporters and critics are not being offered advance screenings of Walt Disney Company movies because of what the media behemoth says isunfair reporting about its business ties with the city of Anaheim.

Duration:00:04:19

Garcetti says 'no' to governor, mum on presidency

10/30/2017
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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will not run for governor of California. That race already has a couple of former mayors: Antonio Villaraigosa – from here in LA, and Gavin Newsom, California's lieutenant governor and a former mayor of San Francisco.

Duration:00:03:58

Garcetti's big plans for fighting climate change

10/23/2017
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Gas and diesel cars and trucks could soon be banned in large parts of Los Angeles. That's the promise that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti made in Paris today.

Duration:00:04:18

The problems may not be over in Porter Ranch

10/16/2017
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State regulators have already given Southern California Gas the green light to begin using some wells at the beleaguered Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. But now a new report claims the months-long gas leak may not be the only health problem afflicting the residents of Porter Ranch.

Duration:00:04:36

LA Times welcomes a new editor

10/9/2017
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There's a new editor-in-chief over at the LA Times: Lewis Dvorkin.

Duration:00:04:36

The FBI doesn't have to name its iPhone hacker

10/2/2017
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A federal judge ruled that the FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor who accessed information on an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack.

Duration:00:03:32

Environmental groups give Newhall Ranch the 'OK'

9/25/2017
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After decades of legal battles, developers and environmental groups in northern LA County say they've reached a deal that could clear the way for the Newhall Ranch project.

Duration:00:04:10

Are the LA Dodgers suffering from the Sports Illustrated curse?

9/11/2017
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A few weeks ago, the buzz surrounding the LA Dodgers, had to do with whether or not they could capture Major League Baseball’s record for most wins in a season. But after losing 15 of 16 games, even winning their division is up in the air.

Duration:00:04:05

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