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Joseph Serna

Joseph Serna is a Metro reporter who has been with the Los Angeles Times since 2012. He previously worked for papers in Orange County and Signal Hill, a 2.2-square-mile city surrounded by Long Beach. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and is a graduate of California’s community college and Cal State systems.
Firefighting aircraft ‘increasingly ineffective’ amid worsening wildfires

The state is poised to spend $273 million on new firefighting aircraft, but the tools won't help fight the most devastating kinds of blazes California has seen of late.

California’s emergency alert system has been a disaster. A statewide fix is planned

A series of recent fatal disasters involving wildfires and mudslides have "highlighted troubling shortfalls" in local warning systems, officials say.

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