Proposition 64 on next month's ballot is being advocated as protection for small businesses, but much of the campaign money is coming from big ones. It's opposed by consumer groups, environmentalists and trial lawyers. At issue is the right of individuals to enforce the Unfair Business Competition Law. While supporters claim it'll stop "greedy lawyers" from filing "shakedown lawsuits," opponents say it'll stop private actions in the public interest. We hear what they're fighting about, and what voters will have to decide, from John Sullivan of the Civil Justice Association of California, which advocates tort reform, and Jamie Court, who's heading the opposition to the proposition.
- Making News: City Council Approves LAX Modernization Plan
By a vote of 12-to-3, the Los Angeles City Council has approved Mayor Jim Hahn's $11 billion renovation of Los Angeles International Airport. Voting against it were Antonio Villaraigosa and Bernard Parks, two of the Hahn's opponents in next year's election. Rick Orlov, who covers City Hall for the Daily News, updates the story.
- Reporter's Notebook: A Shake-up at the Getty
Deborah Gribbon is stepping down as director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, but she's not going quietly. Christopher Knight of The LA Times says "all hell broke loose" after her declaration that she and the Getty Trust's CEO Barry Munitz don't get along. Usually tight-lipped museum directors across the US have expressed an "avalanche of public dismay." KCRW art critic Edward Goldman considers what it all means to the world of art and culture.
LAX Master Plan
Yes on Prop 64Orlov's article on today's LAX showdown vote in the LA City Council
Limits on Private Enforcement of Unfair Business Competition Laws (Prop 64)
Yes on Prop 64
No on Prop 64
Unfair Business Competition Law, California Law Revision Commission on
California Attorney General's case against Trevor Law Group
J. Paul Getty Museum
LA Times article on Gribbon's resignation
Christopher Knight's article on problems at the Getty, response of museum directors