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Airbnb is an Internet service connecting people who want to rent out their homes — or just rooms in their houses — with people looking to stay for a few days. In LA's hip Silver Lake neighborhood, it's been a life-saver for those who need a few extra bucks, while others say it's a nightmare of noise, parking problems and fear for their children's safety. Does the "sharing economy" work for people who don't want to share? We get both sides. Also, Darrel Steinberg, President pro Tem of the California State Senate, talks about mental illness and prison overcrowding.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama responded to Iran's "charm offensive" today at a speech to the UN General Assembly. We hear what he said and get a variety of reactions.

 
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Producers:
Anna Scott
Evan George
Kerry Cavanaugh

Main Topic Airbnb and the 'Sharing Economy' 15 MIN, 55 SEC

One consequence of Internet technology is what's called the "shared economy." One example is called Airbnb, a service based in San Francisco that connects people who want to rent rooms with people looking for places to stay. The Neighborhood Council in LA's Silver Lake District says it's time to stop.

Guests:
Anne-Marie Johnson, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (@SilverLakeNC)
Molly Turner, Airbnb (@mollysturner)
Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times (@jcahealey)

Reporter's Notebook California Senate Leader on Mental Healthcare Spending 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Democratic State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg was in Los Angeles today, and he paid a visit to the Sheriff's Twin Towers jail, where mentally ill prisoners are held. He's proposing that money could be saved by providing alternatives to incarceration. 

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