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Flood control experts say levees in California may be worse than those in Louisiana, but--exactly a year after Katrina--flood control bills have been tied up in Sacramento.  Do they still have a chance? If disaster strikes, what will families need to cope? Also, universal healthcare moves a step closer in California--or does it? 

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic The Legacy of Katrina and Politics in California 8 MIN


After the Gulf States suffered a major catastrophe just one year ago today, California politicians promised action to prevent anything similar from happening here. But bills that might protect California from disastrous flooding have been bottled up in this last week of the legislative session by none other than San Jose Democrat Don Perata, President Pro Tem of the Senate. Now, he's changed his tune and called for a "flood summit" to see if the bills could be brought back to life. Were they delayed to accommodate special interests? Will they be revived? Would they provide sufficient protection if they became law?

Guests:
Raymond Seed, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley
Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project (@anthonyyork49)

Making News State Assembly Approves Universal Healthcare 5 MIN


The state Assembly has passed a bill creating a new state agency to replace the insurance industry and provide healthcare for all Californians. The Senate is expected to go along. But universal healthcare won't be a fact of life in this state any time soon. Governor Schwarzenegger doesn't like it and he's not expected to sign the bill. Clea Benson covers the Capitol for the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Clea Benson, Bloomberg News

Reporter's Notebook Can Southern California Learn from Katrina? 4 MIN


The anniversary of somebody else's catastrophe is a good time to review the prospects of a catastrophe here at home. Geologists say it's only a question of when, not if, a massive earthquake will strike the Southland. Kimberly Shoaf is Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters.

Guests:
Kimberly Shoaf, Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters

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