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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel is the latest to call for the Mayor and the City Council to make a plan based on priorities, rather than laying off workers and waiting to see who’s left. Is there a better way? We talk with Gruel and Council President Eric Garcetti. Also, there might be good news for the US in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, but that conclusion is open to different interpretations. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear about conflicting interests in those countries, in India and within the Taliban and what they might mean for bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

Banner image: The Los Angeles Convention Center, just one of the facilities being considered for sale by city officials who are trying to balance a growing deficit.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic War and Diplomacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan 33 MIN, 17 SEC

The massive NATO and Afghan offensive appears to have driven the Taliban out of the city of Marjah, at least for the moment. Across the border, Pakistani and US intelligence, working together, have captured three leading Afghan insurgents all said to be close to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar.

Guests:
Tim McGirk, Correspondent, Time magazine
Samina Ahmed, South Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
Nicholas Schmidle, Fellow, New America Foundation

The Madrassah Challenge

Christine Fair

Main Topic Financial Desperation at LA City Hall 20 MIN, 21 SEC

Former LA Councilwoman Wendy Gruel is now City Controller, the auditor and chief accountant, who studies economic forecasts and tells the Mayor and the Council what to expect. The answer for the next fiscal year is "not much." Some city revenues will increase, but decreasing property tax will outweigh any gain, leaving a deficit of $484 million. We talk with Gruel and Council President Eric Garcetti.

Guests:
Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Controller (@Wendy_Greuel)
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (@ericgarcetti)
Ron Kaye, RonKayeLA.com

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