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Parental demand caused a Chinese language immersion program to outgrow its campus in Venice on LA's Westside. Plans were made to expand it in nearby Mar Vista. Residents there said the program was okay, but didn't want the traffic and other consequences in their backyard. LA Unified's final solution: cut the program in half.

Also, after ten years of fighting, Billionaires' Beach in Malibu opened to public access on the Fourth of July. 

Photo: Parents line up outside Broadway Elementary School, original home of the Mandarin foreign language immersion program. Photo courtesy Broadway Elementary School

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

Can a Public School Program Get Too Popular for Its Own Good? 17 MIN, 49 SEC

After five years, the Mandarin Foreign Language immersion program outgrew the Broadway Elementary School in Venice. LA School Board member Steven Zimmer persuaded his colleagues to spend $30 million to expand it and move it to Mark Twain Middle School in Mar Vista. Zimmer predicted a "game changer." But, despite the Board's approval last year, Superintendent Ramon Cortines has decided, it "will not move forward." In fact, the program will be cut in half. The public officials involved, Zimmer and Cortines, declined to discuss a dispute that's raised important issues for parents, teachers and local residents.

Guests:
Diana Gage, Mother of a child enrolled in the Mandarin Immersion program
Saeed Ali, West Mar Vista Residents Association
David Tokofsky, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (@davidtokofsky)

"Billionaires' Beach" a Milestone in Malibu Public Beach Battle 6 MIN, 56 SEC

Tomorrow, beach goers in Malibu will have something to celebrate: public access to Carbon Beach, also called "Billionaires' Beach" because of the multi-million-dollar homes that line that piece of coastline. Lisette Ackerberg and her family are paying the Coastal Commission $1.1 million in fines to build and maintain a pathway from Pacific Coast Highway to the sand and the water. Jenny Price is an advocate for beach access who helped create the Our Malibu Beaches smartphone app.

Guests:
Jenny Price, writer, artist and historian

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