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Proposition 13 cut property taxes in 1978, and sparked a tax revolt nationwide. Jerry Brown was re-elected as Governor that year even though he opposed it. Now, beginning his third term, he blames the state's financial crisis on the way Prop 13 has been implemented for the past 32 years. He doesn't want to raise property taxes, but he does want government "closer to the people." Does that mean cities and counties will be stuck with services the state now provides, but without the money, or is it a measure of how deep Brown's budget cuts will be? Also, an update on the Hollywood Farmers' Market. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the new House majority wants to reduce federal spending, and every commission on the deficit has called for cuts in the Pentagon. So, why are they off the table? How much could be saved without endangering national security?

Banner image: California state controller John Chiang (R) looks on as then-Governor-elect Jerry Brown speaks during a briefing on California's state budget on December 8, 2010 in Sacramento. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Main Topic The New Congress, the Deficit and the Pentagon 26 MIN, 6 SEC

In his farewell speech warning about the "military-industrial" complex, President (and former Army General) Dwight Eisenhower said that defense spending has to be weighed in the balance along with every other national program.  The new House majority wants to cut $100 billion from next year's budget, but the Pentagon won't be subject to major reductions.

Guests:
Hendrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor, New Yorker magazine
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
William Hartung, Director, New America Foundation's Arms and Security Initiative
Stephen Walt, Harvard University (@stephenWalt)

Prophets of War

William D. Hartung

Main Topic Jerry Brown and Proposition 13 20 MIN, 18 SEC

Governor Brown says next week's budget proposal will help meet his campaign promise to move government "closer to the people." He wants to reverse the effects of Proposition 13, which cut the property taxes cities and counties could raise and made them dependent on money from Sacramento. We hear from civic leaders and others.

Guests:
William Fujioka, CEO, County of Los Angeles
Bill Bogaard, City of Pasadena
Joe Mathews, Zocalo Public Square (@joemmathews)

California Crackup

Joe Mathews

Reporter's Notebook Is the Deal to Save the Hollywood Farmer’s Market in Trouble? 5 MIN, 11 SEC

Last month, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti said a compromise had almost been reached between the Hollywood Farmers' Market and the LA Film School. The market draws some 8000 people every week, but blocks a parking lot the growing Film School says it needs to use on Sundays. Despite Garcetti's prediction, the school is still holding out.

Guests:
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)

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