@MyDesert local government reporter; past stints covering the film business for @Variety; state politics for the @StarTribune and business for @latimes
I started getting texts this morning from students at Desert Mirage HS about how bad the smoke from a nearby dump fire is today. It sickened many, some were treated for smoke inhalation symptoms. Here’s our story on this massive school evacuation:
@nicoleandpig Thi@fotornelass @risamjohnson was a tough story to nail down, given the number of agencies involved, and very reluctant residents who feared talking to media because of their lack of legal status and fear of a landlord they said could evict them. But edit @MyDesertors gave us time to bring you this story
@nicoleandpig Our @fotornelas @risamjohnsonr @MyDeserte @LeslyV_Figueroap @rtzaragozaorting helped explain how the residents of this trailer park are among the most in California's affordable housing crisis. Many are undocumented farmworkers, some indigenous to Mexico, forced to live a hardscrabble existence because of few living options.
The Thermal dump fire that has caused the evacuation of three nearby schools this morning continues billowing smoke. Students have fallen sick and ambulances have been called. It’s settled in, blanketing Thermal with this awful smelling smoke.
Pretty sure Scarlett Johansson just got a pointed dig at James Franco, who has been accused of exploiting his young, female acting students. The accusations were prompted by his wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes.