EPISODE 86 – BRYANT ODEGA FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

In our 86th episode, we connect with Bryant Odega (@BryantOdegaLA), a born and raised resident of the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of L.A.’s south side who is now running for council district 15, which includes the neighborhoods of San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington, and Watts. Bryant and I discuss his upbringing as the child of a single-parent household, his study of the labor movement at UCLA, and his transformative experience as a part of the Sunrise Movement. Bryant also discusses disparities in quality of life rates for the areas of Watts and Wilmington and particular, including food apartheid in the former, and more than 2,700 oil and gas wells in the latter. Finally, Bryant shouts out legacy organizations such as the Watts Initiative, which continue to uplift the neighborhood despite ongoing disinvestment by the city of Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 65 – THE HOMICIDE REPORT WITH NICOLE SANTA CRUZ

In our 65th episode, we chat with Nicole Santa Cruz (@nicolesantacruz), formerly of the Los Angeles Times, and now a reporter for underserved communities in the Southwest with ProPublica (@propublica). Nicole and I discuss none other than the LAT’s Homicide Report, for which she spent over eight years tracking homicides in L.A. County, attempting to “put a face to the name” of people in Los Angeles whose lives were taken by murder or homicide crimes. We discuss the impact of homicides on families and communities in L.A., as well as common misconceptions about victims and their families based on “where they come from” or live, the Victim’s Compensation Program, and more. Learn more about the Homicide Report in Los Angeles here.

J.T.