One year after the Atlas Peak fire destroyed the Signorello winery, we speak with one of its namesakes on its decision to rebuild. And, Lost L.A. returns to KCET tonight.
A chilling climate report
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A United Nations scientific panel rang alarm bells yesterday when it released a new report on global warming. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it "an ear-splitting wake-up call," saying it's imperative that greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by at least 40 percent within 12 years. That, though, will require significant and unprecedented changes to human behavior, according to the U.N. It should be no surprise that this will have far-reaching implications for California and the people who live here. Our guest Julie Kalansky is a Scripps scientist and contributor to California's most recent Climate Assessment. Here are three things Kalansky says you can do keep climate change in check:
1. Vote: A lot of adaptation in greenhouse gas reduction policies happen at the local level. Voting in local elections and understanding what's going on closest to home is really important, even though climate change is a global issue
2. Watch your water use: The more water we use, the more energy we use, and the more greenhouse gases often are produced. In SoCal especially, reducing outdoor plant irrigation can have a big impact on the amount of energy we use.
3. Drive less: Think about when you can use public transportation. Do you have the ability to walk somewhere or ride a bike? If you're able, use an electric car.
Human Voter Guide
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The midterm elections are just around the corner and we are here to help you through the voting process. We answer all your questions about the ballot.
- Mary Plummer, KPCC senior political reporter
Check out our Voter Game Plan for more
Napa winery rebuilds one year after the Atlas Peak Fire
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One year ago this week, a trio of devastating fires ripped through Northern California's wine country. Over the next two weeks, they would singe over 144,000 acres in three counties. Hundreds of homes and businesses were lost. That was the backdrop when first brought you the story of Ray Signorello Jr. His family winery in the hills of eastern Napa Valley was one of many destroyed in last year Atlas Peak Fire. But this week, Signorello will break ground on a new winery, a year and a day after the loss of his last.
- Ray Signorello Jr., Signorello Winery
Here's a video of when we checked in with Ray last year, after the fires:
Fullerton NIMBYism Part 2
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All this week, we're diving into the debate over a proposed apartment complex for homeless people in Fullerton. It's one of many such battles happening all over Southern California. Neighbors in the vicinity organized fierce opposition when they found out about it.
- Jill Replogle, KPCC Orange County reporter
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Sexually transmitted diseases —we're talking gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis —are spreading faster all the time. Last year the rate of transmission reached a new high — for the fourth year in a row.
- Michelle Faust, KPCC health reporter
Some L.A. streets will get repaved, finally
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As Angelenos, most of us have accepted bumpy roads as a part of life. But some Woodland Hills residents decided they'd had enough and tried to get a neighborhood street repaved. They were sorely disappointed. Depression-era city rules, intended to save L.A. money during those tough times, prohibited the repaving of the street and, it turns out, more than 300 others. But now, those rules could be rolled back.
- Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times reporter
Lost L.A. season 3 premieres tonight on KCET
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L.A. history geeks, listen up! Lost L.A. is back. Season 3 of the documentary-style TV series debuts tonight on KCET. Don't let the title fool you -- the show doesn't just explore stuff in LA-proper. It uses the wealth of archives to go to places around the state that are meaningful to Angelenos.
- Nathan Masters, host of Lost L.A.
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Take Two music contributor Oliver Wang serves up some hot new tunes for this chilly Tuesday. On his list this week: Lil Wayne feat. Snoop Dogg, Tyler, The Creator feat. A$AP Rocky and Macy Gray. Try to say goodbye to Grey's latest head-bopper:
- Oliver Wang, music critic for soul-sides.org