FROM Mike Eng
How community colleges help students struggling with housing and food A new survey of students at LA’s Community Colleges finds that one in five is homeless, and two-thirds are food insecure. Meanwhile, a leader from Santa Barbara City College launched a tuition-free program last year. Is it enough to help the neediest. Do community colleges need to start building housing for homeless students?
Save the Sharks, Ban the Soup? In May of this year, by a vote of 62 to 8, the State Assembly agreed to ban the sale of the fins used to make shark fin soup. Today, the State Senate held a crowded hearing with witnesses on both sides. One supporter was Michael Sutton, Vice President of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, who helped write the legislation.
California Aims to Crack Down on Smog Testing Stations California's dirty air cost $193 million in medical care from 2005 until 2007. The State Air Resources Board has released a finding that 70 tons of pollutants are released every day from older cars that supposedly passed their smog tests.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.