FROM Phatry Derek Pan
The Story of a Cambodian Refugee in Southern California Forty years ago today, Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia. They quickly turned the country into what was essentially one large prison camp. Cities were emptied, anyone suspected of being educated was killed, and nearly every Cambodian was forced into grueling manual labor. Two million Cambodians died in four years. In 1979, the Vietnamese successfully invaded Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge fled. So did tens of thousands of Cambodians, many of whom ultimately made their way to the U.S., and Southern California in particular. We speak to one of the refugees who ended up here about his family history and current work with the local Cambodian-American community.
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 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.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
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.