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Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley and Vernon in East Los Angeles are mirror images of each other. In one case, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter— just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about the health risks to school children from daily exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant — until the federal government finally stepped in.

Also on the program, the reward has been increased for murder suspects who escaped yesterday from the Orange County jail. 

Photo: Looking south on Soto Street in Vernon, California (Downtowngal)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel

Hunt for the Orange County Jail Escapees Continues 6 MIN, 55 SEC

The reward has been increased for three murder suspects who escaped yesterday from the Orange County Jail. It's now $50,000 apiece. Tony Saavedra is legal affairs reporter for the Orange County Register.

Guests:
Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register (@tonysaavedra2)

California's Double Standard for Public Protection 18 MIN, 26 SEC

State regulators waited for months before they responded to the Southern California Gas Company's dangerous leak in the San Fernando Valley. They waited for years until the federal government finally forced closure of the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant near East Los Angeles. Nancy Martinez reports for Eastern Group Publications, with six bi-lingual papers, including the Eastside Sun.

Guests:
Nancy Martinez, Eastern Group Publications (@nancyreporting)
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (formerly) (@GloriaMolina1)
Dan Hirsch, UC Santa Cruz / Committee to Bridge the Gap (@ucsc)

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