In tomorrow's elections, voters will face a lot of decisions without a lot of hope for the future, whatever the results might be. Ballot measures to cut costs and raise money won't help solve the City of Los Angeles' $400 million budget gap. The LA Community Colleges are looking at the expensive consequences of waste and corruption in a massive construction project, , and there are fierce battles raging for seats on the Los Angeles and Bell City Councils. Also, the ongoing recession means a lot of hungry people in Southern California. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Moammar Gaddhafi appears to have staved off the rebel onslaught, at least for the moment. With Libya divided, is it time for international intervention. What are the risks for the US to lead the way? What are the risks of inaction?
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Los Angeles' Community College system is the biggest in the nation, and it's been the target of a week-long investigative series by the Los Angeles Times. Four of seven seats on the Board of Trustees are on the ballot citywide. We hear about those races, city council races and several local measures. We also get an update on the municipal and recall elections in the City of Bell.
Rick Taylor, Los Angeles-based political consultant
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)
Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics
Raphael J. Sonenshein
Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you and your family needed?” Twenty percent of Californians answered "Yes" to that question last year in a Gallup survey, 26 percent in the Inland Empire, 24 percent in Los Angeles and Long Beach and 21 percent in Santa Ana. The national average is 18 percent. The research was analyzed by the Food Research and Action Center in Washington. Jim Weill is the President.
Jim Weill, Food Research and Action Center
As the international media focus on Libya's possible civil war, Moammar Gadhafi is secure in Tripoli. What has astonished one reporter is the perception of residents in the capital city, which she describes as "complete denial" that their leader's government is under any real threat at all. Vivienne Walt arrived for the latest of many visits to Tripoli this past weekend. We speak with Walt and others about the situation in Libya and the case for international military intervention.
Vivienne Walt, Time magazine (@vivwalt)
Martin Chulov, The Guardian (@martinchulov)
Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution (@shadihamid)
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars (@aarondmiller2)
George Joffe, University of Cambridge