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Airbnb says it will start paying hotel taxes in Malibu. How will LA deal with short-term rentals? How will California agriculture, which uses 80% of the state’s water, change if the drought persists? And the Colorado River, which provides water for about 30 million people in the Southwest, is at the top of the list of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers.” Madeleine talks to the author of All Involved, a new novel about the 1992 LA Riots that looks at the events from the perspective of seventeen different narrators. And Kentucky Senator Rand Paul formally announced today that he’s getting in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. We take a look at how these campaigns and candidates might interact over the coming year here in California.

Banner Image: Colorado River, just below Glen Canyon Dam; Credit: Rob Hyndman

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Airbnb Growth Outpaces City Policy 11 MIN, 44 SEC

The escalating wars over short-term rentals: Airbnb, VRBO, and others versus homeowners. And cities are caught in the middle with varying policies and regulations. One issue is taxes. Just yesterday, Airbnb said it will start collecting taxes from properties listed in Malibu. West Hollywood is considering a blanket ban on short-term rentals. And in the rest of the LA metro area, it’s technically illegal to rent through Airbnb. Although you wouldn’t know it on the site. Despite inconsistent regulations and enforcement, Airbnb is thriving in Los Angeles. But that has housing advocates worried for a city with a long history of rising rents and limited housing.

Guests:
James Elmendorf, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (@LAANE)
Robert St. Genis, Los Angeles Short Term Rental Alliance

Farming and the Drought 6 MIN, 35 SEC

About 80% of water in California goes to agriculture. It’s a number that has been spotlighted as the state grapples with how to reduce water usage. Governor Jerry Brown stopped short of imposing water use restrictions on farmers -- farmers say they’ve been dealing with the drought for years. But if the drought persists, how will agriculture in California change?

Guests:
Daniel Sumner, UC Davis

The Health of the Colorado River 5 MIN, 53 SEC

As if the news about the drought wasn’t disturbing enough, a new report is raising an alarm for one of Southern California’s major sources of water. Every year, an environmental organization called American Rivers puts out a report titled “America’s Most Endangered Rivers.” And this year the Colorado River -- the part that runs through the Grand Canyon in Arizona -- is at the top of the list. Just to be clear, we’re talking about one section of the Colorado River. But it’s a good opportunity to look at the overall health of the source of water for more than 30 million people throughout the southwest.

Guests:
Dave Wegner, scientist and engineer

'All Involved' 15 MIN, 22 SEC

All Involved is a new novel about the 1992 LA Riots. It looks at the events from the perspective of seventeen different narrators. Madeleine talks to the author.

Guests:
Ryan Gattis, author (@Ryan_Gattis)

All Involved

Ryan Gattis

GOP Presidential Hopefuls and California 7 MIN, 39 SEC

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul formally announced today that he’s getting in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He joins Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who announced last week. Florida senator Marco Rubio is expected to announce next week. And, of course, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker are all expected to run. As the GOP presidential field comes together, we take a look at how these campaigns and candidates might interact over the coming year with us here in California.

Guests:
Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College (@jpitney)

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