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Main Topic A Green Political Agenda for City Elections

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist won power and fame by getting Republicans to sign a pledge to never vote for a tax increase. Maybe that’s what environmentalists should try – a pledge. A new study looks at how the city could become a lot greener through the next two mayoral terms… cut carbon emissions, use less water, boost solar and wind, double public transit ridership…and suggests that anyone who wants to get elected mayor or to the city council should sign on. One concern – there’s no dollar figure anywhere in the study.

First, New York has one, San Francisco, Philadelphia – big cities that also plan to be sustainable cities. Sustainability means living and working so that the world remains livable for the generations to come. It means cutting carbon emissions that build a warmer climate, using less water, generating less waste, while still ensuring an urban life that offers opportunity and justice.

 

A new study from UCLA – Visions 2021 LA – A model Environmental Sustainability Agenda for Los Angeles’s Next Mayor and City Council. It examines almost a dozen of what it calls ‘goal areas’ – with far ranging green policy prescriptions that would remake the city. And the study advocates asking politicians to sign on – a pledge to actually try to make this work if elected.

 

Guests:
Mark Gold, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Dakota Smith, Daily News (@dakotacdsmith)
David Nahai, David Nahai Consulting Services

Main Topic The CIA, the Pentagon and Obama’s Drone War…

Unmanned drones are re-shaping both the gathering of intelligence and the conduct of warfare by the Obama Administration. CIA civilians have been firing drones at suspected terrorists, while the military plans to deploy more spies. Will this mean more targeted killings? President Obama has been deciding which individuals will live or die. What does that mean for him personally? We’ll look at his efforts to grapple with the legal—and moral—issues created by the development of drone technology.

Guests:
Greg Miller, Washington Post (@gregpmiller)
Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek/Daily Beast (@dklaidman)
Amy Zegart, Associate Professor of Public Policy, UCLA

Reporter's Notebook Local Chefs Landing at LAX

Guests:
Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles magazine (@LesleyBS)

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