Should East LA Be a City?
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East LA is often called "the center of all things Mexican-American," and there've been efforts to incorporate it as a city for 50 years. As part of Los Angeles County, its only elected official is Supervisor Gloria Molina. Today, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, took up the matter, but postponed a final decision. Does East LA have the tax base to provide law enforcement, collect trash and manage libraries? Would its 126,000 residents vote for cityhood if they had another chance? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the State of the Union and the Presidential Campaign.
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Should East LA Be a City? ()
The last area in Los Angeles County to incorporate was Calabasas, in 1991, bringing the total to 88. Today, the Local Agency Formation Commission met to consider East LA's latest application to become number 89. In 1960, LAFCO said, "No." In 1971, it said, "Yes," but voters turned down the idea. The current bid started in 2007. Today it split the difference and postponed a decision until February, 8.
- Gloria Alvarez: Eastern Group Publications
- Ben Cardenas: East Los Angeles Residents Association
- C.J. Salgado: life-long East LA resident
- Jaime Regalado: California State University, Los Angeles, @PBI
Campaign Rhetoric and the State of the Union Address ()
President Obama told a joint session of Congress that he inherited an economy in free fall. He said, "The state of the union is getting better," even though partisan differences have thwarted his efforts to make it better still. He used the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden to call for unity. Today, the President is on the road, taking the messages of last night's State of the Union speech to voters across the country. We summarize the results, get partisan reactions and hear from Americans in different parts of the country.
- George Condon: National Journal, @georgecondon
- John Christine: worker in commercial construction (Republican)
- Dennis Brady: retired businessman (Republican)
- Elizabeth Wahl: educational consultant (Democrat)
- Gary Langer: ABC News, @LangerResearch
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert 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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