The day after Orange County held its race to fill an open seat on its Board of Supervisors, we check in to see who won. Plus, continuing fallout from the college admissions cheating scandal and Hollywood's involvement in it. And, Iranian refugees in SoCal.
College Prep Biz
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It's nothing new that the wealthy elite can pay for access, but this most recent college admission scandal has put the spotlight on how hyper-competitive it's become to get into college. It's helped give rise a multi-billion dollar college prep industry and contributed to an even greater imbalance on who is able to get in where.
- Susan Paterno, professor at Chapman University
Does college matter?
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Well, with all the effort, time, and money that parents put into making sure their kids get into elite colleges, you might be wondering: does it REALLY matter in the long run where a person goes to school?
- Amalia Miller, professor of economics at the University of Virginia and co-author of a study examining college outcomes
Orange County Supervisors Race
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On Tuesday, voters in Orange County voted to fill the seat on the Board of Supervisors vacated by O.C. District Attorney Todd Spitzer. With one Democrat and six Republicans vying for the seat, the question is whether the blue wave that struck the region in November will strike again.
CA Democratic Chair
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L.A. County Democrats vote Tuesday on who to endorse for State Chair, following the resignation of Eric Bauman, who had faced accusations of sexual misconduct, and there is some turmoil within the group over who to support.
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After President Trump's travel ban went into effect in January 2017, more than a hundred Iranian refugees who were on their way to the U.S. via Vienna, Austria, got stuck there. Now, all this time and a lawsuit later, about a dozen have been allowed into the U.S. Why were they in Vienna? They were refugees coming through what's called the Lautenberg program, which works with religious minorities in Iran. Via this program, they finish their processing in Austria, since there is no U.S. embassy in Iran. After the travel ban took effect, their U.S. visas that were being processed were canceled, with no explanation. We talk to one family who made it to LA.
- Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC immigration reporter
Hollywood's connections to the college admissions scandal
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The college cheating scandal that ensnared dozens of college coaches, administrators and parents in Southern California reaches deep into the Hollywood community. We'll talk about who — and why —and all the rest of the news coming out of tinsel town.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
Sea level rise
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It's hard to believe it could get worse - but new research suggests that sea level rise along the Pacific coast could be even more devastating than previously thought, more so than even earthquakes and wildfires in California. That's according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, which examined the intersection between sea level rise and storm events.
- Dr. Patrick Barnard, Geologist with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz and lead author of the new report