How to prevent forest fires from devastating communities, the Los Angeles Rams wins over LA, twenty-something voters reflect on election
A week and a half after the Woolsey Fire broke out in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, we learn more about radical ideas to prevent more devastating wildfires in the future. And, what happened during the Los Angeles Rams games versus the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night.
Preventing Fire Damage
The recent Woolsey fire destroyed more than 1,400 structures in Southern California, and to the north the Camp fire has burned down more than 14,000. So what can we do to prevent future fires from destroying so many buildings, especially homes? Bold plans include property buyouts, fireproof shelters and restrictions on building areas.
- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times reporter
Gen Z Roundtable
Before the midterm elections, we checked in on Generation Z — people born after 1996. Much had been said about how they could change the direction of the country if they'd only come out to vote. So did the young people deliver? Survey says yes. A study out of Tufts University says about 31 percent of eligible Gen-Zers turned out this year. Better than the past seven midterms. So how are the young people feeling now?
- Akela Munsey, Pasadena Community College theater student
- Sahil Nandwani, University of Southern California GOP treasurer
- Javier Moro, Cal-State L.A. political science major
Asylum process restored
Late yesterday, a federal judge said the Trump administration MUST accept asylum claims from migrants coming into the US - no matter how they entered the country. This ruling follows a proclamation by the president on November 9th that BANNED people from seeking asylum if they did not come through a designated, legal checkpoint. All of this is, of course, set against the backdrop of a large group of migrants - mostly Honduran - who've been traveling north through Mexico. Many members of that caravan are currently in Tijuana.
- Law professor Niels Frenzen, director of the immigration clinic at the University of Southern California.
Los Angeles Rams
The L.A. Rams went up against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night in a hotly contested match up. But what made this game particularly special is that the Rams gave out free tickets to victims and first responders affected by both the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and the wildfires that devastated the region. Thousand Oaks is also where the Rams train and where many of its players and staff live.
- Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
Cal Lutheran Choir
Cal Lutheran is located near the Borderline Bar and Grill where 12 people were killed in early November. An alum of the school, Justin Meek, died in that shooting. The campus was also hit hard by the wildfires that moved so quickly through that area. But Monday night the choir from that school experienced some joy finally and got the opportunity to sing the national anthem during Monday Night Football match up of the LA Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. Over 77,000 people were there with the theme of the night being LA Together.
- Maddy Barnes, a senior and first soprano who was on the field singing the anthem
The holidays are fast approaching, which might mean you’ve got some travel ahead or perhaps you’re hosting a gathering, either way some good music is going to be needed. Whether you’ll be listening in the car or playing it at your party, we’ve got some new tracks to start your holiday playlist off right.
- Justino Aguila, Billboard contributor