Gentry Battles Gonzo in a Changing Venice
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Gentry Battles Gonzo in a Changing Venice

Beat poets and hippies made Venice Beach a kind of retreat from middle class conformity, a place where being "different" was looked on as an asset. It was a haven for artists who hadn't made it yet and, even after it was discovered by wealthy celebrities, Venice retained a laid-back culture of tolerance. But recent gentrification and commercialization have led to a culture clash. Is that still going on or is it a thing of the past? Also, an emergency shutdown at California's only remaining nuclear power plant.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, oil pipelines are laid down every day, but the one called Keystone XL has become a test of President Obama's environmental legacy. What are the possible consequences for climate change — and the economy? Will he make a decision before the midterm elections? Could that determine who controls the Senate?

 

 
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Is Venice Losing Its Soul? ()

The Venice Boardwalk is one of LA's most popular tourist attractions, but recently it's been the scene of high profile crimes. Last summer, a car was driven past a barrier post and killed a woman on the pedestrian walkway. In December, a homeless man was beaten on Ocean Front Walk. The LAPD has announced a three-month pilot program, including the increased presence of officers on bicycles. Is Venice's unique culture a still going on or is it a thing of the past?

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Diablo Canyon and the Future of Fault Line Nuclear Plants ()

Diablo Canyon, on the coast west of San Luis Obispo, is California's last nuclear power station, supplying 10% of the state's electricity. On Sunday, Unit 2 shut down, leaving Unit 1 to operate by itself until the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the PG&E, determines what went wrong.  John Timmer is Science Editor for Ars Technica, a website for technology news and information. 

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Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

 

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