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It's Earth Day, when we rededicate ourselves to protecting the environment, to taking shorter showers, and to using public transportation. But sometimes the fixes aren't so cut and dried. This week, California air quality officials are considering relaxing emission regulations on diesel trucks, the worst air pollution offenders left in the state. Guest hosts Barbara Bogaev hears the pros and cons. Also, Los Angeles magazine has picked the 75 best restaurants in the city and you’ve just got to try them. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, Warren Olney looks at the political debate over the delayed Keystone XL Pipeline project and how it might impact midterm elections.

 

Banner image: Andy Atzert

Producers:
Mike Kessler
Kareem Maddox
Katie Cooper

Should Truckers Get a Break on Air Quality Rules? 14 MIN, 51 SEC

Here in LA, we love to gripe about how bad the smog is. It's a national cliché. But if you're old enough to have taken a deep breath in Los Angeles back in the 1970's, you know just how bad air quality can get. Thanks to passing the strictest emissions regulations in the country, California now has relatively decent air. So, at least to environmentalists, rolling back tough regulations for diesel trucks -- the worst air pollution offenders left in the state -- seems to set a bad precedent. But truckers say they need more time to retrofit their rigs and to update to cleaner models. In response the California Air Resources Board has proposed relaxing rules for aging diesel rigs… They're expected to decide this on Thursday.

Guests:
Joe Rajkovacz, California Construction Trucking Association
Diane Bailey, Natural Resources Defense Council (@nrdc)
Wayne Miller, UC Riverside

The Best Restaurants in LA 10 MIN, 13 SEC

Urasawa is one of the most expensive restaurants in the United States, but it didn't make Los Angeles magazine's new list of the '75 Best Restaurants in LA' – and there are likely to be more surprises when the magazine releases the list tomorrow. You're sure to find some of your favorites in there, discover some new places and, of course, find something to argue about! The list was edited by Dining Editor Lesley Barger Suter.

Guests:
Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles magazine (@LesleyBS)

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