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Kids in California have been required to wear bicycle helmets for 21 years.  In Sacramento, the Senate is considering the first state law in the nation to mandate helmets for adults who cycle, too.  Despite studies showing "substantial protection" from injuries in accidents, the California Bicycle Coalition is up in arms.  We find out why.

Also, former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks has battled the unions as a voice of fiscal discipline on the City Council.  Now that he's termed out of office, unions will help determine who's next.

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More:
Rivara's study of the effectiveness of bicycle safety helmets
Rivara's TED talk on the importance of bike helmets (video)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gideon Brower

Hard-headed Cyclists Resist Helmet Bill 14 MIN, 52 SEC

Democratic State Senator Carol Liu of La Canada says she wants more people to ride bicycles. Now she's proposed a new law requiring that adult riders wear helmets — just like kids have been doing for decades. Despite studies showing "substantial protection" from injuries in accidents, the California Bicycle Coalition is up in arms. We find out why.

Guests:
Russ Rader, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (@iihs_autosafety )
Dave Snyder, California Bicycle Coalition (@CalBike)
Frederick Rivara, University of Washington

More:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on bicycle helmet use
California Bicycle Coalition's opposition to mandatory helmet law

Candidates Vie to Fill Bernard Parks' Seat 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Since he won election to the LA City Council, former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks has been a lonely voice as a fiscal watchdog, often opposed to powerful labor unions. Now he's termed out and — ironically — unions may have a major role in determining his replacement.  Catherine Saillant is covering the 8th District contest for the LA Times.

The four main contenders to replace Parks are:

Forescee Hogan-Rowles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Bobbie Jean Anderson
Robert Cole

Guests:
Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times (@csaillant2)

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