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Mayor Villaraigosa has threatened to order all city departments except police and fire to close for two days a week, to prevent the city from shutting down altogether. We update his battle with the City Council over DWP rates. Then, the man chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to replace Cardinal Roger Mahony as leader of LA's Roman Catholics. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, are Taliban militants really on the run in Pakistan?  In Afghanistan, is President Karzai on the same side as the US and other countries providing troops and money? We hear some conflicting assessments.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

Main Topic City of LA on Brink of Bankruptcy, in Conflict with DWP 18 MIN

Mayor Villaraigosa has threatened to implement a plan to close down all Los Angeles City departments except police and fire for two days a week, starting next Monday. It's all part of his dispute with the City Council over raising rates for the Department of Water and Power. This, after the DWP announced yesterday it would not contribute $73 million to the general fund.

Guests:
Bernard Parks, Los Angeles City Councilman (@BernardCParks)
Matt Szabo, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Villaraigosa
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

Main Topic US Strategy in South Asia: Is It Really Working? 27 MIN, 22 SEC

US Strategy in South Asia: Is It Really Working?It's been reported that remote-controlled US drones have devastated the top leadership of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan. But yesterday, the US consulate in Peshawar was hit with guns, bombs and rocket-propelled grenades, the first such direct assault in that country since 2006.

Guests:
Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Hasan-Askari Rizvi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Punjab
Thomas Johnson, Naval Postgraduate School
Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times (@mrosenbergNYT)

Reporter's Notebook Pope Appoints Latino Archbishop to Succeed LA's Cardinal Mahony 7 MIN, 8 SEC

gomez.jpgCardinal Roger Mahony has introduced Los Angeles to the next man who will lead the nation's largest archdiocese. The Archbishop of San Antonio, Jose Gomez, will take over when Mahony turns 75 next year. Gomez is just 58.  Michael Barber is Professor at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.      

Guests:
Michael Barber, John Paul the Great Catholic University (@MichaelPBarber)

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