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Los Angeles has been held up as a paragon of data-driven policing. But a series of L.A. Times investigations has found that the LAPD has consistently misclassified violent crimes as less-serious offenses for years.

Then, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a gun control measure he wants to put on next year’s ballot.

Next, San Francisco is the innovation capital of America, where venture capital millions and disruptive ideas join forces to create billion dollar companies. Most of the time though, they end up tossed on the heap of failed startups. Case in point: an urban transportation company called Leap.

And, we talk to director Colin Hanks about his new film, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records.

Finally: to tip or not to tip? That question has the service industry up in arms this week, after New York restaurateur Danny Meyer announced this week that he will eliminate tipping at all of his restaurants.

LAPD Fudging Crime Stats 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Los Angeles has been held up as a paragon of data-driven policing—using data to deploy officers and set targets for crime reduction. But a series of Los Angeles Times investigations has found that the LAPD has consistently misclassified violent crimes as less-serious offenses for years.

Guests:
Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times (@bposton)

New CA Gun Control Measure Introduced 6 MIN, 13 SEC

Recent school shootings have reinvigorated the national conversation about gun control. Now California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a gun control measure he wants to put on next year’s ballot.

Guests:
Christopher Cadelago, Sacramento Bee (@ccadelago)

Web Roundup: Leap and Other Failed Startups 8 MIN, 20 SEC

San Francisco is the innovation capital of America, where venture capital millions and disruptive ideas join forces to create billion dollar companies. Most of the time though, they end up tossed on the heap of failed startups. Case in point: an urban transportation company called Leap.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

The Rise and Fall of Tower Records 13 MIN, 26 SEC

For years, the yellow and red Tower Records logo was familiar to music lovers around the world. What started as an annex to a family drug store in Sacramento spread to 30 countries on five continents. Its iconic store was on the Sunset Strip. In 1999, Tower had sales of over $1 billion. Just seven years later, it filed for bankruptcy.

Guests:
Colin Hanks, actor, producer and director (@colinhanks)

To Tip Or Not To Tip? 8 MIN, 59 SEC

To tip or not to tip? That question has the service industry up in arms this week. New York restaurant impresario Danny Meyer announced that he will eliminate tips at all of his restaurants. He says that tipping culture in America is unfair to servers, bartenders, and kitchen workers.

Guests:
Aphra Adkins, Sally’s Middle Name (@aphraadkins)
Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground / Maketto (@ErikBrunerYang)

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