Now that the Trump Administration has announced a new trade agreement with Mexico, we look at the ripple effects in California. Plus, we explore the connection between evictions and homelessness. And we check in with a marine wildlife researcher on pelicans affected by the Refugio oil spill off the Santa Barbara Coast a few years ago.
California's climate report
The California Natural Resources Agency released a report Monday that predicts a dire future. Climate change will cause more severe and more frequent heat waves in California, as well as increased wildfires, according to the study. And it could lead to even more dramatic sea level rise. The effects will have severe ripple effects on the health and well- being of California residents and the state's finances.
- John Laird, California's Natural Resources Secretary
How California could be affected by a new U.S. trade deal with Mexico
President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. and Mexico have come together on a rewrite of the NAFTA trade deal — a rewrite that he says will favor America's auto and farm industries. "This is something that's very special for our manufacturers and our farmers -- for all our people that work for jobs," President Trump said Monday. "It's also great trade and it makes it a much more fair bill." However, Canada has yet to sign on to any deal and Congress, too. We look at what Californians have to gain from any trade pact.
- Eric Miller, a trade and government relations consultant with Rideau Potomac Strategy Group
Subsidizing seniors' rising rents
As more and more California seniors slip into homelessness, what can state and local governments do to help? Santa Monica has a test program where the city chips in for low-income seniors’ rising rents.
How evictions may lead to homelessness
For many, an eviction can be the tipping point into homelessness. We’ll look at programs and policies cities are adopting to assist renters with the eviction process — and maybe keep them in their homes.
How pelicans are recovering three years after the Refugio oil spill
Recent data shows that efforts to save birds harmed by marine oil spills may be working a lot better than before. The last SoCal records from the 1990s show most birds dying within six months of their rehabilitation. But a group of brown pelicans released after the 2015 Refugio oil spill off Santa Barbara are doing well today.
- Michael Ziccardi, Director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network