Nipsey Hussle memorial, School Board election, 88 Cities: LaVerne
We check in on the Nipsey Hussle memorial procession with various KPCC reporters along the 25-mile route. And, an interview with LAUSD District 5 school board candidate Heather Repenning. Plus, we visit LaVerne for the latest in our series, 88 Cities.
Nipsey Hussle Memorial
A Celebration of Life is being held at the Staples Center for the late rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle. We'll bring you the sights and sounds from outside and inside the event, and talk to those who worked with Hussle about how they will carry on his legacy to encourage economic development in South L.A. and curb gun violence in the region.
School Board District 5 Board Seat
Right now, there's a race on for an open seat on the L.A. Unified School District Board. And it's an unusual race for two reasons: one, it's a special election — the last board member to hold the seat, Ref Rodriguez, resigned unexpectedly last year amid a scandal. And two, this election is playing out in the wake of the L.A. Unified teachers union strike. KPCC education reporter Kyle Stokes interviews candidate Heather Repenning.
San Gabriel Valley Homeless
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a motion this week compelling cities of the San Gabriel Valley to locate sites for potential homeless shelters.
- Hilda Solia, L.A. County Board of Supervisors
88 Cities: LaVerne
Our series 88 Cities continues with LaVerne, a city whose origins began when the Church of the Brethren came to the area in the early 20th century. This city of nearly 32,000 rests at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains and was once known as the Heart of the Orange Empire.
Bolero was born in Cuba in the early 1900s, went to Mexico in the late 1920s and took off during the golden age of Mexican cinema - from the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s. By the late 1960s, there were dozens of trios who helped to popularize it here in the U.S., among them Trio Los Panchos who recorded a couple albums with the American singer Eydie Gormé. Today, there's a new generation of Bolero fans and a local group that's helped to revive it here in Los Angeles.