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Governor Schwarzenegger wants to help bridge the budget crisis by selling off public properties, and today the Orange County Fairgrounds were auctioned off to the highest bidder. We hear the results. Also, would high-speed rail between San Diego and San Francisco get enough riders to pay the bills? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, California's ban on same-sex marriage is on trial in a case that may end up in the US Supreme Court.  We get a progress report on the issues being raised in a San Francisco courtroom and the impact of public proceedings on same-sex parents and their children.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook The Dream and Reality of High-Speed Rail across California 12 MIN, 19 SEC

When voters passed $10 billion in bonds to jump-start a San Diego-San Francisco high-speed rail, promoters claimed it would haul 50 million people a year and generate a $1.1 billion surplus. But putting together a business plan hasn’t been easy. Projections of money and ridership have been reduced, but the latest plan doesn’t adequately consider the risk that even scaled-down predictions might be wrong, according to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Guests:
Eric Thronson, Fiscal and Policy Analyst, California Legislative Analyst's Office
Curt Pringle, California High Speed Rail Authority

Main Topic Tradition of Marriage on Trial in a Federal Courtroom 26 MIN, 18 SEC

In a San Francisco federal court this week, a witness testified on tape that, if California’s ban on same-sex marriage is repealed, “children would suddenly find homosexuality irresistible.” The lawyers who want the ban overturned really wanted the judge to hear that. Is same-sex marriage banned because of ancient tradition or because of discrimination against gays and lesbians? What’s it like for gay and lesbian parents, and their children, to have their legitimacy challenged in such a public forum? Are the courts being asked to rule on broad social issues rather than questions of Constitutional law?

Guests:
Margaret Talbot, Staff Writer, New Yorker
Barry Friedman, Vice Dean, New York University Law School
William Duncan, Director, Marriage Law Foundation
Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council

The Will of the People

Barry Friedman

Main Topic OC Fairgrounds: SOLD! to the Highest Bidder 13 MIN, 22 SEC

Public opposition has been growing for months, but today the state auctioned off the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The Governor and other proponents of privatizing public assets predicted a price between $90 and $80 million. The high bid was $6 million, from Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach.

Guests:
Allan Mansoor, Mayor of Costa Mesa
H.D. Palmer, California State Department of Finance (@cccbudgetnews)
Jeff Young, Deputy Director, California Department of General Services

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