AirTalk for January 23, 2002

An End to Busing?

Pasadena began busing students 30 years ago in order to diversify its student body. Superintendent Dr. Percy Clark believes it is no longer achieving that goal. He has a five-year plan, which would end busing and bring back neighborhood schools in Pasadena. Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Clark about his plan and more.

California Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg

San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg finishes his two-year term as Speaker of the California Assembly on the fifth of February, when he will pass the baton to incoming Speaker Herb Wesson. Larry Mantle talks with Hertzberg about his accomplishments as speaker, his advice for Wesson, his views on Valley secession, and more.

New Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

Yesterday, Governor Davis announced his plan for establishing minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals. If the plan goes into effect, California would be the first state to establish minimum nursing staffing standards in the nation. Larry Mantle talks with Jill Furillo from the California Nurses Association and Jim Lott of the Healthcare Association of Southern California about how California can meet these requirements in the midst of a nursing shortage and financial difficulties.
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