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Hollywood isn't the only place divided over density and high-rise development. Santa Monica is notoriously cautious about so-called "smart growth," but a new park and an upscale condo complex are finally bringing energy to the Civic Center. Would letting developers go higher than seven stories change the "character" of a city many residents like just the way it is? Also, why do atheists want to establish a "church?" When they feel the "hunger" for ritual and community. We talk with a founder of LA's Sunday Assembly and hear how the British chapter was started by two stand-up comedians.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Democrats say a massive increase in food stamps is helping millions to stay out of poverty in economic hard times. Republicans say food-stamp spending is out of control, and they're calling for major reductions. On Capitol Hill, the debate is still raging, but Republican leaders in several states are about to act on their own. We hear what that's going to mean.

 
Banner image: Tongva Park in downtown Santa Monica. Photo: Evan George
Reporter's Notebook Why Do Atheists in LA Want to Start a Church? 10 MIN, 55 SEC

It started in Britain eight months ago, and now bills itself as "the fastest growing church in the world." Now Los Angeles has established a chapter of the Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a "church" for atheists. We speak with a founding member of the LA chapter and a freelance writer who’s been covering the church since it began in London

Guests:
Amy Boyle, Sunday Assembly (@SundayAssembLA)
Katie Engelhart, Salon (@katieengelhart)

Main Topic Should Santa Monica Grow Up or Maintain a Low Profile? 15 MIN, 50 SEC

If you've been to the beach in Santa Monica or sampled the shopping or nightlife lately, you've driven around the traffic cones and seen scaffolding around new buildings. But the City Council has refused to consider raising the height limit above 84 feet without making developers jump through hoops — with no guarantees of the outcome. KCRW producer Evan George visited the city's new beach-side Tongva Park, where he talked with Mayor Pro-Tem Terry O'Day.

 

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Be Excited! Be Prepared!


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Looking out through one of the sculptures at Tongva Park


Guests:
Terry O'Day, City of Santa Monica (@terryoday)
Diana Gordon, Santa Monica Coalition for a Liveable City
Paul Habibi, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

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