The Race to Replace Waxman
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Since Henry Waxman's surprise resignation, candidates have been lining up for a Congressional district that stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu and into the San Fernando Valley. We hear from two Democrats: State Senator Ted Lieu and former LA City Controller Wendy Greuel. Also, by next month, Latinos will surpass whites as the largest "race or ethnic group" in California with 39% of the population. It's been a long time coming, with major change just in the past few years. We look at the impact on education, politics and the economy.
Later on To the Point, tech entrepreneurs are inventing and re-inventing the digital world. At the same time, their real-world lifestyles are transforming the City of San Francisco — with growing complaints about an arrogant elite with too much money and not enough social conscience.
The Race to Replace Waxman ()
After 40 years in Washington, Los Angeles Democrat Henry Waxman has resigned from Congress, and the line to replace him is growing. The registration is 44% Democratic, 27% Republican and 24% Independent. The 33rd Congressional District is anchored on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and includes parts of Torrance and other beach cities, including Santa Monica and Malibu, as well as Beverly Hills and surrounding parts of Los Angeles, all the way to Agoura Hills and Calabasas. We hear from two prominent Democrats who want the job, State Senator Ted Lieu and former LA City Controller Wendy Greuel. We'll talk later with other candidates, including Republicans and Independents.)
What Latino Plurality Means for California ()
California's population will hit a benchmark next month, the result of major changes in demographics — just since the year 2000. Back then, 46% were white and 32% were Latinos. Now, both groups are about 40% with Hispanics about to become the largest "race or ethnic group." KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has been catching up with the numbers.
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