Patt Morrison for June 20, 2006

Los Angeles Power Play in Sacramento

With Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa jet setting to Sacramento to convince lawmakers of his plan for mayoral control of the LAUSD, a political power play has reached new levels. It seems a likely next step that Villaraigosa would run for governor in 2010, but not so if fellow Democrat Phil Angelides wins this fall. Villaraigosa has yet to endorse anyone for governor, but with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supporting Villaraigosa's takeover plan and Angelides' close ties with teachers unions who oppose the mayor's plan, trouble is brewing up north. Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, weighs in.

Irvine's Global Gaffe

Signing up with a new sister city in China brought unintended and unexpected problems when Irvine city officials put their signatures on an agreement that would prevent them from recognizing Taiwan. Beth Krom, mayor of Irvine, Stan Yang, President of the Orange County chapter of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, Bee Canterbury Lavery, who was in charge of the Sister City program as Chief of Protocol for Mayor Tom Bradley, and LA city councilman Dennis Zine, join Patt. Today Beirut became Los Angeles' 22nd sister city.

Mr. Conservative

As a man who was both glorified and vilified by the American public, Barry Goldwater left an indelible imprint on the Republican Party that influenced both conservative and liberal politicians. A new documentary produced by his granddaughter, CC Goldwater, examines the roots of Goldwater's conservative philosophy and his career while providing an inside glimpse into the personal life of this multifaceted figure. CC Goldwater and Lou Cannon join Patt to discuss the life of an individual whose philosophy still resonates today. Cannon is the author of five books about Ronald Regan, and working on a forthcoming book about George W. Bush and the conservative movement. Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater will be screened three times at the at the LA film festival . The first screening is this Saturday, June 24 at the Majestic Crest Theater at 2 p.m.
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