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Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1939, Northrop Grumman has long been a part of the California dream. Besides building B-2 bombers and other defense-related aircraft, the company is a major innovator in space exploration, satellite technology and, in the 21st century, the long-cherished dream of personal space travel. Gary Ervin, president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems, recently came to Town Hall Los Angeles to talk about California’s $7.4 billion aerospace industry – a major pipeline for jobs, revenue and exciting ideas. But with congress taking aim at the defense budget, who’ll foot the bill for all that innovation? And with the cost of education going sky-high, where will the scientists and engineers of tomorrow come from? Town Hall Speaker: Gary Ervin, Corporate Vice President and President of Aerospace Systems, Northrop Grumman Town Hall Vault Speaker: Thomas Paine, NASA Administrator 1969-1970 (1979)
Health care – how to improve it, how to deliver it, how to pay for it – has been at the forefront of the nation’s conversation for the past several years. As debate over policy, technology and cost-efficiency rages on, those in the medical profession stay focused on one goal – patient care and how to make it better. Dr. Benjamin Chu, president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California, applauds recent advances in technology and efficiency, but warns they may have come at the cost of the doctor-patient relationship, which he feels is vital to life-long wellness. Long-term, preventive care, he says, will save more lives – and dollars – than piece-meal patch-ups, specialist visits and emergency-room treatment. But with insurance costs skyrocketing and the dream of universal health care becoming more elusive, how can Americans afford the medical care they need? Town Hall Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Chu, President, Kaiser Family Foundation, Southern California Town Hall Vault Speakers: Dr. Nancy Dickey, President, American Medical Association (1998) Dr. William Weil, Chairman, Los Angeles County Medical Association (1986)
Feel like you’re drowning in debt? We all are - the U.S. deficit totaled about $1.3 trillion when the last fiscal year ended on September 30th, and debt held by the public now totals more than $9 trillion. Douglas Elmendorf, head of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, says there are ways to climb out of the depths – but they will take time, and they come at a cost. While cutting taxes and increasing spending could lead to a short-term economic boost and potential job growth, he says, such measures could also result in deepening our federal debt. It’s hard enough to get Congress to agree on economic policy during the best of times, and come January, the changing of the guard is bound to mean further tussling. According to the CBO, drastic measures are needed – but will both parties agree on them? Can Americans afford them? And when it comes to belt-tightening, who needs to make the biggest sacrifice?
An NFL team for Los Angeles? We’ve been tossing that ball around for a decade or so, and many have given up on the dream. But Tim Leiweke, head of AEG – the sports and entertainment giant that brought us LA Live and the Staples Center – says there’s good reason to keep it in play. His vision for a revitalized downtown includes an expanded convention center, doubling our hotel rooms, restaurants and retail, and a 78,000 seat, multipurpose stadium. This new playing field, says Leiweke, is bound to lure convention business, tourism and – most importantly - the NFL to the heart of Los Angeles. Of course, all of this expansion will have a price tag in the billions. But AEG is willing to gamble that investing in our urban core will reap big rewards for our economy. And that Angelenos will flock downtown to cheer their team on – whoever it may be. Town Hall Speaker: Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG Town Hall Vault Speaker: John Tuite, Head of the Community Redevelopment Agency (1987) Interviews: Eric Richardson, Publisher, Blogdowntown.com Andy Bales, CEO, Union Rescue Mission
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, created in 2009, is a 10-member, bipartisan panel charged with the task of examining “the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.” The commission conducted over 700 interviews and sifted through millions of documents in their search for the truth. What they found reads like a John Grisham novel – back room Wall Street dealings, bank executives treating mortgages like poker chips, financial products sliced and diced, bought and sold without regard to risk and all the while, government regulators turning a blind eye to the obvious red flags. This week on Town Hall Journal, the commission’s Chair, Phil Angelides, offers a peek into the economic shenanigans that led to what he calls “one of the greatest financial cataclysms of our times.” And warns that, if we don't learn from our economic history, we're doomed to bail out again. Town Hall Speaker: The Honorable Phil Angelides, Chairman, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission In January, the FCIC will deliver its report to Congress, the President and the American people. Find out more at www.fcic.gov Town Hall Vault Speaker: James D. Robinson III, CEO, American Express (1991) Interview: Jason Yancey, Director, Operation Hope
Part and parcel with the history of Los Angeles is the evolution of gangs in America. Many Angeleno gangs are international crime syndicates and experts purport the number of 'Gangbangers' in LA to be a quarter of a million. Violent crime in the City is more often than not a byproduct of thug life. Is this a problem that's too big to solve? Host Judy Muller, introduces listeners to those who diligently work to bring peace to the streets. Council Member Janice Hahn discusses the genesis of the Watts Gang Task Force and the costs of prosecuting gang murders. Interventionist Fabian Montes from Homeboy Industries discusses how best to reach the youth. Brian Center, Executive Director of A Better LA (USC Football Coach, Pete Carroll's nonprofit) and Dr. Greg Ridgeway of RAND discuss the resources required to stop the cycle. This week's Vault Segment highlights a 1990 TOWN HALL address by then LAPD Chief of Police, Darryl Gates, during which he proposes a radical solution for funding anti-gang programs. Lastly, listeners will hear from ex-gang members on the process of leaving gangs and finding alternative social groups. Don't miss this opportunity to learn what measures are taking place to break the gang cycle.