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Los Angeles Is Seeing An Increase In Violent Crime: What Is Driving It?

Published December 8, 2021 at 9:26 AM PST
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A Yellow Police tape blocks access to the 1100 block of Maytor place where Jacqueline Avant's house is at the top of the hill, in Beverly Hills , California on December 1, 2021.

Los Angeles Is Seeing An Increase In Violent Crime: What Is Driving It?

AT Violent Crime 12.8.21

Violent crime is up in Los Angeles. Experts point to a 31% jump in homicides in 2020 and the LAPD reports a 50% increase in the number of people wounded by gun violence so far this year. What accounts for this increase? Experts say a host of factors are driving it, but not all agree on what those are. From the pandemic and prison reform, to social unrest after the murder of George Floyd and a general sense of hopelessness, it’s hard to point to a single causative factor. The numbers, however, are clear and the upward trend is alarming urban dwellers in both small and big cities across the country.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the trends and perspectives in L.A. communities with criminologist Richard Rosenfeld from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and Jorja Leap, a professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Supreme Court Takes Up Religious Rights Case From Maine. Here Are The Key Takeaways

SCOTUS School Choice 12.8.21

This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in Carson v. Makin, a challenge from parents in Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools. The parents argue their exclusion from the state program violates their religious rights under the Constitution. It’s the latest test of religious freedoms for the current Supreme Court, which has favored faith-based discrimination claims. Today on AirTalk, we discuss this morning’s arguments and the potential implications of the case with Los Angeles Times Supreme Court reporter David G. Savage.

Independent Commission Will Soon Pick A New Map For LA County’s Districts, We Check In On The Latest

LA County Redistricting 12.8.21

After a long process, the potential maps have been narrowed down to three potential options, but each could change before the December 15 deadline. As it stands, many of the potential options would lead to a second Latino-centric district; the other is represented by county supervisor Hilda Solis. Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the redistricting process with metro editor for the Los Angeles Daily News Ryan Carter, professor of political science and Chicano Studies at UCLA Matt Barreto and associate director at InnerCity Struggle Henry Perez.

This year marks the first year in which an independent commission will draw the boundaries of each district in Los Angeles County. Previously, county supervisors drew their own district lines.

COVID-19 AMA: Pfizer Offers Some Protection Against Omicron, Booster Shot Fares Better, And More

COVID Update 12.8.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dean Blumberg, professor medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Topics today include:

AirTalk Covers Climate: What’s the Latest With Rooftop Solar in California?

Home Solar Check in 12.8.21

Solar power will be a big part of California’s goal to achieve 100% clean electric power by 2045. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to do a status check on the rooftop solar industry: the current rate of adoption, the latest technology, and the key issues facing the industry. Those issues include a controversial proposal before the California Public Utilities Commission to alter incentives for rooftop solar through changes to what’s known as the net energy metering program. Critics - including utilities - argue net energy metering is inequitable, but solar companies and many climate activists say the program’s incentives help get solar into low income communities.

Today on AirTalk, Larry looks at the latest on California’s rooftop solar implementation with Los Angeles Times energy and environment reporter Sammy Roth, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association Bernadette Del Chiaro, and professor of business administration and public policy at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas Severin Borenstein.

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