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The Dodgers have overtaken the New York Yankees with a payroll of $230 million. Part-owner Magic Johnson says it won't be a good season if they don't make the World Series. Did big money work for the Yankees? Also, why does LA need an independent commission to study financial stability? What about the candidates for Mayor and the City Council?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, violence and the politics of religion in the Middle East.

Reporter's Notebook A New Commission to Solve LA's Fiscal Problems 7 MIN, 18 SEC

There's a race on for Mayor of Los Angeles. The City Council is considering 22 specific proposals to save money and make up a deficit now estimated at $150 to $160 million. In addition to all that, Council President Herb Wesson has asked for another study. A twelve-member, independent group will come up with ways the city can "grow the economy and jobs, attract business investment and industry, and create fiscal stability for the city." That's how it's described by LA lawyer and former US Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor, who will head the so-called "2020 Commission."

Guests:
Mickey Kantor, Los Angeles 2020 Commission

Main Topic LA Dodgers Are Number One...in Spending Money 18 MIN, 9 SEC

The Major League Baseball season begins on Monday and the first exhibition game in newly renovated Dodger Stadium is getting under way tonight. We get a preview of the upcoming season and the new look at Dodger Stadium, renovated to emphasize fan comfort, Dodger Blue and Restroom Green.

Guests:
Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times (@BillShaikin)
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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