A former Marine is accused of killing four homeless men late last month and early this month in Orange County. We talk with District Attorney Tony Rackaukas and hear the story of a man changed by the Iraq war, who often gave money to homeless people. Also, the end of LA's Redevelopment Agency means the end of a project important to Mayor Villaraigosa's CleanTech Corridor. Can Los Angeles still be a center for the “Green Economy” of the future? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, are Super PAC's good for free speech or bad for democracy?
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Former Marine and Iraq war veteran Itzcoatl Ocampo has been formally charged in the stabbing deaths of four homeless men in Orange County from December 20 to January 13. That announcement came today from Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. After enlisting in the Marines right out of high school, Ocampo came home in 2008 a changed man. We speak with the DA and with reporter Louis Sahagun, who's been following the story for the Los Angeles Times.
Since the state Supreme Court upheld the abolition of Redevelopment Agencies by Governor Brown and the legislature, more than a few potential babies are going out with the bathwater. One is the "CleanTech Manufacturing Center," long planed to anchor Mayor Villaraigosa's so-called Cleantech Corridor.
So called political Super PAC's have been made possible by recent decisions of the US Supreme Court. They have names like "Restore Our Future," "Winning Our Future" and "Make Us Great Again." The latest thing in political finance, these massive war chests supposedly are independent of candidates. But their real purpose is to support particular candidates like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. Based on this year's campaign so far, how are they changing the political process?