Governor Schwarzenegger is traveling to Mexicali tomorrow, but unlike past governors, who visited routinely with Presidents of Mexico, Schwarzenegger has never met Vicente Fox. When Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu-ez met Fox in Mexico City last month, he said Fox urged him to encourage better relations. Mexico is California's principal trading partner, and 25% of Californians are of Mexican descent. That's from the Tomas Rivera Institute at USC, which also reports that California's relationship with Mexico is worth $159 billion a year and 200,000 jobs. What's the cost-benefit ratio of illegal immigration? What do volunteer border patrols and denial of the license to drive look like from south of the border? We speak with Mexico's Consul General and the head of the Tomas Rivera Institute about economics and politics in California's relations with Mexico.
- Making News: Safe Landing for Jet Blue
TV watchers of Jet Blue flight 292--and in much of the world-- were holding their breath last night as the plane made an unexpected landing at LAX. One observer who wasn't worried at all was Robert Ditchey, co-founder of America West Airlines, as well as a pilot and aeronautical engineer.
- Reporter's Notebook: What If LA Had to Evacuate Like Houston?
As Hurricane Rita approaches Texas, more than a million people have been ordered out of their homes and evacuation orders have jammed the highways for 100 miles in almost every direction. What if that happened here? Jim Moore is Director of the Transportation Engineering Program at USC.
Jet Blue on Flight 292
The Economic Impact of the Mexico-California Relationship, TRPI report on