To deal with the nation's worst air pollution, California's Air Resources Board mandated Zero-Emissions Vehicles in 1990. Six years later, General Motors launched its EV-1 electric car. Six years after than, GM took all the EV-1's back from lease-holders and crushed them out in the Arizona desert. The new documentary film, Who Killed the Electric Car?
, calls it a case of murder. Is that all there was or was theEV-1 ahead of its time? We speak with Chelsea Sexton, a former marketer of GM's EV-1, and Dan Neil, the Pulitzer Prize-winning auto critic for the LA Times, both of whom appear in the documentary.
- Making News: LA County Losing Millions Annually to CalWORKs Fraud
The Los Angeles County Grand Jury says fraud in public child-care system could be costing taxpayers a half-billion dollars a year. The Grand Jury called CalWORKs "an ATM for thieves." District Attorney Steve Cooley, who helps to set the Grand Jury's agenda, has more on the accusations as well as some solutions.
- Reporter's Notebook: Celebrating Our Interstate Highways
America's first interstate highway was begun in Missouri after the Federal-Aid Highway Act that started it all was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower on this day, June 29, 1956. Today, a convoy arrived in Washington, DC, after starting in San Francisco, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our interstate highway system. Aboard was Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great grandson of the President.
California Work Opportunities and Responsibilities to Kids (CalWORKs)
LA County 2005-2006 Civil Grand Jury Report
Cooley on Grand Jury report about loss of taxpayer dollars to child care fraud
Who Killed the Electric Car?
California Air Resources Board on Zero-Emission Vehicles Program
Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways
Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956