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LA Explained: The 2020 Census

LA Explained: The 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is coming to Los Angeles! (And the rest of the country.) This guide will help demystify the process and explain why it's such a big deal for us.

California Could Be First State To Phase Out Single-Use Plastics

California Could Be First State To Phase Out Single-Use Plastics

Less than 15 percent of single-use plastic is recycled in California, according to environmental advocates. Now a group of state lawmakers want to end such use by 2030.

LA's Sheriff Says Jail Reform Has Failed. We Went Inside To Find Out

LA's Sheriff Says Jail Reform Has Failed. We Went Inside To Find Out

L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva says attacks on guards are up and has argued his deputies need a freer hand to use force. Watchdogs say the sheriff is using faulty statistics. So what is really going on?

Here's Everything You Need To Know About USC's Many, Many Scandals

Here's Everything You Need To Know About USC's Many, Many Scandals

That's not one, not two, but three major scandals in less than two years.

Yes, That's Snow You Just Saw In Los Angeles

Yes, That's Snow You Just Saw In Los Angeles

Technically, it's a kind of snowfall known as graupel, which is not a weird Bulgarian stew. We'll let the NWS explain.

No, It's Not Just You. It Really Is Colder In LA This Week

No, It's Not Just You. It Really Is Colder In LA This Week

This week's temperatures have been meeting and beating old record lows, according to the National Weather Service.

LA Wants To Recycle 100% Of Its Wastewater By 2035 And Thinks $2 Billion Should Do It

LA Wants To Recycle 100% Of Its Wastewater By 2035 And Thinks $2 Billion Should Do It

The biggest piece of the puzzle involves upgrading the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, the largest such facility in the western United States.

The Clean Power Alliance You Might Already Be In (And Not Even Know It)

The Clean Power Alliance You Might Already Be In (And Not Even Know It)

One-fifth of all Southern California Edison customers have been opted by local governments into the Clean Power Alliance, a separate, government-run power utility that buys power on the open market and ships it to you on Edison power lines.

These SoCal Students Are Missing Millions in Federal Loans As Their Colleges Face Bankruptcy

These SoCal Students Are Missing Millions in Federal Loans As Their Colleges Face Bankruptcy

At least $13 million in financial aid is missing. Students can't pay rent or buy groceries.

A Genealogy Website Helped Police Solve The 1973 Killing Of A Newport Beach Girl

A Genealogy Website Helped Police Solve The 1973 Killing Of A Newport Beach Girl

Linda Ann O'Keefe was 11 when she disappeared on her way home from summer school. Her body was found the next day. Authorities now credit new technology and old DNA to a break in the long cold case.

Catalina Island Has Gotten So Much Rain That It's Dropping Its Drought Measures

Catalina Island Has Gotten So Much Rain That It's Dropping Its Drought Measures

Residents and businesses can go back to using water as they please.

You've Seen Those Shen Yun Ads All Over LA. Here's What The Show Is Really About

You've Seen Those Shen Yun Ads All Over LA. Here's What The Show Is Really About

That sense of being stalked by the ads is seemingly universal. But much less understood is the dance troupe's origins in a controversial spiritual movement.

Toxic Stress Is The Hidden Public Health Crisis California's New Surgeon General Wants To Solve

Toxic Stress Is The Hidden Public Health Crisis California's New Surgeon General Wants To Solve

Our brains grows so much in the first few years of life that any trauma we experience during that time can affect our health forever.

Are LA's High-Rises Ready For The Big One?

Are LA's High-Rises Ready For The Big One?

Every day, whether it's at home or at work, Southern Californians walk into buildings with the assumption that they're going to be OK if an earthquake hits. But what if they aren't?

LA May Finally Rein In Developers Looking To Influence City Hall

LA May Finally Rein In Developers Looking To Influence City Hall

L.A.'s Ethics Commission is recommending the city council restrict many businesses from making donations to officials and impose limits on how and when politicians can solicit donations for their favored charities.

How A Tweet About The Mars Rover Dying Blew Up On The Internet And Made People Cry

How A Tweet About The Mars Rover Dying Blew Up On The Internet And Made People Cry

"My battery is low and it's getting dark" is now the subject of memes, YouTube videos and T-shirts.

LA Judge Deals Blow To Police Unions' Suing To Keep Records Secret  

LA Judge Deals Blow To Police Unions' Suing To Keep Records Secret  

A Los Angeles County judge dealt a significant blow to efforts by police unions trying to block the release of records of their members past conduct.

When The Big One Strikes, People Of Color Will Be Hit The Hardest

When The Big One Strikes, People Of Color Will Be Hit The Hardest

It turns out natural disasters don't just reveal inequality. They actually make it worse.

Some LA Tours Are Full Of Lies. These Guides Want To Set A New Standard

Some LA Tours Are Full Of Lies. These Guides Want To Set A New Standard

The woman behind Hidden LA and her group have a new mission: uniting local tour guides to improve the quality of tourism in the region.

Commercial Recycling In LA Will Be Free And Millions In Refunds Will Be Handed Out

Commercial Recycling In LA Will Be Free And Millions In Refunds Will Be Handed Out

The new commercial trash hauling system was supposed to be cleaner and greener, but the higher prices led to sticker shock. Now the city and haulers will refund millions of dollars in recycling fees -- to avoid a lawsuit.

Our Valentine's Gift: El Niño Arrives And SoCal Passes 100% Of A Normal Year's Rainfall

Our Valentine's Gift: El Niño Arrives And SoCal Passes 100% Of A Normal Year's Rainfall

You can thank another atmospheric river for the downpour, which could reach half-an-inch per hour.

Why SoCal Gas Wants You To Just Chill When It's Cold Outside

Why SoCal Gas Wants You To Just Chill When It's Cold Outside

Southern California Gas has pleaded with residents to turn down their thermostats to save limited gas supplies repeatedly this year. We explain why.

Opportunity Is Dead: JPL Says RIP To The Mars Rover

Opportunity Is Dead: JPL Says RIP To The Mars Rover

"This is an emotional time," said one NASA employee.

Another Week, Another Storm For Southern California. Here's What To Expect

Another Week, Another Storm For Southern California. Here's What To Expect

National Weather Service forecasters predict the heavier rain will start Thursday.

LA Mayor Moves To Shut Down Three Power Plants In Favor Of Clean Energy Alternatives

LA Mayor Moves To Shut Down Three Power Plants In Favor Of Clean Energy Alternatives

LA's utility, DWP, was considering plans to spend $5 billion to replace its three gas-powered plants with new plants, but now it's considering whether to use that money on new forms of energy storage and added solar power instead.

LA Is Set To Become The Biggest City In America To Ban Fur Sales

LA Is Set To Become The Biggest City In America To Ban Fur Sales

Councilmembers described an inhumane and cruel process that is outdated and doesn't reflect the values of Los Angeles.

LA City Hall Has A Rodent Problem. Downtown Has A Typhus Outbreak. Here Are The Facts

LA City Hall Has A Rodent Problem. Downtown Has A Typhus Outbreak. Here Are The Facts

Here's some context and background on how a very old illness became modern headline news in recent months.

Pasadena Workers Get Another Raise In Minimum Wage

Pasadena Workers Get Another Raise In Minimum Wage

The City Council's decision to stay the course on minimum wage increases that outpace the state's plan keeps Pasadena on track for a $15 an hour minimum by next year.

Anaheim Opened A Homeless Shelter So Fast That People Aren't Sure If It's a Feat Or A Failure

Anaheim Opened A Homeless Shelter So Fast That People Aren't Sure If It's a Feat Or A Failure

Was it a compassionate response to homelessness or a cautionary tale?

How California Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs At Community Colleges

How California Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs At Community Colleges

The head of California's community colleges calls on the state's 115 campuses to delay asking job applicants about criminal history until they're making a job offer.

LA County Wants To Tear Down A Jail To Help Its Mentally Ill Inmates

LA County Wants To Tear Down A Jail To Help Its Mentally Ill Inmates

There's general agreement that the aging Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. needs to be torn down, but what should replace the 1963 concrete fortress?

Here's What Happened When Pasadena Raised Its Minimum Wage

Here's What Happened When Pasadena Raised Its Minimum Wage

And what it could mean for cities throughout the state.

Meet The Angelenos Who Aren't Waiting For The Government To Address The Homelessness Crisis

Meet The Angelenos Who Aren't Waiting For The Government To Address The Homelessness Crisis

What started as a band of neighbors who wanted to get to know their homeless neighbors on a first name basis has grown into one of the strongest advocates for the homeless in its corner of the city.

LA Is Set To Officially Be A Sanctuary City, But That Won't Officially Change Anything

LA Is Set To Officially Be A Sanctuary City, But That Won't Officially Change Anything

City Councilman Gil Cedillo said the symbolic label makes "a political statement about the types of laws and protections we will support so that all Angelenos can fully realize their potential."

This Pacifier Has Been Supercharged With Music To Help NICU Preemies in LA

This Pacifier Has Been Supercharged With Music To Help NICU Preemies in LA

The high-tech pacifier is helping babies over one of the last hurdles before they can come home from the hospital.

27 Metro Stations Are Now Offering To Rent You A Stranger's Car

27 Metro Stations Are Now Offering To Rent You A Stranger's Car

Metro Los Angeles has partnered with a San Francisco-based car share company in order to offer the service.

LA Immigrants Are Being Scared Away From The Health Care They Need

LA Immigrants Are Being Scared Away From The Health Care They Need

Fear and confusion over an update to an immigration policy has some residents thinking they need to drop their health coverage

LA's Sexual Harassment Problem Is Not Just Hollywood. It's City Hall. It's LAPD. And Troubles Remain.

LA's Sexual Harassment Problem Is Not Just Hollywood. It's City Hall. It's LAPD. And Troubles Remain.

The City of Los Angeles has promised since 1992 to be a discrimination-free workplace. That goal has remained out of reach. You guide to where we are today in both L.A. and L.A. County offices.

The Rain Has Washed Our Sins Onto SoCal's Beaches

The Rain Has Washed Our Sins Onto SoCal's Beaches

Local rivers and storm drains have flushed our trash to the ocean. "Our beaches look like landfills after every major rain," one expert told us.

Pepper Spray Is Used Too Often To 'Subdue Youth' In LA's Juvenile Justice System

Pepper Spray Is Used Too Often To 'Subdue Youth' In LA's Juvenile Justice System

Use of the chemical is up over 300 percent in one location.

Photos: This Is What Snow In The LA Mountains Looks Like

Photos: This Is What Snow In The LA Mountains Looks Like

You know...in case you can't make it.

Rain To Continue Throughout Tuesday Evening, Ease By Wednesday

Rain To Continue Throughout Tuesday Evening, Ease By Wednesday

There could even be a dusting of snow in the Antelope Valley.

After Shutdown, It's Hurry Up And Wait In LA's Immigration Court

After Shutdown, It's Hurry Up And Wait In LA's Immigration Court

President Trump wants to speed deportations, but the partial government shutdown worsened the situation in the already-clogged immigration courts.

Helping Asylum Seekers In LA Live Life After Torture

Helping Asylum Seekers In LA Live Life After Torture

Coming to America can be a very disorienting journey. "It's almost like a Star Trek episode," said clinical director Carol Gomez. "You kind of beam yourself over to another country and all of the molecules settle."

LA's Chief Accountant Wants To Know Why All The Anti-Homelessness Money Isn't Being Spent

LA's Chief Accountant Wants To Know Why All The Anti-Homelessness Money Isn't Being Spent

Less than 1/10 of the money available for homeless housing has been spent.

LA's Rain Isn't Over Yet. Scattered Showers And Flooding Will Linger Through Tuesday

LA's Rain Isn't Over Yet. Scattered Showers And Flooding Will Linger Through Tuesday

Two more inches of rain are supposed fall before Tuesday and snow levels could drop to 3,000 feet.

12 Ways Your Fellow Angelenos Are Reducing Their Plastic Waste

12 Ways Your Fellow Angelenos Are Reducing Their Plastic Waste

We asked people for their tips on decreasing plastic waste. Here's what they said.

Michelle King, The First Black Woman To Lead LAUSD, Dies at 57

Michelle King, The First Black Woman To Lead LAUSD, Dies at 57

She rose from LAUSD student all the way to the district's highest office. King had announced in Jan. 2018 that she had cancer.

OK, It's No Polar Vortex But The Weather Outside In SoCal Is Still Frightful

OK, It's No Polar Vortex But The Weather Outside In SoCal Is Still Frightful

Dear Southern California: It's not nice out and we have the images that prove it.

Who's Right About Jail Violence: LA Sheriff Villanueva Or The Watchdogs?

Who's Right About Jail Violence: LA Sheriff Villanueva Or The Watchdogs?

Villanueva argues that reforms designed to limit deputies' use of force against inmates are a failed "social experiment" because violence is on the rise at the jails.

Rain Eases, Evacuations Lifted, But Storm Will Hang Over SoCal

Rain Eases, Evacuations Lifted, But Storm Will Hang Over SoCal

As per usual, the sequel is going to be worse than the original.

My So-Called Plastic-Free Life. I Tried For A Month. Here's What Happened

My So-Called Plastic-Free Life. I Tried For A Month. Here's What Happened

My family of four pledged to ditch single-use plastic for a month. Behold this diary of anguish, joy and plasticized stickers.

Where To Watch The Rams Upset The Patriots In Super Bowl LIII In LA

Where To Watch The Rams Upset The Patriots In Super Bowl LIII In LA

The sports team will be playing the sports game. Here's where you can view it.

More LA County Foster Kids Are Making It Into College Than Ever Before

More LA County Foster Kids Are Making It Into College Than Ever Before

About one-fourth of California's 60,000 foster youth are now enrolled at a community college. The state is spending millions of dollars a year on programs to help them make it to graduation.

What Pregnant Black Women Need To Know To Have A 'Safe And Sacred Birth'

What Pregnant Black Women Need To Know To Have A 'Safe And Sacred Birth'

Expert tips and insights on navigating doctor's appointments, choosing a midwife or doula, and more.

Volunteers Helped Keep Joshua Tree Open During The Shutdown. Some Say It Should Close If There's Another

Volunteers Helped Keep Joshua Tree Open During The Shutdown. Some Say It Should Close If There's Another

A dedicated group of volunteers helped keep the park open during the record shutdown. Now they're weighing what's more important if there's another one: tourism dollars or protecting the land?

Report Names 84 San Bernardino Priests Accused Of Sex Abuse

Report Names 84 San Bernardino Priests Accused Of Sex Abuse

At a news conference in Ontario Thursday, attorneys demanded San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes release the names of predatory priests and Church officials who hid their behavior.

LA's Special Education Teachers Are Speaking Out About Contract Shortcomings

LA's Special Education Teachers Are Speaking Out About Contract Shortcomings

They say important parts of the contract haven't changed significantly in nearly four decades

Mudslide Closes PCH As Storm Brings Thunder, Lightning And Evacuations To SoCal

Mudslide Closes PCH As Storm Brings Thunder, Lightning And Evacuations To SoCal

The region could get more than four inches of rain by the time the storms pass early next week.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Here Are 3 Emergency Tips That Will Help You Be Prepared Either Way

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Here Are 3 Emergency Tips That Will Help You Be Prepared Either Way
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Dormitory staircases at Cal State Northridge, damaged by the 1994 earthquake. (Courtesy CSUN University Archives) The fourth episode of KPCC's podcast 'The Big One: Your Survival Guide' delves into the choices one might face when a major earthquake hits...

Two SoCal Refineries Will Continue To Use Chemical That Can Turn Into A Toxic Cloud. For Now At Least

Two SoCal Refineries Will Continue To Use Chemical That Can Turn Into A Toxic Cloud. For Now At Least

Refineries in Torrance and Wilmington have had 10 small leaks of modified hydrofluoric acid, which is potentially deadly, in just the past two years.

LA Sheriff Sets Date To Kick ICE Out Of Jails, But Will Keep Turning Over Immigrants

LA Sheriff Sets Date To Kick ICE Out Of Jails, But Will Keep Turning Over Immigrants

In an interview with LAist, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he is not ready to take steps that would reduce the number of people he hands over to ICE.

Dear LAist: What Happens To Orphaned Bumpers On The Side Of The Road?

Dear LAist: What Happens To Orphaned Bumpers On The Side Of The Road?

We tagged along with a Caltrans crew to get some answers.

An 80-Year-Old Sewer Line Threatens Metrolink Tracks And Power Lines

An 80-Year-Old Sewer Line Threatens Metrolink Tracks And Power Lines

It's just about the worst place in L.A. for a sewer line to collapse because it's so inaccessible to repair crews.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Not Run For President In 2020

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Not Run For President In 2020

Garcetti started the news conference with word that he's out of the White House race. He finished with "Go Rams!"

LAUSD Calls For Charter Moratorium After Teachers Strike

LAUSD Calls For Charter Moratorium After Teachers Strike

The move is a nod to a demand striking teachers made to LAUSD leaders: do something about charter schools.

LA Parents Might Someday Get 18 Weeks Of Fully Paid Parental Leave

LA Parents Might Someday Get 18 Weeks Of Fully Paid Parental Leave

Two city councilmembers introduced a motion today that would require employers to augment the state's contribution of 60 - 70 percent of employee's salary.

A Dead Bobcat, Hazardous Debris And More Issues The Santa Monica Mountains Are Dealing With Post-Shutdown

A Dead Bobcat, Hazardous Debris And More Issues The Santa Monica Mountains Are Dealing With Post-Shutdown

The 35-day shutdown interrupted and delayed critical wildfire recovery work that park staff was in the middle of after the Woolsey Fire.

Inglewood Says Goodbye To One Of The First Black Marines

Inglewood Says Goodbye To One Of The First Black Marines

Luke Leo House Jr. was a 94-year-old WWII veteran and, as a member of the Montford Point Marines, one of the first black men to serve in the Corps.

LA Metro Is Offering Car Rides For The Price Of A Bus Ticket

LA Metro Is Offering Car Rides For The Price Of A Bus Ticket

Right now you can only get a ride to or from three transit stops in LA: El Monte, Artesia and North Hollywood, but the pilot could expand in the future.

Hey Middle-Class Angelenos, Here's What's In Gov Newsom's Budget For You

Hey Middle-Class Angelenos, Here's What's In Gov Newsom's Budget For You

Health insurance and higher education could become more affordable -- but probably not the cost of caring for aging family members.

Hundreds Of ER Records Show Most Injured Scooter Riders Weren't Wearing Helmets

Hundreds Of ER Records Show Most Injured Scooter Riders Weren't Wearing Helmets

Broken bones, dislocated joints and bleeding in the skull were among the more severe cases documented in the new study.

Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It While Sitting In A Lounge In WeHo Someday Maybe

Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It While Sitting In A Lounge In WeHo Someday Maybe

Your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant cannabis lounge.

LA's Sheriff Wants To Kick ICE Out Of The Jails. What That Really Means

LA's Sheriff Wants To Kick ICE Out Of The Jails. What That Really Means

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told voters that, if elected, he'd kick ICE out of the jails and hand over fewer inmates for deportation. That's proving to be a complicated promise to keep.

LAUSD Teacher Contract Talks Almost Fell Apart At The Last Minute. Here's What Saved Them

LAUSD Teacher Contract Talks Almost Fell Apart At The Last Minute. Here's What Saved Them

Early Tuesday morning, the teachers union almost walked out of the talks. Four hours later, they had a deal.

What LAUSD Teachers Think About The New Contract

What LAUSD Teachers Think About The New Contract

Some aren't happy with the outcome. Others are glad to be back in the classroom.

We're Exploring LA County's 88 Cities. Here's Your Guide To Glendale

We're Exploring LA County's 88 Cities. Here's Your Guide To Glendale

Glendale is more than a sleepy bedroom community. We got a tour of "The Jewel City" and learned about its history.

A Marina Del Rey Oil Well Blew Up. It Took A Week For Officials To Notify Neighbors

A Marina Del Rey Oil Well Blew Up. It Took A Week For Officials To Notify Neighbors

A spectacular bust short-lived gas blowout didn't result in any notifications for the people living nearby.

LA's Leading Public Radio Newsroom Is Getting A New CEO

LA's Leading Public Radio Newsroom Is Getting A New CEO

Herb Scannell sought the job because audio is experiencing a "renaissance." He said KPCC, through its broadcast and digital journalism, is filling an increasingly important civic role as many print outlets struggle.

How Mayor Eric Garcetti And A 'Leap Of Faith' Helped End LA's Teachers Strike

How Mayor Eric Garcetti And A 'Leap Of Faith' Helped End LA's Teachers Strike

The mayor says he will consider supporting a revenue-generating parcel tax.

LA Metro's Idea Of Solving Traffic: Making You Pay For It

LA Metro's Idea Of Solving Traffic: Making You Pay For It

Experts agree congestion pricing is pretty much the only proven way to reduce traffic. But good luck convincing people to pay for something they now get for free.

It's 2019, Let's Just Say Out Loud That Breastfeeding Is Hard

It's 2019, Let's Just Say Out Loud That Breastfeeding Is Hard

We asked for your breastfeeding stories and more than 100 of you responded. Here's what we learned.

LAUSD Teachers Strike Is Over. Here's What's In The Deal

LAUSD Teachers Strike Is Over. Here's What's In The Deal

All 33,000-plus UTLA members are expected to return to school tomorrow.

Watchdogs Warn LA's New Sheriff: Don't Rehire 'Bad Apple' Deputies

Watchdogs Warn LA's New Sheriff: Don't Rehire 'Bad Apple' Deputies

The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission grilled Alex Villanueva on his plan to bring back some deputies who were fired or temporarily relieved of their duties.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering A Father Who Was Camping With Daughters In Malibu

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering A Father Who Was Camping With Daughters In Malibu

Anthony Rauda, 42, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, ten counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary.

LA Counts Its Homeless, But Counting Everybody Is Virtually Impossible

LA Counts Its Homeless, But Counting Everybody Is Virtually Impossible

Last year's count estimated that, on any given night, about 53,000 people are homeless in L.A. county.

Deal Or No Deal, LA Teachers Strike Will Continue Tuesday

Deal Or No Deal, LA Teachers Strike Will Continue Tuesday

Why? Well, even if the teachers union and L.A. Unified reach an agreement, union members would still have to vote on it.

 LA's Kingdom Day Parade Preceded Martin Luther King Jr. Day

LA's Kingdom Day Parade Preceded Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The event began a year before the national holiday was instituted.

Striking Mandarin-Language Teachers Held A Rumor Control Rally In Chinatown

Striking Mandarin-Language Teachers Held A Rumor Control Rally In Chinatown

Some Chinese-speaking families think teachers are getting paid as kids miss out on schooling.

After That Stormy Week, How Much Rain Did LA Get?

After That Stormy Week, How Much Rain Did LA Get?

Days of heavy rain was a good thing for our drought-stricken region in general, but it also caused flooding, mudslides, evacuations in recent fire burn zones and traffic chaos.

Tell Us: Who Got Your Vote For LA County Sheriff?

Tell Us: Who Got Your Vote For LA County Sheriff?

McDonnell or Villanueva? Share your thoughts with us for an upcoming project.

You, Cash-Strapped Californian, Are Entitled To A Beach Vacation. Here's How That Could Happen

You, Cash-Strapped Californian, Are Entitled To A Beach Vacation. Here's How That Could Happen

The state Coastal Conservancy is working on a plan to increase affordable lodging near the beach. And they want your input.

Your Abbreviated Guide To LA's Women's March

Your Abbreviated Guide To LA's Women's March

Traffic in DTLA should be quite the cluster.

Police Unions Fight To Block Public From Officer Records. California Newsrooms Fight Back

Police Unions Fight To Block Public From Officer Records. California Newsrooms Fight Back

Even as a new law went into effect to open up long sealed records, a law firm representing police unions quietly mounted a coordinated challenge. They argue the law doesn't apply retroactively.

It Was Supposed To Be Easier To Get Out Of Jail In LA. But Bail's Not Dead Yet

It Was Supposed To Be Easier To Get Out Of Jail In LA. But Bail's Not Dead Yet

The bail bond industry has found a way to put a hold on a California law that would have put bondsmen out of business.

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