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Deputy Chief Michael Downing told Congress last month that the LAPD was starting a project to identify communities vulnerable to “ideologically based extremism.” That’s come to be called “Muslim mapping,” and it’s been denounced as “racial profiling.” On Reporter’s Notebook, a new book on the “Big Daddy” of California politics.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Dan Konecky

Main Topic LAPD On Defensive Over "Muslim Mapping" Project 15 MIN, 27 SEC

Michael Downing is Deputy Chief in charge of the LAPD’s Counter Terrorism Bureau.  In Washington last month, he told a congressional committee, there is “a vicious, amorphous and unfamiliar adversary on our land.”  He said the LAPD hopes to identify communities that “may be susceptible to violent, ideologically-based extremism.”  Since then, news reports have talked about “Muslim mapping,” which has been denounced by the ACLU and others as “racial profiling.”

Guests:
Mike Downing, Deputy Chief at the Los Angeles Police Department and Commanding Officer of the Counter Terrorism Bureau
Bill Boyarsky, LA Observed, Truthdig and Jewish Journal
Usman Madha, Community Liaison for the King Fahd Mosque
Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council (@salampacker)

Reporter's Notebook New Book Chronicling California's Big Daddy 9 MIN, 42 SEC

In this era of what’s called “hyperpartisanship,” California’s elected officials just can’t solve problems involving vital issues like health care, transportation and the water supply. It wasn’t always that way. A new book profiles a leader who got things done, and not that long ago.  Jess Unruh was Speaker of the State Assembly and later State Treasurer.  He ran against Ronald Reagan in 1970.  He’s now the subject of a new book called “Big Daddy: Jess Unruh and the Art of Power Politics.” 

Guests:
Bill Boyarsky, LA Observed, Truthdig and Jewish Journal

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