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Supporters credit the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, with protecting both natural resources and public health from the greed of developers. Business claims the law leads companies to shun California and invest in Texas or Colorado. Governor Brown says amending would be "God's Work." But, can the legislature resolve a long-running controversy in less than three weeks? Also, the US Attorney's office debates Steve Lopez of the LA Times over medical marijuana enforcement and, why is LA's museum of car culture selling off parts of its collection?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, it's increasingly expected that the Obama Administration will use military action to punish Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. But what will that mean? We look at the military options and whether they'd make things better or worse. 

 

Banner image: Rush hour at Bundy and Olympic in West Los Angeles. Photo: jann_on

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Anna Scott

Making News Feds Seize Property of Pot Landlords 16 MIN, 7 SEC

Every year, the city of Anaheim stages what it calls "the world's biggest marijuana festival." A local landlord saw banners on Artesia Boulevard, advertising, "Kush Expo. City of Anaheim." So why is the federal government seizing his building for renting space to medical marijuana dispensaries?  Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez wants to know.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)
Thom Mrozek, US Attorney's Office

Main Topic Are California's Environmental Protections Bad for Business? 11 MIN

Ronald Reagan advocated small government but, 43 years ago, he signed the California Environmental Quality Act, abbreviated as CEQA. The law has been given credit for both environmental preservation and protection of public health, but it's also accused of being bad for business. Now there's a move to make some major changes before the Assembly and Senate adjourn in less than three weeks.

Guests:
Gary Toebben, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (@LAAreaChamber)
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council (@TeamAir)

Reporter's Notebook A New Look for the Petersen Auto Museum 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Big change is in store for LA's Wilshire District with LACMA unveiling a proposal to replace four of its original buildings. Now the Petersen Automotive Museum across Wilshire at Fairfax has announced a dramatic new look. But that news comes amid claims that it's secretively selling off some of its classic cars. Frances Anderton of KCRW's DnA has more.

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

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