AirTalk for May 14, 2002

Downtown Redevelopment Plan

Last week the L.A. City Council ratified a massive, two-point-four billion-dollar development plan for downtown. The plan will create thousands of new housing units, restore many historic downtown buildings, devote $150 million toward improving services for the homeless, and may contribute to the development of an NFL football stadium. Almost immediately the Council encountered a flood of criticisms, most notably from LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who says the County may sue the city over loss of future revenue. Larry speaks with him and LA City Councilmember Eric Garcetti about the plan.

The Borough Alternative

LA City Councilmember Wendy Gruel proposed that a borough system could be good alternative to breaking up the city of Los Angeles through secession movements. If the proposal becomes a ballot measure this fall, it could compete with secession measures and contribute to their defeat. Larry Mantle talks with City Councilmember Wendy Gruel and Cal State Fullerton Political Science Professor Raphael Sonenshein about how would a borough system work in Los Angeles, and what would it mean for L.A.'s new neighborhood boards.

Fast Girls

Larry Mantle talks with Emily Harris about her new book Fast Girls (Scribner) that looks into the world of high school cliques and the lasting effects of teenage ostracism.
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