One week after the Woolsey and Hill fires broke out in Ventura County, we look at "stay and defend" and how some homeowners refuse to leave their properties when disaster strikes and instead stay behind to defend it themselves. Plus, we talk a LA Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez about her idea to house homeless students on LAUSD properties.
Stay and Defend
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L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby has expressed frustration with people in the path of the Woolsey fire who ignored mandatory evacuation orders. He said they were making firefighters' jobs harder. And of course, those who refuse to leave are putting themselves at risk. Malibu City Councilman Jefferson Wagner didn't evacuate, and he ended up hospitalized with injuries he sustained unsuccessfully trying to save his home. Every time there's a big fire there are people who don't evacuate. In some cases, people who stay behind to save their homes, and sometimes their neighbors' homes.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure reporter
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L.A. Unified School District has agreed to study a proposal that would let homeless students use LAUSD buildings for housing. There are more than 15,000 students in the district who consider themselves homeless, and the hope is to give them a more stable learning environment. But how will the district be able to swing housing students when residents could push back?
- Kelly Gonez co-sponsored, LAUSD School Board Member
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The highly anticipated game between the Kansas City Chiefs and L.A. Rams will now have a home at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Monday night. And to bring up morale in a state that endured a shooting last week AND is literally on fire, the Rams are giving away thousands of tickets to people affected by those tragedies and their first responders in SoCal.
- Kevin Demoff, Rams COO
The Gymkhana Files
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Ken Block's The Gymkhana Files is a new series premiering Friday, November 16 on Amazon Prime Video. The Gymkhana Files takes viewers deep behind the scenes of one of the world’s wildest, most successful video franchises of all time, with over half a billion views and counting. And no, that is not a typo. Gymkhana, for the uninitiated, is a type of motorsport that involves drifting a car within inches of fixed objects. Block is from Long Beach, which is also the location for his famed Donut Garage.