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Desperate efforts are being made to limit potential damage from the Gulf Oil spill that could extend all the way to the Eastern seaboard. Congress wants to know about cozy relations between the oil industry and federal regulators. Also on WWLA?… two questions for tough times: should homeowners pay for sidewalk repairs—even when the damage was caused by the city? Should landlords share the pain of their tenants by freezing increases in rents?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Darrell Satzman

Making News Allegations of Abuse at the Men's Central Jail 30 MIN

To reduce the overcrowding that leads to violence, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says he’s cut the population of the Men’s Central Jail from 10,000 20 years ago to 4,175 today. But a report by the American Civil Liberties Union says it is stil “a modern-day medieval dungeon” where abuse goes unchecked and prisoners live in fear of retaliation.

Guests:
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)

Main Topic The Race Against the Great Oil Spill 27 MIN

BP, the Coast Guard and thousands of local fisermen are trying to control the oil slick moving toward the shores of 4 Gulf-coast states. Meantime, a 4-story, 100-ton containment dome has arrived on the ocean’s surface, 5000 feet above the well that’s gushing 210,000 gallons of oil every day. The numbers alone reveal the magnitude of an impending disaster.

Guests:
Jeffrey Ball, Environment Editor, Wall Street Journal
Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune (@mschleifsteintp)
Ian MacDonald, Florida State University
Doug Inkley, Senior Scientist, National Wildlife Federation
Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post (@kate_sheppard)

Main Topic Council Tries Spreading Pain of Tough Times to Homeowners and Landlords 10 MIN

The Los Angeles City Council is trying to spread the pain of economic hard times to homeowners and landlords. Who should pay for sidewalk repairs? Should owners of rent-controlled apartments have to freeze increases for tenants?

Guests:
Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman (@BernardCParks)
Mel Wilson, REALTOR, STAR
Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival (@la_ces)
Jim Clarke, Executive Director, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles

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