Is California Prepared for Disaster?

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Past forecasters predicted that the three most likely disasters in the United States would be a terror attack on New York City, a hurricane in New Orleans and an earthquake in California. Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican Congressman Richard Pombo say the collapse of levees on the Mississippi River is a "wake-up call for Californians." They've asked the Army Corps of Engineers to make repairs before it's too late. Even worse than levee breaks that flood Sacramento and endanger the water supply would be a major quake in LA or San Francisco. Will America's next catastrophe be closer to home? We hear what's at risk and whether we're prepared from geologists Jeffrey Mount of UC Davis and Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, and Richard Riordan, who was mayor of Los Angeles when it was hit by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
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Gender-neutral Marriage (AB 849)

Field Poll on Schwarzenegger's re-election bid, propositions

(State Controller) Steve Westley's gubernatorial campaign

(State Treasurer) Phil Angelides' gubernatorial campaign

Prop 22: Limit on Marriages (2000)

Marinucci's article on Schwarzenegger's declining support

Federal Energy Management Agency's (FEMA) Region IX (includes CA)

Senator Feinstein, Congressman Pombo urge Army Corps of Engineers to shore up delta levees



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