Jobs, traffic and air pollution are part of an 8-year battle over a proposed railroad yard to serve the Port of Los Angeles. The neighboring City and Port of Long Beach are against it, but LA's Harbor Commission has just approved it unanimously. Now, an environmental group is appealing to the LA City Council with the threat of a lawsuit. What will it mean for the 710 Freeway… and the health impact on a low-income neighborhood called "the diesel death zone?" Also, a high school in the Inland Empire is sued for discrimination against gay and lesbian students. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Iraq War ten years later.
Banner image: Aerial view of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and the Port of Los Angeles. Photo by PA3 Louis Hebert/US Coast Guard
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After eight years of controversy, the LA City Harbor Commission has unanimously approved a new cargo facility to transfer containers from ships to train cars instead of trucks using the Alameda Corridor. Bob Foster, the Mayor of Long Beach, calls it a threat to the lives of school kids on his side of the border.
Lena Kent, BNSF Railway (@BNSFRailway)
Jesse Marquez, Coalition for a Safe Environment
Gary Toebben, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (@LAAreaChamber)
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council (@TeamAir)
Sultana High School in Hesperia, in the Inland Empire has a club called the Gay-Straight Alliance, but members say it's not being allowed to staged events or put up posters the way other clubs are. Now the ACLU has filed suit, contending that administrators — and even teachers — are discriminating against gay and lesbian students. We hear more from Melissa Goodman of the ACLU and from Kyle Bodda, president of the Sultana High chapter of the Alliance.