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Opening day at Dodger Stadium, hospital earthquake system, can congestion pricing help gridlock?

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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 12: The Los Angeles Dodgers take batting practice prior to their home opener against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 9-8. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Opening day at Dodger Stadium!

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It's opening day at Dodger Stadium and the boys in blue are facing off the Arizona Diamondbacks.

We surveyed the scene and heard from fans.


  • Emily Dugdale, KPCC reporter

Fresh start Charter

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They've been the focus of growing scrutiny in the state. This year alone, they've been at the heart of two major teacher strikes — in Oakland and here in L.A. Concerns about oversight and funding have even led to new laws. Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation requiring more transparency and stricter conflict of interest rules.  This increase in concern forms the backdrop for a new investigation from the L.A. Times, tracking a charter system run by a wealthy husband and wife that's skirted regulation for years. 


  • Anna Philips, writer at the L.A. Times

Hospital earthquake safety

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One might consider a hospital to be pretty safe place, but history points to some major vulnerabilities during an earthquake. In 1971, 49 people were killed when a hospital collapsed in the San Fernando Quake. And in 1994, 11 hospitals suffered notable damage in the Northridge quake. And though you'd assume that by now, with all that experience behind us, all hospitals in the state would be ready for a big one. Nope. That's according to a new study from the Rand Corporation.


  • Jacob Margolis, KPCC Science reporter and host of "The Big One" podcast

Bike Memorials

We have talked many times on this program about the high number of pedestrian fatalities involved in traffic accidents in this city. Today, we want to focus on bicyclists. In 2018, there were 21 fatal bike crashes in Los Angeles, according to the Department of Transportation.  Sometimes, the victim's friends and family might erect a memorial at the site of the crash, like a ghost bike, which is where a bike is painted in white and locked up along the side of the road. But L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield wants something more official. At the council meeting tomorrow, he'll push forward on a plan to create a permanent memorial program here in the city.


  • Councilman Bob Blumenfield

Congestion pricing: the solution to gridlock?

What if you had to pay four dollars to drive through West L.A. during rush hour? Well, a new study out today from the Southern California Association of Governments suggests it might be one of the best ways to cut down on traffic jams in LA. It's called congestion pricing — an idea that city officials have been debating and the Metropolitan Transit Authority just agreed to study.  Charging people to drive during busy times HAS worked to cut down traffic in places like London and Stockholm. But since New York is the only U.S. city even close to adopting the plan — and they are pretty close —  we thought we call over there to see how things are shaping up.


  • Jesse McKinley, New York Times Albany Bureau Chief, he's been following the story

Mandoyan Video 

More information is coming in about the case of the LA Sheriff’s Deputy fired over domestic violence allegations and dishonesty three years ago – and rehired by Sheriff Alex Villanueva when he took office last December. Deputy Carl Mandoyan has been at the center of a controversy that has landed the sheriff and board of supervisors fighting each other in court. The LA County Civil Service Commission released videos shot by the woman Mandoyan allegedly abused as well as thousands of pages of documents related to the case documented in his appeal to the commission. The panel unanimously rejected his appeal and upheld his termination.


  • Frank Stoltze, KPCC’s politics and criminal justice reporter 
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