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After the child-abuse scandal, should Los Angeles' Cardinal Roger Mahony vote for a new Pope? Also, Kim Masters handicaps the Oscars. City Controller Wendy Gruel says she's a "tough fiscal watchdog," but she's also promising to increase the LAPD. Where's the money? With support from unionized workers, including those at the DWP, can she be independent enough to negotiate new contracts in tough times?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the pros and cons of mapping the human brain.

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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton
Evan George

Main Topic Wendy Greuel on Running for Mayor 13 MIN, 28 SEC

greuel.jpgWendy Greuel has worked for the late Mayor Tom Bradley, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Dreamworks Studio. She was a city councilwoman for seven years before being elected City Controller. KCRWs Saul Gonzalez caught up with her today at a meeting of pastors in South LA. She later joined us in the studio.

You can find our interviews with candidates for mayor at KCRW.com/RaceforMayor.

Guests:
Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Controller (@Wendy_Greuel)

Reporter's Notebook Looking Forward to the Oscars? 6 MIN, 27 SEC

On Sunday night, this year's Oscars will finally be given out — and the deluge of recent advertising is evidence that the studios think the voting is going to be close. Kim Masters is editor at large at the Hollywood Reporter and host of The Business on KCRW.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

Main Topic Should Cardinal Mahony Stay Home (or Go to Rome)? 8 MIN, 53 SEC

Cardinal Roger Mahony has been removed from all public duties by LA's Archbishop José Gomez because of the child sex-abuse scandal. Mahony will be questioned about that in court, under oath, this coming Saturday. Then he's scheduled to board a plane for Rome to help elect the next Pope. Nobody can prevent that, but there's a grassroots movement to persuade him to stay home. The national advocacy group Catholics United has organized a petition. When Famiglia Cristiana, one of Italy's most widely-read Catholic affairs magazines, asked readers if Mahony should participate in the papal election, the overwhelming majority of 350 respondents said, "No."

Guests:
Andrea León-Grossman, Catholics United (@catholicsunited)
Thomas Rausch, Loyola Marymount University

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