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For decades, LA’s civic leaders have envisioned a world-class, pedestrian-friendly cultural center on Bunker Hill. Architect Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall finally provided a keystone—but his grand design for the rest of the neighborhood was downsized and stalled by the recession. Now Gehry wants back in the action.  Has the Grand Avenue Project’s time come ‘round at last—or has it outlived its relevance to a changing city?  

Also tonight, despite armed guards and booby traps, water-pollution officers will join law enforcement in a crackdown on marijuana farms. 

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Producers:
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Main Topic A Last Stand for Grand Avenue?

The Grand Avenue Project on LA’s Bunker Hill was first envisioned back in the 1960’s as a cluster of world-class cultural institutions along a broad, pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare. Ten years ago, architect Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall gave new life to the idea. Later, he designed a larger plan for the street that never happened. It was replaced by a downsized plan that recently was rejected by the Grand Avenue Authority, chaired by LA Supervisor Gloria Molina. The developer, Related, now has until early next year to come up with a scheme she likes better.

Guests:
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@GloriaMolina1)
Craig Hodgetts, Hodgetts + Fung

Reporter's Notebook California Water Officials Will Inspect Marijuana Farms

Since medical marijuana was legalized in California, marijuana growing’s become big business—for cooperatives established by medical users, and for multinational drug cartels. Now the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered its officers to join police and sheriff’s deputies, despite the risks of violent retaliation. Matt Weiser is a senior writer at the Sacramento Bee covering water and the environment.

Guests:
Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee (@matt_weiser)

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