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The city of Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley, basks in sun for a good portion of the year. Now it's become the first city in the nation to mandate that homeowners take advantage of all that sun with solar roofing. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with the city's mayor tonight and asks how he's planning to make it affordable for residents. Also, more endorsements in the Los Angeles mayoral race, and more heartbreak along the Southern California coastline where sick sea lion pups continue to wash ashore.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Google promises to "do no evil," but now Google is everywhere. Warren Olney asks, is Google Glass going too far?

 
Banner image: Wayne National Forest

Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Gideon Brower
Sonya Geis
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News Who's Backing Whom in the Race for LA Mayor? 6 MIN, 44 SEC

The runoff election for Los Angeles mayor is seven weeks from today, and the two remaining candidates, both Democrats, are in midst of dueling endorsements. Basketball legend Magic Johnson tossed his ball into Wendy Greuel's court, as did former President Bill Clinton. Today, Republican Kevin James, who came in third in the primary, endorsed Eric Garcetti. Seema Mehta, who's covering the race for the Los Angeles Times, joins us for an update.

Guests:
Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times (@LATSeema)

Main Topic Harnessing the Sun in the Antelope Valley 12 MIN, 40 SEC

Those of us who live in Southern California love to brag about our weather, much to the chagrin of the rest of the country when were in shorts and they're in wool sweaters. The sun is one of our greatest attractions, and could be one of our greatest resources. Solar power seems a natural fit with our climate and location, though for many of us it remains cost-prohibitive, even with state and local tax breaks and incentives. But a local incentive in Lancaster is an offer residents cannot refuse – or wont be able to a year from now. Last week, the city council there voted to require that all new homes of a certain size – built after January first, 2014 – have rooftop solar units. It's the first such zoning ordinance in the country.

Guests:
R. Rex Parris, City of Lancaster
Michelle Kinman, Environment California (@EnvCalifornia)

Reporter's Notebook Sick, Stranded Sea Lion Pups 6 MIN, 47 SEC

Today's Los Angeles Times featured a sad, sad photo earlier today of a sea lion pup looking stranded and forlorn on a Southern California beach. Its one of hundreds who've washed up, sickly and some near death, since the start of the year. Wildlife officials are now calling it an "unusual mortality event." Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, explains what that means and whats happening to these creatures.

Guests:
Sharon Melin, National Marine Fisheries Service

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