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COVID-19 AMA: Omicron Cases Rise, Growing Demand For Testing, Concern About Holiday Gatherings, And More

Published December 20, 2021 at 9:25 AM PST
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A COVID-19 test center operates inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 01, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

COVID-19 AMA: Omicron Cases Rise, Growing Demand For Testing, Concern About Holiday Gatherings, And More

COVID Update 12.20.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with UCLA epidemiologist and professor of medicine Dr. Timothy Brewer.

Topics today include:

California Could Fine Water Wasters As State’s Drought Continues

State Water Restrictions 12.20.21

That recent record-breaking storm in L.A. brought a lot of much-needed moisture to SoCal, which means the end of that mega-drought is just around the flooded street corner, right? Well, not exactly. The State Water Resources Board is considering emergency regulations to levy fines of up to $500 on “water wasters” in the state. Activities like watering your lawn after a rainstorm and hosing off sidewalks and driveways would be subject to the fines. If you’ve lived in California long enough, this probably sounds familiar: it’s similar to the restrictions put in place back in 2014, and in the 1990s as well. How much water will this actually save? Will Californians cooperate? And what are the ramifications if we don’t?

Today on AirTalk, guest host Austin Cross looks into where our drought conditions currently stand with Los Angeles Times staff writer Hayley Smith, and chair of the State Water Resources Control Board Joaquin Esquivel

Looking Ahead To The 2022 Midterms And New Election Laws In States Around America

2022 Midterms Look Ahead 12.20.21

As 2021 nears an end, all eyes are on the 2022 midterm elections, with some key swing states to watch as to how they react to the Biden presidency.

Democrats face many obstacles as they seek to hold their majority in Congress. Some of those challenges are coming from the state level. Following the 2020 Census districts are being redrawn, offering both parties opportunities to win new Congressional seats - while creating some unfavorable conditions for some incumbents. That could make it hard for Democrats to keep some of the battleground seats they turned blue last year.

Today on AirTalk, Larry looks ahead at the midterms with New York Times domestic correspondent Nick Corasanti and Politico state politics reporter Zach Montellaro.

Banning Ranch In Newport Beach Is Set To Become A Nearly 400 Acre Public Park, But The City Wants A Piece For More Housing

OC Report Banning Ranch 12.20.21

If you’ve ever taken a long cruise down Highway 1, you may have driven right past Banning Ranch in Newport Beach. The roughly 400-acre ranch borders the Santa Ana River on one side, and Highway 1 on the other. While the Ranch resides inside the city of Newport Beach, its land remains largely undeveloped, and the Banning Ranch Conservancy has been working to keep it that way. They’re working to buy the land to turn it into a public park and coastal nature preserve. They have until spring 2022 to raise the funds.

However - the city of Newport Beach faces a mandate from the Department of Housing and Community Development to build 4,845 additional homes, and the city wants to use a piece of Banning Ranch to build those units. The city says the state is being contradictory by awarding grants to the Banning Ranch Conservancy to buy the land, while simultaneously calling for Newport Beach to find areas to build new housing.

Today on AirTalk, guest host Austin Cross is joined by Executive Director of the Banning Ranch Conservancy Melanie Schlotterbeck to talk about the possible futures of Banning Ranch.

Holiday Planning And Beyond Typically Falls On Women. What Are The Impacts And Potential Solutions?

Holiday Stress 12.20.21

A lot of planning goes into the holiday season. There’s gift buying, card sending, cookie decorating on top of the everyday workloads and household chores. A new poll finds that about 35% of mothers report doing more than their partner for an array of everyday household responsibilities. This doesn’t necessarily take into account the added stressors and emotional labor that ramp up during the holidays. There’s added pressure to make your family feel special and cared for, as noted in this piece from author Gemma Hartley. Today on AirTalk, guest host Austin Cross talks with Hartley about why this emotional labor more often falls on women during the holidays, how it’s impacting their well-being and how to potentially improve the situations.

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