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Angelenos continue to rent out their apartments using Airbnb, even though it’s not technically legal - and that’s turning neighbor against neighbor in Silverlake. We find out what’s happening there and across the country. We also hear about the deep undercover agent who helped authorities arrest Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. And we meet the woman behind a new coming-of-age film that’s generating a lot of buzz.

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Silver Lake vs Airbnb 8 MIN, 46 SEC

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning sent out a memo recently making it clear that short-term rentals are illegal in most of the city’s residential areas. But people are doing it anyway -- renting out their home or their retrofitted garages to visitors. In Silver Lake, the issue has become particularly contentious, with neighbors tattling on neighbors for violating the law. Now a new slate of candidates for the upcoming Silver Lake Neighborhood Council elections is campaigning as pro-Airbnb.

Colin Stutz, Los Feliz Ledger

The Business of Airbnb 6 MIN, 42 SEC

Angelenos aren’t the only ones concerned with the proliferation of Airbnb rentals. Cities and neighborhoods all over the country are grappling with how to deal with this new kind of business model. Meanwhile, the 6 year old company continues to grow. Airbnb is currently raising capital at a valuation of more than $10 billion.

Gerry Shih, Reuters (@gerryshih)

Undercover Agent U.C.E. 4599 8 MIN, 48 SEC

This week, State Senator Leland Yee was one of two dozen people arrested by the FBI in a Bay Area sting. Most of the headlines have focused on Yee and his relationship with a one-time gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. But there’s another figure who played a big role in this story: “U.C.E. 4599.” Those initials are short for “Undercover Employee.” That’s all we know about the identity of the undercover FBI agent who cracked the case. But the details of his investigation are as surreal as everything else about this sting.

Henry Lee, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle (@henryklee)

Cesar Chavez, Noah, and Arnold Schwarzenegger 11 MIN, 58 SEC

In today’s film roundup, we talk about the new Cesar Chavez biopic, the biblical epic Noah, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest return to the screen. Also, our guests defend Gwyneth Paltrow against all the haters out there.

Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

It Felt Like Love 9 MIN, 17 SEC

Eliza Hitman’s first film It Felt Like Love won rave reviews at Sundance last year and is getting buzz around the country. The movie looks at that awkward time in a girl’s life when she’s not really a girl and not really a woman and not sure who she is at all.

Eliza Hittman, filmmaker (@ElizaHittman)

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