Minneapolis discussed on All Things Considered

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After the arrest of all four of the now fired Minneapolis police officers who were on the scene when one of them and George Floyd to the ground kneeling on Floyd snack protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeting the police you speakers at this weekend protest outside of the police union's headquarters noted that the union has long been considered an impediment of policing reforms and a protector of bad cops especially those who engage in racial discrimination and unnecessary use of excessive force but that is about to change says Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo beginning today as chief I am immediately withdrawing from the contract to go she Asians with the Minneapolis police federation are a Dando says he needs to step back from the table to get input from outside advisers and experts to look at ways to contracting be restructured to provide greater transparency for the community and greater flexibility to make meaningful reforms this work must be transformational but I must do it right are a Dando says he wants to examine contract provisions covering critical incident protocols use of force accountability and the disciplinary process including grievances and arbitration there is nothing more debilitating to chief from an employment matter perspective then when you have grounds to terminate an officer for misconduct and you're dealing with a third party mechanism that allows for that employee to not only be back on your apartment but to be patrolling in your communities are done does the first ever African American police chief in Minneapolis and he acknowledges what he calls crippled relationships between the police and communities of color that have eroded trust in the police force what some critics here say his initial steps that reforms don't go far enough as many here calling to disband the entire department and replace it with a new model of public safety David Schaper NPR news Minneapolis this is NPR news a wildfire erupted last night in Los Angeles lighting up hills still scarred by another blues just few years ago after so many devastating wildfires in recent years California was set to spend more than a billion dollars to prepare for future fires which are expected to get worse in a warming climate but with the pandemic much of that spending is on hold NPR's Lauren Sommer reports on initiatives facing cuts bill CV is one of those California homeowners who got a wildfire wake up call he's came when the agora fire burned within a few miles of a south Lake Tahoe home in two thousand seven that was very devastating loss I don't know a hundred some odd owns so after that he did something mundane but crucial in fire country come out here via video chat he shows me his new roof so it's a fire retardant shingle his old roof was made of wood shingles which can easily catch embers that are blown head of wild fires up here in the mountains a witching group is another name for a matchbook which is why the local fire agency helped pay for CBS new roof the lake valley fire protection district got a grant from FEMA to help replace hundreds of wood roofs it covered seventy percent of CBS cost great mentioned that some friends up in north Tahoe and they were not for that program California wants to offer that program across the state with millions of homes at risk in January governor Gavin Newsom announced one hundred million dollars to help homeowners make their homes more fire resistant but then it goes without saying that these are not ordinary times and the pandemic created a massive budget shortfall so news and propose cutting the wood roof program also tabled were two other major funds to help communities prepare for all sorts of climate change impacts that includes a billion dollars in state funding and an almost five billion dollar climate bonds on the November ballot we still don't have the people and equipment we need in this state with the how it's getting so much hotter in the dry is getting so much drier that problem isn't going away says Alexander suffered a fire scientist at sage underwriters it's really a shame we were ramping up to provide what I believe is one of the most progressive and important investments in terms of fire risk that there could be Seifert says even small fixes to a house can make a big difference like putting mesh screens on attic vents or covering the eaves under a roof things that in particular would prevent embers from penetrating the house are super significant and making a difference between whether home survived a fire or not those kind of long term investments to reduce fire risk are ones that California has historically under spent on they're easy to put off the California secretary for natural resources Wade crowfoot says the recent disasters have made them a priority our residents get it Californians want us actually to do more to protect their communities from the impacts with budget cuts though the state's wildfire spending this year will most likely be going to fire fighting and emergency response were staring down the barrel of another intense wildfire season given how dry it was this winter still California like many states is hoping federal stimulus funding will fill in the gaps K. Gordon directs California's office of planning and research there is a moment which this kind of economic disaster creates opportunity for thinking differently about how to build forward not to bounce back but to bounce forward she says many climate change projects our infrastructure projects so federal spending could be a chance for states to avoid falling too far behind Lauren Sommer NPR news you're listening to All Things Considered from NPR news your microphone your story KCRW's radio race is your chance to be creative documentary alley and elevate the voices around here for the first time when.

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