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For decades, LA County's Board of Supervisors has been almost immune to change.  The five current incumbents have served for a total of almost 100 years. Now, term limits passed by the voters are changing all that. We hear from Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, front-runners for the seat now occupied by Zev Yaroslavsky, who's termed out. Also, another Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, makes his first public comment about home improvements made at taxpayer expense. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, despite the almost unanimous conviction of climate scientists, Americans are increasingly skeptical about global warming. We look at the possible reasons and the potential consequences of the disconnect between science and public perception.

Making News Supervisor Responds to Home Improvement Questions 7 MIN, 5 SEC

The Los Angeles City Building and Safety Department is investigating whether improvements at the home of County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas were made without a required permit. This after the LA Times reported that County workers spent a week and $10,000 installing an alarm system in a garage that had been converted into an office. The Supervisor refused to talk with Times reporters about suggestions that the project went beyond what's allowed at public expense.

Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)

Main Topic The Race for One of LA's Most Powerful Elected Offices 14 MIN, 42 SEC

With a $25 billion budget, the five members of LA County's Board of Supervisors serve more people than all but seven states of the Union. For decades, they've been almost immune to electoral challenge, but voter-passed term limits are now in effect and major change is in store. Zev Yaroslavsky is termed out of the Third District seat he's held since 1994, setting up what could be an intense political battle. Today, former Santa Monica Councilman and Mayor Bobby Shriver jumped into the race. He's the former brother-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the nephew of John F. Kennedy. Former State Assemblywoman and Senator Sheila Kuehl announced her candidacy for Zev Yaroslavsky's seat last April. Before starting her political career, she was Zelda on TV's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. She then went to Harvard Law School, and was the first openly gay person elected to the state legislature.

Bobby Shriver, former Mayor of Santa Monica (@Bobbyshriver )
Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@SheilaKuehl)

Reporter's Notebook Could LA's 'Promise Zones' Spur Gentrification? 9 MIN, 37 SEC

During last week's 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, the Obama White House announced what it calls "Promise Zones" in five American cities, including Los Angeles. Zones include Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood. But there's concern that they could do harm than good for poor people.  

Chris Tilly, University of California, Los Angeles (@UCLA)
Curren Price, Jr., Los Angeles City Council (@CurrenPriceJr)

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