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The iconic song "California Dreamin'" is being used to sell Powerball as it comes to the Golden State. With odds of 175 million to one, dreamin' is what it will take to invest in a $2 ticket. But the State Lottery says Powerball will "inspire" new players to "believe in something bigger" than Super-Lotto-Plus and Megamillions. Also, extending the Expo Line is creating a whole new series of carmageddons on the west side of LA. We preview nine months of traffic tie-ups the bridge for trains crossing Venice and Robertson Boulevards.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Iran's nuclear program: does diplomacy have a chance?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Anna Scott
Kerry Cavanaugh

Main Topic Will Powerball 'Inspire' New Gamblers in California?

Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne sold 8000 tickets in its first five hours of business today, as California became the 43rd state in the Union to offer Powerball. The California Lottery invested big money to promote Powerball on radio and TV. "California Dreamin'" is the background music over pictures of people looking delighted as little white lottery balls drift from above, ending up with a red ball drifting into the hand of the winner of Powerball and the words "Believe in Something Bigger."  Nobody asks "bigger than what…" but the California Lottery figures viewers will figure that out for themselves.

 

 

 

Guests:
I. Nelson Rose, Whittier Law School (@I_Nelson_Rose)
Gary Lorden, Caltech (@Caltech)

Reporter's Notebook Expo Line's Phase 2 Moves Full Speed Ahead

Phase One of the Expo Line from downtown to the beach in Santa Monica reached Culver City last year. Evidence of Phase Two is visible in many places all over the Westside. But the major new cause of traffic congestion wasn't originally part of the plans and only recently received funding. It's a bridge that will take the trains west from Culver City over Venice and Robertson Boulevards.

(In addition to our two guests, we also hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez who interviews Nick Wayne, owner of Upstairs/Downstairs, near the intersection of Venice and Robertson.)

Guests:
Samantha Bricker, Exposition Construction Authority
Doug Fitzsimmons, South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (@SORONC)

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