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In 1978, when solar power meant pipes or panels up on the roof, the state legislature decreed no local ordinance or covenant could prevent such installations. But now, solar power can mean acres of photovoltaic cells three feet above the ground — in that vacant lot across the street from your house. A horsey neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley has problems with that. Also, Common Core computers are failing their tests. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, House Republicans are investigating the deaths of Americans in Benghazi all over again. Is it all about politics? Will there be any time left for Congress to address the economy, immigration reform and other issues until this year's elections are over?

 

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Producers:
Mike Kessler
Liyna Anwar
Jenny Hamel

Solar Power: From the Roof to the Ground 17 MIN, 27 SEC

A state law, passed in 1978, says virtually nothing can stop the installation of solar power if there's no threat to health or safety. Now the Lakeview Terrace neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley is one of at least two dozen places where ground-based solar projects are planned. They are different from what was envisioned when the law was passed. LA City Councilman Felipe Fuentes says local government should have more power.

Guests:
Felipe Fuentes, Los Angeles City Council (@fuentes4la)
Brad Wilson, Ecos Energy
Nancy Woodruff, Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (@fuentes4la)
Ethan Elkind, UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law (@EthanElkind)

A Bumpy Start for Common Core Testing 6 MIN, 12 SEC

For weeks, California schools have been administering tests for public school kids based on the new Common Core curriculum. Last week on this program, Ingrid Villeda, a 4th grade teacher in South Los Angeles, told us there was trouble in 120 schools she represents for the teachers' union. Today, the LA Times reports that they aren't the only ones. Howard Blume is the paper's education reporter.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

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