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Move over Facebook, Microsoft and Snapchat. Google is coming to Playa Vista on 900,000 acres next to the “Spruce Goose” hangar, a relic of innovation past.  Google's arrival is expected to combine technology and entertainment and create a new center-weight for Silicon Beach.  We hear the advance hype.  Also, a new segment of Cargoland: as automation takes over the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, what’s in store for 6000 temporary longshore workers and their families?

Photo: Howard Hughes's office and headquarters of Hughes Aircraft, Playa del Rey. Birthplace of the Hercules H-4 Spruce Goose (JJakobson)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Lu Olkowski

Google Land Purchase Legitimizes Playa Vista as Tech Hub of SoCal 10 MIN, 50 SEC

Google has now paid $120 million for 12 acres of vacant land in Playa Vista, creating a massive development on LA's Westside.  It's a “bold move to expand in Southern California, the nation's nexus of technology and entertainment.”  That's according to Andrea Chang with the LA Times.

Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.

Guests:
Andrea Chang, Technology reporter for the Los Angeles Times (@byandreachang)
Kieran Hannon, Belkin International (@belkin)

Cargoland Explores the "Casuals," the Temporary Workers at the Ports 12 MIN, 21 SEC

Tonight, our CARGOLAND series takes you back behind the gates of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Loading and unloading ships provides the kind of jobs you can still raise a family on, jobs that built the American middle class in the 20th century. But throughout the country those jobs are disappearing. Producer Lu Olkowski meets people who have spent years as temporary workers hoping to get into the union.

Lu Olkowski produced this story as part of KCRW's Independent Producer Project, with editing by Sean Cole and mixing by Brendan Baker. For photos and to hear more stories go to kcrw.com/cargoland.

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