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After 40 years in Washington, Los Angeles Democrat Henry Waxman announced today he won't run for re-election. We talk with the Congressman many Democrats call the best in the business — the bane of Republicans, although he does claim to have compromised when he had to. What's next for the Westside and South Bay, a political feeding frenzy? Also, the Culver Ice Arena is scheduled to close this weekend,  be replaced by a rock climbing facility. But fans of the 52-year-old ice rink have found new hope.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, global warming is not just a fact of life, it's already source of profit — with much more to come for those betting that nothing's going to be done. We hear how melting ice, drought and massive rainfall are creating a business boom, with dangerous implications for social and economic inequality.

Banner image: Congressman Henry Waxman announces his retirement, January 30, 2014
Another Political Earthquake in LA 23 MIN, 16 SEC

On KCRW's Press Play with Madeline Brand today, Los Angeles Democrat Henry Waxman listed some of his proudest achievements in Congress: investigations, reports and legislation to protect consumers, the air and the water, help control HIV and make healthcare available to seniors and children. In 1994, he chaired the committee when the CEO's of major cigarette companies famously claimed their product was not addictive. Waxman is known for aggressive interrogations in public. Today, after 40 years in Washington, Waxman announced that he won't stand for re-election.

Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies (@WaxmanClimate)
Harold Meyerson, Editor, The American Prospect; and Columnist (@haroldmeyerson)
Allan Hoffenblum, (1940-2015) (@WeHoGOP)
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

Politics in Black and White

Raphael J. Sonenshein

Culver Ice Arena May Get a Second Chance 5 MIN, 13 SEC

The Culver Ice Arena is scheduled to close this weekend, to be replaced by Planet Granite, a rock climbing facility. Nobody denies that the ice rink is in disrepair and that saving it would be costly. But some 20,000 letters and petitions have been generated by a grass roots campaign, which has also crowded public meetings. Councilman and former Mayor, Micheál O'Leary, says he's never seen anything like it. 

Micheal O'Leary, Culver City City Council

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