State and Cities in Tug of War over Redevelopment Rights
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Governor Brown wants to shut down community redevelopment agencies and spend their money on schools, police and firefighters. The CRA of Los Angeles plans to thwart that plan by turning over $930 million to the City Council, which would then build CRA projects. Brown's reaction? It's a zero-sum game: we'll just raid some other source of city money. We update that story. Also, a mosque is approved in Temecula -- in the wee hours of the morning. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, last night's State of the Union speech was the beginning of the next presidential campaign, and President Obama took his message out on the road today. We hear about that and Republican reaction.
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Temecula Mosque Approved after Contentious Hearing ()
A new mosque in Temecula in southeastern Riverside County was approved by the City Council, but not until 3:30 this morning after eight and a half hours of debate. The issue made national news along with the flap over a proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City. Jeff Horseman reports for the Press-Enterprise.
- Jeff Horseman: Staff Writer, Press-Enterprise
City of Los Angeles Squares Off against Governor Brown ()
Last Friday, with just 24 hours public notice, the LA Community Redevelopment Agency met to approve a plan negotiated with the City Council. Some $930 million in CRA money will be transferred to the City to protect it from Governor Brown. In Sacramento this afternoon, Governor Brown met with Antonio Villaraigosa and eight other mayors to discuss the issue.
Governor Brown addresses League of California Cities on redevelopment funds
- Ryan Vaillancourt: Staff Reporter, Los Angeles Downtown News, @RVaillancourt
- Eduardo Reyes: Chairman, Los Angeles River Ad Hoc Committee
- H.D. Palmer: Deputy Finance Director, State of California, @cccbudgetnews
- Christopher Sutton: Attorney
Assessing Obama's 2011 State of the Union ()
President Obama went to the battleground state of Wisconsin today to emphasize last night's call in the State of the Union address for "investment" in clean energy. He spoke to cheering workers at the Orion Energy Systems company.
President Obama presents the State of the Union address
Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) presents the Republican response
- Michael Shear: Political Reporter, New York Times, @shearm
- Jennifer Psaki: Deputy Press Secretary, White House
- Ari Berman: Contributing Writer, The Nation magazine, @AriBerman
- Rich Galen: Communications Strategist, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, @richgalen
- William Galston: Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy, then-President Clinton
- Robert Schlesinger: Deputy Editor at US News and World Report
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