Jacob Margolis

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From the consequences of climate change to the next Big One, the threat of another natural disaster is never far away. I help Southern Californians understand the science shaping our imperfect paradise and get them prepared for what’s next.

Stories by Jacob Margolis

What could change if recreational pot is legalized in California

You won't be able to walk into a supermarket to buy a joint, but you would likely see recreational pot shops in some cities and businesses that deliver to your door.

How LA's old pipes impact its tap water

As L.A.'s infrastructure for delivering water ages, the quality of its water is also impacted, according to Professor of Environmental Sciences at UCLA.

6 GIFs from Caltech's robot soccer match

"The motor controller has some metal parts on it and it was touching a metal screw. Didn’t realize that. Short circuited and then obviously, fire," explained Nishant Desai.

Santa Monica slaps Airbnb, VRBO with $500 fines

Banning short-term rentals wasn't enough to stop sites like Airbnb and VRBO, so Santa Monica stepped it up by citing them for hundreds of violations.

San Bernardino County getting its first Whole Foods market

The more upscale, health-focused grocery store is a sign of change in a part of Southern California that has long been considered an affordable alternative to L.A.

Pirated films soar during Hollywood awards season

Screeners for The Revenant, Creed and The Big Short have all been leaked to pirate movie sites, and new tools are making it even easier for pirates to watch them.

The LA Marathon is Sunday. What's the price tag?

Running in the marathon costs about $200. But to close streets, pay medical staff and clean the streets in LA and Santa Monica, it will likely surpass $1 million.

Are year-long rental leases on the way out?

Short-term rentals have become so popular that LA rental listing site RadPad couldn't ignore them any longer. The CEO says people want flexible leasing options.

LA homelessness: City, county pass plans. Now what?

City and county officials affirm their commitment to ending homelessness, but say they will need to find more revenues to fund their plans for the long-term.

5 things to know about LA's big homelessness fix

After months of studies, bold declarations and public hearings, city and county officials are moving on their homelessness strategies. Here's what you need to know.

The Great Race: The cyclist won; here's why

Cyclist Jacob Margolis narrowly beat out car driver Sue Carpenter by 5 minutes.

Examining Egypt five years after the Arab Spring

The revolution didn't end with the fall of longtime president Hosni Mubarak. Some Egyptians say little has changed.

Rams owner Kroenke says moving to LA is the rational thing to do

The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles after 20 years, so A Martinez sat down with team owner Stan Kroenke to talk about what's to come.

Tenant wins historic status for his apartment building

The L.A. city council sided with a local tenant who argued his apartment complex shouldn't be torn down because of the noted designers who built it in the 1930s.

Where LA is most vulnerable to El Niño storms

City officials say despite their preparedness plans, they expect flooding and mudslides, citing recent storms as a glimpse into what's to come.