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Ten years ago, the Port of Los Angeles signed a court-ordered agreement to reduce air pollution at a massive new terminal.But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the port director to be "flexible," and she was -- and the new rules were not put into effect. Last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed a new port director to set things right. 

Also on the program, a bipartisan effort in California to provide parolees enough education to prevent them from returning to prison. We hear about rehabilitation and public safety.

Photo: China Shipping Line container ship at the Port of Los Angeles, November 2, 2013 (Corey Seeman)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

The Port of Los Angeles' Pollution Problem 15 MIN, 22 SEC

Ten years ago, the Port of Los Angeles signed a court-ordered agreement to reduce air pollution at a massive new terminal. Ships tied at the dock were supposed to turn off their diesel engines and plug in to onshore electricity. Trucks taking cargo up the Alameda Corridor were required to use natural gas. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Port Director Geraldine Knatz to be "flexible," and she was -- with an important customer, China Shipping. The new rules were not put into effect. Last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Gene Seroka the new port director, and he's in charge of setting things right. 

Guests:
Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA)
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times (@tonybarboza)
Mark Lopez, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (@EYCEJ)

More:
Barboza on the Port's failure to meet pollution-cutting measures

Using Prison Education to Fight Recidivism in California 14 MIN, 38 SEC

This year, both liberals and conservatives have agreed that it's time to end the "mass incarceration" produced by the "crackdown on crime" of 20 years ago. KCRW is exploring how California is handling the "re-entry" of prisoners back into society. Our producer Jenny Hamel went behind bars to report on an educational program that offers everything from vocational courses to higher education. We also hear about recent legislation that has the State getting into the act.


Photo courtesy of the Prison Education Project

Guests:
Jenny Hamel, Producer, 'To the Point' (@HamelKCRW)
Brant Choate, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (@bchoate1)

More:
Prison Education Project
Rand study on education, vocational training in prisons reducing recidivism

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