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Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor of LA by 6% of the people who live in the city. That’s because so few people register and so few of those who register actually vote. Next month, those who bother to show up will be asked if they’d rather vote for city offices and seats on the school board in statewide or presidential years, instead of off years like this one. Would simultaneous elections increase the turnout—or make local jobs seem less important than ever?

Also, how do residents feel about local routes for high speed rail?

Banner Image Credit: Denise Cross

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Is There a Cure for LA’s Flaky Voters? 15 MIN, 52 SEC

The turnout in LA City elections is falling fast—and next month might see the worst ever. You might not have known, but there’s an election next month—with two Charter amendments designed to increase local turnout. Why is there so little interest in who runs the second largest city and school district in the United States?

Guests:
Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times (@skarlamangla)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman (@BernardCParks)

Local Opposition to Bullet Train’s Path Surfaces 11 MIN, 33 SEC

Out near Fresno, ground has finally been broken for California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project. Closer to LA, possible routes are getting serious consideration. The bullet train may be a long way off, but residents are already organizing to oppose community sacrifice just so it can travel faster from one place to another. That’s according to KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez.


A sign in Shadow Hills neighborhood opposing the train route.
Photo by Saul Gonzalez


Tujunga Wash and the foothills of the Angeles National Forest. Called the Eastern Corridor, that's the possible route for the train that most concern Shadow Hills residents.
Photo by Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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