LA Officials Work Toward ‘Better Communication, Better Preparation’ As Cleanup From Woolsey Fire Continues
The efforts are slow-going because of the sheer scope of the fire. Officials are putting together task forces to determine how evacuation and responsiveness can be improved for the next time it happens.
LA County Is Studying The Woolsey Fire To Prepare For The Next Big Emergency
As many work to clean up and rebuild, the city of Malibu and L.A. County are launching investigations into the cause of the fire and how local emergency officials responded to the crisis. The goal is to come away from this devastating fire with "better communication, better preparation, better evacuation measures," Kuehl said in an interview with KPCC's Take Two. (Paskin, 1/4)
In other public health news —
Mental Illness Increasingly Helps Defendants Avoid Trial. But Not Always.
More than two years after the murder of Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace, a case against the accused shooter remains on hold because he was declared mentally incapable of standing trial. On Wednesday, the county’s latest accused cop killer — Paulo Virgen Mendoza, formerly identified as Gustavo Perez Arriaga — appeared headed down the same road. (Stapley, 1/6)
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At The Peak Of The Holocaust, Nazis Murdered More Than 14,000 Jews A Day, Scholar Says
In the ledger of evils perpetrated by humans, Operation Reinhard holds a distinct place. Over 21 months starting in March 1942, Nazi forces and their collaborators rounded up 1.7 million Jews from 393 Polish towns and ghettos and dispatched them in tightly packed rail cars to three camps in German-occupied Poland — Sobibor, Treblinka and Belzec. At these three killing centers, members of Poland’s once-thriving Jewish community were murdered with such efficiency and ruthlessness that, of roughly 1.5 million Jews who passed through their gates, a mere 102 would survive to bear witness. By November 1943, when Operation Reinhard ended, essentially no Polish Jews were left for the Germans to kill. (Healy, 1/5)