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Thirty big-rigs clogged up the 110 Freeway today due to a clean air plan adopted by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. On Reporter’s Notebook, LA Supervisors have backed away from starting the shut-down of King-Drew Hospital. Is that a mistake?


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Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky

Making News Governor Schwarzenegger thanks Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi 50 SEC

Governor Schwarzenegger is back from Europe, and today he thanked Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi for acting quickly to deal with the Tahoe Fire. It’s not over yet: the Tahoe fire is only about 40% contained, and flare-ups have raised the number of evacuated residents to 3,500.  About 200 homes have been lost, and others may still be in danger. So far, there have been no fatalities or serious injuries.

Reporter's Notebook King Harbor Saved Again…For Now 7 MIN, 1 SEC

Despite the rumblings of last week, L.A. Supervisors backed away from plans to begin closing down the King-Drew Hospital.  Federal authorities are on the verge of withdrawing two-hundred million dollars that keeps the facility open, after finding that King-Drew patients are in danger of mistreatment and even death. 

Guests:
Joe Hicks, Community Advocates (@Comm_Advocates)

Main Topic Big Rig Pollution and the Port’s Green Truck Program 16 MIN

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach account for almost 25% of the region’s diesel emissions.  Studies show human cancer risks fifteen miles inland, and diesel exhaust has been linked to asthma, heart disease and underweight newborns.  The Ports have embarked on a massive cleanup effort focusing partly on 16,000 trucks that cause a big part of the problem. That means big money, and today 30 big-rigs caravaned down the 110 Freeway from the Sports Arena to the Ports themselves to raise public attention.

Guests:
Abrica Salvador, The Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports
Patty Senecal, Member of the California Trucking Association
David Freeman, Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles

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