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There’s $43 billion in new bond money in California.  We hear how it’ll be handed out. Plus, Superintendent Roy Romer turns LAUSD over to David Brewer, and 4000 Jewish leaders from the US and Canada at the LA Convention Center.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Jewish Leaders Convene in Los Angeles

Four thousand Jewish community leaders from the US and Canada are meeting this week at the LA Convention Center.  Yesterday, they heard from Israeli's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.  Tomorrow, it'll be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, fresh from today's meeting at the Bush White House.

Guests:
Steven Windmueller, Dean of LA's Hebrew Union College

Making News The Continuing Battle over Control of the LAUSD

LAUSD's Roy Romer will pass the baton tomorrow to former Admiral David Brewer, whose contract as LA's Superintendent of Schools took effect today. Also today, Brewer held public events with Mayor Villaraigosa and School Board member David Tokofsky. That was an exercise in political diplomacy that could become more intense between now and the March election.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )

Main Topic The Voters have Spoken: Now, Who Gets the Money?

California voters passed $43 billion worth of new bonds to relieve overcrowded highways and schools, repair levees and provide affordable housing.  That's almost half the state's annual budget. Now, 58 counties and hundreds of cities all want their piece of the action.  The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency will play a big role in who gets how much. Is there a formula based on need?  What about politics?

Guests:
Sunne McPeak, Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
Mark Pisano, former Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments

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