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Five years after the President's initiative for large-scale solar plants, just three are in operation. The big money is now behind installations on individual buildings, including private homes. We hear about the changing dynamics of renewable energy. Also, a conversation with Long Beach Police Chef Jim McDonnell about running for LA County Sheriff, and with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas about losing his case against cops accused of killing an unarmed man with mental illness.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, revelations about the NSA's massive electronic spying have pitted privacy advocates and opponents of big government against officials' claims about the needs of national security. President Obama says he'll propose to resolve the conflict in a speech on Friday. We look at his options.

 
Banner image: The largest photovoltaic solar power plant in the United States is becoming a reality at Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sonya Geis
Evan George

Reporter's Notebook Tony Rackauckas on the Kelly Thomas Verdict 6 MIN, 33 SEC

There was a 33-minute video tape showing police officers beating an unarmed man, complete with sound of one officer threatening violence and the pleas of help from the victim. But after three weeks of testimony, it took an Orange County jury just two days to acquit former Fullerton cops Manual Ramos and Jay Cicinelli of manslaughter and second-degree murder in the death of homeless, mentally ill Kelly Thomas. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas brought the case.

Guests:
Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney (@OCDATony)

Making News Jim McDonnell Eyes LA Sheriff's Post 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell has shaken up this year's race for Los Angeles County Sheriff by announcing that he's a candidate to replace incumbent Lee Baca, who's retiring this month. McDonnell is a former Deputy Chief of the LAPD who served on the commission that excoriated Baca last year for violence in county jails and failures of leadership.

Guests:
Jim McDonnell, Long Beach Police Department (@JMforSheriff)

Main Topic Solar Power: Out in the Desert or Up on Your Roof? 11 MIN, 16 SEC

Five years ago, President Obama envisioned a boom in the building or large-scale solar generating projects all over the Southwest. Today, out of 365 applications, only 20 are on track for construction and just three are operating — two in California, one in Nevada.

Guests:
Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times (@julie_cart)
Sanjay Ranchod, Solar City

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