Recent fires have devastated Southern California, and worse ones are on the way. We hear what government policies have to do with it. Plus, the new editor of the LA Times says the paper's going to be sold, and a conversation with the retiring Superintendent of the LAUSD.
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Jim O'Shea, the latest editor of the Los Angeles Times, doesn't want to be viewed as a "hatchet man." Like others before him, he's told the newsroom he'll try to avoid staff cuts if he thinks they'll damage the paper. But his wife is staying behind in Chicago because, "some time after the first of the year we are probably going to have new owners."
Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Daily News
Five firefighters died last month in Riverside County's Esperanza Fire. The Day Fire near Ojai burned 600,000 acres and took a month to contain. Fires like that are going to get bigger, and not just because of global warming. We talk to a man who says it's going to get worse and that and government policies are part of the problem.
Roger Kennedy, Former Director of the National Park Service
Roy Romer was Governor of Colorado and Chair of the National Democratic Committee before he became the Superintendent of the LA Unified School District. Today, he appeared before the School Board for the last time and made way for his successor, former Admiral David Brewer.
Roy Romer, Retiring Superintendent of the LAUSD
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