Now that the special election is over, the Governor is floating ideas to pay for much-needed repairs to the State’s infrastructure. The conventional wisdom is that a huge amount of money is needed to unclog our roads, fix our schools, and properly prepare the state for the next disaster. Now the Governor’s office is talking about floating a bond that could exceed $50 billion—and this from a man who was elected on a platform of reigning in spending. Larry talks to Evan Halper, LA Times staff writer based in Sacramento who wrote today’s story on the possible bond, about this shift in policy.
The Governor and his entourage are off in China promoting California’s business interests in that enormous market. But some are starting to question the validity of the trip. What will it really accomplish? Who’s going and how were they chosen? Larry Mantle talks with Bob Stern, President of the Center for Governmental Studies, and Ron Gastelum, Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.