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The California Science Center fought hard for the chance to turn the now-grounded Space Shuttle Endeavour into a massive exhibit of American history. In parts of LA and Inglewood, hundreds of old, tall and beloved trees are already being cut down to make way for the spacecraft to travel next month from LAX to Exposition Park. Is the museum piece worth the sacrifice in neighborhoods that are so far from Nature? Even LA's Tree People see benefits. We find out why.  Also, how foreclosed properties are being turned into parks in LA's inner city.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, will the courts decide another presidential election?

Banner image: A Los Angeles City worker puts up notices about the space shuttle on the trees that are going to be removed. Photo by Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Anna Scott
Evan George

Reporter's Notebook 53 Pocket Parks to Fill Foreclosed Properties in South LA 8 MIN, 15 SEC

In the 12 acres between the Music Center and LA City Hall, block three of the new Grand Park was opened today with a ceremony featuring LA City and County officials.  The Grand Park is a $56 million project to create more usable open space in the urban center. Another park project will spend $80 million on 170 acres, but they're not all in the same place. The City of LA is buying up foreclosed properties and turning them into more than 50 new parks scattered all over South Los Angeles. They are the brainchild of former lawyer, now UCLA Professor of Communications Studies and President of Mayor Villaraigosa's Recreation and Parks Commission, Barry Sanders.

Guests:
Barry Sanders, City of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks

Main Topic Will the Courts Decide Another Presidential Election? 26 MIN, 17 SEC

Image-for-WWLA.jpgTwelve years after Bush versus Gore, there's still dispute about the US Supreme Court's split decision giving George W. Bush the presidency of the United States. Will the final decision be up to the courts this coming November?  Republicans around the country have passed new election-law procedures aimed at what they insist is widespread "voter fraud." Democrats insist they're violating the voting rights of the poor and minorities. Some 32 legal challenges are now pending — 21 of them in swing states, including Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — any one of which has enough electoral votes to decide a close election.

Guests:
Tom Schoenberg, Bloomberg News (@tschoenberg22)
Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (@CBSAndrew)
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch (@TomFitton)
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Main Topic Trees Ripped Out in Inglewood to Clear Way for Endeavour 17 MIN, 20 SEC

Next month the Space Shuttle Endeavour's will go to its final resting place: the California Science Center in downtown LA. But getting it there won't be easy. From LAX, it'll be trucked down the streets of LA and Inglewood, requiring removal of hundreds of trees. Not everybody is happy about that. 

(In addition to our guests, we also heard the voice of Lark Galloway Gilliam of the Community Health Councils in South Los Angeles.)

Guests:
Erin Aubry Kaplan, journalist and author
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople (@AndyLipkis)
Christina Melendrez, AbilityFirst

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