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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at his confirmation hearing last year.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at his confirmation hearing last year.
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Zinke is out. What comes next? 

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The White House turnover continues with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his way out. The president announced via Twitter on Saturday that Zinke would be leaving at the end of the year - and that he would soon name a replacement. During his tenure, Zinke recommended cutbacks or other changes to national monuments such as San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Giant Sequoia National Monument here in California - and encouraged the pursuit of oil drilling. For more on Zinke's impact on the department - and what this change might mean, if anything.

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San Fernando groundwater

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The city of Los Angeles gets about twelve percent of its water from underground sources… and eighty percent of that groundwater comes from the San Fernando basin. But for decades…. portions of the San Fernando basin have been polluted with toxic contaminants released by the manufacturing industries, like aerospace company, Lockheed Martin. By effect, the water and their wells are totally unusable.  Now through a settlement with DWP, Lockheed Martin is going to clean up one point five billion gallons of groundwater in Burbank and North.

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LA Department of Water and Power building in Los Angeles.
LA Department of Water and Power building in Los Angeles.
Omar Bárcena

LA Pensions

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It might take a while for fresh water in that basin to flow but right now, there are waves of cash headed towards some L.A. city employees.  A good pension plan has long been a job perk for those people. But according to an LA Times investigation, some retirees' payouts are HIGHER than what the federal tax law allows. And to find the cash, the city has to tap reserves meant for others projects.

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https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1074660526037319680

Takano on veterans

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130 democratic members signed a letter of support for Representative Mark Takano to become Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. 

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Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) is the new ranking Democrat for the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) is the new ranking Democrat for the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
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On The Lot

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Peter Jackson’s latest project tanks and CBS has revealed which advocacy groups will be getting money that would have gone to Les Moonves. Plus, a woman who started dating Woody Allen when she was 16 and he was 40, and their affair inspired the movie Manhattan. 

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LAUSD march

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Los Angeles Unified School District is out for the winter break but thousands of school teachers and union members took to the streets on Saturday calling for more resources and better pay and hours for teachers. The march, organized by United Teachers Los Angeles, took place in advance of a possible strike, begging the question of when we will know the outcome of contract negotiations and whether a strike will happen.

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Deporting Vietnamese

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The Trump administration is pushing to deport over seven-thousand Vietnamese refugees. These are people who fled to the U.S. in the decades after the Vietnam war and many have committed crimes both serious and minor in the U.S. In response, Southern California's Vietnamese population took to the streets over the weekend in Orange County to protest.

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A picture released on May 05, 1975 shows an GI watching South Vietnamese refugees crowding a US Navy boat off the coasts of Vietnam at the end of Vietnamese war. AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture released on May 05, 1975 shows an GI watching South Vietnamese refugees crowding a US Navy boat off the coasts of Vietnam at the end of Vietnamese war. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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