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One of Santa Monica's few black residents has put the city and its police force in the national spotlight. Fay Wells is a college graduate and business professional, whose story went viral. She'll tell us how 19 cops showed up — two with guns drawn — after a white neighbor mistakenly thought she was breaking into her own apartment. Was it racism or good police work in a liberal enclave with a black police chief?

Later on the program, will a crackdown on Waze deprive you of your favorite guide to avoiding traffic congestion?

Photo: Matthew Yglesias

Producers:
Evan George

Santa Monica Policing in the National Spotlight 13 MIN, 58 SEC

Last week, Santa Monica resident Fay Wells wrote an opinion column for the Washington Post, headlined, "My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up." This happened after a neighbor called to report a suspicious male with a suitcase trying to get into a nearby apartment. It turned out that Wells had lost her key and called a locksmith to help open her door. The story went viral on social media, and the incident has been covered by the LA Times and other newspapers.

Santa Monica police and other city officials declined to come on our program. But they released a tape of the incident more than 40 minutes long.

Guests:
Fay Wells, resident of Santa Monica
Tamara Shayne Kagel, attorney and writer (@TamaraSKagel)

More:
Kagel's article, "Is Your Neighborhood Racist?"

A Crackdown on your Favorite Waze Shortcut? 7 MIN, 42 SEC

All over Southern California, formerly sleepy neighborhoods are now crowded with traffic — all because the smartphone app Waze has become so popular with desperate commuters. Now there's a blowback from residents, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation may be forced to take action. That's according to Joe Flint, who covers LA for the Wall Street Journal

Guests:
Joe Flint, Wall Street Journal (@JBFlint)

More:
American Highway Users Alliance on America's worst 50 traffic bottlenecks

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