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New TV: Who Will Pay for Thomas Fire?

Packed with local news, the latest episode of Newsmakers TV leads off with a look at a new forensic report that traces the start of the Thomas Fire to Edison power lines.

Tyler Hayden reports that the utility is pushing back hard against the report, raising a host of consequential questions, that range from whether residential customers will end up paying the company’s liability costs, to whether the fallout from the wildfire could inflict the kind of financial damage that pushed Southern California Edison’s sister giant utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., into bankruptcy.

Nick Welsh is up next with the latest on the county battle over the outbreak of hoop houses – the distinctive, plastic agricultural tents that are pitting nouveau marijuana cultivators against the established wine industry in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Josh Molina breaks down the latest surprising turn of events at City Hall, where building trades unions, one of the most politically powerful special interests at City Hall, just won a surprisingly easy victory in its campaign to control tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer-financed public works projects.

And Laura pulls back the curtain on the school district’s big decision in selecting Kip Glazer as the new principal of San Marcos High School, portending the possible end to the bitter conflicts between parents and Cary Matsuoka’s administration that began more than a year ago, with the superintendent’s botched sacking of former principal Ed Behrens.

It’s all right here, right now, on Newsmakers TV.

Image: Future Journalists of America Brooklyn Guron and Oscar school the panel.

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