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On Friday, if Congress and the President don't find an alternative, more than $850 billion in federal budget cuts will go into effect. For California and Los Angeles, it means thousands of jobs on the chopping block, from the defense industry to pre-school to medical research. Guest host Mike Shuster explores how the sequester will affect your city and you. Also, an amateur crime blogger turned sleuth pursues a California serial killer you've probably never heard of and who may no longer exist. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Warren Olney asks, what can be done about Syria?

Banner image: Public safety is just one aspect of life that could be impacted by the sequester. Photo by gogoloopie

Producers:
Evan George
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Main Topic What Will the Looming Austerity Cuts Mean for Los Angeles? 17 MIN, 44 SEC

At the moment there does not seem to be an alternative to the deep federal budget cuts, known as the "sequester," going into effect on Friday. It looks like $85 billion in cuts to discretionary programs this year, and $1.2 trillion over the next decade. No one is precisely sure how this will affect California, the City of Los Angeles and you.

Guests:
Barbara Boxer, US Senate (D-CA) (@senatorboxer)
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District (@DrDeasyLAUSD)
Steve Diels, League of California Cities, LA Division

Reporter's Notebook Can a New Internet Campaign Catch a Violent Serial Killer? 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Michelle McNamara first became fascinated with serial killers when she was just fourteen. Now she's a crime blogger, by her own admission she has become obsessed with a California serial murderer whom she calls the Golden State Killer. He's believed to be responsible for sixty crimes, mostly murders, rapes or both. He ended his crime spree apparently more than 25 years ago. McNamara, who blogs at TrueCrimeDiary.com tells her story in this month's Los Angeles magazine.

Guests:
Michelle McNamara, True Crime Diary (@TrueCrimeDiary)

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