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"A new generation of hyper-luxury homes with stratospheric price tags is colonizing the most gilded hillsides and canyons of Los Angeles." That's according to the New York Times, in a series about shell companies that hide the real ownership of such properties -- not just from celebrity hounds but local and international law enforcement. We hear about the "Starship Enterprise" and other monstrosities in Bel-Air and around the country.

Later on the program, an old hand gets a new job in Los Angeles: protecting children. 

Photo: Mohamed Hadid's luxury home, dubbed "starship Enterprise" balances on the hilside above the home of Joseph Horacek

Producers:
Evan George
Gideon Brower

Giant Homes with Invisible Owners 14 MIN, 52 SEC

In the posh LA suburb of Bel-Air, "Starship Enterprise" stands for a 30,000-square-foot, curved glass-and-steel mega-mansion being constructed in apparent defiance of building codes or the possibility of earthquake-induced landslides. Celebrity developer Mohamed Hadid faces criminal charges for illegal construction, but accountability is problematic. The building is legally owned by a limited liability corporation.

That makes "Starship Enterprise" just one of many according to New York Times reporter Louise Story. She’s author of a seven-part series on properties owned by shell companies across the country.

Guests:
Joseph Horacek, III, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Louise Story, New York Times (@louisestory)

LA's New Child Protection Czar 9 MIN, 17 SEC

Every day, 40 infants are reported to be victims of abuse or neglect in Los Angeles County. Twenty thousand kids are in foster care — all too often a road to prison. To better protect children and youth from maltreatment, the County has created a new job and appointed a highly respected juvenile court judge to fill it. Independent producer Daniel Heimpel has a profile.

Guests:
Daniel Heimpel, Independent producer (@dheimpel)
Bob Stevenson, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers

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