With California's economy in a tailspin and a budget shortfall of $35 billion, the government is cutting back. The reductions come at a time when increasingly large numbers of Californians are losing their jobs and their health insurance, creating an even greater need for a government safety net. The state's massive budget gap also means that education, road construction and other services are getting cut, services which could spark economic recovery. What is the role of government when times get tough? In this archived edition of Which Way, L.A.?
, we get three distinct views from an economic advocate for the poor, a free-market economist and a political scientist from UC Riverside. (This segment was originally broadcast May 6.)
- Reporter's Notebook: Exhibition of Islamic Art at LACMA
The city of Baghdad has been conquered before, by the British, Persians, Ottoman Turks and the Mongols, led by Emperor Genghis Kahn. Combining history with front-page news, the LA County Museum of Art is launching an exhibition called -The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia.- Linda Komaroff curated the exhibit of manuscripts, textiles and brilliantly glazed tiles from the 13th and 14th centuries. (This segment was originally broadcast April 10.)