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Democracy in California has become the province of very few people. In fact, as the state has grown larger, the number of those with political power has grown proportionally smaller. It's not the result of a conspiracy but a lack of participation. We hear about efforts to make it easier for Californians to vote -- and increase the number who want to.

Later on the program, local fishermen have a public relations problem. Very popular animals are being tangled up in their fishing lines. We hear the latest on saving the whales. 

Photo: Tom Arthur

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz

Looking for Ways to Rock the Vote 12 MIN, 29 SEC

In parts of California, this is Election Day, but not in the City of Los Angeles. Even if it were, you'd hardly notice, because fewer and fewer people bother to vote. Last time out, just 9% of those registered turned up at the polls. It turns out that a mistrust of political power has created a tiny electorate that's making all the decisions for everyone else. That's according to Jessica Levinson, professor of election law at Loyola Law School and president of the LA Ethics Commission.

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)
Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State (@AlexPadilla4CA)

More:
All-mailed ballot elections (SB 450)

Protecting Whales from Fishing Lines 9 MIN, 17 SEC

Whales that have been strangers to California's coastal waters are not just turning up in larger numbers than ever before, they're getting tangled in fishing lines — 50 animals just since January. Environmentalists are very alarmed and so is the fishing industry.

Guests:
Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity (@CenterForBioDiv)
John Mellor, commercial fisherman

More:
Recommendations of the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

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