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California utility PG&E Corp. said Monday that it plans to file for bankruptcy over what it estimates could be $30 billion in potential liability costs from recent wildfires. Here, transmission towers in a valley near Paradise, Calif., as the Camp Fire burns in November 2017.
California utility PG&E Corp. said Monday that it plans to file for bankruptcy over what it estimates could be $30 billion in potential liability costs from recent wildfires. Here, transmission towers in a valley near Paradise, Calif., as the Camp Fire burns in November 2017.
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State of Affairs

A Senate report confirms that Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states. What can California lawmakers do? Meanwhile, California's Democratic leaders are reluctant to hear impeachment talk. Plus: The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is on the lookout for more Latinos and women.

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California Utilities Fund

In the fallout of some of the deadliest fires California has ever seen, three of the state's biggest utilities agreed to pay into a remediation fund with a total of over $10 billion dollars. Prompted by Governor Gavin Newsom, the fund is a new way for utilities to pay off damages caused by future disasters they may be at fault for. 

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How to buy a bike helmet

KPCC's Tamika Adams has been meaning to bike to work more often, but one thing has held her back: she doesn't own a bike helmet. Leo Duran gives her some advice, and they go on a trip to REI.

Mammoth Skiing

If it's too hot for you to go out to the beach this weekend you can also hit the slopes. Yes, that's right! For skiers and snowboarders, this year's powder has been incredible. All the winter's rains produced an epic amount of snow — so much that many of the slopes at Mammoth Mountain in Central California are STILL open. After this weekend, it's finally closing for the season. 

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US Open of Surfing

A Martinez interviews Justin Villano, Vans’ senior marketing manager of action sports, about the U.S. Open of Surfing, which starts July 27 and runs for 7 days. 2019. It is the 60th anniversary of the Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. The extreme games competition will return back to its roots and will also be more inclusive. 

Weekend Preview

KPCC's Leo Duran shares some of the best events to do in Southern California this weekend.

LA Peruvian Community

The Los Angeles area has the second-largest Peruvian community in the U.S., after New Jersey. On Sunday, July 28th, the community will be celebrating Peru’s Independence with a big festival of music and dance, as well as cuisine. Take Two contributor Betto Arcos, went to meet a few of the participants of the Festival across Los Angeles and he soon found out that food is at the heart of Peruvian community in L.A.