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Problems Persist At Hyperion Water Treatment Plant

Published August 3, 2021 at 9:46 AM PDT
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A view of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa Del Rey, California, on July 14, 2021.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

COVID-19 AMA: Latest On Delta & Lambda Variants, Vaccine Mandates And More

Covid Update (8/3/21)

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Robert Kim-Farley, M.D., professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Topics today include:

  • How accurateare at home tests when it comes to the Delta variant?
  • According to a UCLA study, text message reminders boostvaccinations
  • More L.A. businesses and workplaces requiring proofof vaccination
  • Kaiser Permanente to require all employees, physicians to be vaccinated
  • When will vaccines get fully authorized?
  • Lambda variant shows resistance in lab experiments
  • Bay area reinstates indoor masking mandate
  • NYC to require proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants and gyms
  • Nearly half of workers in some CA hospitals remain unvaccinated
  • USC to require students traveling to LA to take a COVID test within 3 days of arrival
  • What it’s like to experience a breakthrough COVID-19 infection
  • Delta variant spikes COVID deaths in Africa by 80% in one month
  • Biden to highlight importance of vaccines abroad

LA County Department Of Public Health Just Approved A Tamale Cart, What’s Next For Street Food Vendors?

Street Vendors (8/3/21)

Last April, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health approved a design for a tamale wagon designed by food truck engineer Richard Gomez. This comes after years of negotiation between DPH and vending advocates to find a food cart that's portable and up to health code. The new cart is estimated to be priced around $7,500, L.A. Taco and Capital & Main report.

Currently, the county has a pilot program to design a full-food preparation cart that meets DPH health codes. Guest host Libby Denkmann gets the latest with L.A. Taco reporter Janette Villafana and Capital & Main reporter Jack Ross, who’ve been covering street vending in Los Angeles County. We also speak with Lyric Kelkar, policy director at Inclusive Action for the City and Richard Gomez, engineer for Revolution Cartswho developed the approved tamal cart proposal.

We reached out to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health multiple times prior to broadcast, but they were not able to provide a guest.

The LA Street Vendor Campaign is doing a Teach-In on Wednesday, August 11 at 10 am to talk through their proposed changes at the local and state level that can make sidewalk vending fully legalized, and also a significantly less burdened sector of our economy. Register at

Problems Persist At Hyperion Water Treatment Plant

Hyperion Plant Check In (8/3/21)

You might have seen our earlier report that shoreline testing showed abnormally high levels of bacteria along some South Bay beaches, which has resulted in warnings about the water quality this week and into the weekend. Those findings came more than two weeks after a treatment plant in El Segundo dumped more than 17 million gallons of wastewater into the ocean.

Today on AirTalk, guest host Libby Denkmann discusses with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, LA Times reporter Robert J. Lopez and executive director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper Bruce Reznik.

Read more by Lita Martinez on LAist.

LA’s Transportation System Is ‘Failing Women’

LADOT Gender Equity (8/3/21)

Harassment. Sexual Assault. Lack of access to cars. For women and girls trying to get around in Los Angeles, there’s no question significant challenges remain. A just-released city study analyzing gender equity in transportation reaffirms what many already experience: navigating Los Angeles is often more complex, dangerous and inaccessible for women. Today on AirTalk, guest host Libby Denkmann discusses with LAist editor and writer Ryan Fonseca and UCLA urban planning professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris.

Read more of Ryan Fonseca’s reporting on LAist.

We reached out to LADOT. They were not able to provide us with anyone for today’s segment.

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