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Last year's local, state and federal election campaigns cost a record total of $6 billion.  Proposition C asks LA voters to send a message to Washington: get the big money out of politics. The LA Times calls it, "a primal scream?" Also, who's paying for not one, but two, measures on medical marijuana? Speaking of money, Governor Brown says Sacramento is a "spending machine." We hear about his revised budget, with a cautious approach to increased revenue.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when a building collapse killed 1100 garment workers in Bangladesh, it exposed the high cost of cheap clothing. We hear what's happening now in that country, what clothing companies are — or are not — doing and whether there's anything you can do.

 

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Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Evan George
Anna Scott

Making News Brown Delivers Another Frugal Budget 5 MIN, 29 SEC

Governor Brown presented his revised budget today, based on revenues that were $4.5 billion higher than he expected earlier this year. But the Governor only wants to spend $2.8 billion more, vowing "I'm gonna keep this budget balanced as long as I'm around here." John Myers is political editor for KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

Guests:
John Myers, KQED (@johnmyers)

Main Topic Next Week's LA City Elections and Campaign Spending 10 MIN, 36 SEC

When the US Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case three years ago, it said corporations, labor unions and other special interest groups could spend unlimited amounts of money on independent political campaigns. Since then, campaign spending has skyrocketed to a grand total of $6 billion for last year's local, state and federal elected offices. Proposition C on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would send a message to Washington.

Guests:
Derek Cressman, Common Cause (@DerekCressman)
Mike McGough, Los Angeles Times (@MichaelMcGough3)

Reporter's Notebook Who's Backing the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ballot Measures? 6 MIN, 41 SEC

There are three measures on next week's LA ballot dealing with medical marijuana. The backers of Measure E have switched over to Proposition D, which was placed on the ballot by the LA City Council.  It's now competing with Measure F, and the two campaigns have raised a total of almost a million dollars. KCRW producer Kerry Cavanaugh has found where the money is coming from.

Guests:
Kerry Cavanaugh, Los Angeles Times (@kerrycavan)

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