The Saddleridge Fire blanketed much of the San Fernando Valley with ash and smoke last week. But when students in the valley's L.A. Unified schools returned to their classes on Monday, some of their classrooms still weren't clean. Now, some parents and staff want to know why the district resumed classes in the Valley before all cleaning was complete.
- Kyle Stokes, KPCC Education Reporter
San Diego and Electric
State regulators continue to criticize Pacific Gas & Electric after pre-emptive shutoffs last week left millions in Northern California without power. Governor Gavin Newsom has gone as far as to demand rebates for those affected. Meanwhile, where we are, officials are determining whether an electrical tower owned by Southern California Edison played a role in the blaze that's destroyed or damaged over 90 structures. As Californians come to terms with a future that could include more fires and more blackouts, we want to look at a utility that's taken a different approach - that's San Diego Gas & Electric. It's invested heavily in wildfire prevention for over a decade.
- Brian D’Agostino, Director of Fire Science and Climate Adaptation at San Diego Gas & Electric
Poisonous Drinking Water
About 300 water wells and other water sources that supply drinking water in California contain traces of toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, according to new state research. The study syncs up with testing the Los Angeles Times conducted, which found that two types of chemicals — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — were detected in 86 of the state's water systems.
- Anna Phillips, Los Angeles Times reporter
On the Lot
Apple has 1.4 billion users. Can it entice enough of them to try their new streaming service? Plus, Hollywood assistants are speaking out over low pay and poor working conditions.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
The Gamble House will now be managed by the city of Pasadena. The architectural marvel has been overseen by USC for the last 50 years but the university has handed operations over after years of the city campaigning for control. The architectural gem is a pilgrimage site if you want a prime example of the Arts and Crafts Movement —a style popular for homes at the turn-of-century.