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Nearly $5 billion of federal funding has been earmarked for modernizing the nation's electrical grids. This week on Town Hall Journal, the head of Edison International discusses the Smart Grid, Smart Meters and what they mean to Edison customers, our economy and our climate. The advantages to consumers and the environment are clear – monitoring our own electricity needs could make us smarter about energy consumption. But some consumer groups are concerned – could Smart Meters reveal too much about our daily lives, leaving us vulnerable to crime and privacy invasion? We’ll ask a public policy lawyer for her opinion. And, we’ll go back in time to 1980, to hear from an expert at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the beginnings of the Smart Grid. Speaker: Ted Craver, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International Town Hall Vault Speaker: Dr. Marshall Alper, Manager of Solar Energy Program, JPL (1980) Interview: Jennifer Urban, Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clini
The newly passed Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act promises to help Americans overcome the perils of predatory lending, sneaky credit card practices and Wall Street gone wild. Yet even with the 400-some new rules and regulations it establishes, there are loopholes. Never fear - we’ve got a new sheriff to tame this wild west. Elizabeth Warren has just been named as a Special Advisor to head up the Consumer Protection Agency the bill mandates. But many fear that government chokeholds will lead to more expensive banking – in other words, the end of the free checking account as we know it. Does the bill do enough to protect us? Or is oversight overkill? Panelists: Jane Wells, CNBC Business News Reporter Carmen Balber, Director, Consumer Watchdog, Washington, D.C. Adam Schneir, Associate, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP Rosalind Tyson, Regional Director, Los Angeles Office, Securities Exchange Commission Johannes Worsoe, Senior Executive V.P., Global & Wealth Markets Group, Union Bank Town Hall Vault Speakers: George C. Eads, Council of Economic Advisors (1979) Richard Rosenberg, Chairman & CEO, Bankamerica Corp. Interview: John Carney, Senior Editor, CNBC.com
Despite massive amounts of media coverage, most Americans would be hard pressed to name the key elements of the newly passed Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010 – better known as the Health Care Reform bill. But the changes will affect us all. For business owners, whether you have ten employees or ten thousand, there is a wealth of questions to be asked and answered. This week on TOWN HALL Journal, host Judy Muller takes a magnifying glass to the fine print with two employee benefits experts. We’ll visit the Town Hall Vault for a view of the health care landscape of a quarter-century ago. And we’ll find out how much the average Angeleno knows about the changes in their future. Speakers: Ronald C. Mason, Senior Consultant, Towers Watson; and Christine Infante, Senior Consultant, Towers Watson Town Hall Vault Speakers (1984): Samuel Kaplan, President, U.S. Administrators; Michael Stevens, President, Hoag Hospital; Arnold Glassman, Manager of Benefits and Communications, ARCO; and David Horner, Ph.D, Head of California Medical Association
Far from causing the downfall of journalism, as some have predicted, the digital age has resulted in a wealth of information sources, from 24-hour cable channels to internet bloggers to iPhone alerts. This, in addition to traditional newspapers, TV and radio news, means we’re never more than seconds away from the latest headlines. But which new media are credible? Who do you trust for unbiased information? According to Jim Lehrer, host of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, anyone who cares about the issues now just has to work a little harder to get accurate news. And anyone who cares about the business of journalism has to embrace the changes – or risk being thrown out with yesterday’s papers.
We all want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But, when does doing right mean doing wrong? As Heather Rogers found when researching her book Green Gone Wrong, many aspects of our growing “green economy” have created an economic vs. environmental dilemma for those whom it’s meant to benefit. One example? The market for bio-fuels, which has led to clear-cutting of the Indonesian rain forest. Can we go green without causing the blues?
Since October 2001, over 1.6 million U.S. troops have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these veterans suffer from the so-called ‘invisible wounds of war,’ which include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and homelessness. In fact, Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest population of homeless veterans. Are we as a society doing enough to help our service men and women get back on their feet? Town Hall recently convened a panel of experts to discuss the challenges faced by 21st century veterans. Our Vault segment takes us back to World War II, when Americans were urged to help returning soldiers by creating prosperity at home. And we’ll hear from a former commander in Iraq who has found solace by helping others cope.