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How Latino Voters Factor Into Key Races In The 2022 Midterms

California Voters Participate In The State's Pivotal Primary
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Voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights on February 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

COVID-19 AMA: 15-Month-Old Dies Of COVID-19 In L.A. County, Moderna’s Trial Of Omicron Booster Progresses, And More 

COVID 19 Update 1.27.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Timothy Brewer, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

Topics today include:

  • Moderna begins the next phase of its Omicron-specific booster trial. Study finds antibodies drop 6-fold over 6 months 
  • Israeli study finds slightly higher-than-expected rate of myocarditis among vaccinated boys 
  • A 15-month-old has died of COVID-19 in L.A. County 
  • California exceeds 8 million coronavirus cases; adds 2.5 million since New Year’s Day 
  • There’s one population that gets overlooked by an “everyone will get COVID” mentality 
  • Sacramento City Unified pushes student COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline to Feb. 28 

How Latino Voters Factor Into Key Races In The 2022 Midterms 

Latino Dems Midterms 1.27.22

The majority of Latino voters have historically voted Democratic. However, more Latinos voted for Republicans like Donald Trump in the 2020 election than they had in the past, showing that this long standing pattern may be shifting. A study last month by Equis found a majority of Latinos felt the Democratic Party took their votes for granted, calling into question whether Democrats are doing enough for Latino voters and listening to their concerns. Is the shift toward votes for the GOP a 2020 anomaly or a signal of something longer-lasting? How could both of these things affect the 2022 midterms, with the control of Congress at stake?

Today on AirTalk, Larry breaks down the concerns Latino voters have and how that will shape the 2022 midterms with Loyola Marymount University political science and Chicano/Latino studies professor Fernando Guerra and chief operating officer of NALEO Erica Bernal-Martinez.

LA County Extends Eviction Moratorium -- We Address Landlord And Tenant Questions

Eviction Protections 1.27.22

Eviction protections in Los Angeles County will extend to the end of 2022 after the Board of Supervisors approved a motion to do so in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger casting the dissenting vote. As KPCC/LAist’s David Wagner reported, it’s welcome news for housing advocates who were concerned about people starting to be evicted. Landlords however, say they are not happy about the prospect of having to foot the cost of deferred payments for another year.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by KPCC/LAist business and economy reporter David Wagner, supervising attorney for the Eviction Defense Unit at the Housing Rights Center Alex Flores, and executive director and CEO of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) Dan Yukelson.

You can visit the Housing Is Key website and find more information on rent relief that might be available to you here. If you are a resident of Los Angeles County, you can contact Stay Housed L.A. for information about rent relief as well as how to get legal help by calling 1-888-694-0040.

New Podcast From LAist Studios Explores The “Imperfect Paradise” That Is Southern California

Imperfect Paradise 1.27.22

David Gillanders leads Pathways of Hope, an organization that’s been providing food and shelter to homeless people in Fullerton and other north Orange County cities for more than 40 years. In 2018, he had a vision: to turn a city maintenance yard into an apartment complex to house 60 of Fullerton’s chronically homeless individuals. The complex would be an opportunity to create permanent supportive housing – where tenants get their own, subsidized apartment along with social services like therapy and substance abuse counseling. Then, a small group of Fullerton residents launched a vocal campaign to keep the project from breaking ground. What happened next has implications for efforts to house the homeless around Southern California, and it’s the subject of the new podcast from LAist Studios, “Imperfect Paradise.” Over the course of three episodes, KPCC & LAist reporter Jill Replogle explains how the debate played out over years, and what it means for California’s push to bring thousands of people inside.

Today, Jill and LAist Studios Senior Producer Emily Guerin join Larry to talk about the new podcast.

With files from LAist. You can download the podcast here. You can read Jill’s original reporting from 2018 here.

Author Sofi Thanhauser Details The History Of Clothing And The Human Cost Of Production In Her New Book “Worn”

Worn Book 1.27.22

When Sofi Thanhauser was a teen, she loved to shop at a thrift store called Dumptique, and something stood out to her about the clothes she bought there: they were better quality than new clothes. Over the past couple decades, the price of clothing has dropped dramatically and the rise of fast fashion has increased our consumption of clothing dramatically. At the same time, most of the labor has been outsourced to poorer countries, raising issues about the ethics of the environmental and human costs of producing all the clothes we’re buying. In her new book “Worn: A People’s History of Clothing,” Thanhauser explores the history of five fabrics – linen, cotton, silk, synthetics, and wool – and what they tell us about what we wear. Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by author, artist, and teacher Sofi Thanhauser to discuss the past, present, and future of clothing.

Sofi will be in conversation with editor Maria Goldverg in a virtual event this evening hosted by Book Soup, the independent bookstore in West Hollywood. It’s free with registration. Information is available here

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