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Roundtable: Julian Firefighters Standoff

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A standoff in Julian over the future of its volunteer fire department, county supervisors want a comprehensive strategy for electric cars, and Elise Hu talks about her work as a reporter for NPR.

Aired: April 12, 2019 | Transcript

Julian volunteer firefighters refuse to leave

The results of a special election last month called for the County Fire Authority to take control of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and dissolve the volunteer staff. However, a recent court ruling states open meeting laws were violated prior to the election. As the legal challenges play out, volunteers are refusing to allow access to one of the fire stations.

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San Diego’s electric vehicle roadmap

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a plan this week to enhance the infrastructure for local electric vehicles. County staff will review the current patchwork of charging stations and incentives for vehicle drivers and present a comprehensive report later this year. San Diego has seen a rise in electric vehicles on local streets and leaders believe the growth of the technology with be a key element in meeting the region’s climate emission goals.

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The future of tech and society

After several years as the bureau chief for NPR in Seoul, South Korea, Elise Hu is back in the United States with a new focus. She will soon begin a new video series that looks at how technology will change life and society by the year 2050. From health care to artificial intelligence, the show is about the ways the human experience can be transformed.

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