High Speed Rail and a Changing Union Station
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Despite legal challenges, a lack of money and declining public support, Governor Brown today signed legislation to begin construction of High Speed Rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco. We talk about the place he chose to complete the process: Union Station in downtown LA. Metro has big plans for a massive development there. Will it be viable if high speed rail doesn't happen? Also, LA Sheriff Lee Baca's top aide says the "gray area" for deputies does not mean license to act outside the law. We hear from the Citizens' Commission for Jail Violence. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, America's "toughest sheriff" and federal immigration law.
Banner image: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (5th L) and Governor Jerry Brown (C), immediately after signing high speed rail legislation this morning at Union Station in Los Angeles
Governor Brown Signs Off on High Speed Rail at Union Station ()
At Union Station today in downtown Los Angeles, Governor Brown signed the bill authorizing construction for the nation's first high speed rail to link LA and San Francisco. The bill barely passed the state senate, and the project faces years of delay from lawsuits, not to mention a lack of money to build more than the first 100 miles. Metro has plans to make Union Station a hub for high speed rail and other transit systems, but its plans go well beyond Union Station itself. Two architectural firms have been hired to draw plans for 38 acres around the building.
Sheriff Tanaka Explains 'Gray' Areas ()
After reports of misbehavior by deputies at Los Angeles County jails, the Supervisors have created a Citizens Commission on Jail Violence. Last week former officers said high officials fostered a cultural of brutality. Sheriff Lee Baca's top aide, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, was quoted as urging deputies to work "in the gray area." That suggested to some that they could break the law while doing their jobs, and Tanaka has responded with a memo distributed throughout the department.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Trial ()
As Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio became famous for holding detainees in tents under the blazing Arizona sun and for making inmates wear pink underwear. But it's his focus on immigration enforcement – what he calls "crime suppression" and the plaintiffs call "racial profiling" -- that's led to a class action lawsuit scheduled to open tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Phoenix. Will it hurt him or help him in this year's campaign for a sixth term? Will it move Washington any closer to immigration reform?
- JJ Hensley: Arizona Republic, @JJHensley
- Cecillia Wang: American Civil Liberties Union
- Jessica Vaughan: Center for Immigration Studies, @wwwCISorg
- Jim Nintzel: Tucson Weekly, @Nintzel
- Alfonso Serrano: Time.com, @serfer6
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