FROM Bill Watkins
San Bernardino Right behind Detroit in Poverty The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey has grim news for the Inland Empire. After Detroit, San Bernardino is the poorest big city in the United States. More than one third of residents, 34.6 percent, are below the poverty line. That's $22,000 a year for a family of four and $11,000 for an individual.
Creating Jobs in California Two million people are out of work and the official unemployment rate is 12%. Republican Meg Whitman has issued a 48-page economic policy plan . Democrat Jerry Brown has proposed policies on green jobs and pensions. But despite their different approaches both deal with economic renewal, public spending, taxation and, most important of all, jobs. Whitman says she'll create 500,000 jobs a year in her first term. She also says she'd suspend Governor Schwarzenegger's environmental law, enacted as AB 32 . But Jerry Brown says AB 32 us essential to creating jobs by promoting the green economy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.