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The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to spend $42 million to keep elephants at the LA Zoo. But theater, ballet, opera and art museums are in big trouble in Southern California. Also, last year, 2.5 million Americans lost their jobs. This year the "best case scenario” is 3 million more. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, what’s the impact of unemployment across the country?  What will it take to get the next job in a restructured economy? 

 

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic Who's Hiring, Who's Firing and How to Cope 24 MIN, 40 SEC

This week, literally thousands of people have lost their jobs in manufacturing, construction and industry. Even in Silicon Valley, unemployment is rising fast. With Congress debating his stimulus plan, President Obama spoke to a roomful of CEO's today, telling them that what they do matters more than what happens in Washington. Who will most likely be laid off? Which companies are trying to hold on to employees? In an economy transformed by recession, what will it take to get the next job?

Guests:
Rajeev Dhawan, Director of the Economic Forecasting Center, Georgia State University
Eric Savitz, Blogger and Columnist, Barron's
Charles Heckscher, Director of the Center for Workplace Transformation, Rutgers University
Kate Wendleton, President, Five O’Clock Club

Main Topic The Arts as Victims of the Economic Recession 20 MIN, 57 SEC

Opera Pacific performed for decades in Orange County, up until last November.  During intermission on the final night of The Barber of Seville, the musicians were told it was all over. They played the last act anyway, but there’s no more opera, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa is now short $400,000 in revenue.  The 81-year-old Orchestras of Pasadena laid off half their staff last year and stayed afloat on checks written by board members. The economic decline is devastating the arts in Southern California. We look at the crisis facing arts institutions with arts writers, producers and advocates.

Guests:
Reed Johnson, Arts Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Gil Cates, Producing Director, Geffen Playhouse
Rachael Worby, Music Director, Pasadena Pops
Bob Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Making News Billy the Elephant Gets Government Housing 6 MIN, 2 SEC

The Los Angeles City Council stopped construction on the $42-million Pachyderm Forest at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Animal advocates said it was too expensive and too small, even for Billy, the only elephant left. But after months of passionate public debate, that same City Council voted today, 11-to-4, to continue the project, as we hear from Carla Hall, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Carla Hall, Editorial Writer, Los Angeles Times

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