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All you need to call Uber, Lyft or other ride-sharing companies is an app on a smartphone. But that doesn’t mean they can pick you up at LA’s International Airport. It’s been the exclusive preserve of traditional taxi-cabs, and they’re not going to give up their turf without political warfare. We’ll hear how a “disruptive technology” has pitted City Council members against Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Also tonight, what happened to President Obama’s vision for the new National Monument in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains?

Image Credit: Alfredo Mendez

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

City Government and the Sharing Economy 18 MIN, 27 SEC

Last month, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Airport Commission approved plans for Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies to pick up passengers at LAX. But members of the City Council put up a stop sign, demanding debate and discussion. Yesterday, a council committee heard five hours of heated testimony, as a transformative new technology met politics as usual.

Guests:
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Council (@PaulKrekorian)
Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council (@mikebonin)

San Gabriel Monument Slow to Clean Up Its Act 8 MIN, 47 SEC

Almost a year ago, President Obama designated the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument, creating expectations for federal oversight of 350,000 acres of wilderness. Today’s Los Angeles Times reports, “overflowing trash bins, broken marijuana pies, graffiti and road kill.”

Daniel Rossman is Senior Regional Representative for the Wilderness Society and a member of San Gabriel Mountains Forever.

Guests:
Daniel Rossman, San Gabriel Mountains Forever (@Wilderness)
Jeffrey Vail, Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF)

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