Governor Schwarzenegger calls it "historic and comprehensive." One critic says it’s "a drop in the bucket." Well hear about the water package passed in the wee hours of this morning. Also, Mayor Villaraigosa says naming a new chief of police was his most important appointment. What’s next? We talk with him about Charlie Beck, city policies and politics. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Republicans took governorships from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey. A Democrat took a congressional seat from Republicans in upstate New York. Maine voters said "no" to same-sex marriage. What messages, if any, do "off-year elections" carry for national politics?
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The New York Times and even the Times of London have warned about over-interpreting America's off-year elections. Then they've gone right on to do it themselves. That's according to the Columbia Journalism Review, which says, "it just makes politics more fun…[and makes] elections more meaningful by threading them into a broader narrative."
John Mercurio, The Hotline
Jonah Goldberg, Editor-at-Large, National Review Online
David Sirota, International Business Times (@davidsirota)
Charlie Bass, former Congressman (R-NH)
Nan Hunter, Georgetown University Law Center
Mayor Antonio Villagraigosa said he struggled long and hard before choosing Charlie Beck to succeed Bill Bratton as Chief of the LAPD. Today's Los Angeles Times, and sources we've talked to at Which Way, L.A.?, say Beck was not the first choice of the Mayor's own Police Commission.
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Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
Does California Have a Double Standard for the Public's Protection? Porter Ranch and Vernon are mirror images of each other. In one, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter—just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about health risks to school children from exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant— until the federal government finally stepped in.
Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
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