Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa was the mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013. Since then, he’s been advising big corporations and teaching at USC. Now, he hopes to get back into politics by running to be California’s next governor. He talks to us about his political track record, the high-speed rail project, and how he plans to spur housing growth.
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at the White House Wednesday to discuss California’s “sanctuary state” law. Republicans in the state are viewing the topic as an opportunity to encourage their base to show up for the June primary. On the flip side, with voters split over the sanctuary issue, this could dash Democrats’ hopes of taking back the House.
USC allowed a gynecologist to continue treating students even after coworkers and patients complained about his inappropriate behavior for decades. An investigation by Los Angeles Times revealed that USC did not take action until two years ago when the school allowed Dr. George Tyndall to resign with a financial payout. He practiced there for nearly 30 years.
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George Rodriguez has been taking pictures of Los Angeles since the 1950s. He has documented history by capturing stars like Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, and culturally significant events like the Chicano student protests and striking farm workers. Art contributor, Carolina Miranda, talks to us about the South LA photographer’s new book and exhibition opening next week in East Hollywood.
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Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
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