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Traffic that already brings the Westside to a halt on a regular basis to is about get a lot worse for a long time. Projects to repair a sewer on PCH, replace the California Incline and bring light rail into the heart of Santa Monica all will be in full swing — simultaneously.  Is one of America’s most livable areas about to become uninhabitable?

Also, a new documentary shows how urban farmers forced UC Berkeley to revise plans for a commercial development on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

Photo: Pete Morris

Producers:
Mike Kessler
Evan George

LA's Westside Faces a Slow-Pocalypse 19 MIN, 15 SEC

If you thought Westside traffic couldn't get any worse, it seems that public agencies are conspiring to achieve simultaneous disruption. The City of Santa Monica is about to start rebuilding the California Incline, which drops traffic down onto the Pacific Coast Highway. That's where LA County has extended a massive sewer repair at least until June. At the same time, Metro is bringing Expo Line construction down Colorado Boulevard almost to the Santa Monica Pier.

Guests:
Jennifer Eden, Santa Monica Mirror
George Wolfberg, Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association
Susan Cline, Santa Monica Department of Public Works
Juan Matute, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (@uclalewiscenter)

More:
Santa Monic Alerts
PCH Partners
Santa Monica Mirror on Incline, Expo closures
City of Santa Monica on construction projects
Malibu Times on Incline, PCH closures

'Occupy the Farm' and the Fight to Grow Food 6 MIN, 29 SEC

UC Berkeley had plans to transform two acres on the shore of San Francisco Bay from a research farm into a commercial development.  Some 200 people had a different idea.  They broke the padlock off the gate, planted crops of their own and braved the threat of arrest every day.

Todd Darling is the director of the new documentary Occupy the Farm, which is showing around the country — and is scheduled tomorrow for the Royal Theater in West Los Angeles.

Guests:
Todd Darling, documentary filmmaker

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