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You might think you know the candidates, but campaign consultants decide much of what voters read, see and hear about the people who run for elective office. We talk with John Shallman and Bill Carrick, who ran the Greuel and Garcetti mayoral campaigns—two veterans of many political wars. What were the dynamics of defeat and victory?  What were the might-have-beens, and what's next for the city? Also, Yosemite National Park has spent millions of dollars to avoid a repeat of last summer's disaster: three deaths and six illnesses from the hantavirus contracted from infected deer mice. We hear what's been done to clean up Curry Village and other areas.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Boy Scouts of America will now allow openly gay members — but only until they reach the age of 18. We hear how last week's compromise reflects conflicts between religious groups, the values of corporate America and the traditions of Scouting itself.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Kerry Cavanaugh

Main Topic The Campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles, from the Inside 19 MIN, 27 SEC

Despite predictions of a race so tight the results might be delayed, the election was over by early on Wednesday morning. Councilman Eric Garcetti will be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Controller Wendy Greuel will be out of a job. We speak with the men who headed the winning and losing campaigns, Bill Carrick, senior strategist for Garcetti, and John Shallman, who played the same role for Greuel.

Guests:
Bill Carrick, Democratic strategist
John Shallman, Shallman Communications

Reporter's Notebook Yosemite's Hantavirus Makeover 6 MIN, 33 SEC

Last summer, three people died and six others became ill at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.  Visitors contracted the rare hantavirus by inhaling dust contaminated with urine, saliva and fecal matter from infected deer mice.  There were concerns about continued visitation to one of America’s most beloved attractions. Tom Medema is chief of interpretation and education at Yosemite National Park.

Guests:
Tom Medema, Yosemite National Park

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