The Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan to cut city services and eliminate 761 jobs. The $6.7 billion budget would cut child-care positions, reduce library hours, increase the cost of parking tickets, and allow for up to 26 furlough days for city employees during the next fiscal year, starting July 1. The City Council also called for unions to offer about $100 million in pay cuts and medical and pension contributions. Are these measures too drastic, and are there other options?
The California Fair Elections Act, Proposition 15, would repeal the ban on public funding of political campaigns in California. It would also create a voluntary system for candidates for Secretary of State to qualify for a public campaign grant if they agree to limitations on spending and private contributions. This measure would also charge lobbyists, lobby firms and lobbyist employers a fee of $700 every two years to pay for publicly funded elections. If the proposition passes in the June 8 election, it’s estimated that revenues from these fees would generate $6 million every four-year election cycle. Larry moderates a debate between proponents and opponents of Proposition 15.
In the last five days some 37 people have been killed and others injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and the army in Thailand. The protestors—called Red Shirts—want the prime minister to resign and call immediate elections. Yesterday, a new round of violence occurred after the government told red shirts to disperse or face two years in prison. What’s behind all the violence? Who wants what? And what impact does the unrest have in Southern California, home to the largest Thai community of outside of Thailand?
Primary races in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas have election watchers nationwide on the edge of their seat. Party-switching five-time incumbent Senator Arlen Specter is facing an unexpected challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning’s pick to succeed him, Trey Grayson may be upset by Tea Party favorite Rand Paul in Kentucky. And, Arkansas incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s numbers are slipping as national unions pump money into the state to fund her Democratic opponent. Will an anti-incumbent mood prevail?
As an eighteen year-old NYU theater school dropout, Jillian Lauren got a tip for an audition seeking pretty girls to spice up the parties of a wealthy businessman. Soon after, she was on a plane to Brunei, finding herself in the harem of the Sultan's youngest brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah. While her days were filled with opulent luxury, she came to realize that she was a near-slave competing with 40 other women for the affections of the prince. In her memoir Some Girls, Lauren frankly recounts the 18 months she spent in the prince's palace, her decision to return home, and her later pursuit of a healthy life. What lessons - if any - did Jillian Lauren learn from her surreal experiences?
The Board of Directors of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, known as CalPERS, is asking the state for $600 million to help provide benefits to its members. CalPERS is seeking the increase to make up for steep investment losses. With California going through it's own budget problems, Larry Mantle discusses this breaking story and what it means for the state.
We talk about the charges facing the Tulsa Police Officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man last Friday, as well as the rhetoric surrounding recent police shootings; SoCal vehicle registration fees may be hiked in an effort to pay for smog reduction programs – how much are you willing to pay to meet mandated emission cuts?; plus KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to talk about the week’s newest releases, and we pay tribute to the late Curtis Hanson.
Protests have continued in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man on Tuesday – the police chief said he plans to show the video of the shooting to the man’s family but not to the public – we bring you the latest developments; a new proposal to make L.A. an autonomous transit city by 2035 – what will it take?; and we look at how race and class are intertwined, and the implications for SoCal.
Rome is withdrawing for the 2024 Olympic bid after mayor Raggi called the bid financially irresponsible – what does that mean for L.A.?; according to the Washington Post, Trump used his foundation’s funds for a personal legal settlement – we take a closer look; plus, we host an economic roundtable to analyze the presidential candidates’ economic plans and their implications for SoCal.
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate about the 2-million accounts opened on behalf of unknowing customers – we debate, is the bank too big to manage? Santa Barbara will vote on an outdoor watering ban today – a first in California – a landscaper describes what that would look like; and should In-N-Out adapt to changing times and add a veggie option to its menu, or would that be a slippery slope of bending to the latest whims of customers?
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