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The latest dispute over greater density in Los Angeles is focused on Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards meet in Silver Lake. Some residents complain that a new apartment building will destroy a treasured neighborhood. They say a music school backed by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers would preserve its hip identity and iconic history. It’s a paradigm for conflicts all over LA.

Also, what’s the 8th “coolest” city in America? Some are saying it's Riverside, California… but who?

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Producers:
Evan George
Gideon Brower

Sunset Junction Fights to Maintain Its Identity 16 MIN, 40 SEC

Frost/Chaddock is a West Hollywood developer with its eye on Silver Lake — specifically Sunset Junction, where Sunset crosses Santa Monica Boulevard. Last night, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted against Frost/Chaddock’s plan for the tallest of three new buildings with 324 apartments. In its place, the Council wants the Silver Lake Music Conservatory. Tamir Halaban, who lives next door, introduced the motion. He says the apartment project would take Sunset Junction from “authentic” to “corporate.”

Guests:
Tamir Halaban, Silver Lake resident (@savethejunction)
Glenn Gritzner, Frost/Chaddock (@ggritzner)
Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles magazine (@LesleyBS)

Latino Activists Try End Run Around LA Board 5 MIN, 28 SEC

LA County’s five Supervisors represent more than 11 million people; each member has more constituents than some US Senators. The latest effort to increase their number comes from State Senator Alex Padilla, a candidate for State Controller. Bill Boyarsky, formerly with the LA Times, is reporting the story for LA Observed.

Guests:
Bill Boyarsky, LA Observed, Truthdig and Jewish Journal

Riverside Reacts to Its New ‘Cool Factor’ 5 MIN, 30 SEC

You might not turn to Forbes magazine to find out what’s “cool,” but everybody’s entitled to an opinion. This year, Forbes has published another list of America’s “coolest” cities, leading with Washington, DC. Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego are in the top ten… and number eight is Riverside, California. Alicia Robinson reports for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Guests:
Alicia Robinson, Riverside Press-Enterprise (@arobinson_pe)

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