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COVID-19 Cases Flood LA Homeless Shelters, What Biden Could Do For the Environment and a West Hollywood Program Fills Vacant Storefronts With Art Installations

Skid Row in Downtown L.A.
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A Doctor On The Frontlines Struggles with The Surge

One in five people getting tested in LA County are positive. To better understand what our medical workers and first responders are coping with on the frontlines, we've been bringing you their own stories in their own voices.

GuesT: Dr. Alex Hakim, a critical care doctor at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. He was one of the hospital's first doctors to treat COVID patients, and has continued doing so everyday since then.

Infection Rates Boom in LA's Homeless Population

At the start of the pandemic, the infection rates among the city's homeless population were actually LESS than that of the rest of the county. But now, in these colder winter months, we find out why LA’s unhoused community is being hit hard.

Guest: Doug Smith, a senior writer for the LA Times. 

What LA's Hotel Industry Has To Say On The New Travel Order

As coronavirus cases average in the tens of thousands and ICU capacity hovers around zero percent, LA County has declared a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine for travelers from outside of the Southern California region. It's another blow to the hotel industry, which has seen a large slowdown in business throughout the pandemic.

Guest: Heather Rozman, Executive Director of the Hotel Association of Los Angeles.

What Biden Could Do For The Environment

Outgoing President Donald Trump was well-known for rolling back major environmental protections on everything from air and water quality to drilling on federal land. But with a new leader in the White House there’s a chance to reverse course. We talk about how much can actually be done.

Guest: Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

What Hollywood's Temporary Shutdown Looks Like

KPCC's John Horn talks with A Martinez about how the Hollywood guilds got together to address to a pause in production during this surge in COVID 19 cases in LA county.

West Hollywood Brightens up Vacant Storefronts with Art Installations

COVID-19 has been devastating to brick-and-mortar businesses across the country, with many commercial districts now filled with vacant storefronts and "for lease" signs. The city of West Hollywood has a new program — "Windows of WeHo" — that will pair artists with business owners to fill empty storefronts with artwork.

Guest: Rebecca Ehemann, the acting Acting Arts Manager for the City of West Hollywood.