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NAFTA's implications for CA, evictions and homelessness, how pelicans recovered after Refugio oil spill




Last year, the Trump administration unveiled its goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal that reshaped trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Last year, the Trump administration unveiled its goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal that reshaped trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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A worker cleans oil from the rocks and beach at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 22, 2015. The oil company behind a crude spill on the California coast vowed to do the
A worker cleans oil from the rocks and beach at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 22, 2015. The oil company behind a crude spill on the California coast vowed to do the "right thing" to clear up the mess, even as reports emerged of past leaks involving its pipelines. Plains All American Pipeline made the pledge as it said nearly 8,000 gallons of oil had been scooped up, out of some 21,000 gallons believed to have flooded into the ocean near Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles.
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