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A new state law has some of LA's finest chefs outraged. They'll have to wear disposable gloves every time they touch ready-to-eat raw food, what one calls the 'clay of her culinary sculpture.' Bartenders complain they'll have to snap on new gloves whenever they garnish a cocktail. Drinkers and diners do face the risk of food-borne illness, but is this a case of well-intentioned over-protection? We hear a debate. Also, why is historical preservation on hold in Los Angeles?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, thirty-two states still have the death penalty, but it's getting hard to administer now that European companies are refusing to export the right drugs for lethal injections. Will that lead to fewer executions or a return to gas chambers, electric chairs and hangings?


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Will New Food Safety Rules Take the Artistry Out of Cooking? 11 MIN, 48 SEC

In the interests of food safety, the state legislature has unanimously passed a law requiring cooks -- including the finest chefs -- to use disposable gloves whenever they touch ready-to-eat raw food. LA County will start enforcing it by next year. Citing the CDC, Director of Environmental Health Angelo Bellomo says that each year food-borne illness affects one out of every six Americans. Of those 50 million, 128,000 are hospitalized and 300 die. Katie Kildow, bartender at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, finds the new law a nightmare. "Gloves are really hard to put on when your hands are wet, so you've got to find a good way of drying them...  I think it's going to look unsightly to the customer, taking gloves on and off. It'd going to look very hospital-like."

Nancy Silverton, Mozza restaurants (@NancySilverton)
Mary FitzGerald, Safe and Sound Food Safety Consultants

Why Is Historic Preservation of Neighborhoods on Hold? 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Twenty-nine Los Angeles neighborhoods, from Angeleno Heights to Vinegar Hill, have official restrictions on architectural change to preserve their historic character. Others have been declared eligible for protection. But development is continuing there unabated. In his own neighborhood, producer Gideon Brower found out why.

Gideon's story came to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project. He says the Department of City Planning has asked for new money for neighborhood conservation staff.

Gideon Brower, Independent Producer (@GideonLA)

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