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Global Climate Action Summit, CA gets VW diesel emissions settlement money, 88 Cities visits Arcadia




An older, traditional Arcadia home sits next to a recently-built mansion. Some of the San Gabriel Valley city's residents are frustrated by the number of bigger homes replacing older, smaller ones.
An older, traditional Arcadia home sits next to a recently-built mansion. Some of the San Gabriel Valley city's residents are frustrated by the number of bigger homes replacing older, smaller ones.
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We check in on this week's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to see what plans are being discussed to curb climate change. Plus, three years after the California Air Resources Board announced Volkswagen was cheating on emissions tests with some of its diesel cars, we look at how some of the settlement monies are being spent in the state. And, as part of our 88 Cities series visiting every city in L.A. County, we stop in Arcadia, aka the Chinese Beverly Hills.

This week's Global Climate Action Summit

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Top environmental leaders are attending Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week. The federal government may have withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, but California intends to lead the nation in climate policy.

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California Department of Transportation is adding lots of jobs

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CalTrans is on a hiring spree. The organization is looking to fill more than 1,000 jobs. Not only do they have vacancies because of retiring employees, but they also are looking to hire more engineers to handle the many projects now on tap thanks to gas tax money. 

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How VW's diesel emissions settlement money is being spent in California

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It was three years ago this month that California's Air Resources Board made a shocking announcement. More than half a million Volkswagen vehicles with diesel engines were using so-called defeat devices that allowed the cars to pass emissions tests while spewing excessive amounts of pollution when they were being driven. As a result, VW was forced to recall its offending vehicles and pay billions of dollars in fines. California is getting $1.2 billion, so how is that money being spent?

88 Cities: Arcadia

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We head to Arcadia for the next installment in our series, 88 Cities. Once known as the city of homes, Arcadia's houses have turned into mansions. Tag along as we visit what's been nicknamed the Chinese Beverly Hills.

 

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Cambodian Redistricting

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A group of Cambodians who survived the Khmer Rouge are backing a Long Beach ballot measure that calls for an independent citizens redistricting commission. As they see it, the proposal gives them their best chance to consolidate their community, which was divided into four council districts after the 2010 census. Their leader is an energetic senior known as the Rosa Parks of Cambodians, who's known to take three modes of public transit just to get to a community meeting on redistricting.

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Carson is getting a new premium outlet mall

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L.A. is getting another outlet mall. This week the companies behind the Los Angeles Premium Outlets announced their plans to construct a new mall in Carson, just north of San Pedro. Recent years have been tough for many brick and mortar shopping centers, so why is now the time to build another mall?

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon is another mall from Simon Premium outlets, one of the companies behind the new mall coming to Carson.
Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon is another mall from Simon Premium outlets, one of the companies behind the new mall coming to Carson.
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