Secession and the Fight Ahead

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The San Fernando Valley latched onto Los Angeles in 1915 to avail itself of the city's water supply. Residents have tried repeatedly to reverse the union several, but each try was rebuffed by changes in law or promises from city hall. But last night history was made when the Local Agency Formation Commission agreed to put the Valley secession issue to a November vote. As LA's present and former mayors unite to defeat the measure and others gear up to raise $ 5 million for their effort, breakaway advocates are drawing up blueprints for the fight ahead. We get a preview of the battle to come from the head of the secessionist group Valley Vote, LAFCO Commissioner Cindy Miscikowski, and a political scientist who's studied secession movements across the US. Managing Editor Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.
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Heal the Bay

Local Agency Formation Commission

Free the Valley

LA City Council Committee on Secession

LA Department of Water and Power

One Los Angeles

SM Urban Runoff Recycling Facility

Valley Vote

Museum of Contemporary Art

American Cinematheque



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton