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A Big Storm is Coming to LA; an Audit Finds EDD Woefully Unprepared For Pandemic Recession, Restaurants React to Re-Opening

Diners on the patio of Socalo restaurant in Santa Monica 2020, during the pandemic
Diners on the patio of Socalo restaurant in Santa Monica 2020, during the pandemic

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So Cal to be Walloped by Rain this Week 

California's been deep in its rainy season for over a month, but we're now just finally getting some serious precipitation. That's wonderful because it's been so dry. But the rain's expected to be so heavy that, along with the water, comes a risk of mudslides and debris flows.


Audit Finds EDD Unprepared for Recession 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state’s unemployment agency has struggled to keep up with claims. Last spring, applications skyrocketed 13 times above pre-pandemic levels.  The Employment Development Department -- or EDD for short -- has had its work cut out for it. But a new state audit finds that many of the department’s problems can be blamed on its failure to plan for a recession. And that failure has led to widespread payment delays for jobless Californians struggling to make ends meet. 


Don't Expect All of LA's Restaurants Open this Weekend 

Following California Governor Gavin Newsom's surprise decision to lift the statewide stay-at-home order, restaurants are scrambling to prepare for a return to outdoor dining as soon as the end of this week. After shutting down just before Thanksgiving, there is a lot of ramping up to do to get ready to serve an outdoor dinner in the winter - even in California. Susan Feniger, co-chef and co-owner of Socalo restaurant in Santa Monica and Border Grills, with locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, joins KPCC's A Martínez to discuss her response and the impact on her employees.

Series: Police and Social Justice Reform - What's Next? 

There are a lot of changes on the way in 2021, and for people in Los Angeles, one of the most-anticipated is a new relationship between LA’s law enforcement and communities of color. Hopefully. Take Two continues its series of conversations of what that might look like with Jorja Leap, policy advisor on Gangs and Youth Violence for Los Angeles County, and professor of social welfare and executive director of the health and Social Justice Partnership at UCLA.

Looking Back a Year After Kobe's Death 

A year ago today, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed along with 7 others when the helicopter they were on crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The entire city of Los Angeles mourned the loss for weeks afterwards. Among the grieving Angelenos was colleague - and LAist columnist -  Erick Gallindo. He joins A Martinez to reflect.