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Proposition 14 would take the parties out of primary elections and let voters pick any candidate they chose. Would they go for moderates instead of extremists?  We hear a debate. We also hear about the latest rent dispute on LA's Olvera Street and the possibility of giving billionaire Eli Broad 82,000 square of public land for a dollar a year. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the merger of United and Continental will leave the US with just four major airlines.  Will the combined carriers finally start making money?  Will that mean fewer flights and higher fares?

Banner image of Olvera Street market: David Moore

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook From Olvera Street to Grand Avenue 12 MIN, 16 SEC

Olvera Street in downtown LA is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles historical monument, designed to preserve the city’s earliest lifestyle and culture. But 40 Olvera Street merchants are refusing to pay their full rent, and that could lead to evictions. The controversy involves a total of $72,000. Another matter of municipal public policy involves a dollar a year, what billionaire philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad might be paying for 82,000 square feet of city property across the street from Disney Hall.

Guests:
Richard Guzman, City Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News
Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Daily News

Main Topic Prop 14: Getting Political Parties out of the Primaries 13 MIN, 47 SEC

Supporters of Proposition 14 in next month's election, say it would decrease "the jackass quotient" in the legislature and Congress. The measure itself would open primary elections so that instead of choosing only a Democrat, a Republican a Green or a Libertarian, voters could pick anybody they wanted. Only the top two would run in the November election, regardless of party.

Guests:
Jason Olson, Director, IndependentVoice.org
Eric Baumen, Vice Chairman, California Democratic Party

Main Topic Will the United-Continental Merger Mean Friendlier Skies? 27 MIN, 44 SEC

Will the Latest Airline Merger Mean Friendlier Skies?Two years ago, Continental Airlines backed away from merging with United. Last month, United began a flirtation with US Airways. Suddenly, Continental had a change of heart, and over the weekend completed what some airline experts are calling a shotgun wedding. United and Continental now plan to become the world's largest airline

 

Guests:
Jad Mouawad, Airline Correspondent, New York Times
Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle (@lsteffy)
Severin Borenstein, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Vaughn Cordle, Managing Partner, Airline Forecasts

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