Former California Coastal Commissioner
FROM Steve Blank
The Coastal Commission Removes Its Director The fate of the embattled executive director of the California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester, has been settled. Lester has been removed from his post. Lester was appointed in 2011 to run the organization that decides what can – and cannot – be built along California's coast. We talk to a fierce critic of Lester’s ousting.
California Coastal Commission The California Coastal Commission could lose its executive director, Charles Lester, if certain pro-development members of the commission have their way. It’s essentially history repeating itself as the last executive director was also the butt of a failed ouster. The reason for the coup? A years-long battle between the pro-development faction and conservationist faction.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.
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.
What Trump's first 100 days does to the planet President Trump has struggled to deliver on campaign promises like health care and immigration, but he’s delivered promises to roll back environmental protections. He’s installed climate deniers at the head of major agencies, and approved huge oil pipelines.