Deputy LA Mayor Austin Beutner: Nine Months on the Job
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"Nine Months on the Job" is the title of a paper drawn up by aides to Austin Beutner, who's been First Deputy Mayor since Antonio Villraigosa appointed him in January of this year. It says he's built a team that's changing the "culture" of city government, making Los Angeles business friendly and creating jobs. We ask Beutner what he thinks are his most important achievements. What will they mean for the quality of life in LA? Will they outlast his whirlwind of activity? Is he running for Mayor? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the awful details of deadly drug wars often are not reported by the Mexican media, because editors and reporters fear for their lives. We get a progress report on President Calderon's military offensive and what it could mean north of the border.
Banner image: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) speaks with Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner at City Hall
Update with Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner ()
Austin Beutner has been Los Angeles' First Deputy Mayor since Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him in January. Reportedly, that came at the urging of former Mayor Richard Riordan, Eli Broad and other business and political leaders. Some think Beutner should run for the top job himself when Villaraigosa is termed out in 2013. When Villaraigosa made the appointment he declared the dawn of a new "era of accountability." Aides to Beutner have drawn up a paper called "Nine Months on the Job."
- Austin Beutner: Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles, @austinbeutner
- James Brasuell: Editor, Planning Report, @CasualBrasuell
- Rick Orlov: City Hall Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Daily News, @Rickorlov
- David Zahniser: Staff writer, Los Angeles Times, @DavidZahniser
Mexico's Drug Wars and Reporting the News ()
In the past four years, at least 30 Mexican journalists have been murdered or disappeared. Sunday, a respected newspaper in Ciudad Juárez directly addressed the drug cartels battling for control of the city. In a front-page editorial, El Diario called for a truce. Two years ago, the paper's lead crime reporter was gunned down in his driveway before he could take his daughter to school. Last week, a photo-journalist was killed in the parking lot of a busy shopping mall.
- William Booth: Correspondent, Washington Post
- Daniel Lund: President, MUND Americas
- Andrew Selee: Director of the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Ricardo Pascoe: International affairs advisor, Mexico's Social Democratic Party
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