As we enter day 26 of a partial shutdown of the federal government, we catch up with two California Congressmen about the effects on their districts. Plus, we find out the best ways homeowners can protect their properties from the next major earthquake, on the 25th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake. And, we visit Cerritos for our ongoing series, 88 Cities.
The effects of the storm
( Starts at 1:08)
Almost two more inches of rain is expected throughout the LA area today. Evacuations are taking places in areas affected by wildfires and flooding is impacting SoCal roadways. It’s rain we need but it’s not without risk.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure reporter
( Starts at 5:55)
As protests enter day four, union reps for United Teachers Los Angeles says talks will continue today. And this morning, UTLA president Alex Caputo Pearl at a press conference this morning and talks are set to resume this afternoon.
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC education reporter
( Starts at 11:50)
In addition to interrupting classes, the teachers' strike has put a stop to sports programs. Student-athletes haven't been able to practice because many of their coaches are on the picket line. We speak with Ethan Anderson, a senior at Fairfax High School and point guard on the basketball team, about what the strike means to his teammates and their chances to be noticed by college scouts.
- Ethan Anderson, a senior at Fairfax High School and point guard on the basketball team
Northridge Stories - Hollywood
( Starts at 14:15)
Take Two host A Martinez lived through the Northridge Earthquake and so did our colleague Jacob Margolis, host of KPCC's Newest podcast The Big One: Your Survival Guide. They share their memories and now we hear from our audience. On the 25th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, we hear listeners stories about what their experience was.
Earthquake insurance versus brace and bolt
( Starts at 16:45)
Today is the 25th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake. So we thought we'd take a moment to talk about how homeowners can prepare their properties in case of another major quake. We talk about earthquake insurance, as well as bracing and bolting homes.
- Jacob Margolis, host of The Big One podcast
- Misha Euceph, producer of The Big One podcast
California is offering assistance to retrofit your home, more info can be found here.
Congressman Doug La Malfa
( Starts at 22:55)
It's day 26 of a partial government shutdown that has left thousands of federal workers across the country without pay. Despite negotiations in Washington, Democrats and Republicans seem no closer to making a deal that would restore operations. The continued shutdown is having an increasingly negative effect on people and services that depend on federal aid, like farmers. You'll find a lot of them in Congressional district number one in Northern California.
- Doug La Malfa, U.S. Congressman
Congressman Mike Levin
( Starts at 32:33)
Having just heard from Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa in district one about the partial federal government shutdown and its effects, we get the perspective of a Democrat. Mike Levin represents district 49 in northern San Diego County and southern Orange County.
- Mike Levin, U.S. Congressman
88 Cities: Cerritos
( Starts at 40:13)
Los Angeles County has 88 cities, and KPCC is exploring them all with help from people who live in each one. Today we visit Cerritos, which is probably most well-known for the Cerritos Auto Square dealership. But before cars showed up, cows ruled the city. Cerritos was called Dairy Valley before 1967 because of the hundreds of dairies that dotted the landscape.