For most of those who labor day in and day out, retirement is a common goal. But your feelings about that word - retirement - might correlate to how prepared you actually are for that chapter. Well —if you felt a pang of guilt or even fear you're not alone. Nearly half of California's private-sector workers have no retirement savings. That's according to a study from UC Berkeley. And that fact alone is enough to set off a domino effect as people age out of the workforce.
- Nari Rhee, She directs the Retirement Security Program at UC Berkeley's Labor Center and she's the author of that study.
Youth Football Limits
Governor Newsom just signed into law a bill that limits the amount of full-contact practice in youth football – just 30 minutes a day, two days a week. We look at what this means in turns for coaches, themselves.
- Jim Cooper, Democratic state representative from Elk Grove in Northern California
Journalist and Central Valley native Mark Arax, author of "The Dreamt Land", turns his eye to Paradise, and the deadliest wildfire in California history, 8 months later. Arax shows how decades of greed, neglect, corruption, and bad politics led to the wildfire. It should never have happened. But it will happen again. And it's not just California that should be worried, but in areas across the country with other similar landscapes.
- Mark Arax, author of "Gone"
El Niño insurance
Two researchers over at UC San Diego have sorted through 40 years of insurance data to put a dollar figure on El Nino flood damage in the western United States. Their findings showed that El Nino conditions have caused higher magnitudes and more frequent insured losses in coastal Southern California. In fact, total damage during El Nino winters cost 5-billion dollars… ten times more than that of La Nina. So what does that mean for SoCal residents living in high-risk areas?
- Tom Corringham, Research Economist at Scripps’ Center For Western Weather and Water Extremes and one of the authors of the paper
Congress is considering whether to provide more benefits for service members and veterans whose war injuries left them infertile. Right now, the military pays for in-vitro-fertilization only in limited circumstances. And a VA program that provides fertility coverage for some veterans is scheduled to expire later this year. Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project.
Throwback Thursday: The Battle of Santa Monica Bay
On August 1st, 1939 Local rumrunner and gambling boat owner Tony Cornero and future Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren were involved in the Battle of Santa Monica Bay.
- Victoria Bernal, runs LA History Twitter
You know those dangling Thomas Edison lightbulbs that seem to be hanging in every dimly lit restaurant? The clear lightbulbs with exposed filaments that look like they were taken straight out of a mumford and sons music video? Well, this type of lightbulb is at the center of a lawsuit from UC Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara lays claim to inventing the energy-saving LED imitation bulb. The university says that behemoth retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Target should be paying up for profiting on the patented technology. If successful, UC Santa Barbera would a cut of the royalties.