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Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles by the end of next year. Meanwhile, the situation on LA’s Skid Row is worse than ever, but the city and county say they have a new plan to improve services. After a lawsuit, the Oakland Raiders offered to double their cheerleaders’ pay. The team is offering the Raiderettes minimum wage. Tens of thousands of Iraqis that worked with the Americans during the war are afraid for their lives and trying to come to the U.S. But many of their cases are caught up in red tape. And in our regular web roundup: the end of online passwords, dating sites that use DNA, and chat roulette for stoners.

Photo Credit: BrokenSphere 

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Homeless Vets 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised today to end homelessness among veterans by the end of next year. It’s a pledge the White House has asked mayors around the country to make. And today, the mayor and First Lady Michelle Obama were in Century City unveiling plans to make good on their promise.

Guests:
Rick Reyes, veteran employment coordinator at United Way (@rick_reyes)
Gary Blasi, UCLA Law School

More:
Michelle Obama, Eric Garcetti keynote

A New Approach to Skid Row 6 MIN, 49 SEC

For decades, city and county officials have tried to clean up the 50-block neighborhood in downtown. But Skid Row still has the country’s highest concentration of homeless people. Most of them struggle with substance abuse or mental illness, or both. That has made policing the area, and getting people into housing, very difficult over the years. But now the city is teaming up with the county on a new approach.

Guests:
Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission (@abales)

More:
L.A. leaders are crafting new plan to help homeless on skid row

Cheerleader Rights 8 MIN, 48 SEC

Earlier this month, the Oakland Raiders offered to double their cheerleaders’ pay. It’s hardly a king’s ransom. The team is offering the Raiderettes minimum wage. They’d also get overtime and some expense money. There are no changes to the work rules spelled out in the Raiderettes’ handbook, which reads like it was written back in the days of Mad Men.

Guests:
Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times (@robinabcarian)

More:
An extraordinary win for the Raiders' cheerleaders

No Help for Iraqis Who Helped Americans 13 MIN, 5 SEC

During the war in Iraq, tens of thousands of Iraqis worked with the Americans as translators, drivers, cooks and janitors. The work paid well, but it but it was dangerous; Anti-American militias sometimes killed or tortured people who worked for the Americans. Now many of these Iraqis want to come to the U.S for safety, but they’re requests are usually tied-up in red tape for years and years...sometimes until it’s too late.

Guests:
Kirk Johnson, The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies (@tlpHQ)

More:
The List Project and the plight of our Iraqi Allies

The End of Passwords? 8 MIN, 2 SEC

Alex and PJ from the TLDR podcast join us to talk about the end of online passwords, dating sites that use DNA to find your match, and chat roulette for stoners.

Guests:
PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

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TLDR Blog & Podcast

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