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Last month, the City of LA updated its website for the first time in 15 years and Mayor Villaraigosa promised, "The Power of City Hall in the Palm of Your Hand." MyLA311 is an application to provide city services to smart phone users.  You can find parks, pay your water bill and report potholes and broken streetlights. But can you follow up on how your complaints are being handled?  How does LA's app compare to Chicago's? Would private partnerships provide the high speed that high tech is famous for?  Also, the risks to public health and the environment from "fracking" in California.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of To the Point, despite gridlock on so many other issues, Republicans and Democrats could be ready to make political history on immigration reform. We hear the details — and continued controversy — about an 800-page proposal made public today in the Senate.

 

Producers:
Evan George
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Report Says California is Unprepared to Regulate Fracking 6 MIN, 20 SEC

Hydraulic "fracking" injects highly pressurized chemical fluids underground to release oil and gas that are bound in rock.  It's an old practice made profitable by new technology, and its rapid spread has already outstripped the ability of California to control risks to human health, aquatic life and ecosystems.  That's according to a report from the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at the UC Berkeley Law School. Michael Kiparsky is the Institute's Associate Director.

Guests:
Michael Kiparsky, UC Berkeley Law

Main Topic Is There Finally an App for Responsive Government? 18 MIN, 17 SEC

The City of Los Angeles is offering an application for smart phone users, and Mayor Villaraigosa says it "puts the power of City Hall in the palm of your hand." The app MyLA311 has been around for a month, and that's given KCRW's Saul Gonzalez time to try it out.

 

 

 

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Sam Friedman, ParkMe (@TheParkMeApp)
Mick Thompson, Code for America (@dthompson)

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