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The Great Park in the City of Irvine was supposed to rival Griffith Park in Los Angeles and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Today a judge ruled that Irvine can't have $1.4 billion. It's all about Governor Brown's abolition of redevelopment agencies to pay for public schools.  Does that mean the Great Park won't be so great?  What about projects in other cities? Also, does the Los Angeles Art World have a distinctive voice? We hear about the Hammer Museum's biennial, which begins tomorrow. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Obama the Warrior in a new kind of war.

Banner image: Rendering of OC Great Park

Making News The Slate Mailer and Other Election News 7 MIN, 8 SEC

There's an election next Tuesday and, like it or not, slate mailers are arriving at the homes of registered voters. With local political coverage harder and harder to find, they are sometimes all that many Californians have to go on. Allan Hoffenblum, a veteran of moderate Republican politics, publishes The Target Book, which both parties regard as the last word on legislative and congressional districts. He used to run his own slate mailer.

Allan Hoffenblum, (1940-2015) (@WeHoGOP)

Main Topic More Casualties in California's War over Public Money 12 MIN, 30 SEC

Governor Brown persuaded the Legislature to abolish local redevelopment agencies, so their $5 billion in taxes could go to public schools. But redevelopment was part of ambitious plans for other public projects all over the state. Today, a judge in Sacramento upheld the Governor's decision that the City of Irvine can't have $1.4 billion in tax revenues, planned for turning the former El Toro Marine Base into the Great Park. Irvine is not alone among cities trying to keep some of the tax money that went to the now defunct redevelopment agencies.

Larry Agran, City of Irvine
Josh Stephens, California Planning and Development Report

Reporter's Notebook Made in LA Shines Light on Emerging Artists in Los Angeles 7 MIN, 2 SEC

Pacific Standard Time involved local museums and galleries in a tribute to art works produced between 1945 and 1980. Tomorrow, the Hammer Museum in Westwood will open Made in LA 2012. A biennial, it will feature some 60 emerging and overlooked LA-based artists, and the Hammer has actually helped them financially to develop their work. Ann Philbin is Director of the Hammer Museum.

Ann Philbin, UCLA Hammer Museum

Main Topic Obama's 'Kill List' and the Rules of War 25 MIN, 23 SEC

167x120 image for tp120531obamas_kill_list_andThe New York Times has published a lengthy account of what it calls, "the strangest of bureaucratic rituals." At meetings held every week or so, President Obama presides and takes full responsibility for deciding which of a "kill list" of suspected terrorists will live or die. His use of drone technology goes well beyond what the Bush Administration even tried. We speak with Times investigative reporter Jo Becker and others about the consequences in the law, for morality, international diplomacy and the upcoming election.

Jo Becker, New York Times (@jo_becker)
William Banks, Syracuse University
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com (@ggreenwald)
Audrey Kurth Cronin, George Mason University

How Terrorism Ends

Audrey Kurth Cronin

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