We look at billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's chances as he enters the Democratic field running for president. Plus, the pros and cons of earthquake insurance. And, a local photographer tries to capture the real Hollywood Boulevard.
Tom Steyer Runs for President
Billionaire Tom Steyer entered the crowded Democratic field of presidential candidates today, saying, "If you think that there's something absolutely critical, try as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may. And that's exactly what I'm doing. My name's Tom Steyer, and I'm running for president."
Up in Sacramento, lawmakers got back to work this week, passing legislation (or not). Three notable bills did get the legislature's support and are now on their way to the Governor's desk where they are all certain to become law. On the slate is clean water, police use of force, and revisions to how the state deals with utilities after blazes.
- John Meyers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times
Priest Abuse Bill Withdrawn
A bill that would have required priests to report child sexual abuse has been withdrawn by the lawmaker who put it forward. Even if the knowledge of abuse was learned through confession, Senate Bill 360 would make it mandatory to report it, but lacked the support it needed to move forward.
- Aaron Shrank, KPCC Religion and Diaspora Reporter
Despite California being earthquake country, just 10 percent of the state's homeowners have earthquake insurance. Part of the reason is the high cost. We look at whether it's worth having a policy from the California Earthquake Authority.
- David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
Ice and the DMV
Federal officials have created a database using people's driver's licenses photos from several states. That's raised flags in states like California, where undocumented immigrants are granted driver's licenses. The California DMV states it has not given that kind of data to the federal government, but the practice has caused fear.
- Drew Harwell, Washington Post reporter
Hollywood Boulevard Photos
Tourist-y Hollywood Boulevard doesn't get a lot of love from native Angelenos, but one photographer is hoping to change that with his gritty and honest look at life on the iconic street.
- Hans Gutknecht, L.A. Daily News
A new lawsuit is accusing a fertility center in Los Angeles of an epic mix-up. The suit alleges a patient at the CHA Fertility Center —a woman from New York —carried and then gave birth to twin boys unrelated to her OR each other. And today, the plot thickened when the parents of one of the baby boys, a couple from Glendale, announced a separate lawsuit against the clinic. So how does something like this happen? And what regulations are in place to prevent it?
- Dr. Alyssa Burgart, Co-Chair of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Ethics Committee and is a member of the Stanford Health Care Ethics Committee