What happened at the Iowa Caucus?
We've been eagerly awaiting the results all day and the word was we would get them by 2 pm this afternoon.
- Zach Montellaro, campaign reporter for Politico
Voting Machines Check-in
Now while a caucus and a primary are not the same thing, what happened in Iowa had me thinking about California. Our state's primary is March 3rd, but early voting has already started. Millions of vote-by-mail ballots will be arriving in mailboxes across California any day now. And there will be big changes for in-person voters here in Los Angeles — including new technology.
- Libby Denkmann, KPCC Senior Politics reporter
The death toll in China has reached 420, and the Chinese government has reported more than 20,000 confirmed cases — almost a 300-person jump from Sunday. As the number of deaths from the outbreak rise in China, the U.S. State Department is telling travelers not to go to the country. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel to the region.
- Robert Garrova, KPCC General Assignment Reporter
The death of Laker Kobe Bryant is rippling through the memorabilia market. Buyers and sellers alike are storming stores and online markets hoping to snag one last piece of his legacy. Now, they're making a choice: profit from tragedy, or honor his memory. Take Two's Austin Cross reports.
Baseball Coach John Altobelli was among those who died in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. His wife Keri and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa were also on board. Yesterday, John's brother Tony, announced a memorial for the family will take place next Monday, February 10th at 4 pm at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Tony wrote about the memorial on his Facebook and said:
"Needless to say ... there will be plenty of room so if you'd like to be a part of this, we'd love to have you!"
John Altobelli spent almost three decades as the baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His tenure brought in 705 wins and four state championships to the college.
Meanwhile, in Huntington Beach this weekend, hundreds gathered to honor Christina Mauser, one of the other nine victims on the helicopter. Mauser was a life-long Huntington Beach resident. She served as assistant coach to girls 13 and under at Kobe Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy. As of now, we're still waiting to hear on any official memorial information regarding the other victims who include — pilot Ara Zobayan, mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester... AND Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
Foster Care Money
More than 59,000 kids are in foster care in California — the most of any state in the country. And among older youths, two-thirds of them age out of the system without reuniting or reconnecting with their own family. That means on their 18th birthday most are forced out of the system without a true support system or mentors to help them learn HOW to be an adult out on their own. But officials in Santa Clara County, up north, are exploring an idea that would give these kids a helping hand — a universal basic income of one-thousand dollars a month, no strings attached. If it goes forward, it would be the first program of its kind in the nation.
- Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor
With over 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China, life for many throughout the country has come to a standstill —and the global economic impact is being felt. Delta and American Airlines have temporarily suspended all flights to China, while a number of car plants throughout the country have halted operations. Disruptions in the supply chain are affecting places around the world, including here in Southern California.
- Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles
West LA Baseball player
Women in sports have come a long way from even just a few years ago. Just consider the 49ers Katie Sowers. Also, the San Antonio Spurs have had a woman on its coaching staff for many years and just recently the San Francisco Giants made history for hiring a woman as a full-time assistant coach. So with that in mind, A Martinez headed down to West Los Angeles College — home of the Wildcats— a few weeks ago to meet Luisa Gauci who is playing ball for the men's team.