For our weekly roundup of California politics, we look at Senator Kamala Harris and how her grilling of Attorney General William Barr has been received. Plus, CalFire walks us through what to expect this fire season. And, L.A. Metro pilots a new system to help the visually impaired get around Union Station.
State of Affairs
California Dems take the national spotlight as Senator Kamala Harris' public grilling of Attorney General William Barr earns her high praise. Meanwhile, Congressman Adam Schiff calls for Barr to step down as Pelosi sounds the perjury alarm.
- Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College
- Carla Marinucci, Politico
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will investigate how the L.A. Archdiocese has handled allegations of sexual abuse since 1996. Take Two talks about the developments.
- Aaron Schrank, KPCC religion and diaspora reporter
In March, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a wildfire emergency after visiting Lake County, the community ravaged by the Ranch fire last year. In order to take a more preventative stance, Governor Newsom expedited nearly three dozen local forest management projects to protect these communities prone to deadly wildfires. This week, the National Interagency Fire Center forecast another busy wildfire season ahead.
- Scott McLean, CalFire
L.A. Metro Wayfindr
LA Metro concludes its month-long pilot program for a new system that will help the visually impaired navigate the city's public transit system. It's called Wayfindr, and it's being tested at Union Station with a planned rollout for later this year.
Somewhere Only We Know
Imagine for a moment that you're a 17-year-old girl. Now imagine that you're also a K-Pop star, attempting to navigate the demands of your career and a budding romance in the bustling streets of Hong Kong. Well, Maurene Goo has done that for you. She's the author of the new young adult novel, Somewhere Only We Know. She's also an LA native, and a huge K-Pop fan.
- Maurene Goo, author or "Somewhere Only We Know"
Santa Barbara Winemakers
May 4 is the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival. California is home to more than half of the nation's wineries.And in Santa Barbara County, women are playing a growing role. The area has a disproportionately high number of female winemakers. Take Two contributor Adriana Cargill took a trip there to find out more.
Our suggestions for what to do this weekend in Southern California.
- Leo Duran, KPCC
- Christine Ziemba, LAist.com