In recent years, the LA City Council has voted unanimously almost 100% of the time. Critics say it's in thrall to developers and that it's failed to pave streets, oversee the DWP or keep libraries open full time. On Tuesday, voters in District 15 will vote to replace Janice Hahn. We hear a debate between runoff candidates Warren Furutani (L) and Joe Buscaino (R). Who are they? How do they propose to keep the city from running out of money? Also, Frank McCourt is now free to sell the Dodgers. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Republicans go from New Hampshire to South Carolina.
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A bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the settlement between Frank McCourt's Dodgers and the Fox Sports Network, clearing the way for McCourt to sell the team. Matt "Money" Smith is co-host of the Petros and Money show on KLAC AM570 and on Fox Sports Radio.
The LA City Council has been described as "ideologically homogenous," where members who disagree don't vote "no" but call in sick to protect the image of tranquility. In 2009, the members voted unanimously 99.3 percent of the time. Last year it was 97.5 percent. Janice Hahn left the 15th Council District when she was elected to Congress and the runoff to replace her will be held next Tuesday. The district includes Watts, South Los Angeles and a four-block wide, eight-mile long strip of neighborhoods called Harbor Gateway stretching south to San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City. The runoff candidates are LA Policeman Joe Buscaino, a San Pedro native who's never run for elected office, and Warren Furutani, who was born in San Pedro but lives in Harbor Gateway. He was an elected LA School Board member for eight years and is currently a Democratic state Assemblyman. Council offices are technically nonpartisan.
New Hampshire Republicans had just 12 delegates to give in yesterday's primary. Mitt Romney got seven; Ron Paul took three and Jon Huntsman got the remaining two. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were shut out, and Rick Perry wasn't even campaigning. But, in less than two weeks, they'll be waiting in South Carolina, where Gingrich, Perry, Santorum and Paul are ready to give Romney trouble. Meanwhile, Republican power brokers and fundraisers are beginning to talk Party Unity.
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