Organized Labor and Protesters Fill Downtown Streets
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This was a Day of Action from Wall Street in New York City to the streets of Los Angeles. In New York, "Occupy" demonstrators clashed with police, who arrested almost 200 people. Here, 23 people were handcuffed an led away in an operation the LAPD said was "choreographed." Will local officials continue to support the group called Occupy LA? Also, Prop 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, may end up in the US Supreme Court. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, was Solyndra a "clean energy" boondoggle?
Photos from today's Day of Action in downtown Los Angeles by Saul Gonzalez
CA Supreme Court: Prop 8 Supporters Can Defend State’s Ban ()
Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, may now go to the US Supreme Court. Since a federal judge ruled the measure was unconstitutional, California's Governor and Attorney General have refused to appeal to a higher court. Today, California's Supreme Court ruled that the original sponsors of Prop 8 can do it instead. Doug NeJaime is a professor at Loyola Law School, where he focuses on law and sexuality.
In Different Cities, Different Styles of Protest ()
On the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protesters tried — unsuccessfully — to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. There were clashes with the police who arrested at least 177 people. Here in Los Angeles, there were some 23 arrests by the LAPD, which said the action was "orchestrated" and "choreographed." KCRW's Saul Gonzalez followed the march from the Bank of America on Hope Street, downtown, to 4th and Figueroa.
Photos of today's demonstration in Los Angeles, courtesy of Saul Gonzalez
Energy Secretary Stephen Chu Faces Congress on Solyndra ()
Energy Secretary Steven Chu — a Nobel Prize-winning physicist — was interrogated by Republican congress members today about Solyndra. The California maker of high-tech solar panels, which had been personally endorsed by President Obama and Vice President Biden, received a half-billion dollar federally guaranteed loan from Chu's department before going bankrupt and firing all of its 1100 employees. Was Solyndra an Obama boondoggle or the kind of risk government has to take to encourage "clean energy?"
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