Outsiders, including charters and community groups, could apply to run 50 new schools if the LA School Board approves. Are some board members trying to undermine the program on behalf of the teachers' union? The vote is tomorrow. We hear from two board members. Also, more on the cancelled film program at LA County's Museum of Art. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, industrial agriculture produces huge quantities of meat and grain, but are they as cheap as they seem? What about damage to land and water, and the medical consequences of human obesity? Is there a better way?
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Horror stories about America's food industry go back to Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle, published in 1906. The current issue of Time magazine concludes that some things have improved a lot in the past 103 years…but that others have gotten worse.
Bryan Walsh, Time magazine (@bryanrwalsh)
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms
Tom Field, Director of Producer Education, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (@NationalFarmersUnion)
The LA Unified School District will be opening no less than fifty new schools in the next few years. Tomorrow, the elected School Board will take up a proposal that could give outsiders a chance to run them. Proposals would be accepted from charter operators, unions, the Mayor's office and community groups. Mayor Villaraigosa is all in favor, but organized labor has problems. The LA Times is supportive, but in an editorial today warns against what it calls "a load of troubling amendments" including "poison pills…apparently intended to appease the teachers union." Board Vice President Yolie Flores Aguilar is the author of the main proposal. Steve Zimmer is one author of amendments the Times doesn't like.
When the Los Angeles County's Museum of Art announced the end of its 40-year old film program, film critics were outraged. Martin Scorsese published an angry open letter, and more than 2000 people have signed an online petition. Temperatures rose even higher when the LA Times revealed that LACMA's Director Michael Govan will earn more than $6 million during his five-year contract. Tom Christie is senior features editor at the LA Weekly.