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Adam Schiff on re-introducing the Rim of the Valley Preservation Act

As of yesterday, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act has seen renewed life. We delve into details of the bill, which hopes to add 191,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains, and inquire into the potential pushback from local communities. We also explain tips for earthquake preparedness; converse with author Jessica Bruder on her latest book "Nomadland"; and more.

LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD's new drone program, event security post-Las Vegas, and more

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for his monthly check-in with the next steps regarding the LAPD's drone policies after its one-year pilot program was approved yesterday. We also debate a proposal to ban items like pepper spray and gas masks at Los Angeles protests; sit down with the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka ahead of tomorrow's season opener against the Clippers; and more.

LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD's new drone program, event security post-Las Vegas, and more

Should California spur on the shift to electric vehicles or follow the industry?

San Francisco assemblyman Phil Ting has proposed a bill that would ban gas or diesel-fueled cars by 2040. Though Ting's bill sounds extreme, auto makers have long expressed a decreased interest in diesel cars, sparking a debate on whether lawmakers are falling behind on industry trends. We also get the latest on Raqqa and its political future; explore the roles of power lines in California wildfires; and more.

Should California spur on the shift to electric vehicles or follow the industry?

Week in Politics: Divisions within the GOP, Iran nuclear deal gets decertified, NAFTA is b...

The start of the week brings a whole new list of political happenings that need mulling over: a battle of the IQ's between Trump and Rex Tillerson, Steve Bannon declaring internal "war" on the GOP, the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, and more. We also look into the realities actors face in speaking out against major studio heads; discuss Ron Chernow's new biography with the author himself; and more.

Week in Politics: Divisions within the GOP, Iran nuclear deal gets decertified, NAFTA is b...

Following executive order undoing ACA insurance rules, Trump goes after key subsidies

AirTalk parses through the impact on California healthcare after President Trump announced he will stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay medical costs for low-income patients. We also preview the Dodgers's National League Championship Series opener against the Chicago Cubs Saturday; review this week's new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

Following executive order undoing ACA insurance rules, Trump goes after key subsidies

What Trump's new executive order means for the ACA and Covered CA

AirTalk dives into the local implications of Trump's executive order, which allows small businesses to buy plans that are cheaper – but provide less coverage – than plans under the ACA. We also debate the state's revised regulations aimed to get self-driving cars on the road by June 2018; how will admitting girls to some Boy Scouts programs change both organizations?; and more.

'Zero percent contained': Latest on Sonoma and Napa fires

AirTalk gets the latest from Northern California as wildfires continue to burn for a third day, leaving 17 dead and scorching more than 100,000 acres. We also explore crazy or unlikely start-up ideas after reports that Amazon is in talks to deliver packages inside your home while you are gone; where do you stand on NFL commissioner's anthem demands?; and more.

What's the future of Gov. Jerry Brown's delta tunnel project?

AirTalk debates funding Gov. Brown's $17-million plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ahead of the Metropolitan Water District's vote this afternoon. We also dive into a new report that the LASD has been allowing ICE to access information on soon-to-be-released inmates; who is the LA Times's new editor in chief?; and more.

How Dianne Feinstein's re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

Senator Feinstein announced this morning that she would be running for re-election, sprouting debate within her party on whether or not she's fit for a fifth term. We examine the arguments for and against, while also discussing the weekend's politics, including the latest on DACA, Trump vs. Corker, and the EPA's decision to ease up on coal-fired power plants; we also dive into the history of sexism in Hollywood; and more.

How Dianne Feinstein's re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

GOP and NRA turn on the bump stock: the politics and mechanics of gun modifications

AirTalk dives into the implications of unexpected support from the GOP and NRA in regulating gun modifications, like the bump stock Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used Sunday night. We also look into the concept of rehabilitation after USC's new medical dean resigned over a 14-year-old sexual assault lawsuit; review this week's new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

GOP and NRA turn on the bump stock: the politics and mechanics of gun modifications

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