We look at how the Santa Ana winds are affecting the area. Plus, how fans are reacting to the Los Angeles Dodgers losing to the Washington Nationals. And, Space X hosted NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and two astronauts today to talk about the future of its commercial crew program.
Power shut-offs are happening across the state. They're part of a larger effort to prevent wildfires as high winds sweep Northern and Southern California. To that end, Southern California Edison says it's cut power to nearly 13,000 customers in four counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura. While the shutoff efforts are aimed at preventing loss of property and life, they're not without cost either. One Stanford energy professor even gave it a dollar figure: about $1.8 billion dollars a day.
- Peter Larsen, a specialist in the economics of power outages at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
L.A. Dodgers Lose to Washington Nationals
The team that won a franchise record - 106 games - in the regular season, 7-straight division titles and been to back to back World Series...are done. Last night the Dodgers lost in the first round - a gigantic letdown for fans. They'll be waiting 'till next year but have a whole lot of questions to ponder until then.
- David Vassegh, the host of Dodger Talk on AM 570 LA Sports.
LGBTQ Democratic Presidential Forum
Tonight, several of the Democratic presidential candidates will be in downtown L.A. for a town hall on LGBTQ rights. It's one of a handful of times they'll be in Southern California and is also the first-ever televised presidential event focused on LGBTQ issues. We wanted to find out what some voters will be looking for in the candidates, and who are their front-runners already.
- Michae Pulido, TransLatina Coalition
- Ryan Basham, Stonewall Democratic Club of L.A.
Throwback Thursday: Gay's Lion Farm
You're probably familiar with Leo the lion, the name of the MGM mascot, but you might not know the story behind the lion farm that supplied the big cats. On today's Throwback Thursday, we explore the history of Gay's Lion Farm.
- Kim Cooper, Esotouric tours
Santa Ana Winds Culture
Already today we are seeing blazes start up in areas like Fontana and Moreno Valley. No causes have been identified but the weather isn't helping. It is hot and dry and those Santa Anas are blowing. From our archives, a profile on those wild winds.
- Alex Hall, professor at UCLA School of Atmospheric & Oceanic Studies
Space X NASA
The private space company, Space X, was playing host to the federal space agency earlier today. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was touring the Hawthorne facility in advance of the country's first privately-flown space mission with humans. Space X founder and chief engineer Elon Musk held a press conference with two of the NASA astronauts that will be flying onboard Musk's Crew Dragon capsule.
- Sue Carpenter, KPCC