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Governor Schwarzenegger declares a Swine Flu emergency, and Los Angeles health authorities are on the alert. Also, the City of Maywood promises to clean up its act. On Reporter’s Notebook, is the Century Plaza Hotel worth saving? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, as the US begins withdrawing its troops, Iraq is beset by outbreaks of deadly violence.  Are they the “last throes” of insurgents and terrorists or evidence that stability will require outside assistance?


Banner image: People walk on Pino Suarez subway station in Mexico City. Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook Preserving the White House of the West 5 MIN, 46 SEC

century_park_hotel.jpgToday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Century Plaza Hotel on the list of America's eleven most endangered historic places.  But the current owner wants to tear it down and replace it.  Linda Dishman is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Guests:
Linda Dishman, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Conservancy

Reporter's Notebook Attorney General Finds 'Gross Misconduct' in Maywood PD 5 MIN, 59 SEC

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Times detailed a host of police abuses in the City of Maywood.  Then Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez asked for a report from Attorney General Jerry Brown, and today Brown's office demanded reformScott Glover co-authored the original story.

Guests:
Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times (@ScottGloverLAT)

Main Topic The Swine Flu, Here and in Mexico 14 MIN, 31 SEC

schwarzenegger.jpgGovernor Schwarzenegger says there's no need for alarm, but he's declared a flu emergency, promising state support for local health agencies.  In Los Angeles County, the Director of the Public Health Department says an outbreak is "inevitable."  In Mexico City, 150 are believed to have died from the flu.  Restaurants and cafes are now serving takeout food only.  Schools are closed and public gatherings are restricted.

Guests:
Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Franc Contreras, freelance correspondent

Main Topic Can America's Withdrawal from Iraq Stay on Schedule? 26 MIN, 38 SEC

clinton.jpgAfter suicide bombings killed more than 150 people last week in Iraq, Hillary Clinton made her first visit as Secretary of State.  Asked if the US has put Iraq on the back burner, she said the US is committed to seeing "a stable, sovereign, self-reliant Iraq," but that a transition is underway.

Guests:
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Trade, Defense and Finance
Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security

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