Local Leaders Ask For Help With Vaccine Rollout
Los Angeles County Approaches Nearly a Million COVID-19 Cases
With around 10 million residents, L.A. is the most populous county in the U.S. As the county approaches a million cases, that also means roughly 1 in 10 Angelenos has had a confirmed case of the virus at some point throughout the pandemic.
Matt Guilhem, KCRW
Los Angeles County Latino Residents Now Dying from COVID-19 at Eight Times the Rate in November
The region has been the epicenter of the pandemic for months, but the speed of transmission continues to alarm officials. COVID-19 has devastated communities of color more than any other, and the data is alarming.
Guest: Ron Lin, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Pistachio Plant Workers Take to the Streets to Demand Safety
Farmworkers and those in food production have been left vulnerable by the pandemic. In the Central Valley, employees of the pistachio producer Primex recently made the rare, risky decision to take to the streets.
Guest: Julia Lurie, Mother Jones
California Fall Short on Ambitious Vaccination Goals
Counties in California aren’t giving shots to members of the public yet. To make that happen, lawmakers and county health officials say they’re going to need a lot more help from the state.
Reporter: Sammy Caiola, CapRadio
California Steps Up Security Prep as Biden Inauguration Draws Near
Newsom activated up to one thousand of the state’s National Guard to work closely with the CHP to protect infrastructure in and around the State Capitol in Sacramento. The move comes just days after the FBI warned of possible armed violence planned by extremist groups targeting all 50 state capitals.
Reporter: Scott Shafer, Politics Editor, KQED
California Lawmakers Eager for Immediate Action Begin Budget Hearings
Lawmakers wasted little time beginning to debate Newsom’s $227 billion budget proposal. It calls for immediate action on several pandemic relief items, including cash payments to the state’s lowest income earners.
Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED