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One city councilman says Los Angeles is "crawling out of the rabbit hole," with the sudden discovery of $30 million in unexpected revenue. Is the Alice in Wonderland episode really over? What about that rate increase for the DWP? Also, California's electorate is changing, but so are attitudes toward illegal immigrants. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in the Czech Republic today, the US and Russia signed a new treaty to cut back on nuclear weapons. Will it make the world safer? Is the diplomacy as important as the military strategy? Will the US Senate ratify it?

Banner image: US President Barack Obama (center-left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (center-right) attend an expanded delegation bilateral meeting at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, April 8, 2010. Official White House photo: Pete Souza

Producers:
Gary Scott
Darrell Satzman

Main Topic A New START for Nuclear Disarmament 27 MIN, 49 SEC

President Obama was back in Prague, where he became the toast of Europe a year ago with a speech that envisioned a world without nuclear weapons. Today, he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new version of the Strategic Arms Treaty, which expired last December.

Guests:
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution (@steven_pifer)
Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for International Studies
David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD)
Daryl Kimball, Arms Control Association (@armscontrolnow)

Peddling Peril

David Albright

Main Topic LA's Financial Reputation: Saved at the Bell? 16 MIN, 39 SEC

During this week's dispute over rate hikes demanded for the Department of Water and Power, City Council members compared Mayor Mayor Villaraigosa to Alice in Wonderland. Today, Councilman Paul Koretz said, "We're crawling out of the rabbit hole." That was after Interim City Administrator Ray Ciranna found $30 million in unexpected revenue. 

Guests:
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News (@Rickorlov)
Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig and LA Observed
J.R. DeShazo, UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation (@LuskinCenter)

Inventing LA

Bill Boyarsky

Reporter's Notebook California's Shifting View of Immigration 8 MIN, 18 SEC

California's electorate is changing, and that's having a marked impact on hot-button issues, including government services to illegal immigrants. In 1994, 60% voted to cut them off. Today, polls show a shift in public opinion. That's according to Dan Schnur with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute for Politics at USC.

Guests:
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)

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