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Blackwater, the company famous for contractors who killed 17 Iraqi civilians, wants to set up a training camp east of San Diego. But the tiny town of Potrero nearby is overwhelmingly opposed. Was it all about the environment, maintaining a rural lifestyle, or the war in Iraq? Also, American automakers, mileage standards and money.


PHOTO: Charred branches after strong winds pushed the Harris Fire to more than 75,000 acres on October 25, 2007 near Potrero, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Making News Federal Judge Throws Out Automakers’ Suit Against California Emissions Standards 6 MIN, 13 SEC

Auto makers lost another battle today when a federal judge threw out their case against California’s law limiting greenhouse gases.  It mandates a big jump in mileage standards for cars and trucks.  Today’s decision may well be appealed, but the Sierra Club says, “Sooner or later [the auto makers] will have to stop throwing lawyers at the problem and start hiring engineers.”        

Guests:
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)

Main Topic Will Blackwater come to California? 12 MIN, 2 SEC

Potrero is a mountain town forty-five miles east of San Diego. It’s near where Blackwater Worldwide wants to build a training camp with eleven firing ranges, a driving track and a helipad.  Blackwater says it will go ahead, even after yesterday’s local election in which Portrero voters recalled five planning board members.  The margin of dis-favor was between 63 and 70%.     

Guests:
Gordon Hammers, Former chair of the Potrero Planning Board
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)

Reporter's Notebook Budget Déjà vu: California’s Short $14 Billion 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Today’s LA Times says Governor Schwarzenegger told social service advocates that next year’s state deficit may be 14 billion dollars, not the 10 billion recently projected.  That’s 12% of the budget. 

Guests:
Jean Ross, California Budget Project

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Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky

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