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Desperate times are met with futile actions in Sacramento.  LA's school superintendent concedes that budget cuts will do real damage to public education.  Can parents be organized to make a difference?  Plus, a murder conspiracy charge against a high-profile gang-intervention leader. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, just one day after tough new talk from the White House, there's been more bloody violence on the streets of Tehran.  Can the President sustain his effort to engage with Iran?  What about negotiating concessions on nuclear development?


Banner image: UTLA May 26 march and rally at the Los Angeles School Board

Producers:
Gary Scott
Andrea Brody

Main Topic LAUSD Slashes 1.6 Billion Dollars over Three Years 15 MIN, 36 SEC

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Unified School Board passed a $5.5 billion budget.  That sounds like a lot, but the LAUSD is the nation’s second largest, and the operating budget’s been cut so much that 2200 teachers will have to be laid off, class sizes will increase and in coming years, it’s going to get worse.

Guests:
Ramon Cortines, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Tanya Anton, founder of GoMamaGuide.com and LAUSD parent (@GoMamaGuide)

Making News Anti-Gang Crusader Alex Sanchez Arrested 5 MIN, 29 SEC

The executive director of Homies Unidos, one of LA’s major gang intervention programs, has been arrested by the FBI. Thirty-seven year old Alex Sanchez is charged with racketeering offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder.  Shock and disbelief express the response of many in the community, according to freelance journalist Celeste Fremon, who specializes in gangs and law enforcement and blogs at WitnessLA.com.

Guests:
Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com (@witnessla)

G-Dog and the Homeboys

Celeste Fremon

Reporter's Notebook GOP and Governor Reject Democrats' Partial Budget Fix 4 MIN, 25 SEC

The largest state in the union is a major engine of the same national economy the Obama Administration is trying to stimulate.  But California Democrats appear resigned to going without help from Washington. In Sacramento they’ve spent the day trying to round up enough votes for a budget Governor Schwarzenegger has already promised to veto.

Guests:
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (@haroldmeyerson)

Main Topic President Obama and the Search for Common Ground 28 MIN, 10 SEC

There was bloody violence on the streets of  Tehran today as police clubbed, gassed and possibly even shot at some 200 demonstrators. Yesterday, President Obama hardened his tone toward Iran, using language that’s already become familiar.

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution (@EJDionne)
Michael Goldfarb, Online Editor, Weekly Standard
Jonathan Chait, New York magazine (@jonathanchait)
John "Rick" MacArthur, Publisher, Harper's magazine

The Inheritance

David Sanger

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