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Governor Schwarzenegger strikes back, increased parking fees have unintended consequences and there's a new tool against billboard blight. Plus, on our rebroadcast of Today's To the Point, an update on the situation in Gaza and reactions from American Jews on both sides of the issue.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Israel, Gaza and the Prospects for Peace 25 MIN, 26 SEC

Israel said today it welcomes efforts by France and Egypt to negotiate a ceasefire in Gaza.  Meantime, under heavy pressure from humanitarian organizations, Israel suspended fighting for roughly three hours this afternoon.

Guests:
Mukhaimer Abu Saada, Professor of Political Science, al Azhar University
Anne-Sophie Bonefeld, Jerusalem-based Spokeswoman, International Committee of the Red Cross
Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
Diane Balser, Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Ribhi Salem, Director, American International School

Main Topic City Hall Has Angelenos Feeding More to the Meter 13 MIN, 50 SEC

Drivers who park their cars on the streets of Los Angeles may be in for a rude surprise, unless they study the signs that govern the hours that parking meters are in effect. Forget about free parking after 6 in the evening; and extended hours aren't the only change. The cost has gone up from 25 cents an hour to a dollar and even more.

Guests:
T.J. Sullivan, blogger, TJSullivanLA.com
Donald Shoup, UCLA (@donaldshoup)

Reporter's Notebook Ninth Circuit Says City Can Stop the Billboards 5 MIN, 52 SEC

As a City Councilman years ago, Mike Woo initiated a moratorium on billboards in Los Angeles. But since then he's watched billboards proliferate to the point where he says they're now a threat not only to the visual landscape, but to public safety as well. Woo, now sits on the Planning Commission, looks at the proliferation of digital billboards and a recent court case that weighed First Amendment rights against public safety.

Guests:
Michael Woo, Chairman of the Board, SEE-LA

Making News Governor Gives His Side of the Story on the Budget Stand-off 6 MIN, 8 SEC

Yesterday, the Democrats who lead the state Assembly and Senate said they'd given up on budget negotiations with Governor Schwarzenegger. They said every time they made a concession he'd move the goal posts and demand something new. Today, the Governor told his side of the story, as Matthew Yi reports from Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Matthew Yi, Capitol Bureau Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

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