Pacific Standard Time will be a massive, six-month-long celebration of the LA art scene from the end of World War II until 1980, when artists, musicians and architects who now have international reputations started from scratch to create a free-wheeling alternative to the culture of New York City. We hear what's in store. Also, Phase Two of Metro's Expo Line gets under way in Santa Monica, and is last week's blackout a portent for the future of San Diego? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, voter ID and the "Battle Before the Battle."
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Ari Berman, Mother Jones (@AriBerman)
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State (@kansassos)
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@patrickdmarley)
Phase II of Metro's Expo Line brought Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Santa Monica today. He showed up for the groundbreaking ceremony at 4th Street and Colorado, where the tracks will end. When it came to politicians, Villaraigosa was not alone, according to Ari Bloomekatz with the LA Times.
Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Pacific Standard Time is so big it's hard to get your mind around it. But you'll have plenty of time, since it's scheduled to start on the first of October and some exhibitions already are under way. There will be at least 60 altogether, at Los Angeles' major museums and some galleries, in addition to performance, public art and dance. The full title is Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980. The Getty is providing $10 million.
Last Thursday, the southwest US learned that the electrical power grid is a lot more fragile than anybody, including executives of major utilities, ever suspected. When a worker in Yuma, Arizona tried to replace a faulty transmission line, a blackout shot South into Mexico, North to Palm Springs and West all the way to San Diego, putting four million people in the dark for 12 hours or more. Professor Steve Erie directs the program on Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego. His latest book is Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego.
Steve Erie, University of California at San Diego
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