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How COVID-19 Deaths Are Related to Vote Choice, L.A. City Council votes to resume cleanup of homeless encampments, TBT: First American Mayor of L.A.

Published July 30, 2020 at 3:08 PM PDT
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The Relationship Between COVID-19 Deaths and Vote Choice 

In counties where COVID-19 deaths are high, Republicans are facing dimmer chances of re-election in November, including the presidents. That's according to new research coming out of UCLA.


  • Lynn Vavreck, UCLA Professor of American Politics and Public Policy

Rejected Ballots

The California Voter Foundation has been conducting a study, in conjunction with the USC Center for Inclusive Democracy to examine rejected vote-by-mail ballots in the November 2018 election - and what to do about it.


  • Kim Alexander, CVF Founder 

Street Cleaning and the Homeless

The Los Angeles City Council voted 10-4 Wednesday to resume cleanups of homeless encampments in some areas, but then Mayor Garcetti said that a "yes" vote doesn't mean it will happen. So what happens next then?


  • LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino

Coronavirus: Charter School PPP

50 different organizations running charter schools in the L.A. Unified School District have received PPP loans totaling at least $73.6 million -- and perhaps as much as $136.7 million, according to our review of federal data and schools’ own board documents. These 50 PPP recipients collectively run more than half of the 224 charter schools in LAUSD.


  • Kyle Stokes, KPCC's Education Reporter

Coronavirus National Guard

Soldiers from the National Guard have been deployed across the country to assist overwhelmed health departments and skilled nursing facilities hit hard by COVID-19. In California, soldiers are also traveling the state running mobile pop-up testing sites. KPCC's Emily Elena Dugdale reports. 

TBT: LA's First American Mayor 

It's Thursday, which means...time to hop in our time machines, and head over to Los Angeles circa 1854. And for this Throwback Thursday, we're talking about Mayor Stephen C. Foster, considered the first American mayor of LA. He's best known for resigning from his office as mayor and leading a lynching party…only to be re-elected to the office shortly thereafter.


  • Robert Petersen, host of the podcast Hidden History Los Angeles
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