Measure L: Who Hates Libraries?
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All 73 public libraries in the City of LA are closed two days a week, depriving residents of an all-American service that goes back to Ben Franklin. Measure L on next week's ballot would provide new library money without raising taxes. But opponents say that's the rub. We hear both sides of Measure L. Also, how the Lakers' new deal with Time Warner will hit the pocketbooks of cable subscribers who don't even care about basketball, and the race to replace Councilman Greig Smith. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, peaceful protesters are overthrowing governments and raising hopes for new freedoms in the Muslim World. Will al Qaeda and other violent extremists just fade away or live to exploit the likely chaos if high expectations are disappointed?
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Lakers Deal with Time Warner to Cost All TV Viewers ()
There's a new twist on the Lakers' 20-year deal with Time-Warner Cable, which controls about 40% of the pay-TV homes in the LA market. Not only will it make watching basketball more expensive for fans, it will drive up the cost of cable subscriptions for everyone else. That's according to Will Richmond, an online industry analyst with VideoNuze.
- Will Richmond: Online Industry Analyst, VideoNuze
LA to Vote on Measure L: Who Hates Libraries? ()
All Los Angeles City Libraries are now closed two days a week. It's the first time in 140 years that not even one library is open everyday. The Mayor and City Council have the authority to give them more money, but they're asking voters to do it — without raising taxes. LA Police Chief Charlie Beck supports Measure L, but the Police Protective League is opposed because it might mean less for the LAPD. Local newspapers, the League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Commerce are also opposing Measure L. But some budget hawks are all for it. We hear from both sides.
- Jack Humphreville: Rate-payer Advocate, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
- Jon Healey: Editorial Board Member, Los Angeles Times, @jcahealey
The Race to Replace Councilman Greig Smith ()
There are seven LA City Council seats on the ballot next week, but only one without an incumbent. The 12th District is in the San Fernando Valley, where Mitch Englander is the establishment candidate against five non-insiders. Englander is the chief-of-staff for Councilman Greig Smith, who's retiring. Smith worked for his predecessor, Hal Bernson. Englander's $440,000 campaign war chest was provided by developers, unions and lobbyists, and his endorsements include the Daily News, the LA Times and former officials including Bill Bratton and Dick Riordan. Beth Barrett is a contributor to the LA Weekly.
Information on the 12th District candidates forum, Thursday, March 3 at 7pm
- Beth Barrett: Contributor, LA Weekly
Al Qaeda and the Challenge of People Power ()
Pakistan's only Christian cabinet member was under threat of death for opposing laws against "insulting" Islam. He was murdered today in Islamabad. In Yemen a radical cleric, once a mentor of Osama bin Laden, has rallied crowds with calls for establishing Islamic rule. But the actual toppling of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was accomplished in 18 days by mostly peaceful protesters for whom Islam appeared to be only an afterthought. What does that mean for the power of al Qaeda and other extremists in the Muslim world?
- Scott Shane: National Security Writer, New York Times, @ScottShaneNYT
- Peter Beinart: Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, @PeterBeinart
- Paul Pillar: former CIA National Intelligence Officer
- Michael Scheuer: former Chief, CIA's Bin Laden Unit
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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