Costa Mesa's new city council wants to lay off half its employees, the police chief has quit and a bare bones budget was passed last night in a room full of angry citizens. Is it a prudent reaction to rising pension costs or a crisis manufactured to push a small-government agenda? Also, with Radar LA, Hollywood Fridge and Asian-American Festivals all running at the same time, is Los Angeles a theater town after all? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, are America's nuclear power plants safe enough?
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America's nuclear power plants are aging. The anticipated lifetime originally was about 40 years, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is allowing them to be re-licensed for 20 more. Now a year-long investigation by the Associated Press reports that the NRC works with the industry to weaken safety standards, or fail to enforce them, in order to keep the plants running. Accidents at nuclear plants may be extremely rare, but when they happen, they're devastating. Are regulators in the US doing all that it takes to prevent another Fukushima-type incident from happening here?
Political tensions in Costa Mesa have been building since the new City Council sent layoff notices to half the city's employees. Monday, Police Chief Steve Stavely resigned, calling plans to cut his department "unethical and immoral." The council meeting that started last night lasted until one in the morning and, when it was over, a bare-bones budget was passed by a majority of 4 to 1.
Hollywood, the movie capital of the world, is often criticized as not being a theater town. At last week's Tony Awards Party at the Skirball Center, KCRW's Andrea Brody talked with several guests. Sam Anderson, who just finished six years as an actor on Lost, is deeply involved in LA theater, too. For the past three years, he's been co-artist director of the Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Sam Anderson, Road Theatre