Toxic Conditions in Southern California Waste Water
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Barack Obama began a tough selling job today with an urgent warning about years of recession if Congress fails to enact his massive stimulus program. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is it big enough? What would failure mean for America's standard of living? On Which Way, L.A.?, the state water board is accused of issuing a "license to kill" plants and animals in lakes, rivers and Santa Monica Bay; and Governor Schwarzenegger may be the loneliest politician in Sacramento.
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Toxic Conditions in Southern California Wastewater ()
In the past eight years, millions of gallons of toxic sewage and industrial waste have been dumped into lakes, rivers and the ocean in the Los Angeles region. Hundreds of times, the toxicity has exceeded legal standards, but only 80 notices of violation have been issued and just eleven led to penalties of any kind. That's according to the environmental group Heal the Bay, which accuses the State Water Resources Control Board of issuing a "license to kill." The Legislative Analyst says California is headed toward a "colossal" financial disaster. We hear more about the toxic conditions and what can be done to reverse them from Heal the Bay as well as state and local water control boards.
- Mark Gold: Executive Director, Heal the Bay
- Jonathan Bishop: Chief Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board
- Fran Diamond: Chairperson, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Budget Brinkmanship and Gubernatorial Leadership ()
In November, Mac Taylor, California's bipartisan Legislative Analyst, called the state's financial situation "dire, bleak and awful." Today, with the Democrats, the Republicans and Governor Schwarzenegger pointing fingers at one another, he warned that it could become a "colossal" disaster.
A Political Salesman Lays It on the Line ()
President-elect Obama said today that America's economic crisis is "no accident of history." He decried "an era of irresponsibility" from Wall Street to Washington. But he said the seeds of the problem provide hope for overcoming what he called a "devastating loss of trust and confidence…"
- Sudeep Reddy: Economics Reporter, Wall Street Journal, @Reddy
- Peter Morici: Professor of Business and Economics, University of Maryland
- David Smick: global financial market strategist
- Heidi Shierholz: Economist, Economic Policy Institute, @EconomicPolicy
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