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Following Bungling Of Echo Park, MacArthur Park Scheduled For Maintenance This Friday

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Tents housing the homeless at an encampment in Echo Lake Park ahead of a half million-dollar cleanup and repair effort by the city in March, 2021.

DOC AMA: Pfizer To Vaccinate Entire City, Patients Of Color Receive Less Treatment & More

COVID Update 10.11.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

Topics today include:

Orange County Oil Spill: Environmental Impacts, What We Know And Whether Charges Could Be Filed And More 

Oil Spill Wildlife Update 10.11.21

Oil has been washing up on some Southern California beaches since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. The spill fouled the famed sands of Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, and could keep the ocean and shoreline closed there and in some other communities to the south for weeks.

The spill was confirmed on Oct. 2, a day after residents reported a petroleum smell in the area. The cause is under investigation and officials said they believe the pipeline was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor several months to a year before it ruptured. It remains unknown when the slender, 13-inch (33-centimeter) crack in the pipeline began leaking oil.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about whether criminal charges could be filed, and what is known about the environmental effects.

With files from the Associated Press

Hundreds Of New Laws Will Go Into Effect In California

State Bills Roundup 10.11.21

Hundreds of new laws are going into effect in California following an Oct. 10 deadline. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed his final bills over the weekend.

According to CalMatters, Newsom signed 770 and vetoed 66. The proposals covered everything from a controversial ethnic studies requirement, to housing and policing efforts. Today on AirTalk, we talk about some of the laws going into place with Emily Hoeven, editor of the daily WhatMatters newsletter for CalMatters and Katie Orr, politics reporter for NPR station KQED.

Following Bungling Of Echo Park, MacArthur Park Scheduled For Maintenance This Friday


A notice posted at the entrance to MacArthur Park that says everyone living there must leave and remove their possessions by 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 has sparked outrage among some community groups and advocates for unhoused people.

The notice, posted earlier this week, said the southern area of the park — where the water feature is located — would be closed for repairs and fenced off. That drew immediate comparisons to the closure of Echo Park Lake in March.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo, whose district includes MacArthur Park, said this won’t be anything like what took place at Echo Park Lake, adding his office has been coordinating with outreach teams since January and that the notice was a “culmination of a 10-month outreach program” that he says has connected 164 people living in the park to housing since January.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with KPCC/LAist unhoused communities reporter Ethan Ward, PATH executive director Jennifer Hark-Dietz and manager for unsheltered strategies at LAHSA Colleen Murphy about the maintenance being done at the MacArthur and the outreach being made to help prevent the issues that occurred at Echo Park earlier in the year.

With files from LAist

Triple Play: Dodgers, Giants Trade Haymakers In First Two Games As NLDS Transitions To LA

Triple Play Dodgers Giants 10.11.21

After being held scoreless by Giants pitchers in Game 1 of the NLDS, the Dodgers roared back with a convincing 9-2 win on Saturday over their NL West division rivals, who they’re facing for the first time in postseason history. Now, the series shifts to Los Angeles, where the Dodgers were 58-23 this season and will try to win two straight to end the series and avoid a win-or-go-home Game 5, which would be back in Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Today on AirTalk, we reconvene the Triple Play of Larry Mantle, Nick Roman and A Martinez to check in on the series as it returns to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

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