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José Huizar is the incumbent in Council District 14 — now facing a surprise challenge from termed-out Supervisor Gloria Molina.  Antonio Villagraigosa has added spice to the mix by abandoning former ally Huizar and endorsing Molina. We hear about personalities, money and issues.

Also, film critic Joe Morgenstern calls it "a death in the family." It's the closing of Vidiots, a rental outlet with 50,000 tapes and DVD's.  Not everything is available on the Internet after all.  

Photo: (L-R) LA City Councilman José Huizar and former LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff

The Political Temperature's Rising in the City of LA 11 MIN, 51 SEC

Affordable housing, parking, illegal billboards and organized labor will be some of the issues and interests in conflict during this year's primary campaign for District 14 of the LA City Council. Many political careers have begun there— now at least one will come to an end. Termed-out County Supervisor Gloria Molina is one of the challengers to incumbent José Huizar

Guests:
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

More:
Regardie on Huizar's fundraising advantage over Molina
LA Times on Lamar Advertising putting up billboards supporting Huizar, five others

Vidiots, Beloved Video Store, Is Closing 10 MIN, 19 SEC

Vidiots — a video rental shop in Santa Monica — survived competition from Blockbuster and Hollywood Video by offering literally thousands of movies they didn't have. We hear why a beloved institution nay be closing after 30 years in business.

Guests:
Joe Morgenstern, Host, 'Film Reviews' (@JoeMorgenstern)
Cathy Tauber, Co-owner, Vidiots

More:
Morgenstern on the passing of Vidiots

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