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For decades, big developers, small businesses and property owners have complained that starting a project and getting it built is a nightmare in the City of LA.  Will merging the Planning Department with Building and Safety make LA competitive with Long Beach, Burbank and El Segundo? We hear some horror stories and ask if reconstructing the bureaucracy will make a difference. Also, have the bulldozers left the Malibu Lagoon better or worse than it was before? What's in store for what's left of the Ballona Wetlands?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, John Kerry's first months as Secretary of State have been focused on renewing Israeli-Palestinian "peace talks." Polls show that neither side really believes that peace has a chance.  Does the US have the power — and the commitment -- to make a difference?

 

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Producers:
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg
Christian Bordal
Jody Becker

Reporter's Notebook The Rocky Road to Restoring LA's Coastal Habitats 9 MIN, 52 SEC

After millions of dollars in public money, two decades of controversy and 10 years of planning, there's been a ribbon cutting at the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. But the issues are still not settled. What should restored tidal wetlands along the coast look like? What's next for the Ballona Wetlands between Marina del Rey and Westchester? We hear a report by independent producer Jody Becker and speak with Lisa Fimiani, Executive Director of the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands.

Guests:
Lisa Fimiani, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands (@BallonaBirding)

Main Topic Can Los Angeles City Hall Become Business Friendly? 21 MIN, 31 SEC

How many times have you heard that the City of Los Angeles is not "business friendly?" We hear some anecdotes about what it takes to get building projects — big or small — from the planning stage through to completion. This as a unanimous City Council has voted to merge the Department of Planning with Building and Safety, with planners in charge, starting in January. The goal is to get rid of red tape.

Guests:
Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News (@RVaillancourt)
Craig Lawson, Craig Lawson and Company
Jason Michaud, Red Hill and Local
Johnny Yutronich, Municipal Construction Inspectors Association

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