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Majorities in some affluent suburbs have voted to increase taxes for schools, but not by enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. In other places they've passed. What's in store for Measure E next month in Los Angeles?  Also, the Republican candidates for Attorney General. Is LA District Attorney General Steve Cooley too liberal?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, BP has begun implementing "Top Kill" to plug its broken oil well.  We hear how it's supposed to work, what survivors said today about the cause of the oil-rig explosion and how far oil has seeped into the bayous of Louisiana.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Raising Taxes to Fund Schools 19 MIN, 58 SEC

In San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge and South Pasadena, two thirds of the voters have approved new taxes for schools. At the same time in Pasadena Unified, 52% went along, but that wasn't enough to meet the two-thirds requirement.  Yesterday, in Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, the Measure A parcel tax got 63%, a much bigger majority but again, not enough to win. On June 8, voters in the City of Los Angeles will decide on Measure E, which would allow the LA Unified School District to levy a temporary $100 annual education parcel tax.

Guests:
Jose Escarce, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Karin Klein, Los Angeles Times
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District (@lausd_zimmer)

Reporter's Notebook Republican Candidates for Attorney General 6 MIN, 16 SEC

Last night, we heard about six Democrats running in next month's primary for Attorney General, including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Tonight, Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and speechwriter for then-Governor Pete Wilson, looks at the Republican slate, including LA District Attorney Steve Cooley.  

Republican candidates for State Attorney General:

Steve Cooley
Tom Harman
John Eastman

 

Guests:
Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution (@hooverwhalen)

Main Topic BP Attempts to Plug Well: Endless Oil and Endless Blame 25 MIN, 10 SEC

BP has begun implementing "Top Kill," to stop the Gulf oil gusher with mud under high pressure. Meantime, there's new evidence of warning signs before the explosion and more testimony that federal rules for deep sea drilling amounted to self-regulation. Pressure is building on the Obama Administration to take more decisive action, but there are doubts that it has the expertise or the technology.

Guests:
Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune (@mschleifsteintp)
Satish Nagarajaiah, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
Anna Fifield, US Political Correspondent, Financial Times
Tracy Kuhns, Bayou-keeper, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Abrahm Lustgarten, Reporter, ProPublica

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