Photo: Eric Garcetti arrives at the 89th Academy Awards - Oscars Red Carpet - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 (Mario Anzuoni/ Reuters)
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Tuesday’s election in Los Angeles gave a big win to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council members up for re-election. Also, voters rejected a measure that would have temporarily stopped development. We get reaction from Councilmember Jose Huizar.
We find out what the no vote on Measure S means for the future of LA’s skyline and the future of downtown.
Eric Garcetti’s re-election victory gives him momentum for a possible gubernatorial run. We talk about how that race is shaping up. It now includes a Republican who wants big money out of politics.
The Mona Lisa, Star Wars, and the song “Rock Around the Clock” are all hits. But why? There’s luck but also a science behind creating hits. A new book explains: “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.”
Students in South LA responded to President Donald Trump’s policies by putting on a play about him. They attend ISLAH Academy, a private Islamic school for African-American Muslims.
Ahmed Toure as Donald Trump (Courtesy of Larry Hirshowitz)
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