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Homeless Task Force, WNBA Compensation, Konmari for Couples

Published January 16, 2020 at 2:48 PM PST
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File: Grace Resource Center's Lancaster Community Homeless Shelter has 110 beds. It's the only homeless shelter in the Antelope Valley.
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File: Grace Resource Center's Lancaster Community Homeless Shelter has 110 beds. It's the only homeless shelter in the Antelope Valley.

Homeless Task Force

While Governor Newsom travels California this week to assess the state's homeless situation his appointed task force on the issue has been eyeing solutions, too. This week, the Council of Regional Homeless Advisors proposed a bold and to some, a controversial idea — pass a constitutional amendment that REQUIRES all cities and counties to reduce the number of people living without shelter. 


  • Darrell Steinberg, the mayor of Sacramento and co-chair of the task force

Whittier College Tuition

Whittier College is a private college of 17-hundred students in eastern L.A. County. It has a 112-year history that includes famous alumni like President Richard Nixon. The college announced this week that it's freezing tuition, a move that's much more common among public colleges. So, with this news, the station began to dig around and found larger forces at play that are affecting all private colleges.


  •  Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC Higher Education correspondent

WNBA Compensation

We are all aware that in many jobs women don't get paid as much as men for doing the same work it's that gender pay gap we often talk about. But you'd think the pie would be split a lot more evenly in a workplace that is exclusively made up of women, as in the WNBA the Women's National Basketball Association. It hasn't though, for the female athletes that make up the league going on over 20 years now. That is now about to change as the WNBA and its player's union have agreed on a new labor contract   


  • Nneka Ogwumike, power forward for the Los Angels Sparks and president of the WNBA Players Association

New Recruitment Tactics for Soldiers

Even before the latest hostilities in the Middle East, the Army was trying some new methods to try to recruit more soldiers. A new marketing campaign, called "What's Your Warrior" launched in November. It's short on crawling in the mud and long on high tech. Dan Boyce reports for the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. 

TBT: LA's 1915 Fair Extravaganza

Believe it or not, there was a time when Los Angeles was not a  place people wanted to live. Back in 1914, investment companies were scratching their heads trying to figure out a way to entice folks to come out west and buy up some real estate in the city. One idea they went with? Throw a city fair to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. The 1915 L.A. extravaganza is the topic for today's Throwback Thursday.


  • Julia Bricklin, local writer and historian

Konmari for Couples

For the past month, A Martinez's wife has been recovering from knee replacement surgery. Which means she's immobile, laying on the couch allowing her body to heal. That leaves Mr. Martinez to putter around the house, backyard and garage while looking around for things to throw out, things that we never use. And, invariably, all this leads to mild arguments about what should be kept and what needs to go. Then this week, A read an LA Times op/ed titled "It's hard to live like Marie Kondo when I hate the things that 'spark joy" in my spouse" And it really hit home for me because the only way to really de-clutter the way YOU want to, is to maybe de-couple, and that is not an option for him. So how can spouses clean up without breaking up? 


  • Damona Hoffman, relationship expert and host of The dates and Mates Podcast
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