Take Two for May 6, 2013

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Garcetti and Greuel face off at USC debate

Only two weeks are left until voters, or at least some of them, go to the polls to elect L.A.'s next mayor. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti ended a busy weekend of campaigning with a debate last night at USC.
One of the biggest challenges facing the next mayor of Los Angeles is the ballooning price of retirement benefits for city employees. Those expenses take from street repairs, paramedics and other services. Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel promise to reduce pension costs, but offer few specifics. KPCC's Frank Stoltze examines the pension problem facing the next leader of LA.
The scene at a gun show in Alabama last month.

Vote for gun background checks cause political backlash in Arizona

Congress is back in session today after a week-long recess. For Republican Senator Jeff Flake the return to Washington may come as a relief. Some of his constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the freshman senator is ignoring their calls for a public meeting. Peter O'Dowd from the Fronteras Desk reports.
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LA youth struggle with tech deserts

Tech entrepreneurs in Southern California want to challenge Silicon Valley's place as the nation's technology startup capitol. One way they hope to get there is to incubate talent.
Robert Downey Jr. Rings The NYSE Opening Bell In Celebration Of "Iron Man 3"

Wrapping up Hollywood: Iron Man 3's big premiere

Iron Man 3 had a great opening weekend to kick off the summer movie season. The $175 million premiere could make Hollywood executives feel better about the other big bets they've made on summer blockbusters.
Trailblazer Jerry Brown
Governor Jerry Brown has had perhaps one of the most colorful political careers of all time. Son of California political royalty, he served as California's governor in 1974 and 1978, ran for President in 1976, and in 1980, famously challenged President Jimmy Carter, who belonged to the same party, for the nomination.
House GOP Leadership Hold News Conference On Immigration
A battle is brewing over a military computer system called Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS. The Army insists it can help commanders piece together intelligence gathered from various sources and provide real-world help, but Marine-turned-Congressman Duncan Hunter (Rep-Calif.) disagrees.
California Budget
Next week, Governor Jerry Brown is set to release a revised budget proposal for the state.

A new (mobile) home for retirement villages

There's a healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers. And in most places, it's already there. It's called a trailer park.
The Salton Sea

Farmworkers search for affordable housing

There was a ribbon cutting in the Coachella Valley east of Palm Springs, for a new housing complex to replace a dilapidated mobile home park. That 80-unit development is welcome news, but much more is needed.
Medical Marijuana
The California Supreme Court issued a decision allowing local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Cities like Riverside could soon move to ban the shops in their borders.
Corporation X pollutes Town Y.
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