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New Year, New California Budget, Local Reaction to Homeless Plan, City Streetlight Redesign




Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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State of Affairs

New year, new budget proposal for California. We'll dive deep on Governor Newsom's agenda. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign gets a nod from TWO Southern California mayors. We'll look at what it means. 

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Local Reaction to Homeless Plan

In his budget announced today, Governor Newsom is asking for $1.4 billion dollars to address homelessness. That money would go towards projects to build more shelters and provide healthcare services. We find out what L.A. locals could specifically see out of that money.

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MOCA Free Admission

MOCA's free admission goes into effect on Saturday, which is happening on the heels of numerous other museums also making the switch.

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Streetlight Redesign

There are 223,000 streetlights throughout Los Angeles. Only a fraction of those are high-styled and look close to what you find at the art installation "Urban Lights" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  But now the city is aiming to change that...with a contest asking people to redesign the perfect L.A. streetlight. And the perfect design isn't just for car culture like they had been in the past but for pedestrians, too. That contest is called L.A. Lights the Way and today is the last day to register before submitting a design in early March.

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Vermonica Returns

Before Urban Lights there was Vermonica. For almost 25 years the light installation stood at the corner of Santa Monica and Vermont. Until late 2017 when it disappeared without notice. Now, it's coming back. We here about the efforts to restore it from the artist, Sheila Klein.

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Food Friday: Thai Markets

Here we are for another edition of FOOD FRIDAYS... to kick off 2020, we're going teach you how to shop Thai markets like a pro. LAist contributor Quincy Surasmith spoke with us about this late last year, and it was so informative, we had to bring it back. He kicked off our chat by explaining the importance of these markets to the Thai community in L.A.

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