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DMV voter registration, the Solo single-passenger car, Wicked Lit

Published October 11, 2018 at 5:00 AM PDT
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We look at the California Department of Motor Vehicles' motor voter program. Plus, the latest in our series on Fullerton's efforts to combat NIMBYism with a new homeless housing project. And, we take a test drive of a new single-passenger car, the Solo.

DMV Voter Registration

(Starts at 1:22)

California may put the brakes on its program that registers voters automatically when they perform services at the DMV. It comes after several high-profile incidents. Several thousand people were left off voter rolls because of a computer error, for example, and 1,500 non-citizens were registered to vote.


  • Bryan Anderson, Sacramento Bee reporter

Homeless Sweeps

(Starts at 7:24)

It was the first day of homeless encampment sweeps yesterday, with people offering services around a new shelter in El Puente. Outreach workers, sanitation employees and law enforcement were part of a "special enforcement zone." As part of the enforcement, people who are homeless must put away their tents from 6 am to 9 pm. Oversized property may also be confiscated. The city's idea is to improve public health and keep sprawling camps near homeless shelters at bay. Some call it a cleanup, for others, it's a crackdown.


  • Christina Miller, Mayor Garcetti's top homelessness advisor

Fullerton NIMBYism

(Starts at 15:37)

All this week, we're diving into the debate over a proposed housing development for homeless people in Fullerton. Many of the neighbors say they're worried about a decline in property values and quality of life if the project goes forward. We look at the track record of such developments.


  • Jill Replogle, KPCC Orange County reporter

Long Beach Fire Department Grant

(Starts at 20:18)

The Long Beach Fire Department has become the first of its kind in the nation to get the federal Mental Health Awareness Training Grant. It's worth over $360,000 and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And it's all because of its program called HEART -- that's an acronym standing for "Homelessness Education and Response Team."


  • Justin Verga, Long Beach firefighter paramedic

Test driving the single-passenger Solo car

(Starts at 25:07)

Angelenos take most of their car trips alone. Sedan or SUV. It doesn't matter. No one but the driver is in the car. In response, we're looking at a new vehicle that's coming to market in California this weekend. It's called the Solo and, as you may have guessed, it only has one seat. A single-passenger commuter car is the subject of the Ride, our weekly look at personal mobility.

Superintendent Candidate Marshall Tuck

(Starts at 30:48)

The mid-term elections are a little less than four weeks away and voters have a lot of decisions to make. Among them is selecting a new California Superintendent of Public Instruction, a non-partisan job, overseeing more than 1,000 school districts in the state. There are two candidates.


  • Marshall Tuck, former president of Green Dot Charter Schools

Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio

(Starts at 40:15)

Debbie Reynolds' Legacy Studios, is currently scheduled for demolition by the building's owner, but a group of local dancers who use the studio are trying to save the building and have it recognized a local historic landmark.

Wicked Lit

(Starts at 43:14)

This year is the tenth annual production of “Wicked Lit,” which takes classic horror literature and converts it to the stage, or more accurately, the cemetery. Every year for a month or so around Halloween, Wicked Lit performs during the evenings in the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Attendees are put in small groups and led through various locations throughout the cemetery depending on which performance they are watching. Take Two contributor Mary Knauf visited the troupe to get a behind the scenes look at the performance.


  • Jonathan Josephson, executive director for Unbound Productions, the immersive theater company that puts on “Wicked Lit”
  • Richard Large, actor who has been with Wicked Lit for ten years; he plays Toby Veck in this year’s performance of “The Chimes: A Goblin Story”
  • Kevin Dulude, actor for Wicked Lit; he plays the corpse in this year’s performance of “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse”

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Kevin Dulude and Flynn Platt in Teig O'Kane and the Corpse.
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Kevin Dulude and Flynn Platt in Teig O'Kane and the Corpse.

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