Uncertainty in South Asia; Big Trouble at LA City Hall
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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel is the latest to call for the Mayor and the City Council to make a plan based on priorities, rather than laying off workers and waiting to see who’s left. Is there a better way? We talk with Gruel and Council President Eric Garcetti. Also, there might be good news for the US in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, but that conclusion is open to different interpretations. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we hear about conflicting interests in those countries, in India and within the Taliban and what they might mean for bringing troops home from Afghanistan.
Banner image: The Los Angeles Convention Center, just one of the facilities being considered for sale by city officials who are trying to balance a growing deficit.
War and Diplomacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan ()
The massive NATO and Afghan offensive appears to have driven the Taliban out of the city of Marjah, at least for the moment. Across the border, Pakistani and US intelligence, working together, have captured three leading Afghan insurgents all said to be close to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar.
- Tim McGirk: Correspondent, Time magazine
- Samina Ahmed: South Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group
- Christine Fair: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, @CChristineFair
- Nicholas Schmidle: Fellow, New America Foundation
Financial Desperation at LA City Hall ()
Former LA Councilwoman Wendy Gruel is now City Controller, the auditor and chief accountant, who studies economic forecasts and tells the Mayor and the Council what to expect. The answer for the next fiscal year is "not much." Some city revenues will increase, but decreasing property tax will outweigh any gain, leaving a deficit of $484 million. We talk with Gruel and Council President Eric Garcetti.
- Wendy Greuel: Los Angeles City Controller, @Wendy_Greuel
- Eric Garcetti: President, Los Angeles City Council, @ericgarcetti
- Ron Kaye: Founder, Saving LA Project
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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