Staying the Course on Climate
The Trump administration has announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Despite the U.S.'s planned departure, several states, cities, and businesses remain committed to its emissions targets — California included. How might they fare?
- Leah Stokes, assistant professor in climate politics at the UC Santa Barbara
Invasive grasses might be one factor in the increase of these blazes across the country. That's according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Emily Fusco is a post-doctoral researcher and led the study
Ryu & Child Savings Accounts
Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu wants to open college savings accounts for all for Los Angeles Unified School District students. Starting in first grade, each child would receive an initial 50 dollars, which parents would be encouraged to grow throughout their student’s primary education. If the proposal is approved, the first stage of the program would serve about 4,000 LAUSD students in the fall of 2020.
- David Ryu, City Councilmember
- Michael Sherraden, Social Policy Professor
LAUSD School Water Letter
A while back, a KPCC reporter got this letter from a fourth-grader at an L.A. Unified school: "Dear Mr. Kyle Stokes, my school doesn't have any clean water. That makes me very concerned. That water, tastes horrible." Potentially unclean drinking water at a school? That's exactly the kind of complaint that'll get a reporter's attention. So KPCC's Kyle Stokes decided to look into it.
Getting There: LADWP
Utilities are among the targets of LA's Green New Deal announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti in April. Specifically, it calls for building a zero-carbon electricity grid within 25 years and making renewable energy count for 80 percent of our power supply even sooner. We set out to get a better understanding of where the city currently stands with greening the grid.
- Nancy Sutley, chief sustainability officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Frankly in Love
Author David Yoon tells us about his new book ‘Frankly in Love.’ He discusses growing up in SoCal and the ‘limbo’ he describes Korean-American kids find themselves – being caught between their parents and mainstream American culture.