FROM Sarah Sikich
Crude Corrosion Federal investigators say corrosion had eaten away almost half the steel wall of the pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara. So far, they are not saying corrosion caused the disaster. Since the oil spill in Santa Barbara, tar balls have washed ashore in Ventura, Malibu, and the South Bay. Those beaches have re-opened. But now tar balls are being found on the coast of Long Beach. Are they related to the spill?
Plastic Bag Ban Going into Effect January 1 On January 1, Los Angeles will become America's biggest city to ban plastic bags from big retailers. Small stores can still give them away until next summer. Councilman Paul Koretz pushed for the ban and now he's raising money for reusable tote bags to be given away free. We hear from his Deputy for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Andy Schrader, and from Sarah Sikich, Coastal Resources Policy Director for Heal the Bay .
Scanning the Waves for Japanese Debris Last week, we heard about the massive Japanese dock that washed up in Oregon, debris from the devastating Japanese tsunami of more than a year ago. Last Friday, Heal the Bay began monitoring beaches in Southern California—at the request of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sarah Sikich is Heal the Bay 's coastal resources director.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.