After weeks of grim predictions of hard times to come, President Obama tried to lift the mood of the nation last night. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear what he said, how he said it, and how Governor Bobby Jindal responded for the Republicans. Also, the city of San Francisco may soon be without a newspaper, California may need a new constitution and the City of LA is about to hold an election. Does anyone care?
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California's last constitutional convention was held in 1878. This year's budget brinksmanship, which is not over yet, was the last straw for political reformers who say it's time for a major, basic change. Yesterday in Sacramento, a business group called the Bay Area Council gathered concerned citizens to discuss the issue. They included William Bagley, who was a UC Regent for 14 years and before that Republican Assemblyman from Marin and Sonoma Counties from 1961 until 1974.
William Bagley, former California State Assemblyman
In the past month, President Obama has been criticized for presenting too grim a picture of America's current challenges. In his first address to a joint session of Congress last night, Obama did predict hard times, but in contrast to recent speeches, he insisted that recovery is a certainty. He explained why he wants to give banks more taxpayer money and outlined ambitious plans for healthcare, alternative energy and education. Did the President strike the right note of optimism in perilous times? What did Governor Bobby Jindal say on behalf of the Republicans?
Robert Schlesinger, Deputy Editor at US News and World Report
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation (@KatrinaNation)
Diane Lim Rogers, Chief Economist, Concord Coalition
In next week's Los Angeles City election, Mayor Villaraigosa has several opponents, but none with enough resources to make it a race. He refuses to make it a contest by participating in a debate. Without a contest at the top of the ballot, there's not much interest in the election, though there are contests for two other citywide offices. We hear about the race to replace Laura Chick, who is termed out as City Controller. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is also termed out, and there's a spirited race to replace him as well.
William Randolph Hearst began his newspaper empire in 1887 with the San Francisco Examiner. In the year 2000, the Hearst Corporation got rid of the Examiner and took over the San Francisco Chronicle. The Examiner folded and now Hearst is cutting the Chronicle staff to the bone. Ken Doctor worked for the late Knight-Ridder papers for 20 years. He's now an analyst for Outsell and Content Bridges, where he studies the transformation from print to digital publication.