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Is it Safe to Go to Work Without Masks?, Van Nuys Neighborhood Profile, Black Families' Concerns on Return to In-Person School

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RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS - MAY 3:  Disposable surgical masks are packed in boxes at Prestige Ameritech on May 3, 2009 in Richland Hills, Texas. The Texas based company has increased production of the masks from two shifts working five days a week to 24 hours a day, seven days a week due to increased demand from the recent swine flu outbreak. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Is it Safe to Go to Work Without Masks?

We are less than a week away from the grand reopening of the state on June 15th… but there is still a whole lot of confusion about masks. This was compounded last night after California's workplace safety agency suggested it might move to allow vaccinated employees to go without face coverings while on the job. 

Guest:

  • Jackie Fortier, Health Reporter at KPCC

Van Nuys Neighborhood Profile

California is on the brink of a full reopening after more than a year of coronavirus-related shutdowns. As we head toward this magic date of June 15th, we’ve been checking in with communities around the county, to see how small businesses have weathered the pandemic. Today, we visit Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Itxy Quintanilla takes us there.

Black Families' Concerns on Return to In-Person School

There’s been a LOT of angst about schools reopening in the fall.  A lot of families are demanding their kids be in a classroom all day, five days a week - and it appears that’s where things are headed across most public school districts. The thing is ...not everybody DOES want that. There are still concerns about the virus, but there’s OTHER issues that have come up during this year of zoom school. Of 500 Los Angeles Unified parents surveyed, 96 were black….and of that number, a little less than half of them said they did not send their kids back to school this SPRING because they were “concerned about bullying, racism, and low academic standards for Black children at school.” 

Guest:

  • Tyrone Howard, Professor of Education at UCLA

Los Angeles Leading the Way for Domestic Violence Survivor Services

The strategies to combat homelessness are starting to shift towards better supportive services for victims of intimate partner violence but it's going to take time and a lot more resources. KPCC’s Julia Paskin breaks down where the system fails survivors and how providers are trying to turn it around and make Los Angeles a national model. 

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