- Making News: Future of King-Drew Trauma Center Still Unknown
The LA Board of Supervisors met this afternoon to consider closing the embattled King-Drew trauma center in South-Central LA. By the time we taped this program, no vote had been taken, and it seemed likely that the showdown would be postponed, as requested last week by a unanimous vote of the LA City Council. Human rights advocate Joe Hicks says the loss of the facility would be a terrible blow to the neighborhood's black and Latino population.
- Reporter's NOtebook: Reporter's Notebook: Amend for Arnie
The presidential campaign just ended, but some Californians want to start a new one right away. The problem is that their candidate doesn't qualify under the Constitution. So, today, they started running commercials on cable TV advocating a constitutional amendment so that Arnold Schwarzenegger can throw his hat in the ring. We hear more from the woman who's running those TV commercials, Robert Salladay, who covers the Governor for the LA Times, and constitutional law expert Doug Kmiec.
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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.
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