Impeachment Article Pass-off
Just hours ago, the House voted to send the TWO articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. Those articles include abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The vote came on the heels of a major announcement this morning by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — when she announced the SEVEN House members who serve as impeachment managers in the coming Senate trial of President Trump. Among those Seven— TWO Californians. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff and San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren — a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, who played a role in the impeachments of Presidents Nixon and Clinton. This hour, House managers will walk the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Then the impeachment trial of President Trump will begin in earnest.
- Stan Goldman, Loyola Law School. He was also the legal analyst for Fox News during the Clinton impeachment
The city of Cudahy, California is still reeling from an incident yesterday when a fuel dump by a Delta airline plane ended up dousing school children with strong vapors. No major injuries were reported - only some skin irritation. But still, there are a lot of questions being asked about WHY this happened. According to the recorded exchange between the plane and Air Traffic Control at LAX, the pilot reported an engine issue but then said things were under control. When asked if the plane wanted to dump fuel, the pilot said, "negative." But it happened anyway. The FAA is currently investigating.
- Steve Cowell, a safety consultant with SRC aviation and an instructor for the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program
WeHo Log Cabin
A longstanding West Hollywood meeting place for people trying to get sober is facing the wrecking ball, and that's upset many in the community. The shabby wooden building known as the Log Cabin has played host to innumerable alcoholics and narcotics anonymous groups over the decades. But the City of Beverly Hills has ordered the place torn down. KPCC's Robert Garrova spent some time at the Log Cabin yesterday and joins me now.
On the Lot
The reckoning around Hollywood's mental health problem has arrived. Industry leaders say they are trying to eliminate the stigma and provide help to those working in a stressful, high stakes business. Plus, jury selection for the Weinstein trial is well underway...and they're running into some snags.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
More than 15 million acres of grassland have burned in Australia due to multiple wildfires that broke out last month. According to the New York Times, that's an area seven times larger than what burned in California in 2018, the state's most destructive year on record. That year, Australia sent firefighters over here to help battle those blazes. Now the U.S. is returning the favor, with over one hundred and fifty American firefighters helping to fight the flames Down Under. So far, more than two dozen people have perished along with hundreds of millions of native animals. Many there say it's the worst fire season they've experienced.
- Chris Dicus from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Wildland Fire and Fuels Management Professor. He's participated in post-fire assessments in Australia and California