FROM Stephanie Pincetl
California's drought: The beginning of the end? California is facing the Pineapple Express, a major storm this weekend and another next week, that is expected to bring six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. We find out what that means for the drought.
LA Water Conservation Lags Behind UCLA has just come out with its Environmental Report Card and LA County’s water gets a C. That’s a general grade for quality, how much we use, and where we get it from. The good news: Angelenos have clean drinking water and it’s safe to swim at our beaches, at least when it’s not raining, during the summer. But the report finds that even though we use about sixteen percent less water than we did in the year 2000, we still have a long way to go when it comes to conservation.
Water Supplies Dwindle Southern California could run out of water in as few as 18 months, according to the Metropolitan Water District. The head of the MWD announced in a speech this week that -- unless we’re surprised by heavy rains in the near future -- residents will have to take drastic measures to reduce water use.
Water Fines The state wants to create emergency drought regulations. The new rules would ban wasteful watering -- cutting back on things like hosing down driveways and sidewalks, lawn sprinklers and car washing. If adopted, the rules would impose fines as expensive as 500 dollars for unnecessary water use. What could it mean for Angelenos?
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.