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Now that the freeways are clogged, local officials want to convert some surface streets into thoroughfares during rush hour. Olympic and Pico on LA’s West Side are the first to be chosen. But as opening day gets closer and closer, residents and businesses are up in arms, and the distance covered is getting shorter and shorter. Also, the first black, female Speaker of California’s State Assembly.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper

Making News Karen Bass Elected to Speaker of Assembly 7 MIN, 54 SEC
After the Governor, California’s most powerful elected official is the Speaker of the State Assembly. Only one woman has ever served in the job—Orange County Republican Doris Allen, whose term was very brief. The only African American was San Francisco Democrat Willie Brown and he was Spaker longer than anyone else in history. Today, the Assembly elected the first black woman—Los Angeles Democrat, Karen Bass .

Guests:
Karen Bass, Congresswoman (D-LA, Culver City) (@RepKarenBass)

Main Topic Commuters Versus Community In Fight Over Olympic Pico Plan 16 MIN, 36 SEC

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was first to propose that Olympic and Pico Boulevards on LA's west side should be one way in different directions. When that didn't fly, Mayor Villaraigosa had another idea: keep them two-way, but have each one favor a different direction during rush hour.

Guests:
Jack Weiss, Candidate, Los Angeles City Attorney
Jay Handal, West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
Ryan Snyder, Private Transportation Planning Consultant

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