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Southern California's received 5.14 inches of rain so far this year compared to the normal 14. It was just enough for grass to spring up, providing fuel for what could be an epic fire season. We hear what's in store and what it's like to fight fast-moving blazes on steep hills where the last resort is a portable tent compared to tin foil on a baking potato. Also, we talk with two reporters who traveled to China with Governor Brown, a politician who's aloof in Sacramento but turned into a glad-hander in the People's Republic. What will California have to show for the trip?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, after releasing photographs from surveillance cameras, the FBI and local police made fast work of identifying and tracking down two suspects in last week's deadly attack on the Boston Marathon. Did social media help more than it hindered? Did mistakes by established news organizations create unnecessary confusion? Why did a million people have to stay indoors with only one wounded fugitive still at large?

Banner image: Edward Vielmetti

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Evan George
Katie Cooper

Making News LA Settles with Women Fired on during Dorner Manhunt 5 MIN, 38 SEC

The City of Los Angeles will pay $4.2 million to settle claims by two women who were mistakenly fired upon by Los Angeles police officers during the search for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner. Seventy-one year-old Emma Hernandez was shot in the back and her daughter, Margie Carranza, was also injured while they were delivering papers at 5 o'clock on the morning of February 7. Joel Rubin is a staff writer with the LA Times.

Guests:
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times (@joelrubin)

Main Topic A Dry Winter May Mean a Bad Wildfire Season 11 MIN, 35 SEC

It's hot and dry in much of Southern California, and officials say it's likely to stay that way. That means fire season is already with us. Bill Patzert is climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada-Flintridge. A trained firefighter, Daniel Berlant is a spokesman for Cal Fire.

Guests:
Bill Patzert, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)
Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire (@CALFIRE_PIO)

Reporter's Notebook A Look Back at Governor Brown's Trip to China 8 MIN, 54 SEC

Governor Brown spent a week in China, all paid for by special interests who ponied up $10,000 apiece for the privilege of going along. John Myers went along as political editor for KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Anthony York was also a fellow traveler. He reports from Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
John Myers, KQED (@johnmyers)
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

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