As LA County voters prepare to elect the next District Attorney, crime is down — and so is the money required for tough law enforcement. Veterans Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson are trying to thread the needle before Tuesday's election. Can they balance promises of both public safety and greater efficiency? What are their positions on amending Three Strikes, eliminating the Death Penalty and Proposition 30, which would raise taxes for schools and for the DA's office? We talk to the candidates for the biggest job of its kind in America. Also, UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is almost ready after two years of renovations. We hear about money and a new arena for college basketball. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, will electronic voting compromise the integrity of the presidential election?
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Three-time LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is stepping down at a time when both crime and public resources are on the decline. In Tuesday's final election, two veterans of Cooley's office are running to be his replacement. They are Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, head of the Major Crimes Unit. (They have declined to debate, so we hear from them one at a time, and have chosen the order by a flip of the coin.)
You can find our political coverage at KCRW.com/californiaelections.
The Bruins' victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in 1975 was Coach John Wooden's final game and UCLA's 10th national basketball championship in 12 years. All John Wooden's teams played their home games at Pauley Pavilion, but it's been closed for renovation for the past two years. Now, at a time when the University of California is raising tuition and cutting classes, it's about to re-open at a cost of $136 million. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has taken a look at what the players and fans can expect for the money.
You can find pictures of the new Pauley Pavilion on our blog, KCRW.com/whichwaylablog.
In the year 2000, “hanging chads” on Florida's paper ballots put the presidential election in doubt. Two years later, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, or HAVA, which provided federal subsidies for states to buy electronic voting machines that don't use paper at all. Dispute is raging over what it could mean for the integrity of next week's election.
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