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The end of polling places, autonomous vehicles and housing, Tuesday Reviewsday

Published October 30, 2018 at 5:00 AM PDT
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How voting in L.A. County could change in 2020. Plus, autonomous vehicles could affect where people choose to live. And, the latest new music this week.

The president threatens birthright citizenship

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President Trump's latest comments on the 14th amendment, which grants birthright citizenship to children whose parents are unauthorized immigrants, are causing controversy The president told HBO's new news show Axios about his plans to get rid of birthright citizenship with an executive order. But is that true? Can the president of the United States truly override a constitutional amendment with an executive order?


  • Marissa Montes, co-director at Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

Border Troops

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In tweets and public comments, President Trump has claimed that the caravan of Central American migrants making their way North through Mexico poses a security threat to the United States. Now Trump has requested a new round of U.S. military troops be moved to the border as a precautionary measure. We've seen this play out before, so we thought we'd bring in KPCC's Military and Veterans reporter Libby Denkmann to find out what's happening this time around.

Farewell polling places

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If you’re one of those people who likes to cast your ballot at your neighborhood polling place, you might try to savor your experience next Tuesday. In 2020, the way Los Angeles County casts its votes is going to change. 

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Residents of Boyle Heights vote in the primary election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
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Residents of Boyle Heights vote in the primary election on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Inglewood Mayor Money

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The race for Mayor of Inglewood has attracted some big campaign donations, due to the battle over the Clippers stadium. Incumbent James T. Butts Jr. who backs the stadium project has gotten money from Steve Ballmer, while challenger Marc Little has gotten funds from the owners of the competing area.


Correction: This story said that Madison Square Garden, the company that owns the Forum has donated $60,000 to Marc Little's campaign, that number is actually $600,000.

Homeless Families Skid Row

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As we head into the holidays, there's a dramatic increase of homeless families seeking shelter in LA's Skid Row. We find out what looks like on the ground with a shelter provider.


  • CEO Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission
Stats via Homeless Count by the LA Homeless Services Authority.
via the Homeless Count by the LA Homeless Services Authority.
Stats via Homeless Count by the LA Homeless Services Authority.

Autonomous Vehicles in L.A. Part 2: Housing

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Autonomous vehicles are coming to Los Angeles. We're not sure exactly when, but when they do...the technology will affect a whole lot of aspects of our daily lives here -- how we get around, where we choose to live and what kinds of job we may end up doing or won't be able to do anymore. The way AVs could change life in LA is the topic of a week-long series. Today's topic:  housing. When AVs really hit LA streets, it's expected the technology will make it easier for people to live farther away from where they work. Because if you no longer have to drive yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you might make different decisions about where to live. 

Homeless ADUs

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Bloomberg Philanthropies is donating ONE million dollars to Los Angeles to help residents build backyard housing for the homeless. The grant is part of an effort by Bloomberg to help cities combat their most challenging problems. And in L.A., one of the most challenging problems is homelessness. On any given night in the city, roughly 23,000 Angelenos go to sleep without a roof over their heads.


  • L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

Tuesday Reviewsday

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The Bangles, The Three O'Clock, The Dream Syndicate, oh my!

This week, music contributor Steve Hochman brings you key acts from the early '80s L.A. indie movement that got dubbed the "Paisley Underground." Also: Artists Julia Holter, and Divine Weeks. Here's a meta tune to get your head bopping: The Bangles cover The Three O'Clock!

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