State of Affairs
This week - it's all about the money. The worst budget deficit in state history with shortfalls north of $54 billion. New taxes, education cuts, pensions, they're all on the table right now. Meanwhile: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rolls out a $2 trillion coronavirus package.
- Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
- Jack Pitney, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Politics at Claremont McKenna College
Congressman Adam Schiff on House Releasing Transcripts of Russia Probe Interviews
Yesterday, the House Intelligence Committee released 57 transcripts of interviews conducted between 2017 and 2018 to find out if Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Just a quick refresher, at the end of his investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that Russia did interfere but did not find that the Trump campaign conspired with them. As far as the President obstructing justice, Mueller did not reach a conclusion. California congressman Adam Schiff was not chairing the Intelligence Committee at the time those interviews were being done, but now he is charged. In this role, he is also pushing for a coronavirus response commission, looking at the administration's handling of the pandemic.
- Congressman Adam Schiff
Coronavirus: Businesses Reopening
The California retailers that have been allowed to reopen today include bookstores, toy stores, sporting goods stores, and — just in time for Mother’s Day — flower stores. We scoped out the Flower District in Downtown LA this morning to see the buzz.
- Emily Guerin, KPCC's Senior Environment Reporter
On the Frontlines: Emergency Room Nurse Shares Experience
Now even though some retail stores are re-opening today, the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in L.A. County continues to climb. We now have a total of 30,296 cases of COVID-19 and 1,468 deaths. With that in mind, let's hear from someone who's been on the frontlines of this pandemic since March. Angelica Jaime is a registered nurse in the emergency room at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue
For some of us, it’s all about the hummingbirds. Many of them have migrated west during April and we are now beginning to see them nest and lay their eggs. Leaving us with beautiful moments to capture on film. But also a lot of questions about some of their behaviors. Terry Masear is the founder of the Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue. Her rescue takes in injured hummingbirds, rehabilitates them and releases them back into the wild in Los Angeles. She's been advising people over the phone during the pandemic on the best way to take care of them.
For the past month, most hiking trails in Southern California have been off-limits. They were closed out of concern that people would crowd each other on the trails and unwittingly transmit the coronavirus.Tomorrow, some of them re-open. But, if you are planning to head out, there’s some important things you need to know.
- Casey Schreiner, founder of the site Modern Hiker
Weekend Preview: Online Events
KPCC's Take Two Leo Duran shares some of the best online events to be a part of this weekend in Southern California.