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No fewer than 17 different groups are working on measures to legalize recreational marijuana in California. Can all these different pot proponents coalesce behind one ballot measure?

Then, the L.A. County Fair has lost money for years...while also paying its CEO more than triple the salary of other fairs’ executives.

And L.A. leaders are finally trying to fix some of the parking problems in Los Angeles. The City Council’s Transportation Committee is going ahead with several reforms recommended by a working group set up by Mayor Garcetti.

Next, when Saigon fell in 1975, many members of the political and military elite of South Vietnam fled to America…where they continued to fight left-leaning journalists and those who dared to question the anti-communist cause. That conflict led to murder in places like Orange County, San Francisco and Houston, and the murders of these journalists remain unsolved.

Finally, Highland Park has become almost synonymous with gentrification; when it comes to food, however, the new isn’t necessarily replacing the old. The neighborhood’s seen a lot of restaurants open up. But these places aren’t especially upscale, and the old standbys seem to be popular as ever.

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Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Legalize It 8 MIN, 25 SEC
No fewer than 17 different groups are working on measures to legalize recreational marijuana in California. Ten are already gathering signatures to get on next year’s ballot. And this week, the tech billionaire Sean Parker stepped into the ring, backing yet another initiative. His measure won the endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. The question is, can all these different pot proponents coalesce behind one ballot measure?

Guests:
Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle (@joegarofoli)

L.A.'s Questionable County Fair 6 MIN, 48 SEC

The Los Angeles County Fair debuted in 1922, and was once the biggest agricultural fair in the country. Because it’s held on county grounds, the nonprofit behind the fair pays no property taxes, and is also exempt from most income taxes. Yet despite this, the fair association lost more than $6 million from 2010 to 2013, while also paying its CEO more than triple the salary of other fairs’ executives.

Guests:
Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times (@paul_pringle)

Fixing L.A. Parking 8 MIN, 14 SEC

Parking is broken in Los Angeles. Sixty-dollar parking tickets, street sweeping at the crack of dawn and exclusive resident-only parking on city streets are just a few common gripes. Well, L.A. leaders are finally trying to fix some of these problems. The City Council’s Transportation Committee is going ahead with several reforms recommended by a working group set up by Mayor Garcetti.

Guests:
Juan Matute, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (@uclalewiscenter)

Terror in Little Saigon 14 MIN, 38 SEC

When Saigon fell in 1975, many members of the political and military elite of South Vietnam fled to America…where they continued to fight left-leaning journalists and those who dared to question the anti-communist cause. That conflict sometimes led to murder, in places like Orange County, San Francisco and Houston… and the murders of these journalists remain unsolved. We hear from one of the collaborators behind a Frontline special airing tonight.

Guests:
A.C. Thompson, ProPublica

Highland Park Cuisine 6 MIN, 59 SEC
Highland Park is synonymous with gentrification. Our public radio colleagues at Marketplace even set up a whole office there to report on the changing demographics. When it comes to food, however, the new isn’t necessarily replacing the old. The neighborhood’s seen a lot of new restaurants open up. But these places aren’t especially upscale, and the old standbys seem to be popular as ever.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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