For Obama, Job One; In Southern California, Art and Pot
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The LA City Council is taking another stab at controlling 1000 dispensaries of medical marijuana. Why can't it act like West Hollywood? Meantime, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills are competing for Eli Broad's collection of contemporary art. On our rebroadcasts of today's To the Point, in the "jobless recovery," the President says "Job One" is creating jobs. What can he do? Can he do it before the mid-term elections?
Banner image: Different strains of medical marijuana are displayed in a three ring binder at Coffeeshop Blue Sky cannabis dispensery in Oakland, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
'Job One' for the President: Creating Jobs ()
In America's "jobless" economic recovery, unemployment is setting records. The Obama Administration has adopted a long-term approach to creating new jobs. But the President has now conceded that "our friends, neighbors and family members are desperately searching for jobs." He's called for a Jobs Summit at the White House next month.
- David Leonhardt: Economics Reporter, New York Times , @DLeonhardt
- John Nichols: Washington Correspondent, The Nation, @NicholsUprising
- Christine Fisher: President, Streich Brothers
- Michael Burda: Professor of Economics, Humboldt University of Berlin
Progress on the Medical Marijuana Ordinance ()
Oakland and San Francisco tightly regulate sales of medical marijuana. So does West Hollywood, where the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says four legal dispensaries are free of crime and neighbors are not complaining. Los Angeles is another story, and today a joint city council committee -- no pun intended, took another stab at controlling an estimated 1000 dispensaries.
- Rick Orlov: City Hall Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Daily News, @Rickorlov
- David Berger: Special Assistant to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
- Don Duncan: California Director, Americans for Safe Access, @SafeAccess
Cities Vie for New Broad Museum ()
Tomorrow night, the Santa Monica City Council will take up a proposal to house billionaire Eli Broad's collection of nearly 2000 pieces of contemporary art on city land next to the Civic Auditorium. Beverly Hills has plans for the same art to be located there. What about Broad's so-called "lending library for contemporary art," which has already made 7,100 loans to 475 museums and galleries around the world? We speak with Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown.
- Kevin McKeown: Councilman, City of Santa Monica
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