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On the eve of another CicLAvia — with 10-miles of Los Angeles streets cleared of cars -- there is growing tension between bicycle riders and drivers of automobiles. Are hit-and-run incidents on the increase? Was at least one case intentional? We hear what the LAPD has to say about a new ordinance giving cyclists the power to fight back. Also, a new poll on the LA riots of 1992 — 20 years later. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, there may be a drone in your future… like it or not.

Banner image: A few of the tens of thousands of bicyclists at CicLAvia. © Gary Leonard/CicLAvia

Making News Los Angeles City Budget Crunch 7 MIN, 52 SEC

Mayor Villaraigosa will present what is promised to be a grim Los Angeles City budget next week, based, in part, on the latest report from the City Council's Chief Administrative Officer. Miguel Santana has warned of a $222 million shortfall next year, and expects that to almost double the year after that.

Miguel Santana, Los Angeles City Administrative Officer

Main Topic Bicyclists vs. Motorists on the Streets of LA 13 MIN, 29 SEC

The LA City Council recently passed an ordinance giving bicycle riders the chance to sue automobile drivers for threatening them, harassing them or trying to force them off the streets. Hit-and-runs are a big concern to cycling activists. We hear from one such victim and learn what the LAPD is doing to protect bicyclists. We also get the news on LA's fourth CicLAvia, with 10 miles of city streets closed to cars and open to pedestrians and — especially — bicyclists.

David Krumer, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDbike)
Bobby Gadda, CicLAvia

Reporter's Notebook Survey of Angelenos 20 Years after the Riots 5 MIN, 47 SEC

It's been 20 years since the so-called Rodney King Riots, which broke out when four white LA police officers were acquitted of charges stemming from the beating of a drunk-driving suspect, an incident caught by an amateur photographer and televised world-wide. At five year intervals since then, Loyola Marymount's Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles has polled residents about their city.  The latest results are in, says Professor Fernando Guerra, who directs the center.

Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

Main Topic There May Be Drones in Your Future — Like It or Not 24 MIN, 53 SEC

Drones over the USWe've all heard about drones used by the military against hostile forces, by law enforcement and to patrol America's borders. The private uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently limited to 400 feet off the ground, within sight of the operator. But a mandate from Congress, signed by the President, is about to make UAV's -- drones -- a ubiquitous presence in civilian life. What are the possible consequences for the "friendly skies?" We hear about unlimited usefulness, as well as safety and privacy.

John Villasenor, Brookings Institution (@johndvillasenor)
Chris Anderson, Wired magazine / DIY Drones (@chr1sa)
Ryan Calo, Stanford Law School (@rcalo)
Benjamin Miller, Mesa County Sheriff

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