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Few people deny the need for new parks in Los Angeles County or that existing parks need maintenance and improvement.  Proposition P would do all of that.  But its provisions are controversial… and so is the way it was put on next week’s ballot by a divided Board of Supervisors. We hear the pros and cons of a flat tax on every parcel of land in the county.

Also, Southern California has lost a professional soccer team. But one of the world’s most diverse places is full of soccer fans.  Does it deserve a replacement?

Banner Image Credit: Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation

Producers:
Claire Martin
Benjamin Gottlieb

Proposition P Debate 13 MIN, 4 SEC

Proposition P on next week’s Los Angeles County ballot would raise money for parks, recreation, gang prevention, protection of beaches and maintenance of zoos and museums.  It would replace Proposition A, passed in 1992, which runs out next year.  But it was drafted behind closed doors and placed on the ballot at the last minute, without any public discussion.  Supervisors Antonovich and Ridley-Thomas voted against it.  But support came from Gloria Molina, Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky.

Guests:
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (1994-2014) (@ZevYaroslavsky)
Mike Spence, West Covina City Councilman (@Mike_Spence)

More:
LA Times editorial on Prop P

The Demise of Chivas USA 11 MIN, 42 SEC

Southern California still has the Galaxy but, with crowds declining after 10 years in Los Angeles, Major League Soccer, which owns the franchise, has shut down Chivas USA -- a team named for Chivas of Guadalajara in Mexico.  Major League Soccer still believes that Southern California can support two teams.  It’s expected to award an expansion franchise on Thursday.

Guests:
Luis Bueno, USSoccerPlayers.com (@RunnerLuis)
Julio Ramos, Union Ultras

More:
USSoccerPlayers.com on Chivas USA ceasing operations
LA Times on demise of Chivas USA, possible new franchise

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