The United States, Mexico and Canada have struck a new deal that has both Democrats and Republicans claiming victory. The deal is called the USMCA and it's an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, passed back in 1994. Naturally, it's expected to have a major effect in California, which exported nearly 50 BILLION dollars in goods to Mexico and Canada just last year.
- Renee Bowen, a professor of economics at UC San Diego, she also directs the center for commerce and diplomacy
Articles of Impeachment
It was a busy morning for Speaker Pelosi - just minutes before announcing the new trade deal, she and House Democrats introduced TWO articles of impeachment against President Trump. The first article charges him with abuse of power. The second with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents subpoenaed by the House. It is the fourth time in U.S. History that articles have been introduced against a sitting president and the Judiciary Committee could vote on them as early as this week. Let's get some reaction from a local lawmaker.
- Democrat Harley Rouda represents California's 48th congressional district based in Orange County
Another state politician has left the Republican Party—State Assemblyman Chad Mayes of the Coachella Valley plans to run for reelection as an Independent.
- Chad Mayes, State Assemblyman
The utility giant PG&E continues to face a firestorm of issues for its role in sparking several deadly wildfires around the state in recent years. And last week, it announced it will pay out 13-point-5-BILLION dollars in claims to victims from disasters like 2018's Camp Fire in Northern California. But that's not enough for some people. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is leading one effort to transform this company privately run by shareholders into a co-op owned by its customers. He talks to A Martinez.
- Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor
On the Lot
A former Fox news anchor wants companies to drop their non-disclosure agreements. Plus, Verve is paying up. The talent agency announced it will increase assistants' salaries by 25-40 percent up to 20 bucks an hour.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
101 Best Restaurants
The Los Angeles Times is debuting its 101 Best Restaurant List from a newly established team following the death of famed food critic Jonathan Gold.
- Bill Addison and Patricia Escarcega, Los Angeles Times Food Critics
You can see the full list here.