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Westside commuters are getting their first chance to take rapid transit all the way downtown, but what about getting from home to the station and back and paying for parking?  Also, LA County's elected County Assessor denies doing favors for campaign contributors. We hear about investigations of possible bribery and campaign money laundering. And how about them Clippers?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, LA since the Rodney King riots. What can it show the rest of the country?

Banner image: An Expo Line test train rests at the La Cienega station, with the downtown LA skyline in the distance. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro

Making News First Commuters Start Riding the Expo Line 12 MIN

For the first time since the Red Cars, there's a train from Culver City to Downtown LA.  After a weekend of free rides from the Westside to downtown and back, Metro's new Expo Line opened today for paying commuters. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez was at the La Cienega-Jefferson station, the Expo Line's furthest point west, and spoke with riders.



LA Councilman and Metro Board Member José Huizar (R)
was on hand at the 7th/Metro Center station to greet Expo and Blue Line passengers,
promote the new line and hand out commemorative pins.


Rochelle Mills, South Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Farooq Ameen, City Design Studio

Main Topic Scandal at the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office 8 MIN, 7 SEC

The District Attorney's office last week served search warrants in 12 locations, including the home of LA County's elected Tax Assessor, John Noguez, and the home of a tax agent in Phoenix named Ramin Salari. No charges have been filed yet, but Gene Maddaus is writing for the LA Weekly about possible money laundering and bribery.

Gene Maddaus, Variety (@GeneMaddaus)

Reporter's Notebook LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and a Comeback for the Ages 6 MIN, 37 SEC

Last night in Memphis, Tennessee, the LA Clippers were behind the Grizzlies by 24 points with just nine minutes remaining. Their first game of the first round of the NBA playoffs looked like a snooze -- and then something amazing happened. After a run of 26 points to one, the Clippers managed a one-point victory. Jill Painter was there for the Daily News.

Jill Painter, Los Angeles Daily News (@jillpainter)

Main Topic What Can the Rest of the Country Learn from the LA Riots? 24 MIN, 47 SEC

Los Angeles, 20 Years after the RiotsA recent conference on the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots was called "Los Angeles: America, only sooner." What are the lessons for the rest of America — then and now?

For complete KCRW coverage of the 1992 riots, go to KCRW.com/LARiots.

John Singleton, filmmaker
Cecil 'Chip' Murray, University of Southern California
Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright (@AnnaDeavereS)
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California (@Prof_MPastor)
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink (@policylink)

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