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Lee Baca retires as Los Angeles County Sheriff tomorrow. Orange County Undersheriff John Scott will be sworn in to replace him until voters choose somebody else in June or November. We ask Scott about his promise to "restore the dignity" of the department in such a short time. Also, the new Farm Bill: good news for California prune producers, winemakers and almond ranchers; bad news for people who can't afford enough food. And could abandoned alleys be made into parks in South Los Angeles? 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, after last night's State of the Union address, President Obama was back on the road today, making his case for executive orders if Congress doesn't support what he calls "a year of action." What's the future of the federal minimum wage, immigration reform and other items on his agenda?

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Gideon Brower
Evan George

The Farm Bill and Its Impact on California 9 MIN, 14 SEC

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress passed a five-year farm bill today with the Senate expected to follow suit. It's been stalled for two years and it authorizes almost a trillion dollars for farm subsidies and nutrition programs. We hear from a reporter who's been following the story and from the owner of a family farm.

Guests:
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers (@MichaelDoyle10)
Jill Benson, JS West Family Farms (@jswestco)

The Move to Turn South LA Alleys into 'Parklets' 6 MIN, 56 SEC

South Los Angeles is "park poor," with fewer parks than any other urban area in Southern California. That means a lack of recreational space and health problems, and it can mean crime. But South LA also has vast acres of blighted space that could be transformed. KCRW's Evan George reports on a novel idea.

Guests:
Evan George, Senior Producer, To the Point/Which Way, LA? (@evanlgeorge)

There's about to Be a New Sheriff in Town 9 MIN, 50 SEC

After 15 years as LA County Sheriff, Lee Baca won't be a candidate for re-election. He retires tomorrow. Four of the five supervisors have named Orange County's Undersheriff John Scott to replace him. Before moving to Orange County, Scott spent 36 years in the department he's about to lead. He'll serve until June -- if one candidate gets a majority in the primary election, or until November if there's a runoff.

Guests:
John Scott, Orange County Sheriff’s Department (@lasdhq)

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