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Koreatown borders, Santa Monica's dockless device regs, the new Hotel Figueroa

Published June 12, 2018 at 7:23 AM PDT
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We speak with the mobility manager for Santa Monica following the city's meeting to consider regulations for dockless mobility devices. And we visit the newly reopened Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A.

New rules for asylum seekers

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On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that immigrants fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence will no longer be granted asylum in the U.S. We talk to an immigration expert about what this latest development in the country's immigration policy means for Southern California.


  • Niels Frenzen, director of the USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic

Koreatown borders are NOT changing

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On the world stage, the US and North Korea are in the spotlight. Headlines proclaim that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un struck a rare note of reconciliation. But here in L.A.'s Koreatown there are growing tensions about an effort to potentially break the neighborhood in two. Some believe that there's an effort to redraw Koreatown's borders but that's not actually true. It's about an upcoming subdivision election and the deadline to drop off vote-by-mail ballots is today. But if you don't understand the term "subdivision election," neither do a lot of the people who are eligible for that vote!


  • Chris Garcia, project manager in charge of neighborhood council elections.

Metro considers Sepulveda Pass rail line

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Maps of the potential routes, for the proposed Sepulveda transit center project.
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Maps of the potential routes, for the proposed Sepulveda transit center project.

Metro is holding public meetings and beginning to study the feasibility of it's 'Sepulveda Transit Corridor' —a ten-mile train from Westwood to Sherman Oaks. The estimated price tag is $17 to $38 billion, which means Metro will need to find a lot of extra money to supplement the $10 billion set aside from Measure M funds. The agency will also have to decide the exact route for the rail line and whether it will run above or below ground.


  • Ethan Elkind, author of the book "Rail Town."

Santa Monica debates dockless device regulations

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Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council will consider a proposal to restrict the number of dockless vehicles in the city. That would affect many share programs like those for electric scooters and bicycles.


  • Francie Stefan, mobility manager for the city of Santa Monica

USC Investigation

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The U.S. Department of Education announced that it's investigating USC for its handling of complaints against former staff gynecologist, George Tyndall. The federal investigation is the latest in a saga that has tarnished USC's reputation. 


  • Adolfo Guzman Lopez, KPCC Higher education reporter

Hotel Figueroa quietly reopens in downtown L.A.

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The Hotel Figueroa is open to guests again, after two years of renovation. But during the demolition process, its new owners uncovered some surprising history that turned their plans upside down for the hotel. Take Two contributor Audrey Alden sought out more.

Tuesday Reviewsday

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Every Tuesday, Take Two takes you on a musical guided tour into some of SoCal's most forward-thinking artists. This week, music journalist Steve Hochman shares selections from artists Priscilla Renea, Very Be Careful and Here Lies Man.


  • Steve Hochman, music critic
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