As part of our weekly political roundup, we look at what happens now that the Trump administration has pulled funding for California's high-speed rail project. Plus, the California legislature considers extending the statute of limitations for domestic violence charges. And, we take a tour of a Joseph Eichler home in Orange County.
State of Affairs
Our weekly look at politics in the Golden State. The Trump administration kills California high-speed rail funding, Governor Newsom pitches his healthcare plans and one of the more ambitious plans to create affordable housing is effectively killed.
- Carla Marinucci, Politico
- Zachary Courser, Claremont McKenna College
Aliso Canyon Cause
In October 2015, So Cal Gas discovered a natural gas leak in its Aliso Canyon storage well. The leak lasted for several months... and forced thousands of residents in nearby Porter Ranch to evacuate. Well, a report is finally out that explains what caused the leak and why it took so long to stop it.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure reporter
Domestic Violence Statute of Limitations
In California, the statute of limitations for prosecuting domestic violence cases as a felony is three years. But a new bill introduced by State Senator Susan Rubio of the San Gabriel Valley would push that to 10 years in some cases. Elaine Whitefeather is a victims' advocate who runs a domestic violence crisis center in Sacramento called Communities for Peace, and she says Rubio's legislation is needed because of the time victims need to report such crimes.
- Elaine Whitefeather, Communities for Peace
Eichler Home Tour
Beginning in the 1940s, Joseph Eichler engaged some of the era’s most progressive architects in developing Modernist housing for middle-income buyers in and around the San Francisco Bay area. Between 1960 and 1964, Eichler brought his unique vision to Orange County, building over 350 homes in the developments of Fairhaven, Fairmeadow and Fairhills. Preserve Orange County is hosting a two-day home tour of Eichler designs May 18-19. A Martinez went to Orange to get a tour.
Reduce, Reuse, Rethink
Take Two is starting a new weekly segment on waste reduction called Reduce, Reuse, Rethink. And we'd like to know: is there some item in your life that is generating trash that you just can't seem to stop using? And then, when you're done using it, you just can't seem to stop feeling guilty about throwing that item in the trash or recycling bin? Disposable razors, broken coffee makers -- there are all kinds of items that we use on a daily basis that are complicated to get rid of once they're no longer useful. What are you struggling to stop using in your life, or to replace with a more sustainable option? We'll help you discover the most environmentally conscious options to reduce waste at its source.
Cuban Music in L.A.
The third annual Cuban American Music Festival is this Sunday in Los Angeles. A few thousand people are expected to converge on La Plaza de Cultures y Artes downtown where it’s set to take place. There will be music, dancing, food and a cigar-rolling session. Over the past decade, Los Angeles has seen a steady arrival of Cuban musicians who’ve integrated into the Salsa and Cuban music scene. Many of these musicians play in multiple bands across the L.A. area.
Get ready to eat your way through the weekend as the L.A. Times Food Bowl continues with an escamoles dinner, a Filipinx garage party and a pizza fest. The Amgen Tour of California races toward the finish, while writers and bards take to the streets of Pasadena for a lit fest. The Bug Fair returns to the Natural History Museum, the Segerstrom holds a Spring Carnival and there's a Totally Forking Shirt Show for a good cause.
- Leo Duran, KPCC
- Christine Ziemba, LAist