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Last week's natural-gas pipe explosion killed at least four people and destroyed 37 houses in a quite neighborhood south of San Francisco. That has created anxiety every place where natural gas is a staple of daily existence. We ask the Southern California Gas Company about the location and condition of its pipelines.  Can homeowners help avoid a similar crisis? Is the possibility of disaster a necessary condition of getting the benefits of natural gas? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, back in session today, Congress has about 14 working days left before the November elections. Global warming and immigration reform are dead in the water. Will anything be done to help the economy? We look for some answers.

Banner image: A law enforcement official runs towards a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic The San Bruno Explosion: Could It Happen Here? 21 MIN, 55 SEC

Four people were killed and 37 homes were destroyed when a natural-gas pipeline blew up with so much force that a 28-foot section landed 100 feet away from the crater left by the blast. Inspectors from the PG&E and agencies of the state and federal governments still don’t know what happened.

Note: If you’re concerned about a gas smell or apparent gas leak, call 800-427-2200

Guests:
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (@tonybarboza)
Bret Lane, Vice President of Field Services, Southern California Gas Company
Jean-Pierre Bardet, Professor and Chair, USC's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Gary Ackerman, Executive Director, Western Power Trading Forum

Reporter's Notebook Bell Residents to Get Property Tax Relief with Emergency Measure 4 MIN, 12 SEC

Four thousand property owners in the City of Bell will be getting a total of $3 million in property tax refunds. That’s according to Assembly Bill 900, signed into law today by Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado because Governor Schwarzenegger is out of the country. Cristina Garcia is a leader of the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse, or BASTA.

Guests:
Cristina Garcia, California State Assembly (@votecristina)

Main Topic Midterm Elections and Congressional Paralysis 27 MIN, 9 SEC

A few weeks before the November elections, beleaguered Democrats have been struggling to find an issue to put Republicans on the defensive.  During Friday’s lengthy news conference President Obama struck a populist note. With about 14 working days until the elections, we look at the prospects for the Bush tax cuts, the President’s new economic agenda and the pressures of partisan politics.

 


 President Obama's September 10 news conference

 

Congressman Boehner's September 12 appearance on Face the Nation

Guests:
Martin Kady, Politico (@mkady)
David Frum, The Atlantic (@davidfrum)
Ezra Klein, Washington Post (@ezraklein)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)

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