Museums Block USC-Coliseum Parking Deal
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USC is paying $70 million for control of the state-owned Los Angeles Coliseum, but there's a dispute about parking for three public museums in Exposition Park. Is it Trojan football versus educating tens of thousands of children? Why have negotiations been held in secret? Also, the billionaire Koch brothers are interested in acquiring newspapers, but they're being coy when it comes to the Tribune company and the LA Times.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a secret court has ordered Verizon to give the National Security Agency records of every communication on landline or cell phone—domestic and international. It's being called a massive invasion of privacy, but the Administration and Congress say it's business as usual and "critical" to national security.
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Koch Confirms Interest in Newspapers, but Mum on LA Times Bid ()
Diverse investments have made Koch Industries of Wichita, Kansas a billion-dollar conglomerate, but the Koch brothers are better known for putting big money behind conservative SuperPAC's and foundations and Republican politicians that liberals denounce as extremist. Recently, it's been reported that the Koch brothers are interested in acquiring news organizations, including the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times.
An LA Institution Up for Grabs ()
After years of alleged mismanagement and felony corruption charges, the commission running the state-owned Los Angeles Coliseum is leasing it out to the University of Southern California for $70 million. USC has agreed to make much-needed renovations. Yesterday, after energetic protest, a dispute over parking lots between USC and three public museums has been put on hold until the end of this month.
Tomorrow, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping will meet in Rancho Mirage to deal with a host of political and economic issues that unite and divide their countries. It's fitting that the summit is being held in California, given China's growing importance to the state's economy. Chinese individuals and companies are investing ever more heavily in many segments of the state, from high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley to commercial and residential real estate in Southern California. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez profiles the Chinese spending spree in the Golden State. He starts by joining a group of Chinese tourists at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Chinese Tour Guide at Universal Studios Hollywood
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