As fires continue to rage across California, we discuss who should pay for the damage they cause. Plus, we visit South L.A. and an urban farm that was started after the Rodney King riots. And, we meet with a cookbook author who shares some tips on how to eat well when roughing it outdoors.
This week in California politics...
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Nancy Pelosi is under pressure: the Democratic leader is hoping to calm political unrest within the party. Meanwhile, the politics of fire. Lobbyists shell out big in the debate over who should pay for fire damage.
- Jack Pitney, Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
- Christina Bellantoni, professor at USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
Mistreatment of LGBTQ inmates in San Bernardino County
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The American civil liberties union reached a potential settlement with the San Bernardino County sheriff's department regarding a 2014 lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges transgender, gay, bisexual and intersex inmates were held in so-called "alternative lifestyle tanks" for up to 23 hours every day. According to the ACLU, up to 600 people were housed in these tanks and kept from the jail's job training, educational, rehab and other community re-entry programs.
- Amanda Goad, director of the Audrey Irmas LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at ACLU SoCal
Take a trip to an urban farm in South L.A.
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The South Central Farm on 41st and Alameda was once considered the largest urban farm in the country. The land was mitigated to residents after the L.A. Riots. But those farmers were evicted in 2006 when a local developer acquired the property. One of them is Alberto Tlatoa who worked with his family in the community garden as a kid. He’s now outreach coordinator at the South Central Farmers Restoration Committee. We caught up with him at the former site of the farm to learn more about what it means to him.
- Alberto Tlatoa, who grew up tending the farm
DeSoto Soda is closing
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Desoto Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe has been serving Conoga Park residents for decades, but after more than 30 years, the business is closing its doors. The old-school, 1950s-style soda counter inside the pharmacy was also known as 'Jerry's Soda Shoppe' after the late Jerry Meyers.
- David Meyers, Desoto co-owner
Wildfire smoke...how far does it travel?
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More than 100 fires are burning across the Western U.S., but their smoke is blowing across the nation. KPCC's Leo Duran sits down with A Martinez and checks in with NPR stations around the region to see what they're seeing and smelling, even if they're hundreds of miles from a blaze.
Everything you never wanted to know about pee in the public pool
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The time may have passed when certain bodily functions were off limits in polite conversation. After all, social media's "poop" emoji got a prominent role in a recent kids' film. So maybe it's time for an honest conversation about water quality – in your local public swimming pool. KPCC's Sharon McNary has more about what may be in your community pool.
Summer Hacks: Camp Cooking
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Because it's summer, people want to go outside and enjoy nature but for some, camping is hard...especially when it comes to food prep. Worry no more. We have some hacks for eating good, fancy food while you're enjoying the great outdoors.
- Emily Neilson, author of "The Dirty Gourmet Cookbook"
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It's a big foodie weekend! Taste buds will be en fuego — and not just at the Hot Sauce Expo. Culinary delights also await at the Pacific Food & Wine Classic, E.R.B. x Bacchanal party, Battle of the Booze, Sunday Funday and a Jonathan Gold Memorial Food Tour.
- Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine
- Leo Duran, KPCC