We look at competing proposals to connect L.A.'s west side to the San Fernando Valley, and move people more quickly than the 405. Plus, the number of homeless black youth is increasing in L.A. County. And the rise of meth in Tijuana.
From the Valley to the West side in 15 mins
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Imagine if you could get from the west side to the Valley in 15 minutes! Yep. There is a vision of L.A.'s transportation future where that statement is true. And the 405 has nothing to do with it. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding public meetings to mull over three versions of a heavy rail subway.
- Meghan McCarty Carino, KPCC's commuting and mobility reporter
Homeless Black Youth
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Young, Black and Houseless, an analysis of the L.A. County black homeless student population, will be published by the Black Male Institute at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies today. The analysis finds the number of black homeless students in Los Angeles County has increased by more than 40 percent since the 2014-15 school year. One-third of black students experiencing homelessness in California reside in Los Angeles County. Black students are the only racial/ethnic group that disproportionately experiences homelessness. While black students make up about 7.5 percent of student enrollment in Los Angeles County, they account for 10 percent of homeless students. The graduation rate for black students experiencing homelessness is 20 percent below the average graduation rate for Los Angeles County. Just over half of black boys experiencing homelessness graduate on time.
- Earl Edwards, a doctoral student at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies with the Black Male Institute
The meth problem in Tijuana
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A record 2,518 people were killed there last year making it one of the deadliest cities in the world. There are many reasons for the violence plaguing this border city, but meth is one of the biggest factors. Sales - and the use - of the drug has skyrocketed in the last decade and many in Mexico say it's led to the spike in homicides.
- Kate Linthicum, reported this out for Los Angeles Times
On the Lot: Sundance recap
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Sundance is winding down, but news about the latest film deals are still revving up. Inside Apple's first purchase at the film festival and behind the new campaign to increase the number of women directors in the industry.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
What my students taught me
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We all know educators have a lot to share with their students, but sometimes teaching can be a two-way street. There's a podcast called "What My Students Taught Me" that's exploring that idea. It's created by the Teacher Project, an education reporting fellowship at Columbia Journalism School. Over the next three days, we'll hear from three very different Los Angeles teachers on valuable lessons they learned from their students.
Superbowl hype for the LA Rams!
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Are you a big Rams fan? We want to hear from you!