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Pasadena affordable housing project, LGBTQ businesses, This Is Not L.A.




Clouds from a passing stormfront travel eastward over the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2013. State Route 134 is in the background.
Clouds from a passing stormfront travel eastward over the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2013. State Route 134 is in the background.
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We speak with Pasadena's mayor about an affordable housing project under the Colorado Bridge that's upsetting nearby residents. Plus, are LGBTQ businesses necessary in a city as diverse as Los Angeles? And, the latest Hollywood news.

Pasadena Colorado Street Bridge affordable housing project is causing controversy

Pasadena's Colorado Street bridge is an icon with its old-fashioned lamp posts and dramatic height and views. And two years ago, a unique project broke ground underneath it. The five-acre space was planned as an affordable housing solution spread out alongside open "meadow" spaces. But now, the area's residents say they're feeling "frustrated, misled and manipulated" by how it's being designed. And they are threatening to take legal action and picket the site if construction moves forward. So what's going on?

Guest:

- Terry Tornek, Pasadena Mayor

Are LGBTQ Businesses necessary in diverse Los Angeles?

Cuties coffee shop in East Hollywood is one of many small businesses trying to stay afloat in L.A. But there’s something unique about Cuties. It’s an LGBTQ coffee shop -- one of the only casual spaces in the city that’s geared towards this community. Still, the shop is in the middle of fundraising efforts to keep its doors open. And it's not alone. The Oxwood Inn, known as L.A.'s last lesbian bar, closed last year. And Paradise--the oldest gay piano bar in Long Beach--shut down in April and was transformed into a skater bar. While the L.A. area doesn't lack LGBTQ spaces, we wanted to see how businesses geared toward this community can thrive in a city that's known for being inclusive.

Guest:

- Marquita Thomas, executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

On the Lot

The latest Hollywood news, including the weekend box office winners and losers.

Guest:

- Rebecca Keegan, Vanity Fair

This is (Not) L.A.

What is the real Los Angeles? We talk to the author of a book who takes apart the misconceptions that many people have about our city. Yes, we're talking to you, New Yorkers. L.A. has a central area, people do take public transit, and there's a lot of good food, too. An insider's take on the real Los Angeles.

Guest:

- Jen Bilik, author of This is (Not) L.A.