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State of Affairs: Newsom's Big Budget, California Mask Confusion, Universal Basic Income Proposed for LA County,

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
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State of Affairs: Newsom's Big Budget and an Analysis of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's World

For today’s State of Affairs we’ve got Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget to get into. But first we’re going to go back a bit in the life of CA Congressman Kevin McCarthy. We’ll start November 5th and weave through January 2nd, a two month stretch where it sounded like he had trouble accepting the fact that Donald Trump lost the election. Keep in mind that this whole time, Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney would publicly not buy into Trump’s false claims of election fraud and called Trump out for inciting the insurrection. Because of all this, McCarthy engineered Cheney’s removal as House GOP conference chair.



Ask An Expert: Kids Vaccines and Clarifying the CDC Mask Guidance 

It’s been a big week with regards to the coronavirus -  kids ages 12 to 15 are now eligible for the vaccine - and LA County’s public health department said we could reach herd immunity by July. BUT there’s still a whole lot of confusion about masks.



Universal Basic Income for Los Angeles County 

Los Angeles County is proposing an ambitious plan  -  give a least 1,000 dollars to 1,000 families for three years. Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Khuel are the two officials behind this Universal Basic Income pilot  ...and the full Board is expected to vote on it next week. It follows similar moves by LA City, Long Beach, Compton and communities of South LA.


The Governor's Budget for Early Education and Transitional Kindergarten

Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing billions for a Transitional Kindergarten throughout California, as well as other program for out youngest citizens. 



Weekend Preview: Chicano Rap, Love Stories and the Pasadena Lit Fest 

Finally, the weekend is here. If you’re wondering what to do, we have some event ideas for you. KPCC's Itxy Quintanilla fills us in.