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Metro 405 Tolls, Bullet Train Under Burbank Airport, Why LA Lacks a City Song




LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Light traffic flows on the Interstate 405 after it re-opened ahead of schedule following the10 mile shutdown of the nation's busiest freeway for bridge work the Mulholland bridge on July 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles city officials advised residents to stay home or stay away from the area over the weekend fearing massive traffic jams of what has become known as ''Carmageddon.'' which never materialized. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Light traffic flows on the Interstate 405 after it re-opened ahead of schedule following the10 mile shutdown of the nation's busiest freeway for bridge work the Mulholland bridge on July 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles city officials advised residents to stay home or stay away from the area over the weekend fearing massive traffic jams of what has become known as ''Carmageddon.'' which never materialized. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Boise Amicus Brief

The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider Friday whether or not to take up a case known as Martin V. City of Boise. It’s about whether or not the Constitution protects the right of homeless people to sleep on public property if they don’t have an alternative.

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Charter City Housing

A Bay Area judge has ruled in favor of local government over state jurisdiction regarding the construction of a San Mateo condominium complex. Typically, California has power to mandate new developments in an effort to stop the state's housing crisis. But a superior court judge challenged that by accepting the city of San Mateo's defense that as a charter city, it's not beholden to state control.

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Metro 405 Tolls

The Metro Board of Directors today took another step toward adding toll lanes on the 405. It voted to move forward with a plan to further study the proposal and do an environmental review. Not everyone likes the idea of paying to drive our FREE-ways, but tolls have increasingly been added to LA-area thoroughfares, and supporters of this latest move by metro say toll lanes would ease traffic congestion through the Sepulveda Pass.

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Welcome to the Stranger in Modern Times

In October, President Trump set the lowest-ever ceiling for refugee admissions to the U.S. No more than 18,000 refugees are to be admitted in the fiscal year 2020. That’s compared with about 85,000 in 2016, the last full year of the Obama administration. Many organizations that resettle refugees in the US are faith-based. Welcoming these newcomers is part of their mission, and the drastic cuts aren’t sitting well with them. Last night, KPCC’s religion and diaspora reporter Aaron Schrank lead a panel discussion called “Welcoming the Stranger in Modern Times” at the Crawford Family Forum here in Pasadena. 

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Vets and Grief

There's been a lot of research into how military service can lead to things like PTSD and depression. But there's another issue that hasn't gotten much attention – it's grief. Researchers at UC Irvine have just finished one of the first studies of grief in veterans. It found the loss of fellow troops can pack a much bigger emotional punch than previously thought - and that those effects can linger long after people leave the military. KPCC's Emily Elena Dugdale reports.

Bullet Train Under Burbank Airport

California's dream of a bullet train has long been plagued with problems. Getting the land for it has been a big challenge for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. There's stuff in the way, such as buildings, hills and farms and as Ralph Vartabedian for the L.A.Times is writing about, the Burbank airport. So since the train isn't going to share a runway with a plane, it may go underground. 

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Wildfire Insurance

Although flames have ravaged California, the state has temporarily doused water onto a practice by insurance companies. There is now a one-year moratorium that prevents insurers from dropping policies because a home is near a fire zone.

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Throwback Thursday: LA City Song

Believe it or not, our great city of angels still does not have an official song. But that's not for lack of trying. That journey is the topic of this week's Throwback Thursday.

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