Bell City Council members reduced their $100,000 a year salaries by 90% and some offered to work for free, but that wasn’t good enough for angry residents at last night’s Council meeting. Will they be forced to resign? Will there be a recall? WWLA?’s Gary Scott was there and we get his report. Also, Governor Schwarzenegger threatens to hand this year’s state budget mess to whoever replaces him next year. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, WikiLeaks has created a firestorm by giving 91,000 secret documents to three influential newspapers before releasing them on the Internet. Do they contain anything new? Will they alter public perceptions of the war in Afghanistan or change public policy?
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The Mayor of Bell, Oscar Hernandez, has claimed that City Manager Robert Rizzo earned his $800,000 a year by making the town "a model of financial prudence." City residents don't agree, as Which Way, L.A.? producer Gary Scott found out at last night's meeting of the city council. We also hear from a 23-year veteran Bell police officer who's filed suit claiming that he and others were required to pass out absentee ballots in city elections and tell citizens how to vote, and from a political scientist who headed the charter reform commission for the City of Los Angeles.
Gary Scott, Program Director; Executive Director, 'Left, Right & Center'
Kurt Owens, President, Bell Police Officers' Association
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
WikiLeaks reportedly has 91,000 secret reports, which it has shared with the New York Times, Britain's Guardian and Der Spiegel in Germany. But not all of them have been released to the Internet. On MSNBC today, WikiLeaks' editor in chief, Julien Assange, was asked about the Pentagon's claim that American lives could be put at risk.
James S. Corum PhD
Last month, the state legislature failed once again to meet the constitutional deadline to pass a state spending plan. Now Governor Schwarzenegger has repeated his threat to let the process drag on until his successor takes office next year if he doesn't get what he wants. Anthony York reports for Capitol Weekly and the LA Times.
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