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A New Poll Finds California Voters Almost Evenly Split On Newsom Recall Election

Governor Gavin Newsom Holds Press Conference For Official Reopening Of The State Of California At Universal Studios Hollywood
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California Governor Gavin Newsom attends California Governor Gavin Newsom's press conference for the official reopening of the state of California at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2021 in Universal City, California.

COVID-19 AMA: Recent Cases, Third Dose And More

Covid Update (07/28/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with UCLA’s Professor Anne Rimoin.

Topics today include:

  • Over a quarter of COVID cases are people who got both their COVID shots
  • Pfizer released new data suggesting a third dose could offer protection against Delta Variant
  • Biden will mandate vaccination or testing regimen for federal workers
  • If you’re vaccinated, you can travel to England without quarantining

A New Poll Finds California Voters Almost Evenly Split On Newsom Recall Election

Newsom Recall Poll (7/28/21)

Likely California voters in the September Governor Newsom recall election say they are almost evenly divided on whether to remove Newsom from office, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll. Although California is considered a fiercely democratic state, the poll found that 47% of likely California voters supported recalling Newsom, while 50% opposed removing the governor from office.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by Katie Orr, government and politics reporter for KQED, Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University and Mindy Romero, founder and director of USC’s Center for Inclusive Democracy to hear more about the implications of the poll for California politics.

LA County To Pursue 'All Legal Remedies' For Oversight On Sheriff Villanueva And His Department

County Supes Villanueva (7/28/21)

In a response to Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s efforts to block oversight of his troubled department, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging motion that would force him to provide access to all deputy discipline files and body-worn camera video to the Office of Inspector General.

To read more of Frank Stoltze’s reporting on LAist, click here. We sit down with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.

The City of Los Angeles Joins California, Will Require Employees To Provide Proof of Vaccination, or Follow Testing Mandate

Vaccine Requirements (7/28/21)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez announced Tuesday they would push toward mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations - or weekly Covid-19 testing - for all city employees. Mayor Garcetti said the city would aggressively pursue a vaccine mandate for all City workers once the vaccines receive full approval by the FDA.

The move came one day after the state of California announced it would ask state employees to prove they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Aug. 2. Those not vaccinated will have a mandatory testing protocol. Health care workers, including in private hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices, will also need to prove their vaccination status — that means providing a CDC card or QR code. Simply giving their word — known as "self-attestation" — will not be accepted. Today, Larry talks with KPCC health reporter Jackie Fortiér and Shawn Hubler, the California correspondent for the New York Times.

Read the full story by Jackie Fortiér on LAist.

“Covid Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season”

Covid Curveball Book (7/28/21)

The 2020 Major League Baseball season was unlike any other: the start of the Covid-19 pandemic cut spring training short, delayed the beginning of the regular season by three months, and - when the season finally started - there weren’t any fans in the stands. Despite all the hurdles, the Los Angeles Dodgers persevered, beating the Tampa Bay Rays for their first World Series title in 32 years. But even that victory was bittersweet: the series was the first to be played at a neutral site (Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas), and Covid-19 restrictions meant there wasn’t a parade for the team through the streets of Los Angeles.

What was it like to be in the clubhouse during this unusual season? Today on AirTalk, we speak with Dodgers broadcaster Tim Neverett about his new book, “Covid Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season.”

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