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A new report finds council members in the City of Compton behaving a lot like those in the City of Bell. We hear about payment for time on commissions that hardly meet and a $3.5 million loan with no payments for seven years. Also, the Little Hoover Commission says the state must improve park management or lose control of natural treasures that can't be replaced.  And a trail-blazing supporter of California's high-speed rail now calls it "the great train robbery." On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, state laws, federal laws and the institution of marriage.

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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook High-Speed Rail, Friend or Foe? 7 MIN, 20 SEC

As a State Senator from San Francisco, Quentin Kopp co-wrote the law launching the bullet train project in California. He served as chair of the state agency overseeing the system. Now a retired Superior Court judge, he has testified on behalf of agriculture interests who've sued to halt the development of high-speed rail.

Guests:
Quentin Kopp, California High Speed Rail Authority Board (formerly)

Making News Incompetence or Corruption in Compton? 10 MIN, 49 SEC

Council members in the City of Bell were recently convicted of crimes for inflating their salaries by taking money for work on city commissions that hardly ever met. Next door in the City of Compton, something similar has been going on. That's according to a report tonight on KCET's SoCal Connected.

Guests:
Laurel Erickson, KCET (@SoCalConnected)
Harold Duffey, City of Compton

Main Topic Reforming the State Park System 10 MIN, 57 SEC

One of California's most valuable assets is the State Park System, which includes coastal beaches, redwood forests and parts of the High Sierra. After decades of budget cuts, it was announced last year that 70 out of 278 parks would have to be closed. Then it was discovered that two special funds had been hidden away totaling $54 million, not close to what was needed, but enough to create a loss of confidence. Now the Little Hoover Commission, California's ongoing investigative agency, says major changes are needed to make sure no parks will be lost.

Guests:
Jonathan Shapiro, Little Hoover Commission
Roy Stearns, California State Park System

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