Mayor Villaraigosa and 'America Fast Forward'
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Mayor Villaraigosa wants to transform a local program into a federal one and has the support of both the US Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO. We ask the Mayor about "America Fast Forward" and the city budget. Also, we talk with the new President of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, who upset the establishment candidate. Does Warren Fletcher want to get tough or make deals with LA Unified? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, public spending and political brinksmanship on Capitol Hill.
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State Officials Regroup after Brown Gives Up on Budget Negotiations ()
Governor Brown's best hopes for closing the $26 billion budget gap collapsed yesterday and, in another YouTube performance, he blamed the Republicans. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said the Republicans have become “irrelevant,” and that Democrats, “will use the power of our majority.” What might that mean? Wyatt Buchanan is in Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Wyatt Buchanan: San Francisco Chronicle
Mr. Villaraigosa Goes to Washington…Again ()
Introducing his energy program today at Georgetown University, President Obama said, "The Mayor of Los Angeles is in the house." Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to be President of the US Conference of Mayors this year, and he's in Washington to push a program called "America Fast Forward."
The New President-Elect of United Teachers Los Angeles ()
A.J. Duffy is termed out as President of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, and a new leader has been chosen in a run-off election. Warren Fletcher defeated Vice President Julie Washington by a vote of 4700 to 4200. The UTLA has some 45,000 members.
Public Spending and Political Brinksmanship ()
When they controlled both houses of Congress last year, Democrats failed to pass a budget for this year. Now Republicans are in charge of the lower house—where all spending originates. They are demanding massive reductions, while Democrats insist on freezing spending at last year's levels. The deadline for one or the other to blink is next Friday and, if there's no agreement, the government could shut down.
- Damian Paletta: Wall Street Journal, @damianpaletta
- Brad Sherman: Congressman (D-San Fernando Valley, CA), @BradSherman
- Mike Wilson: Cincinnati Tea Party
- Vin Weber: former Congressman (R-MN)
- David Leonhardt: New York Times , @DLeonhardt
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