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Outrage over the video-taped beating death of a mentally ill man by Fullerton police is likely the reason three city council members lost their jobs in Tuesday's election. What else was behind the recall? Is the new council ready to fire officials, downsize city government and outsource public safety? Also, Mayor Villaraigosa's "market-based solution" to parking in downtown LA, using San Francisco's experience with meters that charge different rates depending on how many drivers are looking for spaces to park. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, free speech, government corruption and "Citizens United."

Banner image: Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, who was allegedly killed by Fullerton police, addresses the Fullerton City Council on August 2, 2011. Photo: Calwatch

Main Topic Police Brutality, Money and Politics in the City of Fullerton 15 MIN, 45 SEC

Three Fullerton city councilmen were recalled by 66 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. That's the city where police are charged with the very public beating death of a mentally ill man. Voters were angry, but recall supporters say that's not the only reason they wanted to see big change. We hear from businessmen who supported and opposed the recall.

Tony Bushala, Friends for Fullerton's Future
Larry Bennett, Fullerton City Planning Commission

Reporter's Notebook Downtown LA Tests Adjustable Rate Parking 10 MIN, 46 SEC

Donald Shoup is a Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and author of The High Cost of Free Parking. One thousand other city planners have started a Facebook group in his honor called the Shoupistas. Now Los Angeles has launched a pilot program for on-street parking based on his concept of 'variable rate meters." It's already well under way in San Francisco.

Donald Shoup, UCLA (@donaldshoup)
Kent Smith, LA Fashion District

Main Topic Montana, Citizens United and Government Corruption 26 MIN, 6 SEC

167x120 image for tp120607montana_citizens_uniTwo years ago, the US Supreme Court took the limits off campaign spending by corporations and wealthy donors in the case Citizens United versus the Federal Elections Commission. That's raised a firestorm over the influence of money in politics.  The State of Montana calls that an invitation to government corruption and the Supreme Court of Montana has decided to keep the state's contribution limits in effect. Will the high court take another look?  We hear from the Governor of Montana and others.

Brian Schweitzer, State of Montana (@brianschweitzer)
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity (@davelevinthal)
Eugene Volokh, University of California, Los Angeles (@VolokhC)

The Fraudulent Fraud Squad

Richard L. Hasen

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