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In Hollywood and West LA, massive developments are being downsized because of neighborhood opposition, but in downtown Los Angeles, five-to-seven story, wood-framed apartment complexes are under construction, even though zoning and residents favor steel-framed high rises. We ask LA's planning director if that makes sense.  Also, Janet Napolitano faces opposition ahead of the UC Regents vote. Plus, should LA's riots of 1992 have been named for Latasha Harlins rather than Rodney King?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, covering war can be a deadly experience for reporters, and veterans say that Syria's civil war is becoming more dangerous by the day.  As long as a year ago, reporters were asking each other if it could still be covered at all.  Despite the deaths of friends and colleagues, they're still at it. We hear what that means.

Banner image courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections

Producers:
Evan George
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Reporter's Notebook A New Look at the Origins of the LA Riots 9 MIN, 37 SEC

book.jpgThe devastating Los Angeles riots of 1992 have been blamed on the white jury that acquitted LAPD officers of abusing a black man named Rodney King. But a new book argues that the stage was set by another court case the year before, when a female Korean grocery store was given probation by a woman judge in the shooting death of a 15-year-old black girl.  The book is The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins by UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson.

Guests:
Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles

Making News Janet Napolitano Faces Opposition Ahead of UC Regents Vote 6 MIN, 38 SEC

Should the University of California have a political president? That question's being raised today as the Board of Regents prepares for tomorrow's vote on Janet Napolitano as the next president of the ten-campus system. Laurel Rosenhall reports on education and politics for the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Laurel Rosenhall, Sacramento Bee (@LaurelRosenhall)

Main Topic High-rise, Low-rise and LA's Population Density 10 MIN, 16 SEC

At the urging of former Mayor Villaraigosa, the outgoing City Council agreed unanimously to put Director of Planning Michael LoGrande in charge of Building and Safety, a department that's three times larger than his. The newly elected Council will review that decision next year. If he's reappointed by the new Mayor, Eric Garcetti, LoGrande will have a lot of new responsibilities.

Guests:
Michael LoGrande, Los Angeles City Planning Department (@LaurelRosenhall)

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