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Mayor Garcetti and the Department of Veterans' Affairs have promised that LA's 2700 homeless veterans can all be housed by the end of this year -- even though they won't have final plans in place for another two weeks. We talk with VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who's in town to re-open a long-empty building on the VA's West Los Angeles campus.

Also, a safety consultant evaluates erosion of the pipeline that ruptured three weeks ago in Santa Barbara. Is there any connection to the tar balls that have washed ashore, most recently in Long Beach?

Special thanks to Sarah Sweeney for production assistance.

Photo: Vera Yu and David Li

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff

Crude Corrosion 13 MIN, 11 SEC

Federal investigators say corrosion had eaten away almost half the steel wall of the pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara. So far, they are not saying corrosion caused the disaster. Since the oil spill in Santa Barbara, tar balls have washed ashore in Ventura, Malibu, and the South Bay. Those beaches have re-opened. But now tar balls are being found on the coast of Long Beach. Are they related to the spill?

Guests:
Richard Kuprewicz, AccuFacts Inc
Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay (@sarahsikich)

LA's Homeless Veterans -- Can the VA House Them All? 10 MIN, 44 SEC

There may be 6000 homeless veterans in LA County — 2700 in the City of Los Angeles alone. After three years of litigation between civil rights groups and the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to house them before the end of this year. VA Secretary Robert McDonald is in town today to re-open one of the buildings that have long been empty on the VA's sprawling campus in West Los Angeles.

Guests:
Robert McDonald, US Department of Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs)

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