Now that the California Primary election is over, we look at the results. Who won the top two spots for governor and local Congressional seats? Plus, the Thomas Fire was only recently declared extinguished: what took so long?
Primary voting didn't exactly go off without a hitch
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A printing error at nearly one-third of L.A. County polling spots left about 118,522 voters off the rolls.
Former gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa cried foul:
The snafu affected voters across SoCal. Even The Fonz wasn't spared.
But eventually, it worked out for him.
- Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College professor
- Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
Is the LAUSD budget in trouble?
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A new report released Tuesday from a blue ribbon panel (the one that new superintendent Austin Beutner used to chair) has been trying to measure how much trouble the LAUSD’s budget is in. LAUSD has a whopping budget of seven and a half billion dollars and while that may sound like a lot to work with, LAUSD is headed for some serious financial troubles.
- Wendy Greuel, co-chair and former Controller for the city of Los Angeles
The Thomas Fire is finally out
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In case you missed it, the Thomas Fire was declared officially out last Friday. Did you even know it was still burning? There are three main stages to dealing with a wildfire:
- Containment—"By contained, fire crews have a line of containment around the entire perimeter and are convinced the fire will no longer grow in size."
- Control—"When the fire no longer threatens the containment lines." Hot spots and flare-ups can be extinguished within the perimeter.
- And finally, a fire is declared out when there has been "no hot spots detected within the containment lines for 48 hours."
When it came to the Thomas Fire, officials were overly cautious in waiting to declare it out due to the complexity of the fire.
- Andrew Madsen, spokesperson for the Los Padres National Forest
How to build a fire-resistant home
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The Thomas Fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures last year, but John Davis’s home in Ojai survived. And it wasn’t all luck. An architect by trade, Davis built the home to be fire-resistant using special building materials and strategies to protect his home from the ever-intensifying wildfires California faces.
- John Davis, architect
The president vs. athletes
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The spat between President Donald Trump and the Philidelphia Eagles continues to have lingering effects. On Monday, the White House disinvited the team from its annual toasting of the Super Bowl champs after it learned few players planned to attend. A few testy tweets were fired off and verbal shots were taken at the team - as well as at the NFL —during the celebration, which still took place even though the super bowl winners weren't there. Now, prominent NBA players are weighing in as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers face each other tonight in game three of the playoffs.
- Andy and Brian Kamenetzky