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Police Reform in California and Vaccine Deadline for L.A. County Workers. We Get the Latest With KPCC’s Frank Stoltze

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) puts on his facemask after speaking to the media in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2021.

COVID-19 AMA: CDC Urges Those Pregnant To Get Vaccine, Deaths Expected To Decrease & More

Covid Update 9.30.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Arthur Reingold, M.D., professor of epidemiology and Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

Topics today include:

  • CDC issues urgent alert for pregnant people to get vaccinated
  • Deadline is today for California healthcare workers to get vaccinated 
  • Los Angeles puts off its vote requiring proof of vaccination for indoor venues, will be voted next week
  • COVID-19 deaths in the nation expected to decrease over next four weeks, according to CDC
  • Some experts worry booster shot rollout will hurt the effort toward first-time vaccinations
  • Following number of R.1 variant infections, the strain “died out”
  • 38% of sanitation workers are reported to be fully or partially vaccinated

    • With extensive encampment cleanups resuming, unhoused advocates worry that infections may occur with approximately 43% of homeless folks being vaccinated

What Renaissance Philosopher Machiavelli Can Teach 21st Century Women in the Workforce

Machiavelli for Women 9.30.21

In his political essay “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli laid out a guide for current and future monarchs on how to acquire and accumulate power. That focus on power came with a piece of advice that’s persisted for hundreds of years: that it’s better to be feared than loved. On the surface, that doesn’t seem like a successful path to power in the 21st century workplace, but in her new book, co-host of NPR’s The Indicator from Planet Money podcast Stacey Vanek Smith argues the machinations and power plays of the 16th century are alive and well today - and women could pick up a few tips from Machiavelli to gain a stronger foothold in the office.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by host and correspondent Stacey Vanek Smith to talk about her new book “Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace.”

Police Reform in California and Vaccine Deadline for L.A. County Workers. We Get the Latest With KPCC’s Frank Stoltze

Police Reform in California 9.30.21

Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign this morning a significant bill to reform policing in California. SB 2 would help end the careers of police officers who have committed serious misconduct, by establishing a decertification process. California is one of just four states with a decertification process. The bill would also make it easier for victims of police misconduct to file civil rights lawsuits.

Meanwhile, the deadline for all L.A. County workers - including sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, social service workers, public works employees and healthcare workers - to be fully vaccinated is approaching. Employees have until Friday to get the shots, but union representatives say the deadline is “unreasonable,” and they want an extension as they negotiate over a range of issues - including a testing option and broader religious and medical exemptions.

KPCC/LAist criminal justice correspondent Frank Stoltze has been covering both stories, and today he joins AirTalk to get us up to speed.

With files by the Associated Press and LAist. 

Land Acknowledgment: What You Need To Know

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment 9.30.21

Maybe you’ve been at an event or gathering recently that opens with an acknowledgment of the Indigenous people who traditionally inhabited the land on which the event is taking place. Land acknowledgment is nothing new -- it has always been a part of Indigenous protocols -- but more organizations and individuals are starting to incorporate land acknowledgment into regular communications as part of a larger, more comprehensive plan to support Indigenous communities in the future and be allies in the process of rematriation.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by Kimberly Morales Johnson, Gabrieleno Tongva, tribal secretary for the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians/Gabrieleno Tongva and a member of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, and Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca (NY), professor of gender and American Indian Studies and Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Issues at UCLA to talk about what land acknowledgment is and why it’s just a first step in a larger process of recognizing, honoring and supporting Indigenous peoples who inhabited and still inhabit the lands on which we live, work and learn today.

Click here to visit the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians/Gabrieleno Tongva website.

For more information on the Indigenous peoples who traditionally inhabit Los Angeles, click here to explore UCLA's Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles project and here for information on the Gabrieleno/Tongva people from Claremont Heritage.

You can find a toolkit from California State University, San Marcos on how to craft a land acknowledgment by clicking here.

US Sumo Open Returns to Los Angeles This Weekend

US Sumo LA 9.30.21

The traditional Japanese sport of Sumo made international headlines this week with the retirement of 45-time champion Hakuho Sho. But here in Los Angeles we have our own sumo tradition: the annual US Sumo Open, the largest and longest running sumo tournament outside of Japan. This year’s open takes place in Little Tokyo at the new Terasaki Budokan athletic center. Director & president of USA Sumo and founder of the US Sumo Open, Andrew Freund, joins AirTalk to talk about what to expect from the event.

KPCC Reporter Sharon McNary On Her New Beat: How Los Angeles Plays

Sharon Play in LA 9.30.21

How does Los Angeles play? That’s the question Sharon McNary is asking on her new story beat, where she’ll be covering everything from the upcoming Olympic Games to youth sports in the city.

It will be a far cry from typical college or professional sports coverage— instead, Sharon hopes to look at questions of equity, mental health, joy and community in her coverage of how Angelenos get moving.

Today, Sharon joins us to tell us more about how she hopes to cover how LA plays.

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