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A surprising new study released today shows that obesity rates for very young children have dropped in the past 10 years. The news comes as Coke, Pepsi and other beverage companies are fighting against a proposed mandate in California for labels warning that sugary soft drinks increase the risk of childhood obesity. We hear how Californians feel and talk with both sides of what's becoming a very hot issue. Also, as LA prepares for the biggest rain of the year, will we have enough water?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, three weeks of violence may or may not come to an end as Venezuela's embattled President, Nicolás Maduro, calls for a "peace conference." We hear about a troubled economy, the political legacy of the late Hugo Chávez, and America's interests in a country with the world's largest oil reserves.

 
Banner image: Steven Depolo

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Liyna Anwar
Benjamin Gottlieb

The Soda Wars Have Come to California 18 MIN, 18 SEC

Liberal New Yorkers called former Mayor Michael Bloomberg a government nanny when he tried to restrict so-called Big Gulps of high-sugar sodas. But Californians even support a tax on sugary soft drinks. That's according to research by the Field Poll, commissioned by the California Endowment, this state's largest health foundation. This, as the federal Centers for Disease Control report that the obesity rate among children between the ages of two and five has dropped by 43% in the past 10 years, the first evidence of decline in the epidemic of childhood obesity.

Guests:
Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll
Daniel Zingale, California Endowment (@CalEndow)
Karen Hanretty, American Beverage Association (@AmeriBev)

More:
American Beverage Association on myths, facts about sodas
California Endowment on warning label legislation for soft drinks
City of Berkeley Sugary Beverages and Soda Tax Question (November, 2014)
El Monte Measure C (2012)
Richmond Measure N (2012)
San Francisco Sugary Drink Tax (November, 2014)

California Slim on Its Water Options 8 MIN, 9 SEC

Two major rainstorms are expected in California starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend. There's no question that's good news, but how good is it? David Hayes is a visiting lecturer at Stanford Law School. He was Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton and Obama Administrations, suffering many wounds from the water wars of the Western United States.

Guests:
David Hayes, Department of the Interior (formerly) (@djhayes01)

More:
US Drought Monitor on intensifying California drought

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