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Farmers in the Central Valley are pumping so much underground water that roads and canals are cracking and bridges may be in danger.  Beneath the surface, natural reservoirs are collapsing, and there'll be no way to restore them, even if the drought should suddenly come to an end. 

Also, the LA District Attorney has notified elected officials in Compton that taking money for sitting on certain commissions violates the law -- especially when meetings last only a few minutes. We talk with Mayor Aja Brown.

Photo: H Grimes

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Paul von Zielbauer

California Is Sinking… Faster than Ever 18 MIN, 36 SEC

Surveys taken by NASA satellites demonstrate that land in California's Central Valley sunk between 10 and 13 inches in the second half of last year. Since then, it might have dropped even more. The sinking is nothing new, but it's happening faster as the result of groundwater pumping by farmers who aren't getting their usual allotments from water-project reservoirs because of the drought. Lisa Krieger is reporting on the consequences for the San Jose Mercury-News.

Guests:
Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury-News (@lisamkrieger)
Lester Snow, California Water Foundation (@WaterFdn)
Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation (@CAFarmBureau)

More:
California Water Foundation on land subsidence from groundwater use in California
Governor Brown on scientific research linking climate change, California drought

Inflated Pay on the Compton City Council 8 MIN, 54 SEC

Elected officials in the City of Compton may be facing criminal charges. They've been notified in a letter from the District Attorney that payments they've been receiving for sitting on certain commissions are against the law. We hear more from Aja Brown, the mayor of Compton, and from Karen Foshay, who reported the story for KCET's So-Cal Connected. She's now Senior Investigative Reporter for Al Jazeera America.

More:
LA Times on DA's investigation into Compton officials illegally inflating their pay

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