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The local tradition of outdoor murals started in East LA, and it's moved all the way to fashionable West Hollywood. In between, the City of Los Angeles tries to preserve older works as relics of culture. But new ones have run afoul of the anti-billboard ordinance, and City Hall paints them over, often at taxpayer expense. We try to unravel the contradictions. Also, two cops face criminal charges in the beating death of a homeless, mentally-ill man in Fullerton. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama addresses the United Nations as Palestinians seek UN membership.

Banner image: Artist Saber works on his 'Predators Wall'

Making News OC DA Files Murder Charges in Kelly Thomas Beating 9 MIN, 50 SEC

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has charged two Fullerton police officers with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. The victim was 37-year old Kelly Tomas, who was homeless and mentally ill. On July 5, he was beaten and repeatedly shocked with a Taser at a downtown bus station. He was taken off life support and died of his injuries five days later. The officer facing murder charges is Manuel Ramos. Gustavo Arellano is managing editor of the OC Weekly.

Gustavo Arellano, Host, 'Orange County Line' (@GustavoArellano)

Main Topic Is LA Squelching Public Art? 21 MIN, 30 SEC

On Monday of this week, no less than five skywriting airplanes spelled out the words, "End Mural Moratorium. Art is Not a Crime. Twitter at End Mural Moratorium." Along with the names of several street artists, those words were very clear and visible over City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. It was one of those artists, Saber, who commissioned what might be called airborne graffiti. Meanwhile, in West Hollywood, the new city library is about to open at the intersection of Melrose and San Vicente across from the Pacific Design Center. Its walls are covered with murals by street artists Shepard Fairey, Retna and Kenny Scharf.


Saber, Los Angeles artist
Eduardo Reyes, Los Angeles City Councilman
Beverly Denenberg, West Hollywood Commission on Arts and Cultural Affairs

Main Topic Obama Addresses the UN as Palestinians Seek UN Membership 26 MIN, 22 SEC

Last year, President Obama called for a Palestinian State with membership in the United Nations. Today, in a speech at the UN where US and European leaders are struggling to head off a confrontation over Palestinian demands for statehood, he conceded that hasn't happened, and repeated the phrase, "peace is hard." We hear about the President's address to the General Assembly and some frantic diplomacy.


Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
Mohammed Shtayyeh, Fatah Central Committee
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Alon Liel, Israeli Foreign Ministry (formerly)

The Much Too Promised Land

Aaron David Miller

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