State of Affairs - AG Rob Bonta and Cash Bail Changes
On Wednesday, Gavin Newsom cleared his plate of political appointments when he named State Assembly member - and political ally - Rob Bonta Attorney General of California. Now Newsom can turn his attention to a possible recall election and a whole lot of other stuff. Plus, we talk political fallout from Echo Park Lake closure
- Zach Courser, director of Claremont McKenna’s policy lab and visiting assistant professor of government
- Christina Bellantoni, journalism professor and Media Center director at USC Annenberg.
USC Awards $842 Million to Survivors of Abuse by Former Campus Gynecologist
Longtime USC campus gynecologist George Tyndall is accused of abusing hundreds of students who came to his clinic for medical care. He has been charged with felony sex abuse, and now, the University has agreed to pay $852 million to his former patients - that's on top of an earlier $215 million from a 2018 federal class-action settlement.
- Audry Nafziger, USC alum and plaintiff in recent lawsuit
How LA's Neighborhoods Have Survived the Pandemic: Magnolia Park
As part of our series on how different business areas are doing one year into the pandemic, we visit Burbank’s Magnolia Park. It is a destination for vintage clothes, memorabilia and independent specialty book stores, but over the last year, some of these small businesses have struggled to pay rent and several have closed their doors permanently — although some have prospered. KPCC's Caroline Champlin has the story.
What to Expect When Your Kids Goes Back to School
We're closely following return-to-school plans. Some big local districts will start welcoming students back to campus next week — including in Pasadena … Downey … and Santa Clarita. So will L.A. County's second-largest district, Long Beach Unified. The big one is Los Angeles Unified — that district won't start reopening campuses until April 12th. But already parents have a lot of questions about the plan. KPCC education reporter Kyle Stokes has some answers. In fact many of them are up right now on LAist.com — his latest there is called "Everything We Know About LAUSD's Plan To Reopen Schools In April."
- KPCC's Kyle Stokes talk to A Martinez.
Disneyland is Reopening - and Has Some Remodeling Plans in Play
Disneyland is reopening at the end of April, but can only operate at 15 percent capacity. So you know this will have an impact on the number of rides that’ll be open ...on the kinds of foods that’ll be offered...and how many people can queue up for any one of these things. Now, if this isn’t enough news about the Happiest Place on Earth, just yesterday Disney officials announced plans to renovate its resort in Anaheim - a project called “DisneylandForward.”
- LAist culture editor Mike Roe