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Today's May Day march for immigration reform brought a rainbow coalition to downtown Los Angeles. That's been business as usual for the past few years, but this time there's a difference. With legislation headed to the floor of the US Senate, marchers wore T-shirts reading, the "TIME IS NOW." We hear about family unification and the role of organized labor. Also, UCLA has become a smoke-free campus — the first in the University System. We talk to supporters, critics of "Nanny-State" regulations and hear about the plight of secret smokers in health-conscious LA.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, unemployment and slow growth in Europe are bringing an end to the "austerity" era of spending cuts and increased taxes. Was "austerity" a dangerous idea in the first place? Will new ideas about economic reality make a difference to politicians in Washington?

 
Banner image: Demonstrators rally for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles, May 1, 2013. Photo by Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Main Topic Great Expectations for Immigration Reform 12 MIN, 25 SEC

There were great expectations at today’s May Day march for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles. The bipartisan Gang of Eight US Senators just might have produced a bill that could become law. When the marchers reached Olvera Street earlier this afternoon, we talked with KCRW's Saul Gonzalez.

 

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Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Xiomara Corpeno, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (@chirla)
Raymond Herrera, California's Crusader

Main Topic UCLA Tobacco Ban Puts LA Ahead of the Pack 11 MIN, 45 SEC

Last week, signs went up all over the campus in Westwood saying, "UCLA is a Tobacco Free Campus as of April 22: BREATH WELL." Linda Sarna is a Professor of Nursing and chair of the Tobacco-Free Steering Committee. KCRW producer Evan George walked the campus this week, talking to students for and against the ban. Most did not want to provide their names, including some who were smoking behind bushes or in concealed campus-corners.

Guests:
Evan George, Senior Producer, To the Point/Which Way, LA? (@evanlgeorge)
Linda Sarna, UCLA
Andrea Richards, Los Angeles Magazine

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