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Mudslides, floods and road-closings have been predicted for weeks — and so has the plight of 29,000 homeless people who sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County. But today, the Civil Grand Jury called preparations "unconscionable and grossly inadequate." We get a response from local officials and update efforts to keep vulnerable people alive — including those who are mentally ill.

Later on the program, immigrants from Central America fear that family members will be deported. They tell KCRW they "live in a cave" while sympathizers help look for lawyers to handle their claims of asylum.

Photo: Jonathan Payne, a homeless man, takes down tarps he had used to protect his possessions during an El Niño-driven storm in San Francisco, California January 6, 2016. (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Local Central Americans Fear Deportation 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Federal immigration agents are conducting raids around the country, with plans to deport immigrants from Central America whose claims for asylum have been rejected. So far, Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE -- hasn't come to Los Angeles. But immigrant rights groups are helping them get ready for agents to come to their doors. Daniel Sharp is legal director at CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center.

Guests:
Daniel Sharp, CARECEN

El Niño Storms Are Finally Arriving, Is Los Angeles Ready? 11 MIN, 48 SEC

This afternoon, as El Niño storms are finally arriving, LA County’s civil grand jury issued a report on preparations to protect some 29,000 homeless people. Based on surveys of 16 of the largest cities, including Los Angeles, it determined that “just a fraction” will be housed. It called preparations "unconscionable and grossly inadequate." By airtime, we were not able to contact any county officials.

Guests:
VaLecia Adams Kellum, St. Joseph Center (@valeciaadams)
Holly Mitchell, California State Senate (@HollyJMitchell)

More:
Mitchell's initiative for housing the homeless
WWLA on Prop 63, housing the homeless (2005)
LA Times on homeless encampments

Chipotle Subpoenaed over Simi Valley Norovirus Outbreak 5 MIN, 5 SEC

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been served with a federal grand jury subpoena—part of a criminal investigation into the outbreak of norovirus that included a restaurant in Simi Valley. Dan Flynn is reporting the story for Food Safety News.

Guests:
Dan Flynn, Food Safety News (@foodsafetynews)

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