FROM Kate Hutton
Why Houston wasn't prepared for Harvey, and what could happen in LA After going offshore, Tropical Storm Harvey is now poised to return to Houston. Residents near two dams have been told to evacuate, as officials release water from them. We speak with a local journalist who reported a year ago why Houston wasn’t prepared for a storm like this one. And Los Angeles has some of the same conditions, and could see catastrophic flooding in the event of a major storm. We find out how city officials are preparing.
It's "All Hands on Deck" for El Niño Federal, state and local agencies are reminding home owners there's not much time until January, when massive storms are predicted from the El Niño condition in the Pacific Ocean. Kate Hutton, public Information Officer for the City of LA’s Emergency Management Department , says now’s the time to prepare.
Another Reminder for Earthquake Country Friday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in northern Orange County and strong enough to cause a landslide, break water mains and damage buildings. What's the potential for the Puente Hills Fault, which runs from northern Orange County, up through the San Gabriel Valley and right under downtown LA? Is there truth to belief that earthquakes release pent up energy and make new ones less likely?
Disaster and Recovery in Japan Japan's Prime Minister calls it the worst crisis to strike his country since World War II: the earthquake, the tsunami and, now, the aftermath. The death toll could exceed 10,000. For survivors, priorities include food, water and shelter for millions -- and fallout from explosions at two nuclear power plants. A $5 trillion economy — the world's third largest — has been severely disrupted. Rolling blackouts are expected for months to come. We hear about the devastation, Japan's degree of preparedness and what recovery is going to require. If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest: Red Cross Save the Children Mercy Corps Socks for Japan (Jason Kelly)
LA Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti Seventy-two LA County firefighters are ready to ship out for Haiti with aid for victims of the massive earthquake . Meantime, some 10,000 Haitians living in the Los Angeles area are waiting word about friends and relatives back home. TiGeorges , a Haitian restaurant on Glendale Boulevard, is an informal clearing house for information.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.