News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by

How will new LAUSD Board President Put Students And Families First, California Monarchs Plummet To Shockingly Low Levels, The Promise And Peril Of Hollywood Productions In COVID Times




Newly-elected Los Angeles Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez speaks at a rally in downtown L.A. Behind her, from left: fellow board members Ref Rodriguez and Nick Melvoin, district superintendent Michelle King and board member Mónica García.
Newly-elected Los Angeles Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez speaks at a rally in downtown L.A. Behind her, from left: fellow board members Ref Rodriguez and Nick Melvoin, district superintendent Michelle King and board member Mónica García.
Kyle Stokes/KPCC

Listen to story

49:24
Download this story 35MB

How New LAUSD Board President Will Put Students And Families First

Kelly Gonez was named president of the Los Angeles Unified School District - the youngest person to be appointed to that position. It was a unanimous decision, which speaks to her reputation as a bridge builder among members. With the pandemic, the next year is particularly crucial time for the district as it is still very unclear when kids can return to school. 

Guest: 

Wage Gains For Low-Income Californians Erased By COVID-19

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that the pandemic has wiped away wage gains among low income workers that had started to be realized last year. State Democrats and Republicans are proposing various solutions, but experts warn jobs alone will not bridge growing inequality.

Guest:

Project HomeKey Is Underway In California, But Not In Commerce

At the start of the pandemic, we had Project Roomkey, which brought thousands of unhoused people temporarily into hotels to protect them from the virus.

 Now, the state is working on Project HomeKey, which gives federal money to municipalities to buy hotels and convert them into permanent housing for the homeless.

 More than 2,0000 new rooms should become available in Southern California in just months, but the program is off to a rough start in the city of Commerce, as KPCC's Aaron Schrank explains.

California Monarchs Plummet To Shockingly Low Levels 

A new survey of California Monarchs shows that the population has plummeted to shockingly low levels. Take Two finds out why from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Guest:

The Promise And Peril Of Hollywood Productions In COVID Times

The promise and peril of film productions in a pandemic seem to hit a new high lately. In CA strict protocols have let shoots continue while other industries have had to scale back but as leaked Mission Impossible audio of Tom Cruise ranting at his crew reveals... it's not always easy to get everyone on board with the rules. In this week's installment of On The Lot Rebecca Keegan of the Hollywood Reporter discusses this and how Wonder Woman 1984 became the disruptor film of 2020.

Guest:

Rethinking Mental Health In The Workplace

With a lot of you working from home these days, it might feel like you’re working ALL the time, with little work-life separation. Today, we dig into modern day work culture and how it might be time to rethink mental health in the workplace. For more on that, we talk to Nick Quah, host of the LAist studios podcast Servant of Pod, about his latest episode in which he interviews Morra Aarons-Mele, host of the “The Anxious Achiever” podcast for Harvard Business Review.

Guest: