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LA County's five Supervisors are America's most powerful local elected officials. They both make and administer laws and spend $25 billion a year on crucial services for a population that's bigger than most American states. Despite all that, they operate in the shadows — almost never replaced by election — until now. For the first time, term limits are forcing Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina out of office next year. We hear about candidates, vested interests, big money and demands for better Latino representation. Also, lovers of Thai hot sauce are facing SrirachApocolypse.

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Banner image: Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky (L) and Gloria Molina (R) will both be termed out in 2014

Producers:
Evan George
Lata Pandya
Jenny Hamel

Main Topic A Political Earthquake Heading for Los Angeles County 17 MIN, 13 SEC

LA County is bigger than many American states and each of the five County Supervisors represents more than two million people. Their districts are so big and complex that election to four-year terms has made them almost impossible to challenge. The five current incumbents have office for a total of 100 years. But, in 2002, voters approved limits of three terms, or 12 years in office. For Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina, next year is the end of the line. While state legislative districts are now reapportioned by an independent commission, boards of supervisors do that job themselves. LA County's drew new lines in 2011, but Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas raised minority voting rights issues. Now there are demands for the US Department of Justice to step in.

Guests:
Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times (@LATSeema)
Paul Mitchell, Political Data, Inc (@paulmitche11 )
Cruz Reynoso, UC Davis School of Law

Reporter's Notebook Is the Sriracha Shortage Real? 5 MIN, 27 SEC

Hot sauce fans worldwide are focused on a factory in the San Gabriel Valley, as the battle heats up between the city of Irwindale and Huy Fong Foods. The factory makes the beloved Sriracha Chile Sauce, but a superior court judge last week ordered a partial shutdown.  Now experts have to determine what parts of the operation cause odors that have local residents up in arms.  The Internet is ablaze with fears of a shortage being called SrirachApocalypse. To sort out fact from fiction we called a writer who knows the territory. Randy Clemens is a food journalist and author of The Sriracha Cookbooks.

Guests:
Randy Clemens, food writer and author (@RandyClemensEsq)

The Sriracha Cookbook

Randy Clemens

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