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It's been almost 50 years since a drilling rig blew out in the Santa Barbara channel, spewing three or four million gallons of oil and helping to start the environmental movement. But 21,000 gallons is enough to kill wildlife and foul beaches, starting at Refugio and El Capitan. We hear from the scene of yesterday's oil pipeline rupture.

Also, after yesterday's elections, the LA Unified School Board is getting a face lift, and the City Council will be joined by its first Korean-American member.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Paul von Zielbauer

Another Oil Spill in Santa Barbara 15 MIN, 56 SEC

At noon yesterday, a pipeline ruptured just north of Santa Barbara. Before it was stopped three hours later, it spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto nine miles of beaches and into the ocean. Birds, fish and sea lions are among the wildlife that's being threatened — and some beaches are already blackened by spilled oil. The "responsible party" is Plains All American Pipeline, based in Houston. Apologizing for the accident, District manage Darren Palmer assured, "We're bringing in all the resources at our disposal to respond. Our focus remains on the safety of our first responders and the environment."

Guests:
Lois Capps, House of Representatives (D-CA) (@RepLoisCapps)
Maggie Hall, Environmental Defense Center (@EDC_Action )
Tupper Hull, Western States Petroleum Association (@OfficialWSPA)

More:
Western States Petroleum Association on the Santa Barbara oil spill
Environmental Defense Center on the Refugio oil spill response

LAUSD's Facelift and the First Korean American at City Hall 11 MIN, 30 SEC

Three LA School Board incumbents were running for re-election yesterday. When the results were in, Richard Vladovic held on to his seat, but Tamar Galatzan and Bennett Kayser were both defeated. Karen Klein is an editorial writer focusing on education for the LA Times.

The City Council was bound to see change because 4th District veteran Tom LaBonge was termed out. But LaBonge won't be replaced by his handpicked successor. Carolyn Ramsay was defeated by the self-styled outsider, David Ryu, who will be the first Korean-American and only the second Asian American to serve at City Hall. Edward Park is professor in the Asian-Pacific-American Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University.

Guests:
Karen Klein, Los Angeles Times
Edward Park, Loyola Marymount University

More:
Former LA City Councilman Mike Woo on Ryu 'milestone'

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