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LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, Walking to Dodger Stadium, 88 Cities: Redondo Beach

Published August 15, 2019 at 8:11 AM PDT
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As the L.A. Unified School District prepares to begin classes next week, Superintendent Austin Beutner delivers his state of the schools speech. Plus, KPCC infrastructure reporter Sharon McNary tries walking to Dodger Stadium. And, we visit Redondo Beach for the latest in our 88 Cities series.

State of the District

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner delivered his state of the school’s speech today, continuing to drive home a message that “principals matter.” Last year, he announced a series of changes to the district’s regional office structure designed to make LAUSD’s sprawling central bureaucracy more responsive to principals’ needs — and those of local schools. He sat down with KPCC’s Kyle Stokes to discuss those changes, which he also touched on during his speech.


  • Kyle Stokes, KPCC education reporter

Prop 13

California's landmark Prop 13 could get an overhaul in 2020. Activists are working on a ballot measure to keep limits on property tax increases for some, but not for owners of large commercial properties. We get an explanation on how that could change the finances in the state.


  • Jennifer Ito, research director for the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

88 Cities: Redondo Beach

For the next 88 Cities, Take Two heads to Redondo Beach where several graduating high school seniors show off the spots in their beach town that only locals know about.

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How to Walk to Dodger Stadium

Fans chant “Let’s Go Dodgers,” but on their drive into Dodger Stadium they don’t go very fast. Cars creep along in traffic that can last well past the first pitch. But in a city of hikers and cyclists, few fans brave a human-powered trip up the hill.


  • Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure reporter

Throwback Thursday: Terminal Annex

Few poets are more L.A. than Charles Bukowski, and although Bukowski may not be for everyone, that hasn't stopped his fans in San Pedro from coming together to create a "larger than life" bronze statue of the poet. From 1978 until his death in 1994, Bukowski became a well-known and beloved figure in the city churning out collections like "You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense" and "The Last Night of the Earth Poems." But before Bukowski retired to a quiet neighborhood in San Pedro he was picking up bad habits as a postal worker at L.A.'s central sorting facility. It's called Terminal Annex, and its colorful history is the topic of today's Throwback Thursday our ongoing series that highlights some of our region's rich history.


  • Richard Schave, Esotouric Tours

Beyond Meat

Carl’s Jr. will give away Beyond Famous Stars today. The fast-food chain is not the only one promoting plant-free burgers. Burger King launched its Impossible Whopper last week. A Martinez does a blind taste test of meatless vs. real meat burgers. 

Take Two's A Martinez tried Burger King and Carl's Jr plant-based burger patty options.
KPCC/Lori Galarreta
Take Two's A Martinez tried Burger King and Carl's Jr plant-based burger patty options.

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