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Two GOP nominees for statewide office have refused to endorse Neel Kashkari, their own candidate for Governor. The party chairman calls one of them, “felony stupid.” We’ll hear what happened at this weekend’s convention, despite the theme, which was Unity.

Also tonight, La Opinion, the Spanish language daily newspaper, breaks the language barrier and goes tabloid. And CAL TRANS looks to build a bridge across the 101 Freeway… for mountain lions.

Banner Image Credit: Martin Jambon

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Kareem Maddox

Frayed CA GOP Struggles to Find Unity 6 MIN, 59 SEC

At the Repubican convention yesterday here in LA the nominee for Governor of Caifornia, Neel Kashari told delegates he’s prepared to transform a party which has been hemorrhaging members and voters in the Golden State. When he attacked Governor Jerry Brown as a son of privilege, Kashkari got a standing ovation.

But that was yesterday. On Friday, it was a different story.

At the convention, two other Republicans on the statewide ticket made news by refusing to endorse Kashkari, their party’s candidate for Governor. Recently Pete Peterson, who is running for Secretary of State, said his office really ought to be non-partisan. Ashley Swearingin, the Mayor of Fresno who is running for State Controller, says she hasn’t decided whether to vote for Kashkari—or for Democratic incumbent, Jerry Brown. Arnold Steinberg is a Republican political consultant.

Guests:
Arnold Steinberg, Republican political strategist

Changes at La Opinion 6 MIN, 46 SEC

La Opinion has been serving LA readers of Spanish since September 16, 1926. Now, the papers would be physically unrecognizable to past readers, and it’s publishing more content in English. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez is a reader of La Opinion and a student of journalistic change.

Photo Credit: Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

A Push for ‘Cougar Crossing’ Over the 101 8 MIN, 44 SEC

Mountain lions need space—and, as urban sprawl continues in Southern California, there’s less and less of it. One barrier to survival of a species that needs to be on the move is the freeways that need to be crossed. Now CAL TRANS is becoming a willing participant in a public-private partnership to build a bridge for mountain lions across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, out past Calabasas. Beth Pratt is California Director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Guests:
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, National Wildlife Federation (@bethpratt)

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