Diversity within Diversity: 'Latinos' in Los Angeles
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The latest report says the largest single group in Los Angeles constitutes almost 49 percent of the population. It is no surprise it's the group called "Hispanic." But they don't call themselves "Hispanics." The Census Bureau made up that term. In fact, they are much too diverse to fit into a single category. We hear more about who they are and how they feel about each other. Also, the state budget crisis could call a halt to construction projects already under way on the San Fernando Valley's Orange Bus Line and the 405 Freeway. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, the gulf oil spill, one year later.
Banner image: A group of women and children walk down a street in a predominantly Latin American immigrant section of Los Angeles. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Budget Woes Could Stop Transportation Projects in Their Tracks ()
Two major construction projects under way in Los Angeles could be stopped in their tracks, according to today's Daily News. Bus riders in the San Fernando Valley are well aware that the Orange Line busway is being extended. Commuters on the 405 know that it's being widened to include a so-called high occupancy lane. David Yale is Deputy executive officer for countywide regional planning and development at LA Metro.
- David Yale: LA Metro
Diversity within Diversity: 'Latinos' in Los Angeles ()
The results are still coming out from last year's census, and it's no surprise that Hispanics still account for most of California's growth, although the rate slowed down in the last decade. In Los Angeles, "Hispanics" increased by about two percent to almost half of the total. But "Hispanic" is a made-up word, as is "Latino." KCRW's Christian Bordal went to Loyola-Marymount University and the streets of Pico Union, North of the 10 Freeway and West of the 110, to find out what's in a name. He started with Fernando Guerra, Professor of Political Science and Director of Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles.
The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later ()
One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida? What's been done to make sure a similar disaster couldn’t happen again? We hear some disheartening answers.
- Ben Casselman: Wall Street Journal, @bencasselman
- Ian MacDonald: Florida State University
- Harry Shearer: 'The Big Uneasy'
- Katie Howell: Greenwire
- Melanie Driscoll: Audubon Society
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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