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What Will Come Out Of Governor Newsom’s Potential Assault Weapons Law?

Published December 14, 2021 at 9:26 AM PST
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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 20, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California.

Senate Committee Holds Nomination Hearing To Consider Garcetti For Ambassador Position

Garcetti Confirmation Hearings 12.14.21

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday helda nomination hearing to consider Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for ambassador to India. President Joe Biden nominated Garcetti in July, but the process has been slow, causing strife between committee members. Sen. Alex Padillia introduced Garcetti at Tuesday’s confirmation hearing, where the mayor was questioned about human rights in India, balancing strategic efforts in the region, and military relations. As part of their overview, members will also be looking at allegations Garcetti knew about his former advisor’s sexually harassing behavior and failed to intervene. Assuming the Committee signs off on Garcetti’s nomination, it would head to the full Senate for final approval. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Alissa Walker, LA Correspondent for New York Magazine andFernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University about Tuesday’s hearing and what this means for the city of LA.

You can read more about today’s confirmation hearing here at

You can read Alissa Walker’s piece about the allegations involving Garcetti’s former advisor here

California To Bring Back Mask Mandate On Wednesday As Cases Rise Ahead Of The Holidays

Open Phones Statewide Mask Requirement 12.14.21

State health officials on Monday announced the state is bringing back a rule requiring people to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The move is aimed at containing the Omicron variant as people gather with family and friends during the holidays: the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. The new mandate will start Wednesday, December 15, and last until January 15. In Los Angeles County, mask wearing has been the norm: public health officials here issued a universal indoor mask order back in July, and restaurants already require indoor mask wearing except when eating or drinking. But the new order is a big change for other Southern California counties - like Orange County, where only unvaccinated people are currently required to wear masks indoors.

With files from the Associated Press

What Will Come Out Of Governor Newsom’s Potential Assault Weapons Law?

Newsom Gun Law 12.14.21

California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement this weekend, urging the state legislature to pass a law empowering private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weaposn in the state. The law would be similar to one in Texas that outlaws most abortions once a heartbeat is detected, allowing private citizens to sue anyone who performs those abortions in the state.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with California correspondent for the New York Times Shawn Hubler and professor of law at UC Hastings Rory Little about the legal implications of this possible law and what its potential outcomes will be.

With files from the Associated Press 

COVID-19 AMA: California’s New (Again) Mask Mandate, New Study On Effects Of Omicron Variant And More

COVID Update 12.14.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • California, once again, mandates masks
  • California Dept. of Public Health provides updates guidelines for mega events
  • South African study findsomicron variant is more vaccine-resistant but causes less severe COVID
  • Pfizer says its anti-COVID pill prevents severe illness and should work against omicron variant
  • Looking back on one year of vaccines

Why We Love Feel-Good, ‘Hallmark-Style’ Rom-Coms Around The Holidays

Hallmark Holiday Movies 12.14.21

The so-called “Hallmark movie” has expanded well beyond the confines of the Hallmark TV network. Demand for the kind of feel-good, romantic comedies with light, clever dialogue and bow-on-top happy endings is increasing as streamers and TV networks alike see opportunities to appeal to new audiences and capitalize on a film genre that is easier and less expensive to produce than big-budget studio films. And there may be no better time of year for films like these to thrive than at the end-of-the-year holidays when people are searching for feel-good, heartwarming content to accent the holiday spirit.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll look at why this genre of movies is so popular around the holidays and how TV networks and streamers are trying to appeal to new audiences through the genre with Alonso Duralde, film reviews editor at The Wrap and co-author of "I'll Be Home For Christmas Movies” and writer Ansley Gordon, who has written and sold a number of films within this genre.

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