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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 2)—California copes, survey says, judge rules, strategy stalls and the next possible crisis is only 15 days away

1. Government shutdown: How Southern California is coping (KPCC)

Impact of the shutdown on Southern California is affecting offices and facilities overseen by federal agencies, resulting in furloughs, sending ripples through the economy, and touching the lives of ordinary people who want to renew a passport or travel.

For example: EDD reports an average of 246,217 people were employed by the federal government in California over the last 12 months; NASA celebrated its 55th birthday on the day it was forced to close, and Joshua Tree could be turning away up to 7,000 people per day.

2. California GOP Congressman disagrees with his party strategy on shutdown (KPCC)

Not all Republicans in Congress are pleased with current strategy. One California GOP member is disgusted with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party House members he blames for the impasse and for pushing the party off a cliff.

"They're lemmings, they're followers," said Nunes who's not optimistic about the outcome, saying if you're going to take "extreme measures," you'd better have a plan to win. "And I don't know that there's a plan to win."

3. Beyond the shutdown, an even bigger battle brews (NPR)

This week's shutdown could be a warmup for an even bigger budget issue in coming weeks. By Oct. 17, Congress must raise the limit on the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow. If that "debt ceiling" is not raised, President Obama warns that Washington won't be able to keep paying its bills.

"It'd be far more dangerous than a government shutdown, as bad as a shutdown is," Obama said Tuesday. "It would be an economic shutdown."

4. Obamacare Day One: A tale of two states (NPR)

"While Washington is talking about shutdown, we're talking about startup," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. "Gone are the days of invasive questions...about your allergies, your asthma, your diabetes, your cancer. Gone," said Lee. "You're never going to be asked that again. Gone are rates based on your answers to those questions."

California was an eager, early and bipartisan adopter of the Affordable Care Act but the circumstances in other states couldn't have been more different.

5. A plague of tech tics and hiccups (NPR)

Many Americans got "please wait" messages Tuesday when they tried to start shopping for health coverage on the first day of the federal government's new health insurance website, healthcare.gov. Glitches, delays and crashes kept people from getting to several of the 16 state exchanges, too.

"Like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches...I have been saying this from the start," said the president. The system powering the new marketplace is the first of its kind. Nothing similar exists anywhere in the world, according to officials.

6. Court: To drill is or not to drill, that remains the question (KPCC)

The fate of plans to drill for oil on 30 acres of conservation land in Whittier remained uncertain Tuesday after a court proceeding ended without a final ruling.

Whatever Judge Chalfant decides, lawyers for all sides say appeals are likely. The conservation land was paid for with money raised by a property tax L.A. county voters approved 20 years ago.  Under an agreement with the county's open space district, the city of Whittier promised not to sell the land or change how it was used, without the county's consent.

7. Survey says 166,000 jobs added in September (NPR)

Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

Because of the partial government shutdown, data from the payroll processing firm's monthly survey could be the only clues we get this week about how many jobs were added last month. The Labor Department has said it won't be releasing its September jobs report on Friday, as scheduled, if the shutdown continues.

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