Funding Schools and Plugging the Oil Well
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Majorities in some affluent suburbs have voted to increase taxes for schools, but not by enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. In other places they've passed. What's in store for Measure E next month in Los Angeles? Also, the Republican candidates for Attorney General. Is LA District Attorney General Steve Cooley too liberal? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, BP has begun implementing "Top Kill" to plug its broken oil well. We hear how it's supposed to work, what survivors said today about the cause of the oil-rig explosion and how far oil has seeped into the bayous of Louisiana.
Raising Taxes to Fund Schools ()
In San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge and South Pasadena, two thirds of the voters have approved new taxes for schools. At the same time in Pasadena Unified, 52% went along, but that wasn't enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. Yesterday, in Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, the Measure A parcel tax got 63%, a much bigger majority but again, not enough to win. On June 8, voters in the City of Los Angeles will decide on Measure E, which would allow the LA Unified School District to levy a temporary $100 annual education parcel tax.
- Jose Escarce: Board Member, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
- Karin Klein: Editorial Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Steve Zimmer: Board Member, LAUSD, @lausd_zimmer
Republican Candidates for Attorney General ()
Last night, we heard about six Democrats running in next month's primary for Attorney General, including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Tonight, Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and speechwriter for then-Governor Pete Wilson, looks at the Republican slate, including LA District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Republican candidates for State Attorney General:
- Bill Whalen: Chief Speechwriter, then-Governor Pete Wilson
BP Attempts to Plug Well: Endless Oil and Endless Blame ()
BP has begun implementing "Top Kill," to stop the Gulf oil gusher with mud under high pressure. Meantime, there's new evidence of warning signs before the explosion and more testimony that federal rules for deep sea drilling amounted to self-regulation. Pressure is building on the Obama Administration to take more decisive action, but there are doubts that it has the expertise or the technology.
- Mark Schleifstein: Environmental Reporter, Times-Picayune, @mschleifsteintp
- Satish Nagarajaiah: Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
- Anna Fifield: US Political Correspondent, Financial Times
- Tracy Kuhns: Bayou-keeper, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
- Abrahm Lustgarten: Reporter, ProPublica
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