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A new census shows LA County has 38% fewer homeless people than it did two years ago, still more than any place else in America. Is the count really accurate? Will ethics investigations mean political trouble for two local members of Congress or their party?  Plus, what's the meaning of The Day of the Dead? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Abdullah Abdullah has dropped out, so there won't be a run-off, and Hamid Karzai will get a second term as President of Afghanistan. Will he be "credible" to his own people or to President Obama as he decides whether to send more American soldiers?

Banner image: A man who goes by the name 'Pepper' enters his sloping bedroom on the concrete banks of the Los Angeles River on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images


Main Topic Counting the Homeless in LA County 17 MIN, 32 SEC

Despite the economic recession, the number of homeless people in LA County has dropped by 38%.  In 2007, the count was 68,000; this year it's put at 43,000. That's according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, or LHASA, which took its latest census in January.

Guests:
Mike Arnold, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Gary Blasi, UCLA Law School
Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles (@EliseBuik)

Main Topic Hamid Karzai Declared Afghan President Again 21 MIN, 53 SEC

With Abdullah Abdullah out of the run-off election, Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of Afghanistan.  In Kabul, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has offered congratulations, at the same time saying it's now up to Karzai to demonstrate his government's credibility to the international community and to his own people.

Guests:
Matthew Green, Afghanistan and Pakistan Correspondent, Financial Times
Gordon Lubold, Reporter, Politico
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD)
Scott Ritter, former Chief Weapons Inspector; UN Special Commission in Iraq

Dangerous Ground

Scott Ritter

Reporter's Notebook Dia de los Muertos 6 MIN, 14 SEC

catrinas.jpgThe Day of the Dead takes more than one day to celebrate.  El Día de los Muertos is observed on both the first and second days of November.  Ana Pescador is CEO at the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture in Los Angeles.

Segment image: TomásCastelazo

Guests:
Ana Pescador, CEO, Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture

Making News Ethics Investigations of So Cal Congresswomen 6 MIN, 44 SEC

The House Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to investigate two Los Angeles members of Congress, Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, both Democrats. Gene Maddaus is staff writer for the Torrance Daily Breeze.

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)

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