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A new study claims that one person dies every hour in California because of alcohol. The total economic cost is $38 billion, 90% due to violent crimes. Traffic accidents account for just 20%. We hear some surprising statistics and get a response from LA County's number one public health official. Also, California's mortgage-default rate has hit a record.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Alcohol and Foreclosures in California 13 MIN, 5 SEC

One person dies every hour in this state from alcohol use. The total economic cost is $38 billion. That's $1,000 a year per resident with much of it paid by taxpayers, according to a new study by the Marin Institute, which calls itself an industry watchdog.

Guests:
Michele Simon, Director of Research and Policy, Marin Institute
Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Reporter's Notebook Foreclosures and Notices of Default 11 MIN, 4 SEC

A record number of California homeowners defaulted in mortgages last year: 118,020 statewide, and that's up 125% from last year. In Merced County located in the northern San Joaquin Valley, one in 20 homes are being lost to foreclosure.

Guests:
Jack Kyser, Founding Economist, LAEDC's Kyser Center for Economic Research
Dave Hill, Business editor at the Modesto Bee

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