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Huizar Arrested, Police Budgets, Coronavirus Cases Continue Going Up

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17:  Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar speaks on the steps of City Hall during the
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar speaks on the steps of City Hall during the "Forward on Climate" rally to call on President Obama to take strong action on the climate crisis on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Organizers say the rally, which is led by Tar Sands Action Southern California and Sierra Club, is composed of a coalition of over 90 groups and coincides with similar rallies in Washington D.C. and other U.S. cities. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Huizar Arrested

Longtime Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar was arrested by the FBI this morning. He faces a racketeering charge rising from allegations that he took cash bribes and campaign donations in exchange for helping high-rise development projects secure city approval. Huizar chaired the influential Planning and Land Use Management Committee.


Police Budgets

We take a closer look at moves to cut the LAPD and LA Sheriff's Department budgets in the wake of the Floyd killing. KPCC's Frank Stoltze catches us up. 

Ask an expert: Coronavirus cases going up

Yesterday, L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer announced an additional 2 and a half (2,571) thousand COVID 19 cases, along with an additional 18 deaths. That brings up the county total to almost 86 thousand (85,942) cases. But still ,the state is moving forward with easing into reopening. So what should we have in mind as cases seemingly tick up, and the stay at home order relaxes?


Restaurant Update

Suzanne Goin, chef/owner of AOC, Tavern and Lucques Catering joins A Martinez for another installment in their on-going conversation about the LA restaurant business. Today, they discuss how her company is adjusting to CA rules around reopening and how the Independent Restaurant Coalition is lobbying to make PPP loans work for them and other ways to save the non-chain restaurants of America.



The heavy metal band System of a Down hasn't released an album in 15 years. But frontman Serj Tankian's popularity in Armenia is higher than ever.  As part of a series we're calling homeLAnd, KPCC's Aaron Schrank brings you the story of an Armenian American rockstar who's become a political force in Armenia from right here in L.A.