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The LA Police Commission has set a new policy for LAPD officers to treat the homeless with more compassion and empathy. Then, a growing slice of charitable giving is happening through Donor-Advised Funds, or DAFs. But not everyone thinks that’s good for charities. Tesla wants to buy SolarCity for $2.8 billion, despite the fact that SolarCity could lose up to $400 million next year. Also, Yaa Gyasi talks about her new book “Homegoing.” And VidCon, the annual confab of online video stars and the people who love them, starts Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Photo: Shelter Skid Row, LA. Timothy Krause

Policing the Homeless 9 MIN, 52 SEC
The LA Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD, has set a new policy for officers to treat the homeless with “compassion and empathy.” Is the policy specific enough to change interactions between the homeless and the police?  

Matt Johnson, Los Angeles Police Commission
Todd Chamberlain, LAPD

Charitable Giving and Donor Advised Funds 8 MIN, 29 SEC

The most popular charity in America is United Way. The second most popular charity is Fidelity Charitable. If you haven’t heard of it, that’s because Fidelity Charitable isn’t really a charity at all, it’s what’s called a “donor-advised fund” run by the investment company Fidelity Investments. Donor-advised funds, or DAFs are growing. They control more than $70 billion in assets. But it’s not clear how much of that money actually makes it to charities.

Ray Madoff, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School

The Undermining of American Charity

SolarCity and Solar Power in the West 8 MIN, 9 SEC

Tesla just announced that it wants to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2.8 billion. Elon Musk - who owns Tesla - is also the chairman of SolarCity, which is run by two of Musk’s cousins. Musk called the bid a “no-brainer,” but many analysts and investors are puzzled by the decision. Especially because SolarCity is struggling with rising costs and increased competition. One estimate found that SolarCity could lose up to $400 million next year alone. And here in California, solar only makes up about four percent of our total power.

Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford

Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing' 13 MIN, 42 SEC
What’s the difference between being African in America and African American? Is there a difference? Novelist Yaa Gyasi tackles those questions and more in her new novel “Homegoing.” It follows two lines of the same family, beginning with two sisters on the west coast of Africa in the 1700s. One marries a white British slave trader and stays in Africa. The other is sold into slavery by a rival African tribe and ends up in America. Each subsequent chapter is told from the point of view of their descendents, switching from the African side to the American side of the family and unfolding down the family tree to the present day. The book explores how that the slave trade haunts each generation on both continents.

Yaa Gyasi, Author


Yaa Gyasi

Previewing VidCon 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Online video has become a huge deal. So huge, that it even has its own conference: Vidcon.  The annual confab of online video stars and the people who love them is back tomorrow at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter

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