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Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton talks about his resignation, his plans for the future and the city he's leaving. The LA City Fire Department begins rolling cuts in service, and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi talks about offshore drilling and an oil severance tax.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, two American journalists have been released by North Korea.  Three other Americans are in custody in Iran.  What are the rights and obligations of tourists, reporters and governments on both sides of closed borders?

Banner image: Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) and Police Commission member John Mack (R) as he announces that he will resign from LAPD to head of a private security firm. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Main Topic Risky Travel and Government to the Rescue 27 MIN, 46 SEC

Is still not clear what Laura Ling and Euna Lee did at the Chinese border with North Korea. We don’t know what three other Americans were up to in remote Kurdistan, but they’re now in custody, accused of illegally crossing into Iran. Such incidents are increasingly common, which means multiple headaches for US diplomats.

Philip Wilcox, Foundation for Middle East Peace
Evans Revere, former Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in South Korea
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author
Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet

Making News Fire Department Begins Service Reductions 6 MIN, 23 SEC

Los Angeles City Fire Department today began a rolling brownout of service reductions designed to help cover a $39 million shortfall.  Rick Orlov covers City Hall for the Daily News.

Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)

Main Topic LAPD Chief Bratton Reflects on His Impact on the City 12 MIN, 37 SEC

William Bratton resigned yesterday with three years left on his term as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He’ll go to work for a private company run by Michael Cherkasky, the monitor who last month recommended lifting the federal consent decree Bratton inherited. Crime has declined dramatically since Bratton took over. Black, Hispanic and civil rights leaders have highly praised the changes he made in the LAPD.  Bratton himself said he wants his legacy to reflect that Los Angeles is showing the way to resolving 400 years of racial turmoil, racial profiling and biased policing.

William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department

Reporter's Notebook New Push for an Oil Tax 6 MIN, 57 SEC

For the first time since the Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969, the state legislature took a vote last month on new offshore drilling. The Senate approved, but the Assembly said “no,” in a vote that has since been expunged from the record.  Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi chairs the State Lands Commission, and he plans to raise the issue again at a meeting next week in Los Angeles.

John Garamendi, US Congress (@RepGaramendi)

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