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City Council Votes On Mark Ridley-Thomas Suspension, And What The Move Could Mean For The Councilman’s District

Children's Defense Fund - California Hosts 22nd Annual Beat The Odds Awards - Inside
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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks onstage during the Children's Defense Fund of California 22nd Annual Beat The Odds Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on December 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

COVID AMA: White House Unveils Vaccination Plan For Young Children, City Officials Likely To Have More Time To Get Shots And More

COVID Update 10.20.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with UCLA’s Kristen Choi:

  • White House details plans to vaccinate 28 million children age 5-11 

    • If and when they approve the vaccine for kids, are they going to recommend you do that through your pediatrician or could you just go to a drug store like everyone else?
  • Unvaccinated people should expect to catch COVID-19 every 16 months
  • Unvaccinated L.A. city employees could get until mid-December to get their shots 
  • ‘They rushed the process’: Novavax vaccine maker’s woes hamper global inoculation campaign
  • Booster shots could soon be recommended for people as young as 40, source says 

Why Is Baseball Such A Superstitious Sport And What’s Your Superstition?

Superstition in Baseball 10.20.21

Superstitions are a common phenomenon in the sports world, but it seems to be on another level when it comes to baseball, major curses and all. As the postseason games got underway, did you find yourself wearing the same jersey each night, kissing an inanimate object or even deciding to not watch the game at all for fear your viewership could throw things out of whack? You’re definitely not alone – but why? Today on AirTalk, we talk with Mark Langill, team historian of the Los Angeles Dodgers and author of six Dodger-related books about baseball and superstitions.

City Council Votes On Mark Ridley-Thomas Suspension, And What The Move Could Mean For The Councilman’s District

MRT Suspension Vote 10.20.21

The Los Angeles City Council will vote Wednesday on a motion to suspend L.A. City Councilmember and longtime politician Mark Ridley-Thomas, who faces a federal indictment for his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme.

“A council member who has been charged with public corruption cannot continue to exercise the powers of city office and preserve public trust," reads the motion introduced Tuesday by L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez.

If approved, Councilman Ridley-Thomas would be barred from participating in council activities including executing contracts and using discretionary funds.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more with KPCC/LAist criminal justice correspondent Frank Stoltze and L.A. activist and author Najee Ali.

With files from LAist. Read more here.

As Power Plant Closures Loom, What’s The Impact To California’s Electricity Supply?

Power Plant Closures 10.20.21

Several power plants are on the chopping block and the state is looking to secure enough power over the next few years to make up for the loss. Four natural-gas-fired power plants will be phased out as well as the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant beginning in 2024. According to the Wall Street Journal, the California Public Utilities Commission is requiring utilities to acquire large amounts of renewable energy in addition to battery storage. Today on AirTalk, we talk with Katherine Blunt, reporter covering renewable energy and utilities for The Wall Street Journal and Elliot Mainzer, CEO of California Independent System Operator about what this means for energy supply and how operators are addressing the concerns.

Celebrating the KPCC/LAist “Backbone Staff”

Backbone Staff Jessica Ogilvie and Kristen Hayford 10.20.21

While most of you probably know KPCC from the reporters and hosts you hear on the air, our station requires the contributions of so many talented, unique individuals whose names aren’t said at the end of a news story. These are the people who truly make KPCC and LAist: who keep our broadcast equipment running, who put on our pledge drives and help secure sponsorships and donations, who put together the pre-recorded spots you hear between shows, who make sure our facilities at the Mohn Broadcast Center are operating smoothly, who get you the news even if you can’t catch every show, and who keep our websites humming.

This week and next on AirTalk, we’re highlighting some of these amazing people who work at KPCC/LAist, and whose tireless efforts are critical to what you hear and read every day. Today, we’re joined by LAist newsletter host Jessica P. Ogilvie and KPCC/LAist brand communications manager Kristen Hayford.

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