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Mayor Eric Garcetti admits that he and other Los Angeles leaders have long ignored the potential devastation from a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. We talk with him and seismologist Lucy Jones about new plans for retrofitting wooden and concrete buildings and protecting first responders, electrical power and the water supply.  Will state voters help pay the bills?  Also, UC tuition hikes and middle-class scholarships: who wins and who loses as a political battle begins?

Photo: The Kaiser Permanente Building after the Northridge Earthquake of January 17, 1994 (Gary B. Edstrom)

Producers:
Claire Martin
Evan George

At Last: Preparing for the Big One to Hit LA 15 MIN, 20 SEC

Los Angeles has lagged behind San Francisco when it comes to preparing for the inevitable Big One on the San Andreas Earthquake Fault.  Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti conceded LA was behind the curve, even while he was on the City Council.  But now, he said, he wants that to change.  With help from Lucy Jones, seismologist with the US Geological Survey, he’s announced the most ambitious seismic safety plan in state history. 

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@LAMayorsOffice)
Lucy Jones, US Geological Survey (@DrLucyJones)

More:
LA Times editorial on earthquake retrofitting

Senate Leader Proposes Plan to Avoid 5% Annual Tuition Hike 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Last month, the UC Board of Regents raised tuition five percent a year for five years, but Governor Brown was a dissenting vote. Now, Democrats in the State Senate have another idea.  But it could be costly in its own way, as  Laurel Rosenhall report in the Sacramento Bee

More:
Senator Lara's Constitutional Amendment to hold UC accountable, increase transparency

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