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That was the challenge today from Los Angeles County, part of a campaign against disposable bags by Heal the Bay and other environmental organizations. On Reporter’s Notebook, Mayor Villaraigosa about his plans for reforming that select group of public schools. Also, California will take the Bush Administration to court over Global Warming.

Photo Credit: MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky

Reporter's Notebook More from the Mayor 9 MIN, 13 SEC

Mayor Villaraigosa proclaimed a major victory last week, when parents and teachers at seven Los Angeles Schools agreed to join his Partnership for school reform. Now it turns out that Jordan High will not join after all due to not enough votes from the teachers. Sixty teachers at Santee High who did not get a chance to vote the first time around will get their shot next month. Yesterday, before that uncertainty arose, we talked with the Mayor. He’s been saying the plan he presented was deliberately vague so that individual schools can determine how they want to proceed. 

Guests:
Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles (@villaraigosa)

Making News Court Battle Looms as EPA Says ‘No’ To California Emission Plan 6 MIN, 39 SEC

Late last night, the Environmental Protection Agency denied California’s request to set its own vehicle standards for controlling emissions of greenhouse gases. Today at the White House, President Bush defended that action. The Washington Post says that in issuing yesterday’s denial of California’s request, the EPA Administrator over-ruled his own legal staff.  It told him in a PowerPoint presentation that if the state went to court,  “the EPA would be likely to lose the suit.”

Guests:
Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board (@AirResources)

Main Topic Bag it Yourself! 8 MIN, 45 SEC

Today was the day that LA County asked consumers to shop without using plastic grocery bags.  LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got with the program.

Guests:
Antonio Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles (@villaraigosa)
Mark Gold, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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