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The Citizens Commission on violence in LA County said both Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka were responsible for a "failure of leadership" that led to abuses including violence by deputies in county jail. Now Sheriff Lee Baca is running for re-election next year and Paul Tanaka is running against him. The former Undersheriff says the Commission report is full of "lies" about him and his record. Also, the passing of LA's unofficial poet laureate. We remember Wanda Coleman.

On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, workers at Walmart are staging the latest in a series of strikes across the country set to culminate on Black Friday. We hear what they want and how Walmart is reaction.  

 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Paul Tanaka Talks Back 12 MIN, 49 SEC

Last year, the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence blamed both LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Paul Tanaka for a "failure of leadership" that permitted a culture of deputy misbehavior including brutality against inmates of county jails. Sheriff Baca said Tanaka was responsible. Tanaka then retired and announced he would run against Baca, who's up for his fifth term in office next year. Tanaka is the current Mayor of Gardena.

Guests:
Paul Tanaka, Mayor of Gardena

Reporter's Notebook The Passing of LA's Unofficial Poet Laureate, Wanda Coleman 11 MIN, 24 SEC

Wanda Coleman grew up in Watts in the 1950's. She described her own childhood as unhappy, and was outraged by racism and hatred. She went on to write 20 books, including novels and collections of other works. She won poetry prizes and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She died last Friday after a long illness at the age of 67. LA Times book critic David Ulin describes her as "a force of nature" and "the conscience of the LA literary scene." We hear an appreciation from Erin Aubry Kaplan, author of Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from Black Journalist, and David Kipen, the founder of Libros Schmibros, the lending library and bookshop in Boyle Heights.

Guests:
Erin Aubry Kaplan, KCET / Los Angeles Times
David Kipen, Libros Schmibros (@LibrosSchmibros)

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