Reporter Roundup: Race & Nursing Home Deaths

Reporter Roundup: Race & Nursing Home Deaths


[Music] Hello, I’m Juan Devis, Chief Creative
Officer at KCET and PBS SoCal, and I’m joined by the newsroom of KPCC and LAist
on a daily Reporter Roundup. How is everyone today? -Well, thank you. -Carla, we just got word that the UC schools will not ask
applicants for SAT or ACT scores. Why is that so significant? -Well, it’s significant because there’s been this research that has shown that
there’s this equity and disparity issue with the tests, that wealthier students
with more resources tend to do better on them, so after many hours of discussion,
the regents voted 23 to 0, so all in favor of ending the use of SAT and ACT
scores in admissions, but there’ll be this, kind of, bridge of sorts. Those tests
are already optional for admission next fall because of COVID-19. Then, after that
optional period, students could still submit scores for things like placement
and scholarships, but the scores won’t be used in the admissions process, and
another part of this is that the university will try to identify or try
to develop a new test that doesn’t have the same challenges or issues that they
see in the SAT and the ACT, and this is all significant because the UC system is
big, and what they’ve decided to do could really affect what other schools choose
to do too. -Also today, Jackie is a part of a team of editors and reporters in our
newsroom and across the country; they worked with the New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, to take a deeper look at what’s happening inside nursing homes. -Yeah, we looked at the data, and we found that race and Latino origin turned out
to be a major predictor of whether a nursing home has a COVID-19 outbreak.
That’s even after accounting for a facility’s location, federal quality
rating, size, and even the infection rate in the surrounding community. We really
wanted to go deeper with the story, so we looked at what happened at one really
hard-hit nursing home here in LA, Buena Ventura Post Acute Care Center, to try to
understand really how the virus spread. I spoke with Alma Lara Garcia. She’s a
certified nursing assistant who worked at Buena Ventura. She ended up getting
infected with the coronavirus, and she shared her experience. You can find a
whole story at laist.com, but we know that it is a continuing problem. For
example, we found out today that more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in LA
County have been people who live or work in nursing homes. -Our newsroom has also
been following efforts to reduce prison populations to cut the spread of COVID.
Today on “Air Talk,” Natalie produced a segment really looking at re-entry for
those prisoners into society, and the challenges they face. -So, for context, about five thousand three hundred inmates have been released from LA County jails due to the coronavirus. That’s about a third of the county jail population. There had been some
concerns this might affect public safety. Today, sheriff Ian Webb of LA County told
us that overall crime rates have continued to go down. Now, we know that
re-entry is difficult in the best of times. Finding employment and jobs, it’s
much more challenging now. We talked with Ingrid Archie of A New Way of Life
Reentry Project, who pointed to the fact that government offices where you would
get your driver’s license, or the documentation that you need to even
apply for government services, those offices are closed, so that’s just one
barrier out of many in people moving on with their lives after incarceration
right now. -And finally today, Frank has been following the ongoing battle
between the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission and
Sheriff Villanueva. -This is a story about LA’s sheriff resisting stronger oversight.
In March, as you know, voters gave the Commission the power to subpoena
testimony and documents from the Sheriff’s Department, but Sheriff Alex
Villanueva was a no-show today after the panel issued its first subpoena to talk
about a growing number of COVID cases in the jails. The sheriff maintains
sheriff’s are not subject to such oversight. The Commission will now ask a
judge to hold him in contempt, setting up a court battle that could have
reverberations across the state. The panel also promptly issued its second
subpoena for documents involving deputies who took photos at the Kobe
Bryant crash site. The Commission’s Inspector General
is looking into whether the sheriff tried to cover that incident up. Again,
the sheriff says they don’t have the right to that information and we’ll have
to hear about it when he releases his own internal investigation to the public. -Well, thank you so much to all of you at the KPCC and LAist newsroom, and thank you
for tuning in. Take care of your health, take care of your families, and we will
see you tomorrow. [Music]

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