Patt Morrison for May 30, 2006

Whistle Blowing Faces a Challenge, and Loses

The Supreme Court today made it harder for government employees to claim they were retaliated against for going public with allegations of official misconduct. The ruling sided with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, which appealed an appellate court ruling which held that prosecutor Richard Ceballos was constitutionally protected when he wrote a memo questioning whether a county sheriff's deputy had lied in a search warrant affidavit. Ceballos and Bonnie Robin-Vergeer, an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, talk about the issue.

Urban Farm or New Development?

LA County Sheriff's deputies could evict the farmers and protesters from the 14-acre plot of land known as the South Central Gardens. The farmers and their supporters say it should be preserved as an urban farm. A legal battle over the land culminated last week when a judge signed an eviction order, but the protestors have yet to be evicted - why not? Dean Kuipers, deputy editor with Los Angeles CityBeat has been covering the story; and Steve Whitmore, senior media advisor with the sheriff's department, updates Patt on the Sheriff's plans.

Phil Angelides for Governor

As the campaign for the right to face Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the November election enters its final full week, a Los Angeles Times poll found the Democratic candidates are in a virtual tie among likely Democratic primary voters. The poll also shows Angelides gaining momentum, while Westly's support has remained the same. Patt speaks with State Treasurer Phil Angelides about his candidacy and his race to beat Westly in next week's primary.
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