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Report Emphasizes Uvalde Shooting Response As A Systemic Failure. How Do We Prevent It From Happening Again?

Published July 18, 2022 at 10:24 AM PDT
Fences are seen around Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on June 30, 2022. - Nineteen young children and two teachers were killed when a teenage gunman went on a rampage at Robb Elementary on May 24 in America's worst school shooting in a decade.
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Fences are seen around Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on June 30, 2022. - Nineteen young children and two teachers were killed when a teenage gunman went on a rampage at Robb Elementary on May 24 in America's worst school shooting in a decade.

Report Emphasizes Uvalde Shooting Response As A Systemic Failure. How Do We Prevent It From Happening Again?

Uvalde Shooting Report 7.18.22

Nearly 400 law enforcement officials rushed to a mass shooting at a Uvalde elementary school, but “egregiously poor decision-making” resulted in more than an hour of chaos before the gunman who took 21 lives was finally confronted and killed, according to a damning investigative report released Sunday.

The nearly 80-page report was the first to criticize both state and federal law enforcement, and not just local authorities in the South Texas town for the bewildering inaction by heavily armed officers as a gunman fired inside two fourth-grade classrooms at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 students and two teachers. Altogether, the report and more than three hours of newly released body camera footage from the May 24 tragedy amounted to the fullest account to date of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Joining AirTalk to discuss is Elizabeth Findell, reporter covering Texas for The Wall Street Journal, and Maria Haberfeld, Chair of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

With files from the Associated Press

COVID-19 AMA: Handful Of UCs To Bring Back Indoor Mask Mandates, Why People Are Getting COVID Over And Over And More

Covid Update 7.18.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg, professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Topics today include:

  • People are getting COVID again and again... and again. Is this the new normal?
  • UC Irvine and other schools reinstate indoor mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 wave
  • Almost 9 in 10 Californians live in areas with high COVID-19 levels as BA.5 fuels infections
  • Largest study to date shows how COVID vaccines affect periods
  • Two dead as Ghana confirms its first outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus

Half A Year Into Implementation Organic Waste Recycling Bill SB1383 Shows A Mixed Zero Waste Future

Organic Waste Recycling 7.18.22

After a delay to the state's implementation of a new law that would create regulations for organic waste recycling, largely due to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, CalRecycle and multiple organic waste recycling groups across the state are pushing forward in the expansion of waste procurement for industries included in the Brown-era organic recycling bill SB1383

Large-haul organic waste facilities, small community composters and newer technologies like anaerobic digestion are all small parts contributing to the larger goal of reaching 75% organic waste reduction in California by 2025. Slashing the release of methane into the atmosphere while also recycling food waste into farms both large and local through soil amendments. The biggest obstacle though has been participation by an overwhelmingly large and spread-out population across a wealth of different recycling programs that residents have little familiarity differentiating between or coordinating with on their waste procurement. Here to give us an update halfway through the first year of implementing California's landmark SB1383 waste policy, both locally and across the state, are Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy for Californians Against Waste & Monique Figueiredo, Founder, Owner and CEO of Compostable LA.

You can find out where to compost locally here.

How Local Water Districts Managed Their First Month With Tightened Water Restrictions

June Water Usage 7.18.22

The severity of the ongoing drought caused the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to impose a slew of new water restrictions that went into effect on June 1. The new rules targeted water districts that relied heavily upon the State Water Project, which imports water from the northern end of the state and is facing supply shortages. Residents in Los Angeles city seem to have taken to the new restrictions, as water usage in June in the city fell to record low levels.

Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by Terrence McCarthy, manager of water resources policy for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Shivaji Deshmukh, General Manager of the Inland Empire Utility Agency, and Dave Pedersen, General Manager of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to discuss how their district's water usage fared during June.

Housing Check-In: We Hear From Tenants & Landlords As Inflation Affects Costs

Renters And LandLord Checkins 7.18.22

In a recent piece by the Los Angeles Times, it was noted that the annual rental costs for new tenants were reaching record levels–so how are folks managing through this time where the cost of living is going up?

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses how inflation could be affecting the housing landscape with the executive director of the Eviction Defense Network Elena Popp and Matt Williams, principal at Williams Real Estate Advisors.

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