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Growing Populations, Shrinking Water Supplies and Broken Budgets

As California's population grows, its infrastructure disintegrates and state deficit balloons, voters, who will make the ultimate decision in November 2010, are questioning the need for the recent $11 billion bond recently passed by the legislature and Governor for upgrades to California's antiquated water system. On Town Hall Journal, Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager and CEO of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, sounds the alarm on the need for conservation, recycling, reclamation and desalination as means to stave off the effects of eight years of drought. The Vault segment goes back to 1978 when former Governor Edmund Pat Brown whose son, Jerry, was then Governor, argues the need for a peripheral canal to preserve the Delta and make California less dependent on other states for water. If you're concerned about increasing water bills and busted water pipes, you won't want to miss this Town Hall Journal.

Marijuana - Economic Wonder Drug?

As TOWN HALL was started by the LA business community in 1937, when contentious issues pop-up in the city our Members ask "What's the bottom line?" Many people, including Governor Schwarzenegger, have purported that budget deficits can be minimized by the legalization and taxation of marijuana. A recent TOWN HALL panel posed the question on whether or not Marijuana was an economic wonder drug to a panel of experts with contradictory opinions.

LA Unearthed: History & Mystery at Los Angeles' Cemeteries

TOWN HALL Journal goes along on a tour of Los Angeles' oldest cemetery - Evergreen Cemetery - and acquaints listeners with well-remembered and sometimes forgotten Angelenos. Hear first hand from taphophiles on what fascinates them about cemeteries and discover early LA pioneers like freed slave turn midwife and downtown landowner, Biddy Mason. Dipping into the Vault, we get a history lesson on Hollywood's obsession with the dead from Edward Maeder, Curator, LACMA's Costume and Textile Collection, who gives us an overview of films that bring the dead back to life. Finally, we ask USC Professor Leo Braudy why people are so fascinated with celebrities who have gone to the other side. You won't want to miss this spooky delight! We thank our community partner, The Studio for Southern California History for their help.

Dodgers Blue?

Angelenos have been concerned about their beloved Dodgers ever since the cherished O'Malley family sold the franchise to Rupert Murdoch. Now that Frank and Jamie McCourt are in the midst of a very public divorce, fans fears are again on the rise. Join us this week as TOWN HALL Journal presents a brief history of Dodgers management as heard at TOWN HALL. This week's Journal includes Jamie McCourt's address at TOWN HALL when the family first came to Los Angeles, and this year's program with Frank McCourt. Both underscore the McCourt's commitment to the team and the community. They discuss the importance of the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the newly instituted "Ramirez Provision" which asks each Dodger to make a financial commitment to the community as part of their contract. The Vault segment features Tommy Lasorda from 1997 touting the importance of the team staying in the O'Malley family because "the game belongs to the fans." Host Judy Muller explores fan anxieties with Jon Weisman writer of the LA Times "Dodger Thoughts" blog. Finally, we take to the streets to get the fans feedback on the fate of their Los Angeles Dodgers. If you're blue about the Dodgers, you won't want to miss this show.

Banking Industry Check-up with FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

Is it possible that without proper regulation banks and financial institutions will repeat mistakes of the past and once again become "too big to fail" forcing taxpayers to bail them out? Recently, FDIC Chairman, Sheila C. Bair, delivered an Industry Briefing to TOWN HALL in which she provided her insights on how to prevent the mistakes from recurring. Among other solutions, she proposed breaking-up the banks before they get too big. This week's Vault takes listeners to 1979 when the Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, Richard Cooley, spoke about providing mortgages to low-income households. The Vault then travels to 1984 with Leonard Weil, President and CEO of Mitsui Manufacturing Bank, who declares that regulatory controls must be adoptive to keep banks from entering into speculative activities that make them "too big to fail." Host Judy Muller, discusses the future of banking industry regulations with MIT Sloan School of Management Professor, Simon Johnson. Finally, we hear about the resilience of small local banks with CEO of Pacific Commerce Bank, Bryan Kelley. If you're concerned about the security of your bank and our economy, don't miss this episode of TOWN HALL Journal.

Breaking the Gang Cycle

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.

The Price of Escape: Hollywood Weathers the Storm

Angelenos are by definition movie buffs and this week's program is for any listener who ventures into darkened theaters to escape the everyday and experience a world beyond. TOWN HALL Journal explores the allure, success and challenges faced by Hollywood during tough economic times. Host Judy Muller speaks with Rob Friedman about the state of the independent movie studio and the price of making movies in California. Friedman is the Co-Chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the popular Twilight series. Our Vault segment reintroduces us to Alex Singer, a film and television director, who in 1980 declared that Hollywood was going the way of pandering to audiences at one extreme and being cavalierly creative on the other. If you like movies and being part of Tinsel Town, you won't want to miss this insider's look behind the silver screen.

LA Unearthed: History & Mystery at Los Angeles' Cemeteries

Readying us for Halloween, TOWN HALL Journal goes along on a tour of Los Angeles' oldest cemetery - Evergreen Cemetery - and acquaints listeners with well-remembered and sometimes forgotten Angelenos. Hear first hand from taphophiles on what fascinates them about cemeteries and discover early LA pioneers like freed slave turn midwife and downtown landowner, Biddy Mason. Dipping into the Vault, we get a history lesson on Hollywood's obsession with the dead from Edward Maeder, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art -Costume and Textile Collection, who gives us an overview of films that bring the dead back to life. Finally, host Judy Muller asks USC Professor Leo Braudy why people are so fascinated with celebrities who have gone to the other side.

Hand Washing, Not Hand-Wringing: Preparing for H1N1

This week's TOWN HALL Journal helps clear-up the mystery of what constitutes a pandemic and whether or not H1N1 qualifies by further exploring a recent TOWN HALL panel of experts from Los Angeles County's department of health, LAUSD, local hospitals and researchers all weigh-in on how best to prepare for H1N1.

Creating a Healthy City: The San Francisco Model for Health Care Reform

The issue of health care reform comes to California this week when host Judy Muller examines the San Francisco Public/Private Health Care option with Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom. Muller asks local experts if such a plan would work in Los Angeles - a county with a reported 1.5 million uninsured. This week's Vault segment spans 20-years of experts predicting the current crises in rising healthcare costs and dwindling care with former Governor of Massachusetts, The Hon. Michael Dukakis and Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, the first woman president of the American Medical Association, among others. Don't miss this insightful exploration on local issues and solutions for health care reform.