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Los Angeles County is re-organizing delivery of health services to hundreds of thousands of people. The departments of mental health, public health and medical services will be consolidated into a single bureaucracy, just like they used to be. Although County Supervisors are unanimous, angry opponents say the departments were separated for good reasons and that it's wrong to go back to what they call the bad old days.

Also on the program, as Exxon sells its damaged refinery in Torrance, what's at stake for public safety, air pollution and gasoline prices?

Photo: COD Newsroom

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Katie Cooper

Will Exxon Get Off the Hook with Refinery Sale 7 MIN, 3 SEC

In February, the Exxon refinery in Torrance was shut down when an explosion destroyed an air-pollution control device that's 12 stories high. Gasoline prices went up in Southern California, and the refinery is still not back on line. Now Exxon has plans to sell it. Is Exxon trying to buy its way out of accountability? We ask Liza Tucker, who works for Consumer Watchdog, based in Santa Monica.

Guests:
Liza Tucker, Consumer Watchdog (@ConsumerWD)

Unifying Health Services in a County Divided 17 MIN, 39 SEC

Los Angeles County provides health services to hundreds of thousands of people. The annual cost is $8 billion. Some years ago, mental health, public health and medical services were divided into three separate departments. Now, the Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to bring them back together again. We speak with proponents and opponents of the change.

Guests:
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)
Jonathan Fielding, UCLA (@UCLAFSPH)
Mollie Lowery, Housing Works (@housingworksca)

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