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An LA Sheriff’s Deputy was working on his mobile computer while he was driving. He struck and killed a man on a bicycle—but the DA won’t prosecute. Cyclists are saying it must be “open season” on them, despite a new law requiring a three foot “buffer zone.”

Also, even at the “who’s who” of restaurants, profit margins are slim. In 2016, Obamacare probably will mandate health insurance for their employees. We’ll hear about the toney eateries that are already charging their customers 3% more.

Banner Image: A participant tests a text-while-driving simulator at the Distracted Driving event aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California

Producers:
Evan George
Sarah Sweeney

Los Angeles DA Won't Prosecute in Distracted Driving Case 16 MIN, 52 SEC

Late last year, LA Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood was driving along Mullhand Drive, returning from a fire call in Calabasas. Milton Olin was on his bike in the bicycle lane. Wood was typing on his mobile computer, and his car struck Olin from behind and killed him. Last week, the DA said there won’t be any prosecution. Since Wood was responding to another deputy’s call when he was distracted, he was acting in the course of his duties. Today, cyclists are taking to the streets in protest.

Guests:
Damien Newton, LA.StreetsBlog.org (@labikes)
David Teater, National Safety Council (@NSCsafety)
Michelle Mowery, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (@LadotBike)

The Newest Item on LA Menus Is a Health Care Surcharge 7 MIN, 3 SEC

Some of the loudest complaints about the Affordable Care Act come from small businesses, which insist they can’t afford the cost of mandatory health insurance for their employees. Some restaurants are converting full-time jobs to part time. But when Republique opened last year near LA’s Miracle Mile, the owner had a different idea. Customers were stuck with a 3% surcharge. Now it’s catching on in a big way. Caroline Styne is co-owner and wine director of Luques, AOC, Tavern and the Larder.

Guests:
Caroline Styne, restaurant owner and wine director (@carolinestyne)

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