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Tomorrow, the LA City Council will vote on whether to remove the ban on murals in what's called the "Mural Capital of the World." The ban was enacted 11 years ago during a battle between street artists and advertisers. One version of the new law would still ban murals on the walls of private homes. We hear a debate about art, ethnic tradition and personal taste. Also, Eric Garcetti's first political clash with the City Council: the DWP contract.

On our rebroadcast of To the Point, Egypt's ruling generals have thumbed their noses at the US; there's been almost no American help to rebels in Syria. And Iran's new President is getting the cold shoulder despite evidence that he wants to talk. Is President Obama conducting a "passive foreign policy," or being realistic about this country's influence in the Middle East?

Banner image: The Pope of Broadway, Anthony Quinn, by Eloy Torrez. Photo: Ian Muttoo

Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Gideon Brower
Evan George

Main Topic LA's Mural Ordinance 17 MIN, 49 SEC

Murals are so much a part of LA’s cultural tradition that it’s called itself the Mural Capital of the World.”  But murals have been banned in the city for more than a decade. On Friday, the City Council will consider two proposals to make them legal again. Version A would allow murals on single family houses, with a provision for neighborhood groups to ask their council member to opt out. Version B would not allow murals on single family houses at all.

Guests:
Bill Lasarow, Mural Conservancy (@theMCLA)
Mitch Englander, Los Angeles City Council (@Mitch_Englander)
Dennis Hathaway, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight

Making News Showdown over DWP Pay and Benefits 6 MIN, 48 SEC

Last Friday, the LA City Council held a four-hour hearing on a proposed contract between the Department of Water and Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. When it was over, most council members said they'd support it. But Mayor Eric Garcetti — opposed by the IBEW during his recent election campaign -- said he would refuse to sign. Bill Boyarsky is former columnist and city editor at the LA Times. He now writes for Truthdig.com, LA Observed and the Jewish Journal.

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