LA Unified's adult education program is a lifeline for more than a quarter of a million recent immigrants, high-school drop-outs and anyone else who needs training to get a job or keep one that's changing. We hear what it would mean if budget cuts shut down one of America's largest institutions of its kind. Also, the LA City Council joins a growing movement. Its $30 billion in assets will be deposited only in those banks that meet certain standards for lending, foreclosing and investing in the community. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a Marine veteran who got on the No-Fly list an can't find out why or how to get off.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District's Evans Community Adult School is the so-called Ellis Island of Los Angeles. Students of all ages come, quite literally, from all over the world. The population was 20,000, but recent cutbacks reduced that to 15,000. Complete elimination of Evans and 29 other such schools was already threatened by LAUSD's worst-case budget, even before Governor Brown announced the latest state shortfall yesterday. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports that every one of the LAUSD Adult Education teachers and administrators has a pink slip that could be activated in June.
Students at Evans Community Adult School
The latest version of al Qaeda's underwear bomb revealed technology that could defeat airport scanners maintained by the Transportation Security Administration. In the meantime, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a Constitutional challenge to the government's No-Fly list. One of the plaintiffs is Ibraheim "Abe" Mashal, a four-year veteran of the US Marines. He's now a traveling dog trainer, who discovered that he was on the No-Fly list when he tried to check into a flight from Chicago to Spokane, Washington. He's one of 500 American citizens on the FBI's list, without explanation or any way to appeal. We hear about the latest in high-tech terrorist technology and the denial of Constitutional rights.
Two days after JP Morgan Chase announced its $2 billion loss from risky trading, the New York and Los Angeles City Councils passed so-called responsible-banking ordinances. In LA, it was the result of a three-year effort by City Councilman Richard Alarcón. The vote in favor of Alarcón's measure was unanimous.