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After decades of combat in court and sometimes at gunpoint, landowners, environmentalists and agricultural interests have finally agreed on how to preserve and develop 80 square miles of the Santa Monica Mountains. Will termed-out County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s four colleagues get on board when they vote on his plan tomorrow?

Also tonight, an earthquake warning system might be available for your cell phone—if the developers of ShakeAlert get the money. We’ll hear what it might sound like.

Banner Image: A view of the Casa Conejo Area from a hill North of U.S. 101; Credit: CameronK23

Producers:
Katie Cooper

Coastal Mountain Land Use Agreement in the Works 15 MIN, 53 SEC

it’s been 100 years since the Rindge family fired on Sheriff’s deputies to protect their vast swath of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. More recently, landowners, environmentalists and developers have been fighting it out with each other, the California Coastal Commission and Los Angeles County. Tomorrow, that could all be changed if the Board of Supervisors goes along with a plan almost as big as the mountains themselves. It’s taken decades of debates and compromises.

Guests:
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times (@newton_jim)
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (@ZevYaroslavsky)
Don Schmitz, Malibu Solstice

Would an Early Warning System Make a Difference in a Big Quake? 8 MIN, 42 SEC

Ten seconds before yesterday’s 6.0 shaker south of Napa in California’s wine country, scientists at UC Berkeley got an earthquake alert. Some day, anyone with a cell phone might be awakened by a warning from ShakeAlert, an idea conceived by Tom Heaton, who directs the earthquake lab at the California Institute of Technology.

Guests:
Thomas Heaton, Professor of Engineering Seismology, Caltech

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