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Venice once was the hippest hangout west of Greenwich Village or south of San Francisco's North Beach. The Boardwalk still makes it one of LA's prime tourist attractions, but rising rents and home prices have created a culture clash.  Now middle-class residents are at war over people who live in their cars, RV's and campers with cops, elected officials and even the Coastal Commission caught in the middle. A recent incident involved the dumping of human waste. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, five years after Katrina, President Obama said yesterday he's making good on his promise to protect New Orleans. But he barely mentioned the strategy most experts say would make the biggest difference of all — restoring the wetlands.

Banner image: A skater passes a van where a homeless person is sleeping in Venice, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Main Topic Overnight RV Parking Raises a Stink in Venice 26 MIN, 18 SEC

A long-running dispute flared up again last week after a neighborhood watch captain claimed she saw a woman passenger in a large camper dispose of human waste in a gutter. The resident got the license number and called the police as the vehicle pulled away, spilling sewage and toilet paper behind it. That was on the Marina Peninsula, but the cops caught up with the camper blocks away in Venice. The passenger was arrested and then let go, but now City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says he plans to prosecute.

Mark Ryavec, Venice Stakeholders Association
Linda Lucks, President, Venice Neighborhood Council
Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council (@mikebonin)
Mike Arnold, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Main Topic Hurricane Protection Diminished by Eroding Wetlands in the Gulf 26 MIN, 7 SEC

Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama was in New Orleans to address a crowd at Xavier University. He assured the crowd that his administration is “working to restore protective wetlands and natural barriers” that have been disappearing for decades. But while we focus attention on restoring the wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi, significant erosion by ship channels and oil pipelines pose an equal, if not greater threat. Is full restoration possible? What would it mean for oil companies, shipping and the fishing industry?

Tim Padgett, Time magazine (@TimPadgett2)
Alexander Kolker, Assistant Professor of Geological Oceanography, Louisiana University Marine Consortium
Kyle Graham, Deputy Director, Office of the Governor for Coastal Activities
David Waggoner, Waggonner & Ball Architects (@wbarchitects)

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