The San Fernando Valley's in the midst of another emotional battle over a neighborhood that wants to change its name. Should part of Van Nuys become part of Sherman Oaks? The City Council will have to decide. Michael Jackson, one of the world's best known entertainers, died at UCLA Medical Center this afternoon. We talk about his life and his career with KCRW's Garth Trinidad. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the debate over healthcare reform is coming down to the wire. We look at the pros and cons of the so-called “public option,” as well as the influence of ideology, media manipulation and money.
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Last night, ABC News televised a so-called “town hall” from the Obama White House. Today on Capitol Hill, committees were meeting both in public and behind closed doors while thousands rallied on the streets outside. It was all about healthcare reform, and debate is focused on quality, cost and proposals for a government-sponsored alternative to private insurance, the so-called “public option.”
Drew Armstrong, Healthcare Reporter, Bloomberg News
Richard Kirsch, National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America Now
Michael Cannon, Cato Institute (@mfcannon)
William Allison, Sunlight Foundation (@bill_allison)
Wendell Potter, author and former health insurance executive (@wendellpotter)
Michael Jackson was rushed to the UCLA medical center today in cardiac arrest. There, the 50-year-old singer slipped into a coma and died. Jackson became a musical sensation before he was 10. His songs and his dancing made fans all over the world. The down side was that he lived out a troubled personal life in public. Garth Trinidad, who is well known to listeners of KCRW, where he's been a DJ for more than a decade, has a remembrance.
For the past 20 years, neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley have been changing their names. West Hills split from Canoga Park; Valley Village left North Hollywood. Lake Balboa and Valley Glen said goodbye to Van Nuys. Now another community wants to leave Van Nuys and become part of Sherman Oaks. It’s an area of 1800 homes, bounded by Sepulveda and Hazeltine on the east and west and by Burbank and Oxnard on the north and south.
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