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It’s no secret that Los Angeles is not prepared for The Big One. The LA Times reports the potential collapse of more than 1000 old concrete buildings endangers a cross-section of workers and residents–from factories downtown to high rises on Ventura Boulevard to condo towers on Westwood’s Miracle Mile. Retrofitting could cost more than the buildings are worth. Is there any economical way to prepare?

Photo courtesy Orange County Archives

Producers:
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Making News City Councilman Kicks Off Reelection Campaign Amid Scandal 5 MIN, 4 SEC

LA City Councilman Jose Huizar kicks off his re-election campaign with a fundraiser tonight. The honored guest? Council President Herb Wessen, who just appointed a Committee on Investigative Oversight to look into charges of sexual harassment by Huizar’s former deputy chief of staff. LA Times reporter David Zahniser caught up with Huizar today after his first council meeting since Francine Godoy filed her lawsuit.

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)

Main Topic Can LA Survive the Next Big Earthquake? 16 MIN, 23 SEC

Despite the Big One certainly being on the way, California has fallen way behind on the mapping of earthquake faults to prevent new building in the wrong places. But what about the buildings we already have? The LA Times has reported that more than 1000 old concrete buildings all over the city are at risk of collapse.

Guests:
Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times (@LATDoug)
Lucy Jones, US Geological Survey (@DrLucyJones)
Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman (@BernardCParks)

Reporter's Notebook A Hundred Mules Walk the Los Angeles Aqueduct 6 MIN, 35 SEC

It’s been 100 years since the Los Angeles Aqueduct began carrying water from the Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley. It’s allowed LA to become a metropolis but at the same time, it’s drained the Owens Valley dry. An LA artist has recognized that legacy with a curious adventure: traveling the Aqueduct’s 240 miles with a caravan of one hundred mules.

KCRW's Avishay Artsy reports.

Guests:
Avishay Artsy, KCRW Producer (@heyavishay)

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