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From East Hollywood to Boyle Heights yesterday, streets were closed so that cyclers, skateboarders or anybody who wasn't propelled by a motor could get acquainted in a leisurely way with a cross-section of LA neighborhoods. We hear voices from along the route and talk with Mayor Villaraigosa about what he says just could be the future of municipal transportation. Also, a Saudi Prince down-sizes in Beverly Hills. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear about some of the major stumbling blocks overcome in a last-minute deal to keep the federal government running, as well as different views of what all sides agree was just a preliminary confrontation.

Banner image: CicLAvia, October 10, 2010. Photo: © Gary Leonard/CicLAvia

Main Topic CicLAvia and the Rise of Bicycle Culture in Los Angeles 20 MIN, 4 SEC

It's estimated that more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday to bike, skate, run or meander through seven and a half miles of streets closed to motorized vehicles from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights. CicLAvia was enthusiastically backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who rode with Lance Armstrong. Frances Anderton, host of KCRW's DnA program and a producer for WWLA? interviewed participants along the route. Her six-year-old daughter Summer rode her scooter.

Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor running for governor (@antonio4ca)
Juan Devis, KCET (@jdevis)

Reporter's Notebook Saudi Prince Downsizes His MegaMansion 5 MIN, 57 SEC

Last week, the City of Los Angeles took a stand against over-sized homes. The so-called Hillside Mansionization Ordinance imposes restrictions based on parcel size, the steepness of slopes and other factors. Now super-agent Michael Ovitz and other residents of Beverly Hills have taken matters into their own hands. A son of Saudi King Abdullah has agreed to reduce his residential compound from 85,000 square feet to 52,000. Martha Groves has followed the story for the LA Times.

Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times (@MarthaGroves)

Main Topic Winners and Losers in the Budget Shutdown Showdown

The Winners and Losers in the Budget DealDemocrats wanted a spending freeze, while Republicans demanded $61 billion in cuts.  The final agreement was $39 billion, and the Republicans dropped efforts to undercut healthcare reform and family planning. Those are the broad outlines of last Friday's agreement, with the details yet to come, and even, perhaps, still subject to change. 

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Walter Hudson, North Star Tea Party Patriots
Sarah Posner, Nation Institute (@sarahposner)
Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women for America (@CWforA)
Jamie Dupree, Cox Media (@jamiedupree)

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Sarah Posner

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