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There's more trouble at the LA Times. Don't look for the special edition of Current on Sunday.  Did the editorial page editor have a conflict of interest?  Also, the vanishing middle class as a symptom of the LA County's declining quality of life.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Vanessa Romo

Making News Gone with the Current, Times Editor Martinez Resigns

The credibility of the LA Times is under another cloud with the resignation--under pressure--of Editorial Page Editor Andrés Martinez.  Publisher David Killer killed this Sunday's much-touted special edition of Current because of what he calls "an appearance of conflict" involving Martinez's girlfriend and the selection of producer Brian Grazer to edit that special edition. The PR firm of Martinez' girlfriend represents Grazer.  Kevin Roderick broke the story yesterday on his website, LAObserved.com.

Guests:
Kevin Roderick, Editor and Publisher of LA Observed

Main Topic LA County's Declining Quality of Life

On a scale of 10, the State of California ranks 8.08.  Los Angeles County lags behind at 7.32.  That’s according to the United Way's first Quality of Life Index, measuring public safety, economic status, education and health.  We hear more about why the quality of life in LA County lags behind the rest of the state, in a conversation with the United Way's Elise Buik, former Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, and economist and political analyst Joel Kotkin.

Guests:
Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles (@EliseBuik)
Jackie Goldberg, Former President, Los Angeles Unified School Board
Joel Kotkin, Chapman University

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