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After three years of increasingly passionate argument, the beloved Hollywood Farmers’ Market has worked out a deal with the LA Film School. Meanwhile, environmentalists are hailing the state Fish and Game Commission for protecting the California coastline but some fishermen are still unhappy. Also, competitors are arguing over designs for two possible NFL stadiums with no guarantee from the NFL that it wants to come here. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama said today that gains in Afghanistan are "fragile" but real. We hear more on the much awaited White House review.  

Banner image: School of Blacksmith at Catalina Island. Photo: Dana Roeber Murray/Heal the Bay

Producers:
Gary Scott
Frances Anderton

Main Topic President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan 26 MIN, 55 SEC

After the much-awaited White House review, President Obama said today that gains in Afghanistan are "fragile" but real.  He still hopes to begin a so-called "conditions-based" withdrawal in July of next year.

 

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )
Caroline Wadhams, Director for South Asia Security Studies, Center for American Progress,
Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Harlan Ullman, Atlantic Council

Unfinished Business

Harlan Ullman

Making News A Deal to Keep Hollywood Farmers' Market Open 10 MIN

We begin with a follow-up to our program on Monday about the Hollywood Farmers' Market, a 19-year-old institution beloved by celebrities and natural foodies alike. Between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, it adjoins property owned by the Los Angeles Film School, which has complained that the market interferes with parking for classes on Sunday. 

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)
Evan Kleiman, host 'Good Food' (@evankleiman)

Main Topic State Commission Approves Marine Reserves, Fishing Limits 10 MIN, 24 SEC

Yesterday, the state Fish and Game Commission approved 34 ocean habitat reserves off the coast of California from Point Conception to the Mexican border. The majority was a bare three-to-two at a five-hour meeting attended by hundreds of people in Santa Barbara.  It came after years of contentious meetings between more than 60 stakeholders. Some pristine waters will still be open to fishing, but many others will not.

Guests:
Mark Gold, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Alex Masumoto, Member, United Anglers of Southern California

Reporter's Notebook NFL Stadium Design Plans for Downtown LA 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Today's local newspapers showed three alternate renderings of a football stadium that might be located next to the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. It would be built by Anschutz Entertainment, which owns Staples Center. But there's competition with another site in the City of Industry. Furthermore, the National Football League is a long way from deciding to return to Los Angeles. Vincent Bonsignore is assistant sports editor at the Los Angeles Daily News.

Guests:
Vincent Bonsignore, Assistant Sports Editor, LA Daily News

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