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For the first time in two years, opponents of California's bullet-train plan got a chance to unload their grievances today about routes they claim will disrupt their communities in Southern California. They're growing in numbers — and in momentum. But a few supporters showed up as well, including the Mayor of Palmdale. Will hear both sides and learn how the High Speed Rail Authority is responding.

Also, Manson-Family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has died at the age of 80.

Photo: Today's board meeting of the California High-Speed Rail Authority at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Los Angeles. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

The Builders of High-Speed Rail Get an Earful in Downtown LA 11 MIN, 26 SEC

Hundreds of people showed up at the Ronald Reagan building today in downtown Los Angeles to tell California's High-Speed Rail Authority what they think about plans for a bullet train from LA to San Francisco. Much has changed since 2008, when voters approved almost $10 billion in bonds. The price tag has soared to $68 billion, and construction didn't begin until January of this year — two years behind schedule.

Saul Gonzalez talked with some angry protesters even before the meeting got underway. Listening to all this is Lisa Marie Alley, spokesperson for the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Lisa Marie Alley, California High-Speed Rail Authority (@cahsra)

Remembering Manson Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi 9 MIN, 52 SEC

The murder trial of Charles Manson made Vincent Bugliosi a household name worldwide. He died last night of cancer at the age of 80. It was 1969 and Bugliosi had only been Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles for five years when the Manson Family shot, stabbed and hung the movie actress Sharon Tate and five other people in the Hollywood Hills. Later the same night in Los Feliz, they tortured and killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in the couple’s home. After they were convicted, Bugliosi was surrounded by a familiar crowd of reporters. As the Associated Press special correspondent who covered that blockbuster story, Linda Deutsch was there that day.

Guests:
Linda Deutsch, Associated Press (@LindaDeutsch)

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