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LADWP Restricts Outdoor Water To Twice-A-Week, How Should Angelenos Prepare?

Published May 11, 2022 at 10:03 AM PDT
An aerial view of homes in one of the many cities in Southern California where residents will be limited to one day per week of outdoor watering on May 6, 2022 in Agoura Hills, California.
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An aerial view of homes in one of the many cities in Southern California where residents will be limited to one day per week of outdoor watering on May 6, 2022 in Agoura Hills, California.

LADWP Restricts Outdoor Water To Twice-A-Week, How Should Angelenos Prepare?

LADWP Water Restrictions 5.1.22

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Tuesday that its consumers would need to limit their outdoor watering to twice a week in an effort to manage California’s historic drought. For many Californians, the drought’s urgency has not yet settled in. New data from the State Water Resources Board showed Californians' water usage was up in the month of March– the most water usage we’ve seen since 2015.

Today on AirTalk we talk to LADWP senior assistant general manager of its water system Anselmo Collins about their restrictions and also better understand how to manage your garden at this time with California Native Plant Society horticulture outreach manager Ann-Marie Benz.

If you’re an LADWP customer and would like more resources, click here to know your watering days and here for rebate programs they offer for water-efficient tech.

The Pandemic Made The Gender Divide In Household Labor Worse. Now Where Do Things Stand?

Household Division Of Labor 5.11.22

It’s no surprise that women often take on more of the housework. The gender divide was often said to be getting smaller, but the pandemic quickly shined a light on the realities for women. More chores, more childcare and more maintaining family schedules. And all those duties often fall on top of an already busy professional work life. And researchers say women, working mothers, low-wage workers, and people of color are hit the hardest. There’s a clear divide in the actual labor, but there’s also a divide in how we look at who’s doing the work. For example, Jeanne Sager wrote a piece in the Huffington Post titled “I'm Not 'Lucky' Because My Husband Cooks And Cleans” where she explains the shock and awe responses she receives when people learn her partner does household labor.

Lauren Hoffman, associate director of Women’s Economic Security with the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress, joins to discuss the trends we’re seeing.

How Fines And Fees in The California Justice System Contribute to Structural Racism

Systemic Racism 5.11.22

Mail-in ballots for the June primary started arriving at homes this week. Here at KPCC and LAist, we're shifting the focus of our political coverage away from politicians and toward voters. To that end, we asked listeners and readers to tell us what’s important to you this election season, and the questions and comments we received fell largely into four key topics, what we’re calling “destiny issues”: housing and homelessness, systemic racism, equitable economies, and education. So here on AirTalk, we’re going to spend the next month drilling down on each of those four topics. This week, we’re focusing on systemic racism. Yesterday, we heard from KPCC & LAist reporters Josie Huang and Jackie Fortier, along with Kamilah V. Moore, chair of California’s Reparations Task Force, about how many facets of our society – whether it’s housing, public health or criminal justice – are set up in ways that more negatively affect communities of color.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll look at how some of our state laws create hurdles that disproportionately fall on Black and brown people, intentional or not. Low-level misdemeanor offenses and traffic citations may often seem like minor infractions, but experts say people without the right resources can often find themselves facing enormous fines and fees imposed by the court system. We’re joined today by Rio Scharf <SHarf> (he/they), an Equal Justice Works Fellow for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and UCLA Law Professor Beth Colgan to discuss the impact of these fines and fees, as well as a proposal from state leaders to reduce such fines for traffic citations.

As part of KPCC/LAist’s Voter Game Plan, we’re introducing you to the candidates for L.A. Mayor and Los Angeles County Supervisor (District 3). You can watch archived conversations and find information on upcoming interviews here.

COVID-19 AMA: Cases Rise In The Bay Area, How To Treat Long COVID, And More

Covid Update 5.11.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center. 

Topics today include:

  • Bay Area experiencing its worst rise in cases since the Delta wave 
  • Workplaces and schools in L.A. County are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases
  • CDC director tells KPCC’s senior health reporter Jackie Fortier that community ties are key to more vaccinations
  • CNN: A growing share of COVID-19 deaths are among vaccinated people, but booster shots substantially lower the risk 
  • Could Paxlovid work to treat Long COVID?  
  • What we can learn from people who never got COVID 
  • Does mass testing work to contain infections?

The iPod Changed The Game For Music Lovers. Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye As Apple Phases Out Production

Goodbye IPod 5.11.22

The iPod changed the game when it comes to how we listen to music and consume content. For some of us, thoughts of our first device, whether it was the shuffle, nano or touch, fill our hearts with nostalgia. For others, their iPods are still in full swing. Apple announced this week it’s phasing out production of the iPod touch, bringing an end to a product line that first started over two decades ago. Tripp Mickle, New York Times reporter on Apple and author of the new book “After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul,” joins guest host Austin Cross to talk about the history of the iPod.

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