Patt Morrison for May 24, 2007

MTA to Transit Riders: Take a Hike

200 angry demonstrators showed up at MTA headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to protest a proposed fare increase that could more than double some bus and train fares by 2009. Under the plan, the cash fare for both rail and bus would increase to $2 per ride from $1.25 and the monthly pass to $120 from $52 over the next 19 months. The MTA has a $4.7 billion bill to pay from debt accrued from building rail lines and other capital projects. It's also falling behind on operating costs for running additional buses. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who sits on the MTA board, says the MTA is pushing for too sharp an increase, and is calling for a 5 percent hike during each of the next five years. In jeopardy are rail projects such as the Expo line to Culver City and the Gold Line extension to Boyle Heights. Without the hike, MTA may also have to cut back on bus service. * Rachael Myrow, KPCC Reporter * Darrell Clarke,, writer * Marc Hefele, City Beat and City Watch

LAUSD Charter Schools Get Windfall

Eli Broad announced today that his Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is donating $10 million to open 13 new charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The money is going to the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that already runs seven charter schools in the district. Broad joins Patt to talk about his donation, education and the growing charter school movement. * Eli Broad, businessman and philanthropist, founder of The Broad Foundation * Adolfo Guzman Lopez KPCC Reporter * Greg McNair, LAUSD's chief administrator for charter schools

APHC Winner

Patt announces the winner of the Prairie Home Companion Ticket Giveaway.

Elmore Leonard, Up in Honey's Room

With over 40 published novels and many of them made into feature films such as Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, Elmore Leonard knows a thing or two about writing a suspenseful noir novel. His latest work, Up in Honey's Room (William Morrow), is set in Detroit in the 1940's and follows the adventures of a tough-talking blonde named Honey Deal and US Marshall Carl Webster as he chases after Nazi war criminals. * Elmore Leonard author, Up in Honey's Room
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