After three days of bloody violence in Mumbai, angry media are raising tensions between India and Pakistan. Can the US mediate between two nuclear powers? Was Barack Obama's strategy for promoting peace a terrorist target? Also, civic leaders reportedly have lost confidence in LA School Superintendent David Brewer. Will he be out of a job? We hear pros and cons, and talk with Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County's first new supervisor in 12 years.
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Cell phone records reportedly show the terrorists who attacked Mumbai, India last week were in touch with a coordinator in Pakistan. Pakistan says it'll help investigate. Also today, there are widespread reports that India was warned in advance. (Rebroadcast from today's To the Point.)
Retired Navy Admiral David L. Brewer became Superintendent of the LA Unified School District just over two years ago. The school board wanted its own manager, partly to head off Mayor Villaraigosa's effort to take control of the District. Recent elections have produced a board majority that's supportive of Villaraigosa, and it's reportedly considering buying out Brewer's contract. The Mayor has no role in the process but, as the Los Angeles Times put it today, "key civic leaders have lost confidence" in Superintendent Brewer. Will he be out of a job?
For the first time in 12 years, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has a new member. Yesterday, former State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in to replace Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. She retired and Ridley-Thomas won a run-off election against LA City Councilman Bernard Parks. We hear about the Supervisor's first day and plans for the upcoming term.