Mayor Villaraigosa and the Hunt for LA Jobs
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Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing hard to make federally funded transportation projects require that jobs go to local workers. If he gets what he wants from Washington, will that enhance his legacy when he leaves office in just two years? We talk with the Mayor. Also, we ask Sheriff Lee Baca if LA County is ready to help the state reduce overcrowding in 33 prisons, and hear how the California Science Center got involved with a challenge to Evolution. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Alabama, illegal immigration and the presidential campaign.
Banner image: Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa (C) talks to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on June 20, 2011. President Obama and Vice President Biden met with a bipartisan group of mayors to discuss the economy and hear from the mayors about their local efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images
Realignment Plan for Paroled Prisoners Leaves County Scrambling ()
Prisoners, parolees and those recently charged with non-serious, nonviolent, non-sex-related offenses will become the responsibility of California's 58 counties. Los Angeles County will certainly get the lion's share. But yesterday the Board of Supervisors delayed adoption of a plan to deal with them, even though they'll begin to arrive on the first of October. LA County Sheriff Lee Baca joins us for an update on California's new law to reduce overcrowding in state prisons.
- Lee Baca: Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Mayor Villaraigosa, LA Jobs and the Reality of Term Limits ()
Antonio Villaraigosa is in his last term as Mayor of Los Angeles, and recently told the LA Times that his last two years in office are going to be tough ones. Meantime, Villaraigosa, who's also President of the US Conference of Mayors, is pushing Washington to give local workers an advantage in hiring for transportation projects financed in large part by the federal government.
California Science Center Settles Suit with Intelligent Design Filmmakers ()
In 2009, the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles rented its IMAX Theater to the American Freedom Alliance for a film to be followed by a panel discussion. Darwin's Dilemma advocates Intelligent Design, an alternative theory to evolution. The Center cancelled the screening, the Alliance sued, and the case dragged on until this Monday, when the Center paid the Alliance $110,000 and the Alliance declined an invitation to show the film after all. Edward Larson, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americans Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
- Edward Larson: Pepperdine University School of Law
Alabama, Illegal Immigration and the Presidential Campaign ()
With no federal action on immigration reform, more states are passing crackdowns of their own. Arizona is old news. The New York Times calls Alabama's tough new immigration law "the cruelest and most unforgiving in the nation." Groups opposed to illegal immigration say it's the right way to go. But it won't go into effect tomorrow as scheduled. A federal judge has delayed implementation while she considers a number of constitutional issues. Where do the President and his GOP challengers stand? Will the growing Hispanic vote help make illegal immigration an issue in next year's campaign?
- Daniel Altschuler: freelance journalist
- Cecillia Wang: American Civil Liberties Union
- Mark Krikorian: Center for Immigration Studies, @MarkSKrikorian
- Lynn Tramonte: America's Voice
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