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A Sacramento reporter says Californians are fighting like cats and dogs over cats and dogs. A bill forcing owners to spay or neuter their pets has generated thousands of letters, e-mails and angry debates in legislative committee rooms. On Reporter’s Notebook, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez tells Mayor Villaraigosa to grow up.

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Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook Los Angeles Times Columnist Tells Villaraigosa to “Grow Up”

LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is recognized around the world as one of America’s most charismatic politicians. For years, the Los Angeles Times has given him respectful treatment, and this week’s announcement of his broken marriage got restrained news coverage. For columnist Steve Lopez, the public way the Mayor handled his private life was “a disaster”.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)

Main Topic The Mandatory Spay and Neuter Bill

Anyone in news or politics may suspect that Californians are more passionate about animals than they are about their own children. The most hotly contested bill in Sacramento this year would require spaying or neutering all dogs and cats at four months of age, with some exceptions. 

Guests:
Anthony Adams, Republican Assemblyman from Hesperia
Judie Mancuso, Campaign Director for the California Healthy Pets Coalition
Patti Strand, Member of the Board of Directors, American Kennel Club

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