We look at how the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation plans to handle its plastic recycling now that more Asian countries are refusing to take it. Plus, Culver City may freeze rents.
Vaccine Bill Amendments
Several amendments were made today to a bill that would have put heavy restrictions on medical exemptions for vaccines. That bill was authored by Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician, in response to the spike in measles cases in the U.S. and the increase in exemptions being sought. This change came a few weeks after Governor Gavin Newsom's administration raised concerns about the measure.
- Leah Russin, Vaccinate California
Clean Water Budget
Clean water IS a serious concern for more than one million Californians. But this compromise address that concern by taking money from ANOTHER environmental issue...climate change. The money that's set aside for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) is supposed to do exactly what its name suggests...reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Clean water advocates say that safe drinking water IS a part of the fight against climate change. But climate change activists argue that this money is becoming a slush fund.
- Rachel Becker, environment reporter for Cal Matters
Americans in Mexico
Mexico is actively detaining and deporting migrants from Central America, Cuba and Haiti, but when it comes to the largest population of immigrants in that country, it is not from these other places, it’s from the US. According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Mexican government recently did a population analysis and determined there are about 1.2 million Americans living in Mexico.
- Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune
President Trump says millions of people living in the country illegally will be deported, beginning next week. In a pair of tweets Monday night — the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid — Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would next week "begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.
- Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC Immigration correspondent
During the eight months they've been deployed at the Mexican border, U.S. military personnel have had little direct contact with the people at the center of the mission -- migrants trying to enter the United States. Reporter Steve Walsh of the American Homefront Project visited El Paso, where soldiers said they're trying to keep their distance.
88 Cities: Cerritos
Coming soon, we'll have a new installment of our series. It's called 88 Cities - Our mission is to find out what's unique about every one of the cities in LA County. And our tour guides are YOU. Up next is Redondo Beach. But before that, let's revisit a place we checked out last year.
L.A. Plastic Recycling
New reports show that a number of Asian countries are following China's lead and are refusing to take plastic waste and other recycled materials from the U.S. Among those countries are Thailand and the Philippines. So what's a U.S. recycling program to do?
- Alex Helou, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Hearst Castle Pool
Summer's about to heat up, but if you want to cool off in luxury, we've got a hot tip for anyone headed toward San Luis Obispo. Starting this summer, the ornate and lavish pools of Hearst Castle will be open to the public for a select number of nights. It will, however, set you back -- $1,250 per person.