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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caught heat this week from both sides of the aisle for calling presidential candidate Donald Trump “a faker” who has “an ego.” Americans expect members of the high court to avoid wading in political muck; but Ginsberg isn’t called ‘Notorious RBG’ for nothing. Then, Los Angeles County supervisors are hoping that a state ballot measure to legalize marijuana will pass in November so that they can tax it to pay for homeless services. It’s the latest in a three-pronged city-county-state strategy city officials hope will help solve LA’s homeless crisis. Also, developers are exploiting a loophole in California’s ballot initiative process to bypass environmental laws and speed developments. It’s a strategy pioneered by Wal-Mart. Next, a new documentary explores the rise and fall of Jewel’s Catch-One, LA’s first black gay disco. And finally, the LA dining scene is getting a bit precious, with unnecessary French words and terms like curated and foraged being thrown around on every menu. So food writer Josh Scherer decided to take a stand – and make a list.

Image: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes heat for Trump comments 9 MIN, 40 SEC
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caught heat this week from both sides of the aisle for calling presidential candidate Donald Trump “a faker” who has “an ego.” Trump responded by calling Ginsberg a disgrace, tweeting, “her mind is shot – resign!” Americans expect members of the high court to avoid wading in political muck; but Ginsberg isn’t called “Notorious RBG” for nothing.

Guests:
Noah Feldman, Professor of Law, Harvard University

More:
It's Fine for Supreme Court Justices to Speak Their Minds

Can taxing marijuana help solve LA’s homelessness crisis? 6 MIN, 39 SEC

Los Angeles County supervisors are hoping that a state ballot measure to legalize marijuana will pass in November so that they can tax it. The idea is part of their plan to fight homelessness – tax recreational pot to pay for homeless services. Previous ideas like a millionaire’s tax and a sales tax have fizzled. The measure to tax legal weed, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, comes two weeks after the LA City Council agreed to put a $1.2 billion initiative on November’s city ballot. The idea is that a three-pronged city-county-state strategy will help solve LA’s homeless crisis. Will it work?

Guests:
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

More:
County marijuana tax for homeless services to appear on November's ballot
If L.A. OKs a $1.2-billion bond for homeless initiatives, the city will need to up its real estate game

Developers use a loophole to bypass Calfornia’s environmental rules 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Developers are exploiting a loophole in California’s ballot initiative process to bypass environmental laws and speed developments. Normally, the planning process for development takes years, stalled by environmental reviews and lawsuits. But a developer in California can put a proposal before voters as a ballot initiative instead. And that means, because of a loophole, city officials can fast-track a proposal before it even makes it on the ballot. It’s a strategy pioneered by Wal-Mart.

Guests:
Ian Lovett, New York Times (@iglovett)

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Builders Pierce California’s Environmental Shield With New Weapon: The Ballot

The rise and fall of Jewel’s Catch-One, LA’s first black gay disco 13 MIN, 35 SEC

In this day and age, where gay marriage is legal, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the US Armed Forces, and gay, lesbian, and transgender characters can be seen all over film and television, it’s easy to forget the battles that were fought to bring about that change. One of the front lines in Los Angeles was Jewel’s Catch-One, a nightclub near the corner of Pico and Crenshaw in South LA. For more than 40 years, it was a haven for gays and lesbians, especially African Americans. A new documentary about Jewel’s Catch-One and its proprietor, Jewel Thais-Williams, is being screened at Outfest this year. Press Play speaks with Jewel and the film’s director, C. Fitz.

Guests:
C. Fitz, Director
Jewel Thais-Williams, Jewel’s Catch One

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"JEWEL'S CATCH ONE" DOCUMENTARY TRAILER
Tickets for Sunday's screening of Jewel's Catch One

The most annoying words and phrases on restaurant menus 8 MIN, 23 SEC

The Los Angeles dining scene is getting a bit precious, with unnecessary French words and terms like artisanal, curated, and foraged being thrown around on every menu. So realizing he was suffering from CMF – Chronic Menu Fatigue – food writer Josh Scherer decided to take a stand. He’s the associate dine editor for Los Angeles Magazine and he’s come up with a list of the most annoying words and phrases on menus.

Guests:
Josh Scherer, Los Angeles Magazine (@CulinaryBroDown)

More:
The 10 Most Annoying Words and Phrases on Menus, Ranked

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