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SoCal's Housing Crisis

Angelenos are fleeing high-cost California. Where are they going?

A KPCC analysis of census data shows the most popular out-of-state destinations for people leaving L.A. is Las Vegas, followed by Phoenix and Seattle. Offering cheaper homes and an improving job market — and no state income tax — nearly 13,000 people left for the desert city from 2011-2015. The median home price for both Phoenix and Vegas is less than $300,000. In L.A., it's more than twice that.

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Changing Neighborhoods & Affordability

LA is one of the riskiest places to own a house, report says

Los Angeles ranks third among major cities facing the greatest risk of home damage because of natural disasters. The city trails only Oklahoma City and San Jose. The same report also found that homes in areas of potential dangers are in high demand. While flood-prone areas like Florida have seen decreasing home values, the threat of earthquakes in California has not had similar effects on prices. 

Take Two®

Large protest crowds anticipated at border wall site

Construction of prototype border walls commissioned by the Trump administration starts next week, according to an internal Homeland Security memo. Six companies will each build to-scale models in a San Diego neighborhood. These prototypes may sound experimental but one of them will win the ultimate bid to construct the whole border wall, prompting law enforcement agencies are anticipating large-scale protests. 

 

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Community Health

DACA fight is also about people working in health care

More than 70 medical groups have asked Congress to provide DACA recipients with legal status so that they can continue their education and employment in health care. About 100 recipients are currently enrolled in medical schools nationwide but these groups say it's not enough. "These are individuals that are coming from minority and multicultural backgrounds and as a result, they're more likely to go into underserved communities," one official said. 

 

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Environment & Science

They didn't know the LA River was full of E. coli, but public officials did

According to emails obtained by KPCC, at least five government agencies knew about the tainted water days before the fourth annual L.A. River Boat Race on Sept. 9, but they did little to notify the public or close the river to recreation. Water quality tests taken upstream indicated the presence of harmful feces-borne bacteria 100 times the federal safety limit for swimming and recreation.

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Local

Up close and personal with California's wildfires

Throughout the state, thousands of men and women dedicate their lives to battling these blazes 365 days a year. A new documentary series on Netflix called "Fire Chasers" looks at what it takes to do that. One of the groups profiled are women who discovered the trade while serving time behind bars. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Bri Cody, who was sent to prison for burglary and found freedom fighting the flames. 

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SoCal, What's Good?

Phantasma Gloria

What it is:
One man's trash is another man's homage to the sun. Phantasma Gloria is a collection of bottles, beads and wire, sculpted together to make "Earth's first vast glass sun catcher." And it is vast: the installation has grown to be over 37 feet tall and 50 feet long (and still growing)!
Why it's cool:
Stand back to see clear shapes, including dolphins and a Virgen de Guadalupe. Get close to see countless refractions of the world around you.
You should know:
Phantasma Gloria is an incredible sight any day of the week, but artist Randlett Lawrence recommends visiting on sunny mornings, ideally at 9 a.m. in the winter or 10 a.m. in the summer.