October 31, 2005
Talk of the City Senior Producer Christal Smith Gets into the Spirit of Emergency Preparedness...She BECOMES an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Halloween
October 25, 2005
Guess What I Found - Emergency Prep Continues
I was digging around for cat litter this morning in the closet under the stairs and found two one gallon bottles of water -- part of an earlier attempt at emergency preparation. I wonder how old it is and whether age it matters in water. Anybody know?
October 24, 2005
KPCC Education Week
Having just finished our week of programs devoted to education, I was struck by how different the conversations are between those in the field and those on the outside. For example, we had a significant number of listeners comment on what they saw as the need for more vocational education in public high schools. However, those professional educators with whom we spoke were adamant about the need to prepare all students for the possibility of college. It was clear that they thought any voc ed should follow high school, not be part of the curriculum. There were several other examples of these disparities. I certainly learned a lot from this series.
October 14, 2005
On a Totally Different Topic: High Profile Trials
I just returned from three days in Reno. No, I wasn't there to gamble (though I did put twenty bucks down on the Clippers to take it all next season...) I was invited to participate in a high profile conference on high profile trials at the National Conference on Courts and the Media at the National Judicial College. The conference was called "From O.J. to Martha to Michael: What Have We Learned About the Conduct and Coverage of Trials?"
The list of participants was impressive. Name any high profile trial over the past decade and in that conference room you'd find the judge, prosecutor or defense attorney from that trial. Also present were a few of us members of the news media.
The purpose of the conference was clear: to discuss what has changed since the days when I was covering the Simpson/Goldman murder trial. Here in Los Angeles, journalists have complained that it has become extremely difficult for both broadcast and print media to do their job. There hasn't been a camera in the courtroom of a high profile trial in LA County in a decade. Documents are regularly sealed. Lawyers are gagged. And journalists complained mightily to the judges and lawyers at this Reno meeting of legal minds that these restrictions aren't limited to high profile cases; they are becoming the norm rather than the exception.
But one meta-topic emerged quite apart from the stated purpose of the conference.
Defense attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach, a member of the Robert Blake defense team, was one of many legal eagles who expressed concern about the administration of justice on the federal level in the post-9/11 world. Schwartzbach said restrictions on information in criminal cases makes it easier for the federal government to shut the door on information about those arrested on terrorism charges. His Patrick Henry quote was, "I'd rather die in a free society than die in a totalitarian one."
That was his opinion, shared by many of the lawyers and judges at this conference. What's yours?
October 12, 2005
Looking for Links to Emergency Preparedness Lists?
Robin wondered whether the state of California had some information on emergency preparedness. As a matter of fact they do. It's called:
"Be Smart. Be Responsible. Be Prepared. Be Ready." Here's the link to their site:
I'll add more links to this list in the days to come.
ps: still haven't made much of a start on my emergency kit...how about you?
October 6, 2005
Still All Talk, No Action
I'm not usually like this. I'm an organized person. But I still haven't even STARTED on my emergency preparedness kit.
You, on the other hand, have been writing in TERRIFIC suggestions about where to purchase discount supplies and how to store them.
Water is my main conundrum. I've had more gallon jugs of water explode in the back of my car than you can imagine. My emergency clothing has been soaked and soaked again. Any suggestions on storage of water in hot automobiles?
But wait a minute! Now that I think of it, I DO have spare clothing (shorts, tee shirt, long sleeved shirt, hiking boots, socks, hat, rain poncho) and a flashlight that works and a first aid kit in the back of my car, so I guess I'm not as hopeless as I thought. I really HAVE made a start at getting organized. Sort of.
What else do you keep in your car?
And any ideas about motivating a person to get supplies at work and home organized???